Title: In the Absence of Light
Author: Adrienne Wilder
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Grant and Morgan
Release Date: March 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
I picked up this book completely on the recommendation of a fellow book blogger. The Jeep Diva knows my reading tastes well. This book...wow...it was absolutely beautiful. And what makes it so beautiful is Morgan.
Morgan has extreme autism. It's left him with lots of visual tics and eccentricities which make it look like he's mentally challenged. He's not...at all. And he's learned to deal with that fact with a smartass attitude that I loved. He's snarky and honestly pretty rude when people write him off. But that's because they look at him and see what they think...not who he actually is. And that's where the title of the book comes from. If there is no light...you can't see his flaws. You can only see how highly intelligent and normal he is...and so many people miss that about him.
It's a great "moral to the story" type of book and it's set in the middle of a fabulous romance. Like everyone else, Grant doesn't see the real Morgan at first, but as he gets to know the man, he comes to realize that he's so much more. I loved watching Grant's opinion of Morgan change and morph into something beautiful. And it's a slow process. Just when it seems like Grant gets it, he does something that proves that he still underestimates Morgan and Morgan's abilities to overcome. As a reader, I wanted to yell at him sometimes, but as a human with flaws, I could also see how he had difficulties. That part of it felt so real and so true....seriously, love this book.
And it's not exactly an easy subject matter, but Adrienne Wilder wrote it so that it had such an amazing balance between the heartbreaking angst and the downright lol moments. "Can I have your autograph?" Every single time, I busted out laughing, especially when the FBI agent ex was around. And can we talk about him for a moment? Heart. Breaking.
Neither Morgan or Grant have had an easy time in life. But that makes what they have together that much sweeter. Grant...gah, for a former criminal, he has the most amazing and giving heart. I just wanted to wrap him up and hug him. I'm so happy he found Morgan to do it for me.
Just a good book that makes you feel better for having read it. It's eye-opening and heartwarming. I highly recommend it!