First I have to say that this book threw me for a loop. Reading the blurb I expected some hateful subterfuge in diabolic proportion not just a conniving mother hell bent on getting her way. I have been reading Andrew Grey’s books for years. In my opinion he has found a new style of writing that started with the release of Stranded, still just as good and maybe even a little better.
Luca is running away from his country, Serbia, for a better life in the United States. His parents have disowned him because he dared to love another man. After he lost this man, Luca had nothing left for him there so he immigrated.
Upon reaching the United States, he’s fresh off the plane when he learns of his cousin/sponsor’s death. His first taste of America is his cousin’s funeral. He starts to panic not knowing what he’s going to do. At the funeral he feels the familiar atmosphere, and not such a fish out of water, most were speaking Serbian there. That is where he meets Peter.
Peter has his own troubles buried under the surface but guilt and a kind heart have him reaching out to Luca to help. He offers to teach Luca how to speak English. Thinking he shot his dad when he was six, he feels the need to help others when he can but it doesn’t ease the guilt. Luca hears Peter’s story and doesn’t think that is what happens and he encourages Peter to get help to find the truth.
I loved this story, there wasn’t that much miscommunication even though the two came from different cultures. Once Luca fell for Peter, he was in it for the long haul. There were no breakups like a lot of stories do. I was happy to see that, it was refreshing. It’s just about two guys who find acceptance, forgiveness and healing. But most importantly they learn to love and let go.This is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it.
I give this 4 ½ Blue Roses.