Light Up the Dark by Suki Fleet ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: Light Up the Dark

Author: Suki Fleet

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/25/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Blurb:

For two years Nicky has wandered the dark empty corridors of the overgrown Thorn Hall, unseen and untouched, feeling like a ghost. His only company, the cold man who promised to keep him safe from harm, Lance. But when Lance dies, Nicky’s assurance of safety disintegrates and his world suddenly becomes a lot more real and a lot more dangerous. Scared to leave the house, Nicky longs for daylight. He employs a gardener to clear the over-grown bushes and vines that have nearly swallowed Thorn Hall whole. The last thing Nicky expects a little light to do is show him something to fight for.

Eighteen months in a young offenders’ institute has taught Cai two things: he occupies the playful puppy end of the How Dangerous Are You? spectrum, and he has an unfortunate knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Desperate for a job, he takes the first offer he gets. Even though Thorn Hall creeps the hell out of him and he barely knows one end of a pair of garden shears from the other.

Things start to fall apart when Cai is drawn into Nicky’s strange world of sticky notes and secrets. Cai finds he is now a target, blamed for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate not to go back to prison, he digs deep and risks all the good things in life to help Nicky run. But now Nicky has someone he wants to protect, he knows he can’t run any more.

My View:

Suki Fleet has crafted another simply amazing story with Light Up the Dark. She has such a way with it words that it pulled me into the story and I didn’t want to put the book down.

Here we have two tragic but realistic and relatable characters in Nicky and Cai. Nicky has been in hiding for years living with his protector, Lance. But now Lance is dead and Nicky is trying to figure out what comes next. He’s terrified of practically everything and you can totally feel his fear.

Cai has custody of his tween niece and is trying to turn his life around after a stint in juvie. He’s hardworking and caring and I liked him instantly.

Nicky hires Cai to clean off plants growing on the side of the estate but has no interest in talking to him so he leaves notes. Cai is intrigued with Nicky and finds a way to speak to him a few times. Thus begins their push pull relationship that perfectly fit their respective personalities.

A mystery arises around Nicky and Cai gets pulled into it. The mystery was well-crafted, though not without its issue, but that wasn’t the main plot point. It brings Nicky and Cai together and their chemistry was positively explosive. It wasn’t the most romantic sex but that wouldn’t have been realistic. Their wild, forceful fuck was perfect.

It’s so obvious Fleet knows her characters inside and out, not just Nicky and Cai but also Cai’s neice and her transgender friend, Loz. Even the cops and the bad guys are fully fleshed out characters.

Simply incredible.

Links

Light Up the Dark on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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