In the Absence of Light

In the Absence of Light For 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

  • Title: In the Absence of Light
  • Author: Adrienne Wilder
  • ISBN: 9781511581110
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • For 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 dreamedFor 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.

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    1. Adrienne Wilder

      Georgia born and bred, I am an artist, a writer, and a general pain in the ass I spend most of my days working on my next book or designing cover art for other writers For stress relief I do olympic lifting and occasionally run but hate it I have been in love with writing since I was very young but it wasn t until recently that I decided to pursue it as a profession I have experimented in several genres and found that since I identify as male, male romance has been the most comfortable for me to write I don t discriminate in my books All characters are fair game I do however, prefer a happy ending at some level I don t write the standard romance book Some might even argue that what I write isn t romance at all Personally I think of them as love stories, where even in a fantastical world, there are realistic outcomes to the obstacles the characters face Many of my books have dark turns and twists where the characters fight for the light at the end of the tunnel I write action, fist fights, gun fights, down right dirty evil people who have to be stopped, things catch fire, blow up, and fall in My characters come in a unique range They are not all good guys, but the majority of them have very good hearts Many of them have been through hell in their lives, and many of them have a laundry list of faults But hopefully they manage to surprise you with their tenacity and loyalty If all goes well, there will be a myriad of different kinds of books available this year If I am really lucky, you will enjoy them.


    1. See my review at Sinfully.5+++++ Stars!"This book is dedicated to: Anyone and everyone who has ever been misunderstood, cast out, or ostracized for simply being who you are. Forgive the ignorant. They know not what lies within the layers of our reality."This bookTHIS BOOK.Every once in a while I read a book that renders me speechless and affects me on such a profound and elemental level that is hard for me to put into words. In The Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder fits into this category. Thi [...]

    2. 5 abundant stars. Full review posted April 6, 2015My second five-star rating of the year goes to In The Absence of Light by Adrienne Wilder. Readers who know me are aware that this means something.Even days after I finished this story, I'm still reeling in the aftermath of one of the best reading experiences I've had this year. One word that would sum this book up is…awesome. In The Absence of Light wrecked me but only in the most positive way. I can't remember the last time a story made me te [...]

    3. 5 A Dog Isn't a Hobby StarsSo, not gonna lie, I tend to be somewhat cold and heartless when it comes to life books. So typically, when I read a book that it supposed to make me like this:I have come to expect I will end up being more like this:I have just accepted the fact that my manufacturer forgot to install my sensitivity chip.Oh well.So it is with great pleasure that I get to say that this book had me all like this for once:Seriously.What a beautiful story. Grant was a really interesting ch [...]

    4. ~3.75~So many amazing review of this book have already been posted. I spent a good while reading all of them. I'm torn, you see. Because as much as I loved the connection between Morgan and Grant, I thought the many sub-plots dragged the book down a bit.I loved Morgan and Grant, but the FBI plot was distracting and tedious. We had the drama regarding Grant and Jeff's former relationship; the mystery that was Grant's shipping business; the FBI good guys; the FBI BAD guys; Morgan's psychopathic ex [...]

    5. This book taught me a very valuable lesson: When EVERYONE and their uncle tells you to "READ THIS FUCKING BOOK," you do it. Put down everything else and read. Because, honestly? If I'd have read this book in the middle of 2015, my top 10 list for 2015 would have been different.I'm not quite sure what I can say about In the Absence of Light that hasn't already been said. I loved how fiercely Grant loved Morgan. I loved Morgan's dry humor and how he saw the world. I loved the raunchy, dirty, frant [...]

    6. I'd give this one 10 stars if I could. ❤I’ve been thinking a lot about this book, about Morgan, about Grant, about their love. Their story has invaded my thoughts allowing me to linger with them just a little bit more because I didn’t want their story to end. My greedy side would have loved just a few more pages, a few more moments but the last chapter was just as wonderful as the first so I am a happy girl.It only took one review for me to one clickIn The Absence of Light. It is such a be [...]

    7. I must admit about 30% in this book and I said to myself, "Shite, Sharon is going to hate me for not loving it as much as she did." Thanks Sharon for the recommendation and the gift. Headed off to a concert last night. Got back around midnight and started reading again. Stayed up until 3.30 reading it. started loving it. Finished it this afternoon and I absolutely loved it, maybe not the beginning but the second half of the book just got to me.For years Grant Kessler has smuggled goods from one [...]

    8. Short version:The truth lies in what you are not seeing.An unexpected adventure in a sleepy Southern town where a man on the run finds more than a place to lie low. He finds a reason to lay down roots. A place where an autistic power bottom, happy cows, and symphonies in light all make perfect sense.This is fast paced, charming, emotional, SEXY--like Wow!, and entertaining. It makes you believe in happy endings after long trials. A hard won HEA is always sweeter, and this is sweeter than sweet t [...]

