Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Review: One Good Deed by Andrew Grey

One Good Deed
by Andrew Grey
Published February 10th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: mobi, epub, pdf, zip/html, Paperback

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Luka Krachec immigrates to the United States to find his cousin dead and his cousin’s wife hospitalized after a terrible accident. He meets Peter Montgomery at the funeral. The American seems nice and captures Luka’s attention when he offers to help him with his English. 

Peter has spent most of his life believing he shot his father at age six, and his family uses his regret and overwhelming guilt to keep him under their proverbial thumbs. Peter does his best to make up for what he did by helping others, and agreeing to help Luka with his English yields something amazing when they hit it off. 

When Peter opens up to Luka about what happened when he was a child, Luka senses some holes in the story and suspects Peter needs some help, so he approaches the head of the psychology department at the college where he works. Neither expects to open a long-barricaded door to secrets, denial, and family manipulation.

One Good Deed is the story of Luka and Peter. Luka is a Serbian scientist migrating to the USA but instead of a happy reunion with his cousin and sponsor, he attends the funeral. There, he meets Peter who teaches English as a second language. 

The two men become friends and Luka soon relies on Peter for learning American English. Through their constant togetherness, they get closer and soon it is impossible to resist each other. But instead of the expected happiness, Luka sees Peter struggling with his personal demons. 

Peter was an overwhelmed man who was lost in his past and just got trapped. His savior came in the form of Luka whom I thought all along to be the one who would have the drama. Instead, it was Luka who was the clear-minded scientific guy. He thought his way through his lover's problems, analyzed it systematically, and reached a conclusion never entertained before.

One Good Deed is another simple story with a simple plot but, once again, Andrew Grey manages to grab his readers and not let them go. This was one superbly written romance and I got lost in it. The story wrings out the the emotions so it is impossible not to get stirred up.

True, this is another of the author's romantic pieces, but this time, it just made me feel more than I should. Let us just say that I was cussing up a storm finding myself unprepared and totally forgot the box of tissues. This story successfully stripped down my barriers and I. Just. Bawled!!!! 


I left the story smiling happily. 

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