Length: 62,991 words
Cover Design: Bree Archer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?
Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.
Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.
When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?
A terrible accident 8 years ago left Christian physically scarred and a shell of the person he once was. He hides from everyone and has essentially become a recluse who never leaves his apartment. When the owners of his complex decide to refurbish the apartments, Christian is faced with having to let someone into his space.
Handyman Josh, is assigned the task of refurbishing the kitchen and bathrooms in Christian's apartment. His co-workers are all razzing him about having to work in the mystery man's apartment, but it doesn't take long for Josh to get Christian to let his guard down a bit and start talking to him, even if it is only through a bedroom door. An accident eventually brings the two men face to face, and although Josh is initially shocked, he's far from disgusted by Christian's appearance, as Christian assumed he would be. As the days and weeks go by the two men bond and Christian slowly begins to let Josh in.
This was a sweet story and I loved the message attached to it. I loved the patience and acceptance Josh exhibited. He let Christian go at his own pace, yet also encouraged him to push the boundaries of his comfort zone. He helped pull him out of his shell, face his fears and take his life back.
This was a well-written story, it's a slow-burn, but with Christian's disposition and fears that was to be expected and it made the story that much more realistic. I loved the slow and natural progression of Josh earning Christian's trust and eventually becoming friends and later, lovers. The connection and chemistry between them was amazing and they were very sweet together.
I absolutely adored Josh's friends. They all had an amazing camaraderie and the back and forth banter was hilarious. I adored how easily they accepted Christian into their fold and how welcoming they were. They were an amazing support system for Josh and Christian. I also think that maybe there is another story there to tell, Ms. Wells! *hint hint nudge nudge*
This was a great read, very recommendable!
*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
K.C. loves to hear from readers.
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