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Love Comes Around by Andrew Grey

23153207Title: Love Comes Around (Senses, Book 4)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: September 19, 2014
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

Connor grew up in foster care and has worked hard to make good for himself. He’s started his own business as a carpenter and has found success in his work. While completing some repairs at the local orphanage, he meets Dan who is there dropping off one of the kids after a brief stay at his house. Dan wants to hire Connor to make some renovations to his house, but Connor is initially reluctant because of what he thinks of Dan’s character. But what starts as a misunderstanding paves the way for friendship and possibly for something more as Connor is asked to help Dan make his home ready for a new addition.

The fourth book in Andrew Grey’s senses series, this is yet another great installment. The way these books tell complete complex stories that focus not only on the relationship but also what it means to find love, to love yourself, and to be a part of a family is wonderful. I feel like there’s no other word for it. I’ve enjoyed every one and this is no exception.

While these books are part of a series, they can be read as standalone books, too. The main characters in one book are secondary/background characters in others, but knowledge of the rest of the series isn’t necessary.

Love Comes Silently by Andrew Grey

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Title: Love Comes Silently (Senses, Book 1)
Author: Andrew Grey
Published: October, 2012
Pages: 200
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:
I read this series in reverse order, so it was interesting to see the characters in the later books before seeing them introduced and their back stories. And honestly, I love this one just as much as I’ve loved the rest of the series.

There’s a lot of emotion here – Ken goes through a lot in caring for his daughter, Hanna, as she battles leukemia – and a great deal of love. Without giving away too many spoilers, this is a wonderful story of love, family, community, generosity, caring, and being open to those who may randomly walk into your life.

Title: Love Comes in Darkness
Author: Andrew Grey
Publication Date: August 8, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I’m reading this series backwards – not necessarily by design – having picked up book three first and then now moving on to book two. While the stories are interrelated with an overlap in characters, each focuses on a different main character, so you really can pick up whichever one you’d like to start with.

In this one the focus is on Howard Justinian. Howard has been blind from birth and has struggled throughout his life to find the balance involved in asserting his independence – finding that place where he’s not relying on others too much but he’s also not pushing them away. When his current boyfriend, Cedric, kicks him out of the car and leaves him stranded on the side of the highway during a fight, Howard meets Gordy who pulls up to help. Howard is instantly drawn to Gordy (and everyone tells him that the expressions on Gordy’s face seem to indicate a similar sentiment), but Howard wonders if Gordy knows what being with a blind man truly entails. And can Howard figure out how to find that same place of independence with Gordy without pushing him away, too?

Another great book in this series. The relationship dynamics that Andrew Grey has created here are amazing – so complex without feeling contrived in the least. I honestly can’t wait to go pick up book one and learn about the beginnings of a couple that I’ve now come to really like as they’ve been in the background of books two and three.

Title: Love Comes Home
Author: Andrew Grey
Publication Date: March 7, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
When single father Gregory Hampton learns that his 10-year-old son, Davey, has a degenerative condition that will leave him blind, it’s a blow to his world. Not only does he know that the dreams that he had for Davey may not happen, he also knows that many of the things Davey wants might end up out of his reach. And when Greg meets Tom Spangler at a party thrown by mutual friends, he finds himself wondering if he will be able to pursue some of his own dreams, as well.

As Davey’s condition worsens and Greg and Tom try to get to know each other better, what are the chances that things might work out? And how much more complicated with things become when Greg’s ex-wife shows up to throw her own opinions on Davey’s care into the mix?

This is an incredibly sweet story about love of all kinds. Even though the story has an m/m romance theme, I think it truly transcends that motif to include the love of family and friends – and the notion that sometimes a family is made up of those who are there for you and support you, not necessarily just those who are related to you. Greg’s selfless love for his son is endearing, as is Tom’s support of both Greg and Davey. And all of the friends that surround them provide this wonderful sense of a community of support. I found this to be a story that pulls at the heart (and not always just for the moments between the central couple) but left me feeling great about the people in my own life who are always there to support others and truly care – and it inspires me to remember to show the people I care about that same type of support.

I started this review giving this book four stars, but I find now that I’m thinking about it more, it’s definitely a five star – one of the best books I’ve read so far this year…

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)