Title: Let the Wrong Light In
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.
Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.
But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.
There is a wonderful, rare feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you read a book by a new or new-to-you author and they blow your mind. It’s so rare it’s only happened to me four times in my four years of reading M/M romance fiction. Leta Blake’s Training Season, J.H. Knight’s The Last Thing He Needs, Roan Parrish’s In The Middle of Somewhere, and Melanie Hansen’s Everything Changes. Let the Wrong Light by Avon Gale now brings my count up to five.
Avery Hextall is young and happy and pretty carefree. He has a grumpy, anal retentive boss named Malin Lacroix that he just can’t seem to please with his architectural designs. It irks him to no end and he finds himself working harder and harder to please him.
Avery finds himself having bizarre, kinky feelings when he is in his boss’s presence. His wants Malin to hit him. Hurt him. Use him. It confuses him to no end. One day, in the privacy of Malin’s office, Avery pushes Malin to the edge and they engage in an extremely rough sexual act. Avery finds himself transformed by this encounter and wants more. He doesn’t understand this new kink, but it’s the most explosive sexual experience of his young life.
Malin has been married twice and considers himself straight. The book is told entirely from Avery’s POV so we don’t hear what Malin is thinking, but he does express disbelief at his strange and kinky attraction to Avery.
Seriously, listen to me. Brutal kink really isn’t my thing. The closest I’ve come to enjoying physical violence during sex is the classic, kinky delight by Anah Crow Uneven. But Uneven and Let the Wrong Light In have one thing that most violent BDSM stories lack. Emotion. Romance. A connection between the characters that shows the reader just how much enjoyment they are giving and receiving. And that is hot. SO FUCKING hot. This book melted my eReader.
Stop everything you are reading right now and READ THIS BOOK. It is filled with amazing kink, hurt/healing/comfort, serious emotions and a connection between the characters that is nothing short of glorious. I am officially Avon Gale’s bitch and will gobble up everything she writes from here on out.
It’s that good folks. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
It deserves the Lucille Bluth GIF of fangirling.