Title: Let the Wrong Light In
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages
At a Glance: For a book about a “wrong” relationship, there is so much right.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.
Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.
But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.
Review: Wow. I’m not sure what I was expecting with this book, but what I got was so much more. Based on the description I figured, okay, Avery wants his boss, they have some fun, it’s a problem, and they make it work.
WRONG. I mean, well, right. But also wrong, because there is so much depth. Each page left me feeling like I had pulled back another layer to the characters. Avery wants one of his building designs to be chosen for a project, but he struggles. After demanding his boss explain, Avery gets put in his place and begins to fantasize about his boss. But not in what most would consider the standard fantasy. Avery fantasizes about Malin hitting him in the face. And man, does it turn him on. He’s not sure why, though.
When they finally get together, the encounter is hot. It’s rough, like Avery wants it, and he finally gets what he wants, so that should fix his problem, right? Again, wrong. Instead, he wants his boss even more and just can’t get him out of his head.
Up until this point it seems like the fairly standard scenario, just with a little kink thrown it. But when Avery finally corners Malin, it’s far from standard.
Yes, this book has BDSM elements, but more along the SM lines, I’d say. Malin likes to hurt, and Avery likes to be hurt. But their relationship starts off wrong. There is no structure. There is no discussion of limits and safewords or what they’re even looking for. Avery takes whatever Malin gives, even when it’s too much. With the help of some friends, though, Avery begins to see things aren’t right, but they could be.
I loved this book. Reading it, I was nervous because I realized this relationship didn’t seem safe or sane. Consensual, yes, but there was no discussion about what either man wanted, when they would stop, and what their relationship actually was. Watching Avery come to these realizations was a breath of fresh air. He struggled to understand himself, but he still kept pushing. The secondary characters who tried to guide him were great, but ultimately, they could only advise and then back off.
If you enjoy rocky relationships, BDSM, and employee/employer relationships, give this book a shot. However, be warned, the sex is rough and at times pretty forceful, so if that will bother you, maybe check out a different book instead.
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