A Bouquet for Adam by A.J. Marcus, K.T. Spence
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 17th, 2016
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Adam Stephens’s simple life working in Denver as a computer programmer is turned upside down when his mother suddenly dies. His crazy relatives in Virginia want him to move in with them because they believe his autism makes it impossible for him to care for himself. But life improves, at least for a time. One day while wandering through the botanical gardens, he runs into struggling wildlife photographer Trent Osborn.
As a hesitant love blossoms between the two, Adam’s aunt and uncle push for him to live with them. Adam again refuses. The struggles between his desires and what everyone else wants collide. Adam disappears, and Trent is unsure if he’s run off to escape life’s pressures made worse by his autism, or if something far more sinister has happened. Trent embarks on a cross-country journey in search of Adam. What he discovers changes the course of his and Adam’s lives and the lives of everyone connected to them.
Character With Disability (Autism)
This book was an over dramatic disaster. Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where you’ve thought “Surely nothing else could possibly go wrong?” and then it does and you feel like you’ve been taken hostage? And you want to gouge your eyes out to get away from it?
That’s what this book was like. I got so mad at some points that I am surprised that I was able to finish it even though it was a quick read.
I thought that my biggest problem with this book was going to be the possible fetishization of a disability, but here we are with me wanting to throw my kindle out of a window. To be fair to this book I feel that they did Adam and his autism/Asperger’s justice by showing him as a strong character with his own personality, struggles, and such.
It really made me angrier that I super liked Trent and Adam and their growing relationship, but then it became about Adam’s horrible relatives being horrible. I got enough of abusive relatives growing up and I don’t particularly want to read about it for entertainment.
I am so stressed out right now that I want to go get a cold beer and watch some baseball to get back to my zen.
There are probably some people who would love this book but I really think the average reader would not like it. Which is unfortunate because I really wanted to like it.
A.J. Marcus grew up in Texas. He’s always had a fascination with cowboys, comic books and the great outdoors. He started writing in high school and at times spent more time writing than he did reading, and he’s a voracious reader. Maybe it was growing up in Texas, but his love of rugged men showed up even before he realized what was going on. He likes his men manly, hard, tough and caring, men with hearts, and other parts, as big as Texas.
K.T. Spence is a Colorado author owned by a one-eyed cat named Jacq and has a daughter who is on the autism spectrum. Both want all of her attention, albeit in different ways, but she manages to scratch out stories in her spare time. K.T. is an avid reader. Having learned on her own to read when she was three, she has never not had a book in her hand.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.