Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Secret Light by Z. A. Maxfield

Rafe Colman likes his life. He has a nice home, a good job, and a wonderful dog. But he's exhausted by living a lie. When his home is vandalized because of his perceived German ancestry, he can't even share the irony with friends.

Officer Ben Morgan falls for Rafe's dog first, but it isn't long before he's giving her owner the eye. He thinks they have more in common than the search for Rafe's vandals, and he's willing to take a chance and find out.

If life in 1955 is tough on a cop in the closet, it's even tougher on a refugee who's desperate to hide his roots and fit in. Rafe knows from tragic experience how vicious prejudice can be. Every second with Ben is stolen, every kiss fraught with danger.

When Ben's partner threatens to ruin everything, Rafe and Ben have to fight to protect what they have but they're tired of hiding their secret light.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.

Reviewer: PurpleRose
Here we have a romance between Rafe, who as a 12 year kid left Austria and his family, and police officer Ben, who wants to become a detective. Rafe is now a successful top commercial real estate salesman who lives alone and in fear.

Most of the emotions in this story were full of fear based on discrimination and people's prejudice. Fear of being discovered about the hidden past, about the sexual preferences, or inclination toward the same sex. The fear can be accepted as normal, if we consider it's the year of 1955 and both Rafe and Ben live deep in the closet.

This is the story where as a reader you must accept the idea of being in "the closet", because of the safety of everyone involved. And even if this story is full of tension, we could feel the love and commitment between Rafe and Ben.

Secret Light was romantic in a slow burning way. I'm giving 4 stars to this historical romance and recommend it!

Publisher: Loose Id
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


theladykt said...

sounds yummy

Post a Comment