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Publisher's Summary

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
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5 out of 5 stars
By Trio on 09-15-16

Fantastic characters and and excellent story

If you could sum up Let the Wrong Light In in three words, what would they be?

interesting, unique & hot

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let the Wrong Light In?

totally can't answer that without spoiling something...

Which character – as performed by Derrick McClain – was your favorite?


Who was the most memorable character of Let the Wrong Light In and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

Read it or listen to it, Let the Wrong Light In is a fantastic book.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 02-07-17

Some major issues, but I ended up liking it.

Wooooah, this one was a DOOZY! Lots of stuff to cover here, folks.

When I give 3-stars, it's usually because I liked a book but didn't really like it. In this case, the 3-stars is because there were parts that I really liked and parts that I hated, and those balanced each other out.

I didn't know much about this book when I started, to be honest. I don't read blurbs that often or that well, and I just saw Avon Gale's name and I knew that I had to have it. I love Avon Gale's Scoring Chances series (Breakaway), and I really wanted to read more from her.

To start, I had issues with the third person, present tense format. I really don't like present tense, and it sounded awkward in audio. However, that ended up being a minor issue for me because I got more and more used to it as I went along.

I didn't know that this book contained a first time gay experience before reading, but I think that is worth noting because that is a particularly favorite theme of mine. I liked how Malin was in his 40s and discovering attraction to another man for the first time. Avon Gale did a very nice job with that aspect of the story, and it was an unexpected bonus for me.

Now, onto the kink...

The kink in this book was a real sticking point for me. The first half of the book was almost painful to read, if I'm being honest. I'm not a fan of pain play or breath play, especially without boundaries or knowledge of how that stuff works. The kinks that I'm into are humiliation, daddy kink, and discipline, so beating and blood are SO not what I'm looking for. That being said, even if you are into that stuff, I'd think you'd feel mighty uncomfortable reading some of the stuff in this story. I legit HATED Malin at the halfway point, and I was fully rooting for Avery to just ditch him.

After Avery breaks through to Malin, things get much, much better on the romance-front, but it might have been too little, too late for me. I was team Avery/Malin by the end, but I don't know if it made up for the crappy, crappy way that Malin treated Avery before that point.

In terms of character, we only get Avery's POV but I feel like I got to know him really well. I loved Avery, and I understood him fully. I also loved his open attitude towards sex and sexuality, and how honest he was. This book was totally team #bisexualpride, and I loved that about the story.

The audiobook narration was very good, overall, but I had some small issues with it. I really enjoyed Derrick McClain's voice and his reading style, and I thought that he did a wide range of voices very well. A big pet peeve of mine was his pronunciations, which killed me. Every time he said "Berk-SHY-ers" for the Berkshires, I wanted to cry. It's "Berk-sheers," man! Derrick McClain also butchered all of the French works and names (every time he said Malin... cringe).

Overall, this book left me feeling good, but I almost quit in the middle due to the fact that Malin was so terrible to Avery and I wasn't feeling a lick of romance. Avon Gale made a recovery, but it was a close call.

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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5 out of 5 stars
By Becky L on 09-12-16

Great narration of a brilliant book

Where does Let the Wrong Light In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What does Derrick McClain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He nails Avery pretty well - and whilst I prefer reading, the audio is great and is perfect for driving, running etc.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

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.

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