5 starsM/M Romance

In the Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder

In the Absence of Light Book Cover In the Absence of Light
Adrienne Wilder
Fiction, M/M Romance
April 3rd 2015

For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of.

Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people in the eye, tell left from right, and has uncontrolled tics. Yet he’s beaten every obstacle life has thrown his way. And when Grant Kessler moves into town Morgan isn’t a bit shy in letting the man know how much he wants him.

While the attraction is mutual, Grant pushes Morgan away. Like the rest of the world he can’t see past Morgan’s odd behaviors.

Then Morgan shows Grant how light lets you see but it also leaves you blind. And once Grant opens his eyes, he loses his heart to the beautiful enigma of a man who changes the course of his life.

Val’s Review

5 A Dog Isn’t a Hobby Stars

So, not gonna lie, I tend to be somewhat cold and heartless when it comes to life books.

So typically, when I read a book that it supposed to make me like this:

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I have come to expect I will end up being more like this:

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I have just accepted the fact that my manufacturer forgot to install my sensitivity chip.

Oh well.

So it is with great pleasure that I get to say that this book had me all like this for once:

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Seriously.

What a beautiful story.

Grant was a really interesting character. Painted as a sort of “moral criminal,” watching his personal evolution as the story progressed was a really cool journey to witness.

And Morgan?

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I. Loved. Him.

“Morgan’s just like any other guy his age. He just sees the world a little bit differently. Maybe he even see things we’ll never have the pleasure of experiencing.”

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Watching Morgan and Grant interact and come together was really beautiful.

In fact, I just thought the story as a whole was beautiful.

It had so many elements I love:

– Slow building, realistic love
– Quirky, fleshed out main characters
– Tangible side characters that added to the story without overwhelming it
– A GREAT setting that almost acts as its own character
– Great writing

My only complaint was…certain word usages.

Well, just two actually…

Examples included.

1) The Word “Bark”

“I barked out a cry, and right at the edge of release, Morgan stopped.”

“I barked out a cry, and he drank it from my lips…”

“Morgan barked out in pleasure again and again.”

“I barked out in surprise, but it quickly turned into an agonizing groan.”

Now, call me crazy, but when I read the word “bark” – in sex scenes – it took me right from this…

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To this:

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2) The Word “Squelch”

I feel like I don’t even need to explain this one, but I will let some more quotes speak for themselves…

“The squelch of lubricant let me know exactly what he did.”

“It added to the obscene squelch of my fingers moving in and out of his body.”

“His entire body shuddered, and more pre-cum bled from his slit until the foreskin squelched .”

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First thought?

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Second thought?

With all the barking and the squelching (for realz though I wanna wash my hands even typing that ), all it makes me think of…

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Other than that, great book.

I will definitely look forward to more from this author.