Sunday, June 22, 2014

Love Comes Home (Senses Series, #3) by Andrew Gray ~ Review and Giveaway.

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Title: Love Comes Home

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Released: 7th March 2014

Genre: M/M (contemporary)

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Synopsis

A Senses Series Story

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.

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Mark’s Review

OK, I have to admit when it comes to kids I’m a complete sucker! Loved this story, especially little Davey and his tenacity to deal with a disability that would floor most of us.

Greg is a gay dad, after a marriage that was doomed to failure before it started the one good thing that came out of this was his son Davey. I can appreciate this as many gay men bend to the social pressures and try to conform, but it really is only a short lived thing and inevitably doomed to disaster before it starts. In Greg’s case it wasn’t helped by the fact that his ex-wife and Davey’s mother was a complete bitch to boot. Greg has total custody for Davey and after Davey’s mother leaves and rarely contacts her son, then he is obviously better off with his dad. This is such a loving relationship and you could feel the love that Greg has for his son and the other way around. I guess in situations like these kids can be better off with their dads and it definitely is in this case. Davey is the centre of Greg’s world, but constantly worries when he notices his son’s sight becoming worse and progressively faster. Davey is a keen baseball player in the Little League and loves the game and has talent. however his failing sight is making things more difficult to play.

One evening he meets Tom at a party given by friends of his, Ken and Patrick, at this party he also expresses his fears about his son’s deteriorating sight, Howard and Gordy, Howard is blind and can only well understand Greg’s fear. Although Tom shows his interest in Greg, Greg is always reticent of dating, being in a relationship, having a partner as a lot of men are frightened off about the fact that Greg has a son. Well, I suppose I can only too well understand Greg’s fears here. His son comes first and always will, so the partner will have to accept that fact and deal with it. Either making Davey part of his world too or not, there is no room in Greg’s life without Davey. Tom seems nice, but Greg plays a cool game of keeping his distance to protect himself and his son. But then he receives the news from Davey’s ophthalmologist that the problem with his eyes is genetic and Davey will eventually go blind. O.M.G I could have wept there and then for both of them. The anguish and realisation that this was the future for Davey almost broke my heart. As I said when it comes to kids then I’m a push over. It must be every parents nightmare. I guess it’s bad enough if your child is born blind, but then at least they can start to learn to live and cope and have had nothing taken away. But poor Davey, having something like his sight taken away from him. A complete horror scenario for parent and child alike.

Greg goes out on a date with Tom and Davey goes to stay with Ken and Patrick for the day. However, they get a frantic phone call to say that Davey fell and bumped his head. Nothing major, but Greg had better come running. He arrives to find that Davey’s remaining sight has gone and as the doctors diagnosed is for all intense and purposes blind. Geez, to say I had a lump in my throat was an understatement.

Davey now has to start to learn to cope and manage with his disability. There are good days and bad. He goes through the whole spectrum of emotions, grief, frustration and anger, along with his dad. I went through all of them myself while reading. Here Tom starts to become a pillar of strength and support to them both. Tom comes from a rich family and has money. He has the brilliant idea after hearing about beep baseball, a form of baseball designed for the visually impaired and allows them to play baseball. The equipment is expensive, but he buys it and gives Davey a new lease of life and hope that he can still do the things he like to do with or without his sight. I must admit I had never heard of this myself until reading this book, but what a wonderful idea. The ball and bases beep sending out sound signals that can be followed and thus enabling people with sight disabilities to be able to play. This where Tom starts to make his impact on Greg’s and Davey’s life with Greg falling for Tom even more.

Tom has to prove to Greg that he really wants to be not only part of Greg’s life but also that of Davey’s. Tom begins to love and adore the young man and very soon Davey forms a friendship with Tom that even warms Greg’s heart. this development was so nice to see. Tom until now had only been out with shallow characters and they really only wanted for his money, so even he himself had issues with trusting and loving. But he finds in Greg and Davey values that he until now hasn’t found and falls head over heels for Greg. However, once again it’s a slow burn romance as Greg does not want to anything that will upset Davey. I think this is perfectly normal and understandable and only shows what a loving and fantastic dad Greg is.

Davey is taking classes to help him cope with his blindness, but the time comes where they have to inform his mother out of respect and duty. This idea Davey doesn’t like at all, but Greg says that she has a right to know. So the ice queen arrives with some fancy doctor in tow. My oh my, I could so understand why Davey didn’t want to see her. What a controlling, self-centred cow. Her son is a complete stranger to her and she expects to march in and take control. This provided for some real family drama, as Greg tries to remain respectful because of Davey’s sake that she is his mother, but on the other hand no one really needs a mother like that. Tom again remains a tower of strength for both of them and she starts to change her attitude, realising that if she wants to be part of Davey’s life she is going to have to learn to be a loving and caring mum first before anything else. Tall order for her.

In the meantime Davey latches on to Tom’s friend, Skip, who is visiting from New York and also helps Davey in his own way by just accepting who he is and not treating any differently because of his disability. Eventually as perceptive as kids are Davey realises what his dad feels for Tom and in his own way tells his dad it’s OK as he really likes Tom too. This whole situation was well handled and realistic, there was no way Greg would let anyone into his own life if Davey didn’t like them or felt that they would only upset him. I just loved Davey, your typical ten year old, but continuously surprising his dad with some quite adult insights at times for his age.

“You know it’s OK for Tom to spend the night,” Davey said. Greg nearly drove off the road. “I know about the birds and the bees. You like Tom and he likes you. It’s okay if you want to do the dance with no pants.”

“Davey, where did you hear that?”

“Television,” he answered giggling. “That’s how you feel about Tom, isn’t it?”

Absolutely, brilliant. Andrew gets the voice of a ten year old exactly right in my opinion and makes Davey one adorable kid. Definitely brought out all the paternalistic feelings in me that’s for sure.

For me this book was more than an M/M Romance. Yes, the romance was there with Greg and Tom, it was a slow burn romance but that was perfectly understandable given Greg’s situation. But this book was about dealing with a disability, about being a loving and caring parent, about an adorable kid and his coping and managing after being struck by such a disability, about the support friends provide in times of need and above all love ~ love of a family (traditional or not), love of friends and of course the love between two people.

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About The Author

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Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived all over the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now works full time on his writing.   Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

 

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Giveaway

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32 comments:

  1. I love Andrew Grey's books. Such humanity and love!

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  2. Great review! I love this series so much!

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  3. I have read Andrew's 'Love Means' series and really enjoyed it( stormed through it), not read any of this series but would really like to

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  6. Love Andrew Grey!! He knows how to go straight to the heart!

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  7. Great review! I haven't read any of this series yet, but I can't wait to now.

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  8. Thanks for the review. I have this one on my TBR list - really sounds interesting.

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  9. Love Andrew Grey! Thanks for the review.

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  18. I have loved every book I have read by Andrew Grey.

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  19. I can honestly say I have not heard of the phrase, "the dance with no pants," before, lol. Did Andrew make that up?

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  24. I love this series and can't wait to read this book. Andrew has such a great way of writing people so that they really live on the pages for the reader.

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