Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel, 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 10th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Luka Krachec immigrates to the United States to find his cousin dead and his cousin’s wife hospitalized after a terrible accident. He meets Peter Montgomery at the funeral. The American seems nice and captures Luka’s attention when he offers to help him with his English.
Peter has spent most of his life believing he shot his father at age six, and his family uses his regret and overwhelming guilt to keep him under their proverbial thumbs. Peter does his best to make up for what he did by helping others, and agreeing to help Luka with his English yields something amazing when they hit it off.
When Peter opens up to Luka about what happened when he was a child, Luka senses some holes in the story and suspects Peter needs some help, so he approaches the head of the psychology department at the college where he works. Neither expects to open a long-barricaded door to secrets, denial, and family manipulation.
Review: Luka Krachec left his home in Serbia for America in the hopes of a better life. When he arrives, he learns that his cousin who was to be his sponsor has been in a car accident and died, his cousin’s wife is still in critical condition. The members of their small Serbian community in Milwaukee still make Luka feel welcome though, and he continues with his plans. He settles into the apartment his cousin got him, settles into his job teaching at the local college, and starts English lessons with his sexy yet guarded tutor, Peter.
Peter Montgomery has spent most of his life alone and deep in a self-imposed misery. Believing he’s responsible for the death of his father when he was just a child, he’s convinced himself that he doesn’t deserve to be loved. That is until he meets the smoldering, self-confident, gay Serbian man who won’t let him hide anymore. Luka lost his lover Micha some years ago, and he’s attracted to the same qualities in Peter that he loved about Micha. Kind, gentle and utterly selfless; Luka sets about breaking down Peter’s walls and helping him come to terms with his painful past.
Luka is determined to break down the barriers Peter has enclosed himself in, and Peter fights the attraction at the start. Piece by piece, Luka takes down a stone and uses it to build a foundation for him and Peter to start a life. There are other obstacles in their path aside from Peter’s innate need to be miserable and alone. Peter’s family and his past, has he finally found something, or someone worth facing the truth for? And the Serbian government has decided they want Luka and the things he knows back in Serbia.
Andrew Grey delivers a flawlessly designed story yet again. He gently knits together the lives of these two men with a shared past of love and loss. And their only hope of a future together is for them to deal with what they’ve lost in order to be fully open for the love. Luka is a compass for Peter, guiding him through the choppy waters with the hope of bringing him to shore in one piece. There are no ‘type A’ personalities for these characters, they are written as equals and it reads that way within the words and descriptives.
I think the moral of this story is: Love conquers all. In depth characters, an engrossing storyline and some hot and heavy make out scenes! I give this one my thumbs up!!
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews **