Lover of Light by Mel Bossa

Lover of LightRate: 3.5 out of 5 stars (Rounded to 4)

Genre: Contemporary
Publication day: January 25, 2016
Length:  225 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd

It only takes a touch to shatter the line between hate and love.

Andy genuinely tried to be happy when his best friend, Dimitry, decided to marry his on-again-off-again Bulgarian boyfriend, Alexei—a beautiful problem case who’s obviously using Dimitry to get a green card. When Dimitry admits only days later that it’s over between him and the little gypsy jerk, Andy can barely contain his pleasure.

Then Andy’s boss announces he’s hired a new waiter. A real firecracker. When Alexei walks through the club’s door, Andy is completely unprepared to work with the man he blames for Dmitry’s broken heart.

In spite of himself, Andy becomes captivated by Alexei the musician, the singer—the man who still carries a light inside him despite his dark past. But Alexei’s time is quickly running out, and his health is fading fast. Though the love growing between them gets brighter every day, Alexei will soon have no choice but to return home to Bulgaria.

Unless Andy can convince him that home is waiting for him—right here in his arms.

My View: Some of the early reviews had not been positive. I’m writing this almost a month before release day, but I decided not to post it until then because I think this story will find its place with the right readers. No matter the marketing, Lover of Light isn’t a romance. It’s a psychological exploration of the right and wrong reasons to love and let other love us. Pretty much, this book can be compared to a dark, indie movie, that only a hand full of viewers would find enlighting– like an abstract painting, which interpretation would change with each critique.

The characters felt too young for their chronological ages, but I guess that was the author’s intention. Their struggles and reactions come within, and not from the readers expectations. The relationship between the MC is intrinsically related to the secondaries, and therefore, as a reader, we need to take into consideration the context and backgrounds of them all.

The first thirty percent of the story is slow and dragged in some areas, but the chaos in the story represents the chaos in the narrator’s life and relationships. It’s not until the sixty percent that relationship between the MCs shifted, starting the book’s redemption. The reader is rushed through the last part of the story, but the beauty behind the broken characters compensated for the lack of time to see where their relationship is taking them. It’s Jack, one of the last characters to be introduced, the one that would explain the meaning behind the story and its title. His insightful tale it‘s worth waiting for.  

Overall, this book is about relationships and the need we all have to be love. Love, not romance, and in the end, worth reading.

What I liked the most: I liked Andy’s and Alexei’s quiet moments. In them, we see the real meaning of love.

I wanted more of: I wanted the story to have a strong HFN instead of a forced HEA. I think Andy’s big proof of love was unnecessary due to the way the MC’s relationship developed. A “will we work for it” would it had been better.

Who should read it: Anyone looking for the psychology behind the love of two imperfect, self-destructive, men.

 ARC received via Netgalley, courtesy of Samhain, for an honest review. 
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