    9. 4.5 Stars“The light is a funny thing, Grant. We think it shows us what we need to see, but in reality, it blinds us. That’s why I brought you here. I wanted you to see me.”Wow. I bought In the Absence of Light back in April 2015, but managed to not read it before now. I know, insane, right? I recall the reviews being stellar, and there was just something about the cover that drew me in. The colors, the composition, the reflections - it's a gorgeous cover. And now that I've read the book, t [...]

    10. The pov is quite shallow first person, and then there's the odd line where I can see Wilder is trying to reach for something heartbreaking and magical, but for me every line is missing its mark. I'm aware of the construction, rather than it going straight through to the gap in my soulAlso, you know what? The first third really irritated me. It was like playing Dungeons & Dragons where you literally go to the tavern to get backstory and rumours that may help you on your quest. So Grant meets [...]

    11. This story was truly an unexpected pleasure.The romance and feels between 36 y.o. Grant and 24 y.o. Morgan were pretty on point. And the parts in the story showing Morgan that Grant *truly* saw the real person that he was, underneath his tics and often-odd behavior, were just so sweet and touching.There was also plenty of humor, with autistic Morgan mentally besting 'better' men at several turns. God, the toothpicks and 'statue of liberty' bits had me rolling. I kept thinking, "Oh goodie (rubs-h [...]

    12. ♥♥♥ 5 STARS ♥♥♥●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Morgan's just like any other guy his age. He just sees the world a little bit differently. Maybe he even see things we'll never have the pleasure of experiencing."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● This book had been recommended to me many times by many people o [...]

    13. 4.5 Stars!I had a lot! A lot of sad, some mad, some awww moments, I even laughed a few times. This was a really captivating story. Definitely more on the emotional side. I fell in love with Morgan from the first page. His character was so inspiring. He was so misunderstood. The battles he fought and overcome. His strength. His beauty. "He just sees the world a little bit differently. Maybe he even sees things we'll never have the pleasure of experiencing."Grant is new town. He does what most do [...]

    14. Reread January 2018I am still at a loss for the right words for this book. It touched me on so many levels. Told entirely from Grant's POV, I love seeing him grow in his understanding of Morgan as a person and not a condition. He’s still perfectly imperfect. He makes mistakes. But they need each other and complete each other. The people in the town really stood out to me this time too. They’re funny and supportive. It’s just a bloody brilliant book and I have highlighted the shit out of it [...]

    15. Written July 3, 20155 Stars - Amazing touching, great storyline, surprising plot and GRAND loveMuch loved by many friends here. Recommended by my wise GR-friend Allison (5 stars) back in April. It was at last time to see what they all talk about. OMG, why didn't I read this one at once?? Dumb, dumb me. In The Absence Of Light is what I call a GREAT romance novel. [ I finished two weeks ago (on a trip sunbathing and enjoying myself at the beautiful Spanish island Majorca) and I planned to write a [...]

    16. 5 ++++++++++ StarsA beautiful and unforgettable love story which will capture your heart and never let go!!Grant has retired from his life as smuggler of high value art artifacts and got settled in a small town Durstrand. But his real plan is to get FBI off his back and live somewhere near the beach. In this town he meets the severely autistic Morgan,who shows his interest in Grant. This is the story of how Morgan changes the course of his life.I loved this book! This book took my heart captive [...]

    17. 5 BeAuTiFuL StArSNothing prepared me forMORGANThis wonderful storyI truly was in awe damn if I'm still wiping happy tears from my face as I write this - in fact the last 5% I was rubbing hard, the tears that fell from my eye's. Making ugly noises.The other half said “For god sake go and get a tissue or something and blow your nose” YES, I GAVE HIM THE STINK EYE could I put into words that I had just read aboutthe most remarkable, inspiring individual with ethereal beauty, I had ever had the [...]

    18. 4 stars! “The light is a funny thing, Grant. We think it shows us what we need to see, but in reality, it blinds us. That’s why I brought you here. I wanted you to see me.”Grant has retired early from his shipping business and moved to the middle of nowhere and bought a run down house with the intention to renovate it. While in town he meets Morgan, the mysterious bus boy at the only bar for miles. From the start it's obvious Morgan is gay, and he is also autistic. Thinking pursuing anythi [...]

    19. A well-written masterpiece with all the necessary ingredients for a poignant story. Elements of humor, drama, action, and angst imbued all throughout but more importantly an unconventional romance to captivate your heart and shatter it to smithereens.What made this stand out from the rest though, beyond the gripping and brilliant story, is how this challenged my way of seeing the world. How ignorant and prejudiced my way of thinking was when it came to the differently abled. And it’s astoundin [...]

