Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder

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.

Dani's rating:

As much as I loved the connection between Morgan and Grant, I thought the many sub-plots dragged the book down a bit. I loved Morgan and Grant (together and separately), but the FBI plot was distracting and tedious.

We had the drama regarding Grant and Jeff's former relationship; the mystery that was Grant's shipping business; the FBI good guys; the FBI BAD guys; Morgan's psychopathic ex (the final resolution really came out of left field); Morgan's mysterious bank account; all THIS and small-town bullying and homophobia.

It was too much, and it smothered a beautiful story about two broken men coming together in love and passion.

The sex scenes in this book were some of the best I've ever read: SENSUAL, erotic, insanely sexy, at once tender and dirty. PERFECTION.

I loved Morgan's brilliance, his fierce independence, his snarky sense of humor. And I loved Grant, who in some ways needed Morgan far more than Morgan needed him.

I also enjoyed the small-town gossip, the (*ahem*) ACTION at the drive-in theater, Jessie the barman, and Jenny who did her best by Morgan.

I wanted more quiet times between Grant and Morgan, a deeper exploration of their relationship.

Some of the conversations Grant had with his lawyer or Jeff dragged on for pages. Far too much page time was given to Jeff in general. His numerous visits were boring and unnecessary. I was over Jeff. (I would still read his story, though, cause that's just the way I roll.)

Also, I have to mention that there are numerous typos and misplaced modifiers in this book. Tighter editing would have gone a long way toward making a very good story even better.

Despite my niggles, I recommend this book. In the Absence of Light is absolutely worth reading. There is a great deal of angst, but there is RADIANCE too.

"There will never be anyone like you, Morgan ... Never, not in a million years or a million lifetimes, will there be anyone else who has what I want."

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