Title: Puzzle Me This
Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching.
The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper.
When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?
Author: Eli Easton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: How to Howl at the Moon, Howl to Walk Like a Man, The Lion and the Crow
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 2, 2013
Genres: Male Male Romance
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I think the flirtatious crossword puzzle was my favorite part of this book. Alex has experienced rejection for something he has absolutely no control over. So when he sees Luke and decides to try and get the other man’s attention he does it through his crossword puzzles. They are amazingly sweet and total attention grabbers.
Luke is of course flattered by the attention from his unknown admirer. He has never had someone pursue him in such a manner. Once he finally meets the shy man behind the puzzles he can see why there are some instances of social insecurities. Luke after all goes through his own share of mixed feelings when it comes to Alex.
Even though Luke and Alex think that it couldn’t happen to their romance the guilt and insecurities get to them. The wheelchair non-issue becomes an issue and the men are left feeling that what they had just isn’t enough for the long haul.
There was a sweet premise behind Puzzle Me This. I just needed more time for Luke and Alex together to feel that the ending they get was plausible.