Book Reviews

Out of the Shadows (Dreamspun Desires) by K.C. Wells at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-August-2017

Book Blurb

Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?

Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.

Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.

When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?

Book Review

It's a shame, really, that our society, our world, is so hung up on the outside package of a person. Looks are revered and studies have been done that prove, scientifically, that the beautiful people, on average, have an easier time going through life. School is easier, getting the better paying jobs is easier, and, of course, interpersonal relationships are far easier. So I'm always thrilled when an author writes a story where one, or even both, main characters have a disability or a flaw that somehow makes people view them as ugly, or unappealing. In Christian's case, his physical deformities are purely from an accident - it could have happened to anyone - but the stares and the whispers got to be so much that he has hidden himself away from people. Luckily for him, Josh has a heart and a soul that matches his outside good looks, and Josh thinks Christian is pretty amazing just as he is.

“I’ve slipped and fallen, I’ve cut my head, and I talked about what was the worst moment in my life, and in spite of all that, this is the most optimistic I’ve felt in a long, long time.”

It was inevitable, I believe, that Josh and Christian would become friends during the time that Josh is doing the renovations to Christian’s apartment. Well, once they get past the talking to each other through a door, anyway. They're both kind, considerate men, with gentle natures and compassionate souls. When they both discover that the other is gay, they each have remarkably similar reactions. Initially Christian is thrilled, until he sees his own reflection and realizes Josh would never be interested in him. Josh is ecstatic realizing how much they have in common and how much he already likes Christian, until he realizes that doesn't mean Christian likes him or that he'd even welcome any advances.

Josh is dead-on when he tells Christian he is strong and a survivor. I can't begin to imagine the courage it took for Christian to take those baby steps into the world. He had Josh beside him, but, in the end, Christian is still the one who made the decision to stop existing and to begin living. Much like Josh was, I was very proud of Christian. These two men were fabulous main characters, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that Josh’s friends - Nate, Dylan, and Logan - gave me the warm fuzzies as well.

Another lovely, sweet story from Dreamspun Desires. It wasn't difficult to fall for Josh or Christian. As always, the beautiful K.C. Wells penned a delightful book filled with hope, laughter, desire, and love. The most important, of course, being love.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 250 pages/62991 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-August-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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