    20. *** ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT !! ***I don't even know where to start in trying to put into words how outstanding this book is.It has totally captivated my attention over the last few days."The light is a funny thing ,Grant.We think it shows us what we need to see,but in reality,it blinds us .That's why I brought you here.I wanted you to see me"-MorganMorgan is a 24 year Autistic manGrant is 36 and has escaped to Durstrand leaving behind a dubious past and an ex lovera FBI AgentThere is a FBI sub plot [...]

    21. 5 Bullshit-o-meter Stars!The Absence of Lightby Adrienne Wilder is one of those books I went into fairly blind. I'd known a friend loved it but I'd hadn't read many reviews. What I DID know is that within a very few pages, I knew this was going to be a book that touched me profoundly. Touched me in a way not many books do. The characters grabbed ahold of my heart and I felt personally invested in their story. That, my friends, is WRITING. Grant Kessler is a Chicago "transplant." Avoiding the Fed [...]

    22. Sometimes you came across a special book that touch your heart and is hard to describe why you just love it so much. Despite the slow moving plot from the POV of a man who is running away from his past, In the Absence of Light is one thought provoking read that make me ponder all day long. "The light is a funny thing, Grant. We think it shows us what we need to see, but in reality, it blinds us."Grant Kessler is a man looking for a fresh start from his shady past. He longed for a solitude at a v [...]

    23. An ASD MC? Nervous, but I have to read it.Why the above comment before I read In The Absence of Light? It's because I get pissy about people stereotyping people on the ASD, I really do. Going into this book, reading it, was very personal for me. Not because I know the author, I don't. Not because I have anything to do with the book whatsoever, other than I read it. But it has an MC who is autistic. Yes, autistic is the correct terminology, for those who are unsure. It isn't a label, its a diagno [...]

    24. ***5+++++ Stars***The light is a funny thing, Grant. We think it shows us what we need to see, but in reality, it blinds us. That's why I brought you here. I wanted you to see me."If this book were a picture I would hang it up in a special place, so it would capture the light I found in it. It is a reminder of how prejudice and false assumptions make the so-called "normal" persons detest and reject everyone who is everything but perfect. Of how a first impression tends to keep us from appreci [...]

    25. This book had all the things I look for when picking up a book. Sometimes, in a book it's there and sometimes not. In The Absence of Light so many boxes got ticked. Romance, mystery, intrigue, drama, unbelievably hot sex, sadness, humour and luckily a (view spoiler)[HEA (hide spoiler)]. I loved the two MCs and really, picking the book up was the easy part, putting it down and not wanting it to end was not. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

    26. 2.5So, I'm going to give the unpopular opinion and say the subplot didn't deter my enjoyment of the story as much as Morgan did. Calm the heck down!It's not that I didn't like MorganI mean, I didonce upon a time in the beginning. But then for some reason he fell undeniably flat and for the life of me I couldn't seem to reconnect. Their romance just didn't really do it for me because when they weren't having sex, they just seemed like friends. And yes, I know, love is like friendship on fire and [...]

    27. BR with my friends!! Wonderful!! Enlightening!!Moving!!Entertaining!!Steamy very steamy!!The best of the book MORGAN!!The way Adrienne Wilder writes about Morgan made me see his vulnerability, his capacity to love, his willingness to trust. The author not only “showed me” those things, but pulled me in, wrapped me up, and” whispered” the secrets of Morgan’s world in my ear, and what a beautiful world it is!! Highly recommended!!

    28. Beautiful. And brilliant. I loved everything about this story.Atypical MCs work for me because they challenge so many misconceptions. And Morgan was amazingd so was Grant :)Yes, there were tears, as awful things from the past were brought up, and came back to haunt them, but this was also one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read. It was also sweet, funny, and intense. *hugs e-reader*Side note:When the horn blew at the drive-in? Omg, I was dying. Everyone was going to know! And then“Can [...]

    29. This book is just so amazingly good. So few authors are capable of writing characters with such depth, and being able to craft an autistic character like Morgan is damn near impossible. Wilder writes characters with such intense emotional constructs that it's actually difficult at times to continue reading. It's painful to watch their struggles, but also profoundly satisfying to share in their triumphs. This is the mark of a truly well-characterized book; when the reader is capable of daydreamin [...]

    30. Such a beautiful, and I mean utterly BEAUTIFUL, portrayal of autism in a young man’s life.You need to look carefully at the title to this and the use of the glass and colours. Because when all of that’s taken away (the spectrum of colours that comes as light catches glass) it leaves just one thing: you and the darkness. It’s the best kind of darkness, though, the sort where two lovers lie together with all of the lights turned off, no worry about possible imperfections between them, and th [...]

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