Love Comes to Light, by Andrew Grey
Series: A Senses Novel (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 18, 2016
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Artist Arik Bosler is terrified he might have lost his creative gift in the accident that left his hand badly burned. When he’s offered the chance to work with renowned artist Ken Brighton, Arik fears his injury will be too much to overcome.
He travels to Pleasanton to meet Ken, where he runs into the intimidating Reg Thompson. Reg, a biker who customizes motorcycles, is a big man with a heart of gold who was rejected by most of his family. Arik is initially afraid of Reg because of his size. However it’s Reg’s heart that warms Arik’s interest and gets him to look past the exterior to let down his guard.
But Arik soon realizes that certain members of Reg’s motorcycle club are into things he can’t have any part of. Reg can’t understand why Arik disappears until he learns Arik’s injury was the result of his father’s drug activity. Though neither Reg nor Arik wants anything to do with drugs, the new leadership of Reg’s club might have other ideas.
Characters with Disability
This is a very sweet romance with one of those “rising from the ashes” type of stories… a man who thinks he’s lost everything, only to find that he’s gained so much more. I thought the plot was incredibly interesting, and there were a lot of weaving stories that worked together nicely.
But I also didn’t like a few things, which added together to make this a novel that I struggled to be absorbed in.
The relationship between Arik and Reg: I’m not a fan of insta-love. It’s very popular with some people, so I don’t think it’s a negative here, but just not something I personally want to read. Reg is already feeling possessive about Arik when they’ve only known each other for a few minutes… growling when someone comfortingly touches Arik’s hair!
There are other aspects of the relationship that I can’t talk about because they’d be spoilers, but I think it moved waaaaaay too quickly.
The dialogue: Now, I’m reading an ARC copy, so this might change in the final version, but I found the dialogue stilted and unnatural, often lacking contractions.
The pacing: The entire novel felt too rushed. Emotionally-taxing scenes would come and go in just one page, so as a reader I never had time to process, relate, and feel empathy with the characters. I wish this novel had been about 1/3 as long again, to flesh out a lot of scenes that were too abrupt.
Again, a really excellent premise, but just a few issues that alone would have been fine, but together made this one that I wasn’t able to fully enjoy.
Andrew Grey is the author of the Senses series, each featuring a character with disability.
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.