Saturday, April 8, 2017

Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey

As a stunningly attractive man and the owner of a successful chain of auto repair garages, Trevor is used to attention, adoration, and getting what he wants. What he wants tends to be passionate, no-strings-attached flings with men he meets in clubs. He doesn't expect anything different when he sets his sights on James. Imagine his surprise when the charm that normally brings men to their knees fails to impress. Trevor will need to drop the routine and connect with James on a meaningful level. He starts by offering to take James home instead of James riding home with his intoxicated friend.

For James, losing his sight at a young age meant limited opportunities for social interaction. Spending most of his time working at a school for the blind has left him unfamiliar with Trevor's world, but James has fought hard for his independence, and he knows what he wants. Right now, that means stepping outside his comfort zone and into Trevor's heart.

Trevor is also open to exploring real love and commitment for a change, but before he can be the man James needs him to be, he'll have to deal with the pain of his past.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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This is a story about learning to love again after being stomped on. James is a sweet character, but not one to allow someone to take advantage of him again. While he knows that his family means well, he also comes from a family where despite them putting him down and baby-ing him, he knows that they mean well. He has a family where they worry about appearances, want him to be happy, but want him to be their description of happy. James is an accomplished person, who happens to be blind. It's described throughout the book that he had to work very hard for his family to see him as such.

Then you have Trevor. He has a chain of mechanical shops and when one of his employees is found to be stealing from him, he has to buckle down and really needs to figure out where the money is going, who is taking it, and what he's going to be doing about it. When he meets James, something in him clicks into place – a missing piece of his life and he'll try to figure out what he really wants.

These two are more friendly than boyfriends, for me. I think that the overall story was powerful – learning to let go of past hurts, finding your own brand of happy. But overall, I didn't feel that the chemistry between the two characters was all that strong.

This was a sweet love story, not a lot of angst and truly made you smile. James is blind and is living on his own despite his overbearing mother, who means well but can still be a pain. Trevor owns several auto repair shops. These two meet in a bar and from that first meeting you can tell they have chemistry and trust. Trust is the big issue with James being blind. I will have to say my favorite thing in this book was when James would ride on Trevor’s motorcycle, you could feel how free James really felt in those scenes all because of Trevor and the trust he had in him. This book was in true Andrew Grey fashion, a beautiful love story.

Characters: Well written and easy to relate to
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Not sure
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

So, this is the sugary sweet Hallmark Channel version of m/m romance. James is a saintly blind man who finds love with Trevor, a gorgeous club kid and successful mechanic.

Trevor manages to fill multiple fantasies. He is a gym rat and nightclub playboy. He is also a mechanic, a business owner, and he rides a Harley. At the start of the book, he stalks a nightclub, certain that every man in the place wants him. He is more arrogant than confident and I really struggled to like him at the start. He gets more likeable as things happen to shake his confidence, but he really isn’t a favourite leading man.

James is far too perfect for me. The beautiful blind man works to help kids adjust to their sight loss. He is a perfect brother, son, and uncle. He is timid and shy with men. And he talks like a fifty-year old. His language is always formal, polite, and self-effacing. It really did my head in after a while.

I found the language in this whole book choppy, but it was the dialogue that most annoyed me. Trevor, James, and their friends don’t sound like Millennial twenty-something guys. Trevor is supposed to be a complete player but we never see it.

At times, this felt like an information booklet about living independently as a blind person. James’ life is interesting, but I wanted more romance and less instruction. I kept waiting to understand the spark between James and Trevor and I wanted a reason to believe in them as a couple. These two care for each other very sweetly but I didn’t feel any chemistry and it was hard to believe in these two as soul mates and partners.

Andrew Grey is a hit and miss author for me. I have loved some of his books and struggled with others. This is one of the stories I’ve struggled with. My preferences are probably personal. The writing style didn’t work for me. I like a little grit and angst with my sugar and I’m not a huge fan of cute. Other readers should download a sample and make up their own minds.

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Heart Unseen (Hearts Entwined #1) by Andrew Grey to read and review.

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