Starting an Andrew Grey book is a bit like smelling chocolate chip cookies baking in you mother’s kitchen … You know before you taste the first cookie, it will be melt in your mouth delicious and filled with love!
Title: One Good Deed
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Luka Krachec immigrates to the United States to find his cousin dead and his cousin’s wife hospitalized after a terrible accident. He meets Peter Montgomery at the funeral. The American seems nice and captures Luka’s attention when he offers to help him with his English.
Peter has spent most of his life believing he shot his father at age six, and his family uses his regret and overwhelming guilt to keep him under their proverbial thumbs. Peter does his best to make up for what he did by helping others, and agreeing to help Luka with his English yields something amazing when they hit it off.
When Peter opens up to Luka about what happened when he was a child, Luka senses some holes in the story and suspects Peter needs some help, so he approaches the head of the psychology department at the college where he works. Neither expects to open a long-barricaded door to secrets, denial, and family manipulation.
Andrew Grey’s One Good Deed is the touching story of Serbian scientist Luka, who flees control of the Serbian government and emigrates to the United States following the death of the man he loves. Luka meets Peter, a Social Worker who is plagued by the guilt of causing his father’s death as a child, and who often does good deeds for others in need as a personal penance. Unlike Luka, who is open to a loving relationship, Peter feels unworthy of Luka loving him. However, Luka is instrumental in helping Peter learn the truth about his father’s death, and in helping Peter to embrace their love and future together.
Most of Andrew Grey’s books are special, but I find One Good Deed to be uniquely wonderful. Luka’s character is warm and caring, and his willingness to freely open himself up to a relationship with Peter after having grieved mightily for his lost lover is inspiring. His choice to live his life rather than wallowing in past pain is infectious. Loving Luka brings Peter to life, and allows Peter to not only return Luka’s love, but to learn to love himself, as well.
The characters in One Good Deed are rich, and the story line flows smoothly toward a satisfying conclusion. This isn’t a book filled with exterior conflicts, but the internal, personal conflicts experienced by the characters are sincere and meaningful. The depiction of Luka’s struggling English proficiency is likely authentic, but a bit distracting at times; however, this does not significantly detract from the overall quality of the book. Also, the sex scenes between Luka and Peter, a man who has never allowed himself to have a physical relationship beyond meaningless sex, are intimate and deliciously written.
I highly recommend Andrew Grey’s One Good Deed for anyone who wants to read a fantastic story about two men who overcome their past hurts to find love and the promise of a happy future together. My suggestion is that you do yourself a good deed, and spend an afternoon curled up reading this book. You will surely thank yourself!
I would like thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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