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.
©2015 Avon Gale (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
I love the print version of this but the audio really brings Avery to life, and oddly, the less-lively Malin to life too. I love this and will definitely relisten.
There's no doubt that Avery is the centrepiece of the book. We get not only his interactions with the other characters, but also a lot about how he views these interactions and the people around him. You get a sense of endearing sweetness, a little bit of need, a ton of funny, but also that he's strong and independent.
He nails Avery pretty well - and whilst I prefer reading, the audio is great and is perfect for driving, running etc.
This is one of my favourite books - it's an unusual love tale, engagingly funny but not at all filled with fluff. This was more about an exploration of the MCs wants and needs with a bit of BDSM/fair bit of kink thrown in but oddly that didn't overpower the story at all, and it remained an unwaveringly honest read.
"Fantastic characters and and excellent story"
interesting, unique & hot
totally can't answer that without spoiling something...
again, Malin - what an amazing life he has led, and how he grows through his relationship with Avery is so well done... really a terrific story.
Read it or listen to it, Let the Wrong Light In is a fantastic book.
"Don't Let The WRONG Book In"
Nothing romantic about this story and I don't get the whole domination thing. Call me old fashioned, but there's nothing erotic about slapping, choking, gagging, etc. etc....One guy is a player and the other an abrasive ass. The characters are superficial at best and totally unlikable.
The genre of bad books? Well sure.
No issues with narration. The guy can only do so much...
After 4 painful hours, I did play editor and quit, which takes me back to not enjoying the whole BDSM thing.
I've read other books by this author that were very good.
"Let the Wrong Light In"
Avery has been trying to get a design project approved my his manager for a while. He knows this one is it. Then ts not. He storms into his boss's office to be put in his place. He finally listen's, talks to the man that got the project and takes his advice. This time he does get a project and made friends with Brandon and his boyfriend Jason.
His best friend and sex buddy have cut him off, and Avery doesn't understand until Harlan tells him that he knows Avery has a crush on his boss. After another barge into his boss's office, this one putting his mouth somewhere else causes him yet more issues.
Malin doesn't know what to think of Avery. He pushes all of his buttons, especially some he didn't know a man could push.
This is a complicated story. There is a lot going on with new friendships, Avery and his crisis, Malin and dealing with his feelings and the two of them dealing with work relationships and other relationships along the way.
There is some light BDSM and some breath play so if this isn't your thing this may not be the book for you. It is handled quite well, very hot and if you have been considering reading some BDSM but have been a bit chicken this is a good starting place.
I think Derrick McClain did a pretty good job narrating this book. The way it is written with lots of internal thoughts made it pretty challenging. I will say at times I wasn't sure when it was narration with Avery talking or when he was thinking. I will say that I found Derricks voice for Avery perfect. I could feel it was Avery and was easy to listen to and charming.
Derrick also did a great job on the sex scenes and some of the other characters' voices too.
If you like hot architects, office romance, interracial romance, older man younger man romance, BDSM and a great romance, this is for you
"Fun with feelz"
Derrick McClain did a great job at narrating his. His voice is very pleasing. The accent was a bit off, but not enough to ruin anything.
Avery and Malin are a really odd pair, but come together in a very sexy way.
I'm glad this story was told only from Avery's pov, even though it limited how much we know about Malin. It kept things witty and light. Malin is a serious guy, so the story would have been much heavier from his pov.
Recommended for readers who enjoy Bisexual characters who talk about their attraction to both genders.
There was a lot of cringe worthy BDSM inspired mishaps in the beginning. This is BDSM lite, but it has some breath play, and impact play. Thankfully, their sexual play becomes more structured, and they fall into a nice flow.
The heavy stuff is handled well, and I felt connected to both characters.
Another fine book by Avon Gale, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, and will end up on my auto-buy list.
"BDSM but it totally worked for me!"
Avery is a young, hyper, strange and funny architect who has recently graduated and is working under the very proper and uptight Malin. Avery is convinced Malin has something against him personally when none of his “obviously” wonderful designs are chosen. So… he goes in to give the boss a piece of his mind. What ends up happening is … well… he starts to fall for the boss. Even though he hates him. Sort of.
