His entire life, Tommy Garrett has dealt with self-doubts. He thought he’d conquered the majority of them until a chance meeting with an author brought his illiteracy to the forefront…again. Growing up with un-diagnosed dyslexia has left Tommy barely able to read, but books are his Nirvana. Now he spends his life creating art dedicated to the love of those “untouchable” items.
Robert McIntyre, Mac, is a best-selling, highly celebrated author. But his point of view has become a little bit too narrow…until Tommy opens his eyes. That chance meeting has changed everything about his world. He has no idea how to find the beautiful man he met, and offended, at the library book sale. But when he does, Tommy’s life is in crisis-mode. It’s the holidays and Mac can’t just standby when Tommy needs help, whether Tommy wants it or not.
Two artistic men. One shared passion for books.
Life is hard, and sometimes when conflict arises you have to write your own plot twist to pull yourself out of the fray.
Mac is a writer and his last relationship ended when his boyfriend couldn’t be more interesting than his “characters”. He likes to donate to the local library and helps out at their annual book sale.
He’s called to help out a buyer who’s bought a TON of books and he is psyched. Here is a cute, fun, bibliophile who seems to be flirting back! When he tries to ask the guy out he finds that the books are slated to be “repurposed” into art – meaning DEGRADED. Something very hateful to the writer. So, they end up on the wrong foot.
Of course, the cutie is Tommy. Tommy is a young artist and book store owner who actually loves books, but can’t read well, so he listens to them and makes amazing art out of them as well. His brother is in the hospital fighting for his life when he and Mac meet again. Mac now realizes just who Tommy is and why he “degrades” books and wants to make amends.
From there it’s a dance between Tommy’s guilt surrounding his brother, his reluctance to be with a rich, famous writer and his own insecurities.
But… perseverance wins out and we get a beautiful HEA.
WOW. This book by a new (to me) author just blew me away.
The story is gripping and the romance is terribly sweet. There is an appropriate amount of hot smexy times, but that is definitely not the main purpose of the book.
I loved both MCs and found them to be very real and engaging. The secondary characters were well developed and interesting and I’m hoping one or both might get their own stories in the future.
I think what stuck with me the most was the imagery surrounding Tommy’s art and how well the author brought the reader (and Mac) around to seeing things from Tommy’s side.
I highly recommend this and give it 6 of 5 stars.
(Normally I wait til closer to release day to post a reivew, but I wanted to get the word about this out early – I think you’ll enjoy it!)
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Out October 23, 2015