Review: Andrew Grey – Love Come to Light


LoveComesToLight
Author: Andrew Grey
Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781634771290

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Summary:
Love Comes to Light (Senses Series) by Andrew Grey – Romance>Contemporary eBook
A Senses Series Story

Artist Arik Bosler is terrified he might have lost his creative gift in the accident that left his hand badly burned. When he’s offered the chance to work with renowned artist Ken Brighton, Arik fears his injury will be too much to overcome.

He travels to Pleasanton to meet Ken, where he runs into the intimidating Reg Thompson. Reg, a biker who customizes motorcycles, is a big man with a heart of gold who was rejected by most of his family. Arik is initially afraid of Reg because of his size. However it’s Reg’s heart that warms Arik’s interest and gets him to look past the exterior to let down his guard.

But Arik soon realizes that certain members of Reg’s motorcycle club are into things he can’t have any part of. Reg can’t understand why Arik disappears until he learns Arik’s injury was the result of his father’s drug activity. Though neither Reg nor Arik wants anything to do with drugs, the new leadership of Reg’s club might have other ideas.

Review:
Artist Arik Bosler was severely burned in a fire in a meth lab in his parents’ home. He suffered several burns on his body, but the major damage was to his hand—the hand in which he held his paint brush—and although he can still visualize painting, his hand is no longer capable of the fine work he once produced. The damage to his psyche is far greater than the damage to his hand, however, and he readily admits that his parents were never more than names on his birth certificate. They were alcoholics and drug users who weren’t capable of being parents, never mind the kind of parents a young boy needs to guide him, so why he responded to his mother’s plea to come to their home and help his father is something even he can’t understand.

All these things add up to one very mixed up and messed up young man. When he’s offered the opportunity to work with Ken Brighton (Love Comes Silently), he quickly accepts and then worries that perhaps he should have turned down the chance to work with the famous artist since he’s no longer worthy. Those of us who have followed the Senses series know that Ken and his mute partner, Patrick, have hearts as big as the great outdoors, and of course, they welcome Arik into their home. Ken encourages Arik to relearn how to paint, or to consider using other mediums, and Patrick shares his story of losing his voice after being an opera singer, helping Arik see that he’s not the only one in the world who has to begin again and that it’s very possible to start over.

Help comes in an unexpected package. He meets Reg Thompson, a big, burly, bald biker, and at first, he’s afraid of the big man, but soon realizes that Reg is not what he appears to be. And later, he learns so much more from Reg, including the fact that Reg has fallen for Arik and is willing to help him and support him in whatever way he needs. But Reg won’t tolerate Arik feeling sorry for himself, and because of that, he makes a huge difference in Arik’s recovery. Unfortunately, the couple has a setback when Arik spots a drug deal going down among some of the bikers in Reg’s club. Arik’s anxiety escalates and he bolts, fearing a repeat of what happened with his parents.

It’s not as simple to resolve that issue as it may seem on the surface since more than just Arik and Reg are involved once Reg takes a “no drugs on premises” stance with the club. Will they survive the backlash from the gang members? Is there any hope for them as a couple after this mess? And will Arik be able to overcome his disability and paint again?

I enjoy Andrew Grey’s writing and generally find myself rating the ones I like best at 4 hearts, but this one was a cut above. There was something edgier about this story. Perhaps it’s the combination of the presence of characters that we’ve met in the past, as well as the children in the foster home which has held a prominent role throughout the series, added to the very real danger posed by the drug dealers, and the impact of Arik’s family on his own injuries—both physical and emotional. The author captured my heart with Arik and Reg, and I really need to inch this one up a notch to 4.5 hearts. If you enjoy hurt-comfort, men with children, an element of danger, and a heartwarming love story, no doubt you will enjoy this one as much as I did.

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