Genre: Contemporary, Romance, M/M, LGBT
Pages: 261 (large pages + small font, so more like 400+)
Series: None (but there will be a spin-off)
Release Date: March 25, 2015
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to divide this book into three, equal, parts: Beginning, Middle, and End.
In the first 33%, we’re introduced to the two main characters. Grant was a smuggler. But the business wanted to take him in a direction he wasn’t comfortable with, one without dignity or loyalty. So he quit. Now he plans to lay low for a while until the FBI stops trying to find proof against him. Those plans take him to the small town of Durstrand. He’ll stay there for two or three years, then disappear to a beach where US has no jurisdiction. That is, until he meets Morgan.
At first impression, Grant lets Morgan’s various tics, a result of his severe autism, fool him into underestimating him. Like most people, he assumes that the autism somehow affects his intelligence or maturity. Morgan is quick to put him in his place and, soon enough, Grant is completely in awe of the person Morgan is. And I don’t blame him. Morgan is… extraordinary. All the things he’s overcome, his sheer resilience and willpower, are admirable. But the romance happens too quickly.
I liked the beginning. I like both characters individually, especially Morgan. But I think, like with Wild, the author rushed the romance. I prefer my romances to be about the characters connecting as people rather some vague, unexplained intensity that simply exists between them. Which is what the case often was here.
Because of that, I didn’t entirely care about their relationship. I wanted them to be happy but it didn’t matter if they were happy with each other or without. The Middle I didn’t like. It was… sex. That’s pretty much all it was. I think there were four sex scenes in that duration alone and while it wasn’t bad, I read them and they were well-written, I was waiting for something to happen. Something important. I almost quite reading by the time we reached the End.
In the third part, things took a turn for the better — for me that is, not for the characters. There was a lot more stuff happening in that part, the pace was better and Grant and Morgan finally clicked for me. It was really good and, when the book ended, I was genuinely bummed because I was enjoying it so much. The action scene near the end lacked proper coherency but other than that, any problems I had with the book up until that point were cleared and, overall, this was a good book. The portrayed of autism, especially as severe as it was for Morgan, was well-done and I really liked the story.
Now I’m waiting not-so-patiently for the spin-off. I won’t tell you who it’s about because that might be a spoiler, but you’ll know when you read the book, which I definitely recommend doing.