“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: When architect Gregory Hampton’s son, Davey, starts having trouble in Little League, Greg takes him to an eye doctor. The diagnosis hits them hard. Davey’s sight is degenerating rapidly, and eventually he’ll go blind.
Tom Spangler is used to getting what he wants. When Greg captures his attention, he asks Greg for a date. They have a good time until Greg gets a call from the friends watching his son, telling him Davey has fallen. Greg and Tom return to find the worst has happened—Davey can no longer see.
With so much going on in his life, Greg doubts he’ll see Tom again. But Tom has researched beep baseball, where balls and bases make sounds to enable the visually impaired to participate in Little League. Tom spearheads an effort to form a team so Davey can continue to play the game he loves. But when Greg’s ex-wife shows up with her doctor boyfriend, offering a possible cure through a radical procedure, Greg must decide how far he’ll go to give Davey a chance at getting his sight back.
Review: In this third story in the Senses series we meet Greg, Davey and Tom. The first time Tom and Greg meet at a friend’s BBQ, Davey hasn’t completely lost his sight. He has a genetic degenerative disease that is causing him to slowly lose his sight, and he, as well as his father, is trying to come to terms with it. Tom is attracted to Greg, and Davey’s condition doesn’t scare him away in the slightest.
Disaster strikes just when the really good parts of Tom and Greg’s first date start up. Davey’s eyesight has finally gone completely, and now the true adjustments have to begin. Greg believes that he won’t see Tom again. Who would want a man with a blind son, right? Well, it seems Tom does.
The next time Tom comes to see Greg and Davey, it appears he has spent some MAJOR time on Google. Instead of running in the opposite direction as Greg expected, Tom has picked up some helpful techniques for Davey and may even have found a way to get Davey back on a baseball diamond. Slowly but surely the two men grow closer, and Davey adjusts very quickly and excels with his Braille lessons and his new obsession, beep-ball. As usually happens when all is smooth sailing, a wrench gets thrown in the works in the form of Davey’s estranged mother. Between stories of experimental therapies and critical comments aimed toward Davey, she isn’t making much progress in reestablishing a relationship with Davey.
With a little help from their friends, Tom, Greg and Davey eventually get most everything on track. This was a good read. As expected from Andrew Grey it was well written, and I could tell he spent a good amount of time researching beep baseball and other techniques for people who lose their eyesight. I loved the supporting characters in the book, and I would love to see Tom’s friend Skip again. He was a ton of fun, and Davey really seemed to click with him.
There is very little drama or angst in the book, and the sex was minimal, but it happened when it needed to, and it was pretty flippin’ hot. If you are looking for a feel good love story with an awesome little boy who overcomes life’s obstacles with a grin, then this is just the book for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.