Review: In The Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder

March 26, 2015 Review 1

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
Source: Author
Published: March 28, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 333
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

I knew going into In the Absence of Light that Adrienne had created something beautiful and amazing. That’s just how Wilder’s books work. I still found myself surprised with just how amazing this book was. Grant has lived the life of a criminal for many years. His shipping business was quite profitable. It also got the FBI’s attention. Grant had morals and a type of ethical code that he followed and things were headed in a direction that he didn’t want to go. He decided to take a hiatus until he fell off of the FBI’s radar and could disappear with his hidden fortune. Durstand is the nowhere place he decides to set his very temporary roots.

Durstand local Morgan Kade has spent years overcoming every obstacle ever put in front of him. Some of the obstacles are things that most people do not even recognize as having any difficulty, some things are tragic events that no one should ever suffer, and most are things that Morgan just needs a little more time to overcome. Morgan is autistic and he currently has his sights on the new guy in town, the one that purchased the old Anderson place, Grant Kessler.

There are a few things I absolutely love to read in a book. I love a character that I constantly wonder what side he is on. Jeff is one of those. I continuously wondered his motives and pondered his end game. This worked for me and it played out superbly within these pages. I also love it when I figure out where the title to a book originated. That scene in this book is such an eye opener. Morgan was an easy character to love and how he makes the title to this book work in his life is just one of those moments that will give him a permanent place in your heart.

I’m not sure how it worked out this way but there is an interesting blend of scorching hot and endearingly sweet when it comes to Morgan and Grant and their trip to happily ever after. You’ll love the residents of Durstand and their role and commentary on this subject. It brings some humor to the pages of a book that has some dark and suspenseful moments. I do believe that Wilder has lined up another book for this world. If that is the case I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I loved one. Morgan is something different and extraordinary and I can promise you are going to love him and most likely put him at the top of your favorite character list.

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One Response to “Review: In The Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder”

  1. Christi

    I can’t wait to read this one…it’s on my to buy list as soon as it’s available thanks to your rec. Smiles…