Malin is a recently divorced man who sort of hates the world and himself in it. He has a tragic past that clouds his future and no good way to deal with it. When the crazy bastard Avery barges his way into his life he doesn’t know what the fuck to make of it. But… he finds himself entranced. Avery brightens his world. Avery makes him crazy but he also kind of likes him. Sort of.
Avery has a thing for pain and Malin has a thing for giving pain. So that works.
They both like architecture and design and are very socially awkward. So that works.
But Malin’s never been gay. But Avery is bi so… that works?
In the end Malin and Avery will have to traverse a lot of ground. Some of it very rocky and emotional. But both are so good for the other, except when they’re not… in the end we get a very HEA.
My first thought as I was reading this was BULL. Avon Gale has to have another pen name somewhere else. This is WAY TOO GOOD to be her first book. Now… I don’t know if she’s hiding them somewhere else, or maybe she write het romance or something, but these books of hers (this and Breakaway) are absolutely amazing! They are witty and well thought out and the timing is excellent. Her characters are so flawed and yet sparkling and crisp.
I’m not into the kinky stuff they were … I don’t get it… but I didn’t need to. I saw that they were into it and since it worked for them, it worked for me. That’s a sign of a good author. She made the kinky stuff work for me because I saw that it did what it needed to for our MCs and that was enough.
I loved the windows and light analogy and the metaphors with the building designs. Wonderful!
I’m torn because I don’t know if I love Avery or Malin more. My heart bleeds for Malin – he’s so broken and needy. But Avery was such a bratty brat. Well, luckily I don’t have to choose. They’re both wonderful and so is this book. It’s funny and sweet and you’ll be happy you read it.
That is all.
6 of 5 stars
I’ve been a fan of Derrick McClain for a while and I think I can safely say he does yet another amazing job with this as he has in the past. I thought his timing for the humor was right on target. He gives Malin a subtle accent – I wish it’d been a little more pronounced when he was excited etcetera, but it was still really good. Highly recommend this as a way to LOVE this story.
6 of 5 stars
"You had me at Gin and Tonic....."
Warning: If you are not into heavy kink, more the SM side of BDSM, then this book is not for you.
I just have to say I love everything Avery in this book. Seriously, he is such a complex, amazing, kind and brilliant person. Avery is this bright shining star that attracts others; not even knowing his own self-worth. I loved the sarcasm, witty thoughts and analogies that just seemed to tumble out of Avery’s mouth without second thought.
As I listened to the audiobook, I have to admit I too thought the same as Avery’s friends throughout the majority of the book. Meaning I thought Malin was just using him. However, with help from his friends he starts to speak up, and in turn gets Malin to open up. Once this happened, my mood quickly changed. Soon I found my heart breaking for the insufferable asshole. I seriously did not see that coming at all. Thank you very much for writing such a well-written book that encompasses not only the good things in life that we sometimes take for granted, but the sadness that sometimes throws our lives off kilter.
After the revelation, I began to understand that it took someone like Avery to not only help Malin heal, but to love him as well. When the story concluded, I felt like they were finally able to start; especially since what was preventing Malin from opening up was no longer weighing heavily on his shoulders. Once that was done, you could see the feelings Malin was trying to hide/protect himself from. God no one should go through that. I feel bad thinking he was an asshole for 60-70% of the book.
One thing I wish the author would have delved a bit into was why Malin went from batting from one team to the other. Unless I missed it, there was no mention of being bi or even bi-curious. So, in that aspect I am a bit lost, because from the go he wasn’t put off nor extremely hesitant with any intimacy between Avery and himself.
Nonetheless, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book, and I think you will too! Avon Gale, if you have this sudden urge to write book 1.5 to give us a glimpse forward, like an Epilogue, that would be great :)
Derrick McClain did an amazing job with the characters of this book. Not only did he do a great job defining each character's voice, but the tone of the story as well. Oh, and the accents!!!!!! I really did enjoy his performance, and will definitely seek out books that he narrates.
I am one of many reviewers at Gay Book Reviews.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.