Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review: Love Comes in Darkness (Senses #2) by Andrew Grey

Love Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey eBook
Published August 9th 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars (AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

A Senses Series Story 

Howard Justinian has always had to fight for his freedom. Because he was born blind, everyone is always trying to shelter him, but he’s determined to live his life on his own terms. 

When an argument with his boyfriend over that hard-won self-reliance leaves Howard stranded by the side of the road, assistance arrives in the form of Gordy Jarrett. Gordy is a missionary’s son, so helping others is second nature—and he does it in such an unassuming manner that Howard can’t say no. 

Life is barely back on track when Howard receives shocking news: his sister died, leaving him her daughter to care for. Howard now faces his greatest challenge yet: for Sophia’s safety, he’ll need to accept help, but will he learn to accept it from Gordy, the one man who will not curb his independence?

The blurb for Love Comes In Darkness basically tells the whole story of Howard and Gordy. It prepares the readers for what is expected: a tearjerker love story. What it does not tell the readers is to prepare for a box of tissues and for their hearts to be ripped apart and then slowly get sewn back together again.

This is the talent of Andrew Grey. His works can run havoc over his readers' emotions. Knowing this, his readers still come back for more. Sort of masochistic of us, don't you think? I mean, I know what to expect, but why go through all the emotions? The answer to those two questions is rather simple really: I am an addict to great stories and I know Grey will deliver.

It starts out fairly simple: just like the blurb states, Howards gets left by the side of the freeway, scared out of his mind, gets overwhelmed by all the sounds he could neither focus on or ignore, when a knight in shining armor in the form of Gordy comes along. Gordy sounds fantastic, sounds big, sounds kind, sounds trustworthy. 

Sounds. This is all we get from the book. There is no actual description of any of the characters, even if we already know what Howard's friends Patrick and Ken of Love Comes Silently (Senses #1) look like. Well, those of us who read the book, anyway. As for Gordy? He is described as a giant, but that is it. I did get a sense that he was a larger than usual man but that is not the point that comes across. Instead, we get a feeling of how Gordy is so trustworthy and kind and gentle that even if I still want a visual, Howard refuses to give one. Well, he is blind! 

And really, this is the unusualness of this whole work. No one gets physically described. We only get sounds and feelings. The whole book is really based on Howard's blind point of view, even if this is not written in the first person. In fact, I who have raised German Shepherds for decades did not get one hint of what Token looks like. It's best to just look at the cover then, for those who don't know what to imagine.

Because it is just sounds and feelings, the emotions that are wrung out of the readers gets to be more intense. The passion between the two men was sizzling to the point that I started comparing that heat here to Grey's other book, Whipped Cream. Then the accident happened and from sizzling heat, we get a box of tissues and tears running and hearts pounding and aching. 

Love Comes In Darkness is written from a blind individual's point of view and the seeing readers are sucked into this blindness. We start groping around for something visible in an attempt to crawl out of the pit of emotions the author drags us into and we finally do so, at the very end. Why we cannot stop reading a Grey book is a phenomenal question which answer is only one thing: we are addicted to his works. 

It's 5 a.m. and I am waiting for my coffee to be done while writing this. I just scared myself out of the bathroom after seeing my reflection in the mirror. Yeah, its that bad: swollen eyes, puffy nose and sniffling. Yes, it's 5 a.m. I better get up and drink that coffee now.

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