Review: In the absence of Light


intheabsenceoflight

3 stars

Recommended for: M/M romance and erotica lovers
Read from February 07 to 13, 2016 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Synopsis: For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of.

Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people in the eye, tell left from right, and has uncontrolled tics. Yet he’s beaten every obstacle life has thrown his way. And when Grant Kessler moves into town Morgan isn’t a bit shy in letting the man know how much he wants him.

While the attraction is mutual, Grant pushes Morgan away. Like the rest of the world he can’t see past Morgan’s odd behaviors

Then Morgan shows Grant how light lets you see but it also leaves you blind. And once Grant opens his eyes, he loses his heart to the beautiful enigma of a man who changes the course of his life.

Bookish Things: 261 pages. The cover is a bit amateur, but fits the story. This is the third book by Adrienne Wilder I have read.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $5.71 or paperback for $14.99.

My Review: 

What to say about In the Absence of Light?

Well, it is an action-packed story about Grant, who used to move stolen items for criminals, made his money and almost got caught by the FBI, but he bailed on that old life and wants to start somewhere new. He’s set himself a time frame till he can touch his squirreled-away money and move to the beach.

So, he picks this little backwater town, Durstrand, to chill in for a few years but then something pretty special happens.

He meets Morgan.

Morgan is severely autistic, but still able to function quite well in his small town. He holds down a job, maintains his own house and has a select group of friends and family.

The two main characters are very well fleshed out and quite believable. I don’t know if Morgan’s autism is accurately portrayed, but it felt realistic to me. Someone with more experience with people with autism would be able to advise on that aspect of his character, but I felt it fit with his character and added something special to those moments when he did look into Grant’s eyes.

Things become interesting when Grant is forced to face his prejudices about Morgan’s autism. He makes some mistakes, but the depth of the emotions between the two characters is brilliant and swiftly outshines the negative in this relationship.

This book has some quite intense and explicit sex scenes, but they’re rather sweet, even with their graphic nature. I wouldn’t recommend this for people who don’t like intense sex scenes between gay characters, nor, for those who want the perfect fairy-tale scenes either. These love scenes are realistic, flawed and even comical. I especially loved the drive-in scene 🙂 But really, any of the sweet private moments between Grant and Morgan were lovely to read about. Some were exceptionally sexy, others gentle and touching enough to melt even the iciest heart.

The writing is at times so beautiful it’s almost poetic, and at others harsh and gritty, which works well for the crime aspect of the story. But the biggest let down for this book is by far the lack of editing and the general unpolished feel to it.

I picked up issues almost ever other page, which brought me out of the story and broke the spell Adrienne wove with those beautiful words. It’s a shame really, because this is easily a 4-4.5 star book.

With a serious edit, I’d re-rate it to at least a 4 star read. Here’s all the things I picked up:

4% – …rustic and neatly arrange(d) around…
9% – …enhanced by and (delete d) undertone of…
10% – Chapter 2 is tucked into the last para of chapter one.
14% – “If (I/we) book him he’s more apt…
– …why don’t (you) tell him you’re too tired…
17% – “Nope” needs its own line.
18% – She Quit (lowercase q) her job…
19% – …for Morgan (to) meet my gaze…
24% – “Well, with (delete with) as built as you are…
26% – A low lean grown (growl)…
– … Repositioned his knees until the(y) flanked…
27% – His hand moved (to) the side…
– …put them on (on) his way to the door…
29% – …convince (you) you’re just going…
– …wore white Tshirts (t-shirts) under…
30% – …Morgan pushed (the) cart over…
33% – …left to prove what’d (delete ‘d) you(‘d) done…
– …to touch me (in) other places…
37% – …told Jeff what was (in) the file…
38% – …except for (the) man I knew…
39% – …I bare(ly) got a breath in…
40% – …a few inches them(then) coming…
– …dumped myself into(onto) the floorboard…
45% – If he did, he (and) I were going…
52% – His dop(e)y smile was…
54% – …in long slow stroked (strokes) he…
56% – …the repair job cause(d) by tune,…
58% – …they got (the) moment they…
60% – …him and tears my (my tears) soaked…
63% – …at fault was mine (me).
64% – …didn’t even (have) an idea where…
– He’d thought I to(delete to) believed in him…
67% – He’s he’s(delete second he’s) taken more than…
68% – …tearing up someone one’s (someone’s) life…
70% – …but Morgan didn’t see things didn’t just see things not there. He just saw things no one else could. (Fix duplicate words)
71% – …Pandora ‘s(delete space) Box so real…
72% – …to(o) close to home.
75% – …the board wouldn(delete n) never…
86% – …to know why (I) was going through…
88% – …knocked his drink in(on) the floor…
90% – “Because those people are(delete) act normal.”
91% – …soul (sole) purpose…
– …enough (to) feed his ego…
92% – Is that (t)he line of shit…
93% – …compared to my(space).45.
94% – A(s)ton Matin
95% – …was not apart(a part) of the plan.
– …keep you as far away from(delete from, add as) possible from…
96% – …to let you (know).
– …that damn puppy (he) picked up.
97% – …on (h)is finger…
– …that bad..” (Delete second full stop) 99%
– …once I get settle(d) to let…

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**

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