Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/17/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Jack Daley left his music career behind—along with his domineering father—and is struggling to make a new life for himself and his autistic sister in Bluewater Bay. When a summer storm sweeps a handsome stranger into his general store, Jack is more than ready for a fling. No strings attached, because Jack can’t share the secrets he and his sister are hiding from. Unfortunately, his feelings refuse to stay casual.
Mark Keao is married to his job as a costume designer on Wolf’s Landing. He’s autistic, so he’s used to people not knowing how to interact with him, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be a hermit. Especially when he meets Jack Daley, who dances with brooms, shares his love of the blues, and gets him like no one else. But relationships have proven complicated in the past.
Just when Mark is ready to try anyway, Jack pulls back. But Mark isn’t giving up, and neither is Jack’s sister. And then there’s the music both men love, bringing them together time and again. It will take trust, though, to bring them together for good.
Ok I would like to start with a disclaimer. I am not, nor have I had any personal experience with an autistic person other than supervising a young lady at work who I strongly suspected had Asperger’s yet it was never confirmed. That being said, please understand that my review is based on my own perceptions and I cannot comment on whether or not the author got this right, wrong, or somewhere in between.
My review for this one will be scattered because there was just so much good in this book that I am struggling to put it all together in a way that will do it justice. This book made me think and made me think hard. It left me feeling so happy and hopeful but at the same time left me knowing that I needed to re-evaluate myself and my perceptions. It was wonderful.
I LOVED this book. It was so much more that I hoped for. I was honestly afraid this was going to be a case of “my sister is autistic so I know how to be your perfect mate!” And in some ways it was, but overall, this one felt more like “my sister is autistic so I understand that I need to stop and evaluate my perceptions because I know you are different. But that is not a bad thing.”
G. B. Gordon created characters with flaws and depth and emotions. These people (even the supporting characters) were wholly unique and wholly lovable. The author painted them so well that the reader could see each brush stroke that made them who they were. We got insight into their pasts, got to see their present through their own eyes, and got to see the potential for a brilliant future. These men were not perfect but they were perfect for each other. They worked TOGETHER on everything. Yes, they had secrets at first, but they worked through their issues and then became true partners. They were awesome and it was awesome to see this relationship develop in spite of the hurdles life threw at it.
I loved the different POVs and how it let me see, smell, feel, hear Mark as Mark saw, smelled, felt, heard. I was in his head with him and it was glorious to see him puzzle through life. It was also glorious to see Jack tell him to just be himself and watch Mark determine how to do that. Being autistic in this world is not easy and Mark’s journey gave me a clue as to how uneasy that really is. I know he is not every autistic person, but I learned from this story and will be more mindful of those around me. Everyone has demons and I know I can at least be more cognizant of how I deal with those around me.
I loved Margaret the most I think. For a character supposedly disabled, she really did seem to be the most observant and most forthcoming. She did her best to play matchmaker and I loved her for it!
Please pick up this book. You don’t have to have read anything else in this series to read this one and I personally believe you will learn something new. Even if it is just the lesson that we never know what another is dealing with and we can only control our own actions, so be kind to those around you when possible because a small kindness can often go a long way.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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