The Blinding Light

Title: The Blinding Light (The Tav #1)
Author: Renae Kaye and Jonathan Young (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: March 26th 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 212 pages
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it’s prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.

Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.

Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.

Jake Manning is one of the snarkiest characters I’ve read – which means that of course I love him!

When Jake accepts a housekeeping position for Patrick Stanford, a blind man with exacting standards and a low tolerance for bullshit, it quickly evolves into a stand off of sorts.

Patrick has been able to find fault with every housekeeper sent to him, until Jake. His only complaint? Jake’s delicious scent. When Patrick falls ill, Jake takes care of him, in Jake’s typically no-nonsense way and the two being a friendship. Mostly because Jake is reliable and doesn’t take any of Patrick’s crap.

I loved seeing their relationship evolve from friendship to more.

Personally, I absolutely ADORED the relationship between Jake and Patrick and though I found the side story with Jake’s family a little odd but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment.

Bottom Line: a pretty solid, funny, sweet story with some very hot sexy times.

Belens Audio Book Review

Wonderful narration by Jonathan Young! He does a really good job and it’s thoroughly entertaining.


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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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