For the Love of Luke (Ana’s Review)

Title: For the Love of Luke
Author: David C. Dawson
Release Date: October 9th 2018
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


A handsome naked man. Unconscious on a bathroom floor.

He’s lost his memory, and someone’s out to kill him.

Who is the mysterious Luke?

British TV anchor and journalist Rupert Pendley-Evans doesn’t do long-term relationships. Nor does he do waifs and strays. But Luke is different. Luke is a talented American artist with a dark secret in his life.

When Rupert discovers Luke, he’s intrigued, and before he can stop himself, he’s in love. The aristocratic Rupert is an ambitious TV reporter with a nose for a story and a talent for uncovering the truth. As he falls deeper in love with Luke, he discovers the reason for Luke’s amnesia. And the explanation puts them both in mortal danger.

The idea of a mysterious character, who had lost his memory, sounded like the promise of traumatic experiences and maybe a dark past. It made me think of hurt-comfort, which is something that I love to read. Sadly, the books didn’t manage to keep my attention. I struggle a lot to get to the end. There was some mystery, which was the only part of it that I did enjoyed about it.

I couldn’t get in touch with Rupert or Luke’s emotions. It wasn’t really romantic and the relationship felt forced. I couldn’t believe there was love between them. The book was developed in few days and I couldn’t believe such strong emotions would be present in such amount of time with the kind of interactions they had. There weren’t particularly likable characters. Maybe that had something to do with my inability to connect emotions with them.

The book was slow paced. It seem longer than it actually was. The writing was ok, it was easy to read. I was a little mad at the need to use Rupert’s full name so frequently. It became distracting. There was some mystery in the book, which I liked. It was what I liked the most about it and what made me keep reading, but I don’t think it was handle that well at the end.

There was some parts of the book that I think should have been mention as warnings of content. I think not every reader would be fine with reading some of it. With the risk of possible spoilers, beware of some off-scene mention of torture, I won’t be more specific because it is important for the pot. Overall, it wasn’t really a book that I liked. It had some good parts that I enjoy but overall it really wasn’t the book for me.

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Galley copy of For the Love of Luke provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject. Here are some of my favorite books