Author: Carter Quinn
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: JK Hogan
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/26/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Avery spent years in the blackness, fighting memories of abuse and feelings of self-loathing. His only sanctuary used to be his brother Sam, but after two years of intensive therapy and a long-term relationship with Noah, his world is a much brighter place.
Things have changed in the year and a half since Avery and Noah confessed their love for each other. Noah’s mother and brother have moved East. Sam and Kira are married. And Avery and Noah are moving in together at long last. Family dynamics strain in uncomfortable new ways, especially when Avery’s past reappears.
What will this mean for Avery’s recovery? Will he surrender to the Blackness or is he strong enough to continue his journey Into the Light?
Out of the Blackness by Carter Quinn got a rare five star rating from me. The heartwrenching journey for Avery from a quivering mess who hides in the closet more often than not, to a fully functional work in progress is one of my all-time favorite novels in the M/M genre. So I am leery of reading the follow-up.
I can’t imagine the pressure the author is under to do justice to two such fabulous and deep characters in the follow-up. Probably why it has been almost two years in the making. Well, Mr. Quinn, you did Avery and Noah both justice.
Into the Light has (well-labeled) alternating first person points of view. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Noah from his own head. I also appreciate that there is a time gap between Blackness and Into the Light, which starts about 18 months after the events of Blackness.
It starts at a pivotal point in their relationship. It is the first time Avery has to deal with major changes in his family since the events of Blackness. We get to see his vulnerability, but more importantly we get to rejoice in the strength. There are a few heart-tugging moments and a lot of joy. We meet some new members of the family, and things start to come full circle for everyone involved. We close the book on Avery’s past and send him off into the future as whole as we can.
Light isn’t not nearly as hard of a read as Blackness, but it is worth the couple of hours. If you love Avery from Blackness, you need this book in your life.
I kind of want Kaleb and Josh’s story, now (and maybe Robbie’s as well). However, I need the followup to Vanished first… just saying.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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