Cover Design: Reese Dante
Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching.
The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper.
When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?
3 of 5 Stars
I absolutely loved the premise of this…Luke finding a personalized message in the crossword puzzle of the local paper as a way of introduction/flirting. And the story started out great…but the pacing of the book and conflicts presented were confusing to me.
As Luke decodes the messages, he’s charmed and intrigued. I love the way he figures out how to discover his admirer and introduce himself to Alex. Their banter is cute, and the wheelchair isn’t an issue and they’re getting along great. Then Luke does a complete about face without much explanation and we learn some things out of the blue about him…the pacing was just weird for me. He was a bit hot and cold. Then they were making up and back together.
This book had so much potential…if it had been longer and fully developed this would have been a 5-star read but it just wasn’t quite there for me. It’s cute and quick, but lacking the feeling, development and pacing needed to be the truly great story I was expecting.
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.
Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.
In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.
Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org