A Bouquet for Adam (A.O. Chika’s Review)

Title: A Bouquet for Adam
Author: A.J. Marcus, K.T. Spence
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 17,2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: A.O. Chika
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Adam Stephens’s simple life working in Denver as a computer programmer is turned upside down when his mother suddenly dies. His crazy relatives in Virginia want him to move in with them because they believe his autism makes it impossible for him to care for himself. But life improves, at least for a time. One day while wandering through the botanical gardens, he runs into struggling wildlife photographer Trent Osborn.

As a hesitant love blossoms between the two, Adam’s aunt and uncle push for him to live with them. Adam again refuses. The struggles between his desires and what everyone else wants collide. Adam disappears, and Trent is unsure if he’s run off to escape life’s pressures made worse by his autism, or if something far more sinister has happened. Trent embarks on a cross-country journey in search of Adam. What he discovers changes the course of his and Adam’s lives and the lives of everyone connected to them

I was right in my prediction of the feels. I laughed, I frowned, I got angry enough to kill. I love Adam so much! The book focused on him despite Trent also playing a vital role, I didn’t get to watch Trent grow as much as I would like but the theme was conveyed and the story execution was amazing
Adam is autistic and the loss of his mother throws his carefully ordered life into Chaos, on the bright side he meets Trent – a photographer who is still not over his dead ex, on the dark side his Fucking homophobic, greedy son of a shit Uncle Fred shows up and begins sprouting crap about caring for him even after drugging and kidnapping Adam. That Motherfucker even had the guts to do it in the name of Jesus! I was so fucking pissed. Gimme a sec to calm down.
Okay I’m moderately calm now, The book pulled my heartstrings, I felt like crap whenever Adam bit his fingers to the point of bleeding because of the stress, sudden changes, kidnapping and all the crap he had to go through because people thought he was either high, had the brain of a child or just plain crazy. For Christ sake his Autistic not insane.

The storyline was not completely original but the execution was amazing. The characters… well at least Adam was real and it felt less like reading a book and more like watching it happen right in front of me.

I loved the drama, tension, and the suspense, I’d give anything to be locked in a room with Fred with no camera and a bat ‘decorated’ with nails. I assure you when I’m done he’ll never be the same again… No, I won’t kill him, that’ll be too easy.

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Galley copy of A Bouquet For Adam provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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