Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A HELPING OF LOVE by Andrew Grey

A Taste of Love Story, Book 3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: March 16th, 2012
ISBN 9781613723920
Contemporary M/M
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

For wheelchair bound Peter Christopoulos, trying to find a man to look beyond the chair that has become his life is very hard. No one looks at him and sees him as a person; all they see is the wheelchair. Meeting Russ Baker was an unexpected pleasure since the man looked past the chair and saw Peter, the man. But there are complications in Russ’s life that cause Russ to be hesitant and scared. Russ has been covering the bruises and the abuse for so long that he doesn’t know how to get out of a relationship that is toxic. Can Russ trust in himself to see that love doesn’t have to hurt and can be sweet with the right person?

Andrew Grey writes beautiful, emotional stories that steal your heart. But A HELPING OF LOVE is much more than his last books. It still has those characters we adore, the emotion that steals the breath from us but it also deals with a character that is in an abusive relationship. For me, this was a powerful story and one that resonated with me personally. It took a scared young man who found courage to take charge of his life and another man who would be the one who would show him that love is sweeter when two people fall in love. Andrew Grey once again delivers a story with compassion, romance, overcoming obstacles and more. We see our favorite characters from the first two books as well as meet some new ones, who I am hoping get their own stories in the future in this series.

This is a writer who knows his characters and lets them shine in the stories. They take over completely and as we laugh, cry and root for Peter and Russ. This author delivers some wonderful plot twists to keep it all from being overly dramatic. I loved the secondary characters-even the newer ones who show up for the first time here. They kept the story moving nicely and added some humor as well. They are well written, multi-dimensional and I could see them on my streets and town. The sex scenes are hot but tender and I loved how the author kept the focus on them and not the sex itself. To me, that connection between two people is what matters and the sex is second.

A HELPING OF LOVE contains some serious issues (abusive relationships, paralyzation, family secrets, etc) yet the story isn’t just about these things alone. I cheered when Russ got the strength to leave his abusive ex. I cried when Peter found a love worth fighting for and I smiled in the end when these two finally admitted their feelings for one another. The friendship that grows between Peter and Russ is sweet and the romance that blooms is delightful. But what really got to me was how these two overcame their respective issues and triumphed in the face of that adversity. With that alone, A HELPING OF LOVE is a must read for everyone who enjoys those type of stories. I cannot wait to see what else this author has in store for his Taste of Love series and hope we won’t wait too long for the next installment.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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