Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ARC Review: Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.

Dani's rating:

Avon Gale's stories are irreverent, dirty, fun, and unapologetically sexy. I just read and fell in love with Power Play, the third book in the Scoring Chances series, which I can't recommend enough. (Hockey players, people. Need I say more?)

Let the Wrong Light In is not about hockey players. It's about architects. And architects can be hot. Trust me on this.

Avery, whose frantic brain filters the story, is almost 32 but acts younger. He's sarcastic, defensive, and doesn't know when to shut the fuck up. He's a proud bisexual who gets turned on by displays of aggression and pops a massive boner thinking about his asshole of a boss forcing a cock down his throat.

Avery is kinky, and his kink has a mean side. This book is not BDSM; forget the structure, scenes, or safe words. Malin slaps Avery around, even draws blood a couple times; he ties Avery up, uses him, whips him with a belt.

While I don't mind rough play, the violence was too much for me. It crossed the line from kinky to uncomfortable. Avery got off on it, but I didn't.

Malin is a weird guy: withdrawn and socially awkward. He has a hard time communicating emotionally, although he does try with Avery.

As is typical of Gale's work, this book is filled with humor and banter. I didn't like Avery and Malin as much as I've liked this author's other MCs. I couldn't really relate to them, but I appreciate that she writes imperfect characters who go after what they want.

I was fascinated by this story, even if some of the play between Avery and Malin made me cringe.

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~Josh Jameson

An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

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