FIVE STAR FRIDAY Review: In The Absence Of Light, by Adrienne Wilder

Queer Romance Month is still going strong. Again, I’m not a sponsor, just a self-proclaimed pimp spreading the word because I think what they’re doing and saying is nothing short of amazing. This week’s Five Star Friday offering was selected with QRM in mind, just as the last two FSFs I’ve posted.

QRM’s theme this year is “We All Need Stories.” Their About Page lists their mission statement wherein they explain what “Love is Love” is all about, that Queer Romance is not a sub-genre, and that all people, of all walks of life, need to see themselves in stories.

My selection this week is a Gay Romance that adds just a touch of extra light and color of another sort to the QRM theme in that one of the heroes in this story falls on the Autism Spectrum. His challenges are, well, sometimes a little more challenging than most. But, above all, he’s lovable (as we all are), kind of quirky (as we all are), and has a unique way of seeing the world (as we all should consider). This story is eloquently told with warmth, heart, and humor and does a gorgeous job of showing that Love Is Love.

About The Book

InTheAbsenseOfLight-AWilderFor years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one end of the world to the next. When business turns in a direction Grant isn’t willing to follow he decides to retire and by all appearances he settles down in a nowhere town called Durstrand. But his real plan is to wait a few years and let the FBI lose interest, then move on to the distant coastal life he’s always dreamed of.

Severely autistic, Morgan cannot look people in the eye, tell left from right, and has uncontrolled tics. Yet he’s beaten every obstacle life has thrown his way. And when Grant Kessler moves into town Morgan isn’t a bit shy in letting the man know how much he wants him.

While the attraction is mutual, Grant pushes Morgan away. Like the rest of the world he can’t see past Morgan’s odd behaviors.

Then Morgan shows Grant how light lets you see but it also leaves you blind. And once Grant opens his eyes, he loses his heart to the beautiful enigma of a man who changes the course of his life.

The Finer Details

March 25, 2015
Adrienne Wilder
Contemporary, M/M, GLBT+
261 e-book pages
1st person
Dates I read this:
Edition I read:
April 20-21, 2015
Kindle Edition
See the book on GoodReads.

Back Porch Thoughts


Rating 5 Stars

5 Stars

Rating Info

Ratings stick closely to the GoodReads standards. Occasionally I’ll make note of half-star ratings and will typically round up on GoodReads reviews and other sites where I may cross-post.

Stars Goodreads  What this means to me
5 AMAZING This totally knocked my socks off, and I might end up a crazed fan (from a respectable distance).
4 Really Liked This was truly enjoyable, and I’d recommend it.
3 Liked It was good, and I’m glad I read it, but I may have had some issues.
2 It was okay I finished it & kept hoping for improvement. I definitely had issues.
1 Didn't like I read the whole thing but....
1 DNF Didn't like I read past 50% (at least) before giving up.
0 DNF No Rating I couldn't even make it to 50%, but I still feel the need to share my thoughts.



Beautiful cover, beautiful heroes, beautiful story set in a crazy-assed town of colorful, nosey characters who take care of their own with flair. Full of laugh out loud funny moments, acrobatic steamy sex, with a taste of mystery and suspense amongst some personal growth and a dash of mayhem. All of this is done really well with wit and charm while sticking to a story about finding love, acceptance and understanding between two unexpected, vastly different heroes.

This review also posted on GoodReads

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