Let the Wrong Light In, by Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Book Release Date: September 25, 2015
Narrated By: Derrick McClain
Audio Release Date: August 25, 2016
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.
Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.
But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.
Heavy Kink/Breath Play
When this came up as an audio review option, I nabbed it quick like. I didn’t read the blurb, or know anything about it. I just knew that a lot of people who seem to enjoy this authors books. So I thought, lets take a shot! I also already had the book, one of the many I have but have not had the chance to read yet, so I read this while listening.
While I’m not going to give up on the author, I almost gave up on the book. I think it may be that the audio is what stopped me from DNFing this. I was very uncomfortable for a large part of the book. Not until about the 50% point, did I start to feel better about where the story was going. But even then, I still wasn’t totally happy.
For the story itself, I really disliked the characters. I think Malin grew on me eventually, but it was difficult to like either of them, largely due to their lack of communication. Avery is a basket case, and Malin is so taciturn that it hurts. I also had a lot of issues with the BDSM, if you want to call it that. It felt very dubcon as well as strangely utilized. Honestly, it just didn’t seem to fit the story. I questioned why that was even a dynamic of the relationship at all. Why Avery needed it, and why Malin was willing to give it.
I disliked the use of the supporting characters. For the most part they were okay, but again, they felt like they didn’t belong, except for the one new friend who was super convenient, more than anything else.
Then there is the actual telling of the story… because that’s what it was. A telling. The entire story lacks of feelings and I felt like I was being told something, rather than experiencing it with them. If not for the accomplished way that Derrick McClain can narrate, I would have never finished it. Mr. McClain put some life into the story that I was not finding had I only read it. His narration helped me finish this… but only just. And I know it sounds like I really hated this, but I didn’t. There were sweet and nice things that I really liked. I just wish those moments were not overshadowed by everything I didn’t.
Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and she never gets tired of people and their stories — either real or the ones she makes up in her head.
To find out more about Gale and her books head over to her website (click here!).
I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for a fair and honest review.