A very nice story about two men who are each battling hurts of their pasts, as well as disabilities, who come together and find their happily-ever-after.
- Review by Cindi
** A comment or two may contain slight spoilers. Keep that in mind before reading. **
Josh Donald lost his sight in a kayaking accident. Not only his sight, but his boyfriend as well. Alec, the boyfriend, could not handle the responsibilities that came with being with a blind man. While Josh was dealing with the loss of his sight he was also forced to deal with losing the man he loved. His friends, Mario and Greg, feel helpless knowing they can't help their friend. They sign him up for a week at a camp for the blind. Mario and Greg will be there with him every step of the way. On the first day, Josh is introduced to the camp's owner and director, Charlie Cooper. Charlie has his own vision problems though they are not as severe as Josh's. He also has his own ex who left him at a time when he needed him most. This, on top of being abusive while the two were together. Josh and Charlie, for their own separate reasons, are not looking for another relationship. Josh because he knows that it would take a very special person to live with him and his special needs. Charlie because his abusive past makes it hard for him to trust. Unfortunately or fortunately, fate has other plans. From the moment they meet sparks fly though Charlie fights them every step of the way.
Over a period of a few days, Josh and Charlie get to know each other and during one very emotional moment Charlie turns to Josh and for the next few days they are inseparable. During this time Charlie's own vision is quickly failing. The doctors have done all they can so it's only a matter of time before he is as blind as Josh. He keeps this to himself instead of sharing it with the man he is growing to love. The secret is kept because Charlie is terrified of not being who Josh wants... needs... his protector. Charlie's reluctance to share his medical problems with Josh bothered me. I can understand it but I felt that if anyone would understand it would be Josh. It takes a life or death situation for Charlie to make a decision in regards to the relationship. That is where I had a problem with this book and why I cannot give it a full 5 stars. As much as I would love to point out what my issues are, I will refrain as I do not want to give spoilers in this review. Those who have read it will know what I'm talking about. Everything comes together nicely at the end and Josh and Charlie have their happily-ever-after. There is an epilogue that shows the two men a little farther down the road. I was very pleased with that as well as the final chapter before it.
Overall, a very good book. The disabilities of Josh, Charlie and others at the camp are written very well. There are quite a few secondary characters who the reader can not help but fall in love with, namely Mario and Greg and Charlie's parents. There is also humor scattered throughout that kept the story from becoming too serious. Josh is absolutely adorable. The title is very fitting.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.