Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Release Day Review: Out of the Shadows by K.C. Wells

out of the shadowsTitle ~ Out of the Shadows

Author ~ K.C. Wells 

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 15th August 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

Rating

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Synopsis

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?

 

Debra’s Review

Christian has spent most of the last eight years hiding in his apartment. He works online, has his groceries delivered and only occasionally goes out when it’s dark. At least he has a hot handyman to watch in the garden to break up the days. When his apartment complex advises him that they will be renovating his apartment, it leaves him with no choice but to resign himself to spending the days working from his bedroom for the duration.

Josh is thrilled to be working on a new project. He’s even more interested when the first apartment he’s to work on is that of the mysterious tenant his co-workers talk about. He’s disappointed when he gets there to find a normal apartment with nobody home, until later that day when he realizes he’d been wrong about being alone.

After the first strange contact the two men make through a locked door, there are a series of exchanges that eventually lead to an unexpected face-to-face meeting under less than perfect circumstances. It’s then that Josh understands why nobody has ever seen Christian leave his apartment. But Josh isn’t shallow and isn’t going to be deterred from getting to know the sweet and sexy Christian better… it’s just going to take some creativity and some time.

This is a very low angst, character driven story. Christian’s exile is self-imposed, it’s a bit of fear and he feels it’s just easier for him not to deal with other people and their reactions when they unexpectedly see him. Josh has no trouble seeing all Christian ha to offer, but he understands and empathizes with Christian’s feelings. Josh clearly lays out how he sees Christian, why he wants to spend time with him, and what he finds appealing, but Christian has a hard time believing it. They build a bond by sharing meals, discussing books and movies and eventually take the next steps of dating. Josh has a tight group of friends who also get in on the act helping Josh to gain the trust of the man he is so clearly smitten with.

Since this is a Dreamspun Desires story, it’s high on the sugar scale and there isn’t going to be a lot of sexual content, so that leaves room for a delicious slow build as Josh slowly entices Christian to open up not just to him, but to confront his fears and begin to reclaim the life he hid away from for the past eight years. Christian has admired Josh from afar and now that he knows what’s inside is just as good as the sexy packaging, he wants to be able to enjoy their time together.

Both Josh and Christian’s characters are fun and smart. They have plenty of time to talk and tease and really get to know each other. Josh’s creativity and thoughtfulness at planning dates and making sure Christian is comfortable with each step just endeared him to me even more. Each of their firsts was made even sweeter as they were also sharing Christian’s coming back out into the light. When the two finally do get more physical it’s quite steamy – after all K.C. Wells writes some of the hottest sex I’ve read.

I’ve been picky about which of the Dreamspun Desires series I will read since they can be a bit fluffy for my taste, but if you’re one who enjoys the sweet, fairy tale feel of the series, a K.C. Wells fan, or just looking for a good old-fashioned love story, I can easily recommend Out of the Shadows.

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Meet K.C. Wells

Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

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