Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton

Puzzle Me This
by Eli Easton
Published October 2nd 2013 by Dreamspinner Press
Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: .epub, .mobi, html, pdf

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching. 

The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper. 

When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?

After reading the blurb for Puzzle Me This, I immediately wanted to read it. One of my secret indulgences is to solve the Sunday paper crossword puzzle so it was no surprise that I latched on to the blurb.

On the first and second thirds of the book, I simply could not get the goofy smile off my face. I actually went through the process of solving the puzzles created by Luke and came out 80% right in total. This upped the excitement I had when reading this. Comes in the romance between Luke and Alex? I thought this was one great read.

When I reached the last third of the book, I got puzzled. I had to backtrack a bit and find out if I missed something but I found that I was on the right track of the plot. This is where my puzzlement turned to a sigh of wonder as to how a book this great turned - flat.

There was a turn of events that read unexpectedly and suddenly it set my brain on a hard brake. This turn in the plot just surprised me and its suddenness was not a good thing. There was some backpedalling near the end and it did save the plot development a little but it was not enough of a save.

I really, really, honestly liked this story. It was just that last third that disappointed me, otherwise, this is a really, really nice light read that entertained me despite the bit of woes I went through. The romance between the men was a good thing to have now that I am ready to go to bed. And yes, I am smiling, which means I fell in with the love of the two men. So that is a good thing.

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