Mr. Right by G.A. Hauser

Mr. RightMr. Right by G.A. Hauser

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Twenty-five year old Shawn Valley loved the internet chat sites and hooking up with older men. When he met Glenn Avon, a man thirty years his senior, he thought his life had changed for the better and it was time to settle down. What Shawn didn’t expect was for Glenn to die after only living with him for three years. On the heels of his partner’s death, Shawn begins to slide back into his old habits until he is persuaded to seek counseling.
Elliot Downey worked in Vacaville, California as a therapist. When a woman leaves him a message, asking him to call Shawn Valley to make an appointment, Elliot never expected to become enamored with a patient. It was taboo, it was against the rules, and it was inevitable.
The first few moments Shawn and Elliot were face to face, Elliot knew he was in trouble, and Shawn wondered if he could rebound into a wonderful new man.
Once before Elliot had loved someone and ruined his career. Was history going to repeat itself?
How much is a man willing to risk when he thinks Mr. Right has walked right to the door? It’s Shawn’s job to convince Elliot, they were meant for each other.

So what did I think?

I enjoyed this book despite a couple of things that maybe didn’t sit perfectly comfortably with me. But  I don’t necessarily need to agree with a characters behaviour to enjoy a book and I did get pulled into the story.

So what didn’t I enjoy? I was slightly unhappy with the therapist/patient relationship between Shawn and Elliot. Sure, it was only one appointment but I had a sense that Elliot may have been taking advantage of Shawn’s grief. After all, it had only been a week or so since the death of Shawn’s partner Glenn. I also didn’t like the reference to the slightly taboo relationship Elliot had in the past.

Shawn had just lost his partner of 3 years, a man 30 years older. I liked that the relationship, even with the age difference, was portrayed as one of true love and could understand the tremendous grief that Shawn experienced. His behaviour was also understandable – people react differently and can do strange things when impacted by grief. I didn’t necessarily warm to Shawn as a character, due to his actions and also finding him a bit shallow. He needed to grow up and find some sort of direction for his life.

The falling in love with Elliot so quickly seemed extremely unbelievable, as did Elliot’s choice of Shawn over his career, but hey, it’s only a story and I wanted them to have a happy ending so I didn’t think to much about it.

It was definitely an interesting portrayal of grief.

3 Stars

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★★★★ Love Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey ★★★★

The Senses series:

  • Love Comes Silently (book #1) – click here for review
  • Love Comes in Darkness (book #2) – in this review

Love Comes in DarknessLove Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

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?

So what did I think?

Andrew Grey has done it again, providing another beautiful story about facing the challenges in life and finding happiness.

Howard was born blind and his independence is extremely important to him. Early in the book he is thrown into a terrifying situation, being abandoned on the side of a highway by a boyfriend with a point to prove. By abandoning him, Cedric is trying to show Howard how much he needs help. Howard manages to contact his friends (Ken and Patrick from book 1, Love Comes Silently) but before they arrive, Gordy arrives on the scene and stays with Howard until his friends arrive. This is the start of a relationship between Howard and Gordy.

I liked the way Gordy was so accepting of a Howard’s situation, giving him support and freedom at the same time. He trusted that Howard was capable of taking care of himself while acknowledging the practicalities of not having sight.

While still establishing their relationship, things are thrown into chaos when Howard’s sister dies. Howard needs to deal with her death and arrange the funeral, but most importantly make some life changing decisions regarding his niece. Howard also reacts badly to Gordy’s actions when all Gordy is doing is providing the love and support as any boyfriend would do when a partner is going through a family trauma.

Love, heartache, friendship and a lovely happy ending!

“….Living with a blind person isn’t easy, and one with a child, no less. I hope you know that.”
Gordy held him tighter and then rolled them on the bed. “I know exactly what I am getting myself in for: a lifetime of love. That’s all I need; the rest isn’t important.”

4 Stars

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