Title: The Blinding Light
Author: Renae Kaye
My Rating: A
Narrator: Jonathan Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Jake and Patrick
Release Date: March 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
6 hrs 55 mins
Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.
Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.
Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.
This audio is almost 7 hours and although I listen to my audios at a faster speed, this is still a big commitment to listen to in one day which is basically what I did with it...because I didn't want to stop listening. It was such a good story and an incredible one to listen to...it's set in Australia and the narrator's accents were LUSH! But that isn't all that drew me in with this story. No, the rest was all Jake. I loved him!
Jake is a normal guy struggling to keep his head above water for his three younger sisters. His mother is an alcoholic and he's spent his life cleaning up her messes and taking care of her children, his sisters. That means he takes on every job he can to get by. His latest is becoming the housekeeper for a very fussy blind man, who he assumes is older...just because of the man's prissy, fussy attitude. But he's never met Patrick, until one day Jake shows up and Patrick is home sick...and he's drop-dead gorgeous. Jake is a natural caregiver and immediately starts putting Patrick back to bed and nurturing him.
I love Jake. He's a good, honest bloke. He tells it like it is with no apologies. He isn't bothered by Patrick's fussy ways because Jake can see the other guy's viewpoint. Patrick is blind. He has to be fussy so that he doesn't get killed in his own home. It's only natural. Jake is also naturally flirty...with everyone...straight or gay, so he immediately turns on the charm with Patrick...something that Patrick isn't quite sure how to take. I loved them together. Jake doesn't let Patrick shrink into himself. Patrick has some serious issues brought on by his blindness and how others perceive him, but Jake just pushes through all that as nonsense. Yes, Patrick's blind...so what? They can work past that...just with a few minor changes. No biggie. And that's what I loved about Jake...it seriously is no big deal to him. He sees the real person behind the sunglasses and service dog and likes that man. Case closed, so why should it be a big deal.
Seriously, I LOVED these two together. Jake is such an incredible character. He's been dealt an entirely unfair hand in life and he just goes on and accepts each blow as it comes...dealing with it as best as he can. He deserves a Patrick in his life. And wow, did Patrick need Jake? He needs someone like Jake to show him how to embrace life...no matter the difficulties. I loved this book. It just made me feel happier for having read/listened to it. Watching these two fall was incredibly powerful and romantic and I ADORED this story.