Review: In The Absence Of Light by Adrienne Wilder

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Review: In The Absence Of Light by Adrienne Wilder

For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of.

Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people in the eye, tell left from right, and has uncontrolled tics. Yet he’s beaten every obstacle life has thrown his way. And when Grant Kessler moves into town Morgan isn’t a bit shy in letting the man know how much he wants him.

While the attraction is mutual, Grant pushes Morgan away. Like the rest of the world he can’t see past Morgan’s odd behaviors

Then Morgan shows Grant how light lets you see but it also leaves you blind. And once Grant opens his eyes, he loses his heart to the beautiful enigma of a man who changes the course of his life.

Title: In The Absence Of Light
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The First Three Rules, Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule, Complementary Colors
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: March 25, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 261
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I started reading author Adrienne Wilder on a recommendation from a friend and immediately fell in love with his writing. I felt it was time to venture back and before I could say what book of Wilder I should read next,  In the Absence of Light of was shoved in my hands. Okie dokey, I decided to not read the blurb at all and just went for it.


Oh my gosh, I may never think of toothpicks the same again. Morgan and Grant, probably the most unlikely couple I could picture together. Morgan is just…Wow! Love him to pieces! Severely autistic, has uncontrolled tics, and that’s just the basics. It was really hard to not prejudge him on my own mental perceptions, just like Grant did. And then Hello toothpicks! Grant has an interesting business, a smuggler with ethics no less. Thanks to the FBI and Jeff (I’ll get back to him in a sec) he’s retired and puts up a front of settling down in a nowhere town. That is until the heat is off him and then he plans to live somewhere along the coast.


My emotions ran the full gambit on this one. Laughter, tears, anger, joy. I had moments of wanting to shake Grant. Here’s this beautiful soul in Morgan, and all Grant wants is that distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of. Thankful, Morgan is quite persistent, talented, and…ummm…flexible. O.o I may never recover from how flexible he is. But besides that, he is the most unique character I have come across in ages. This is one character that months after you finish the book, you will think back on him repeatedly. The yes/no relationship that they go through affected me profoundly. I get Grant, really I do. He doesn’t want to get involved for many reasons, and I can see how Morgan being autistic is one of them. However, Morgan is quite the force to be reckoned with and Grant never stood a chance.


Now for Durstand, the locals and everybody else. Bonus! It’s a small town filled with quirky people, some of which that had tears of laughter streaming down my face. There’s Jeff, Grant’s former lover and also FBI. He was a hard one to peg. Was he good, bad, or just doing his job? The only thing for certain is I wanted to beat him! There are a few other characters I won’t go into details about because In The Absence Of Light has a bit of a drama/mystery side to it. A side that not only did I not see coming, but once I did, I could never have guessed the outcome. I’ll stop right there and let you figure it out on your own.


I’m going to call it right now and say without any doubt, In The Absence Of Light is going to be the best book I read this year. Period. End of discussion. If you are going to read one male/male romance this year, let it be this book. Not only will you NOT regret it, you will also be telling everybody you know this will be the best book they read this year.

Read. This. Book.



In The Absence Of Light
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