Monday, May 25, 2015

LGBT Monday: The Blinding Light

The Blinding LightAuthor: Renae Kaye
Series: The Tav, #1
Released: July 14th 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Length: 212 pages
Buy: Amazon

Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.
Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.
Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.

Renae Kaye sure knows how to write them. Realistic, funny and Aussie-flavored, her romances are truly unlike any other. My favorite thing about her is that the word angst doesn’t seem to be in her dictionary at all. Instead of creating unbearable drama, she relies on excellent characterization and humor in all her books.

Blinding Light is a shining example and a clear demonstration of everything I love about her. We meet Jake at his low. He is looking for a second job and barely scraping by. We soon learn, however, that Jake isn’t the type to wallow and lament. He is the type who works hard, sacrifices everything for his family, and has a whole lot of fun in the process.

Jake’s desperately needed second job ends up being a housekeeping position for a blind man. Mr. Patrick Stanford is so unbearably difficult that the agency has to send him a new housekeeper every couple of weeks, but Jake is made of different stuff. He is determined to keep the job and that’s exactly what he does. But when Mr. Stanford stays home from work one day and Jake finally sees him, all his assumptions vanish with one look at the gorgeous 30-year-old in front of him. Mr. Stanford is not some old, obnoxious guy – he is heart-stoppingly gorgeous. And kind of hilarious too.

It’s impossible not to love Jake from the very first sentence he shares with us. He grew up poor with an alcoholic mother and an endless stream of men in her bedroom, he practically raised his three sisters all on his own and he still does absolutely everything to make their lives easier, even if it means sacrificing his happiness. He has so much pride and he is so joyful despite everything, he will make you smile on every single page.

I’ve read five of Renae’s novels so far and I loved them all. This may be my favorite, but the others aren’t far behind. I’d recommend starting either with Blinding Light or with Loving Jay. Both are available in audio format as well.


  1. Glad this is an author that you can count on to deliver Maja, great review!

  2. Sounds great :) I am glad they found each other

  3. I'm really glad that you are highlighting all these LGBT reads, Maja! To be honest, I don't see these books featured enough in the blogs I follow, and it's really nice to see that there is actually a lot of diversity in the books we read, we simply need to find them. Shall add this one to my TBR to be checked out later!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  4. I confess that I'm not that much into m/m stories but maybe I shoul try more. This one sounds well done.

  5. Love the cover, and it sounds really well written, will have to look more into this one

  6. Aww! I love the sound of this one, Maja. It sounds like a sweet romance and has a character with a disability. Plus, it sounds like it's really well-written.
    Lovely review!

  7. Four stars, huh? I'll keep it in mind then. It does sound good, especially since the author is so talented and good at what she does. Have I told you how much I admire your LGBT Monday feature? You're being the change you want to see in the world, right? SO like you! :))

  8. Now this one really sounds like a book I would enjoy. It sort of is a beauty and the beast retelling in a way. Well, that is what I took from it and since that is my fave story for retelling, I want to read it! :D

  9. Sigh. This sounds perfect, Maja. <3

  10. Oh this sounds wonderful! I love that it lacks drama!

  11. I have this book too and now I'm even more looking forward to reading it. Great review, Maja! :)

  12. This one sounds great indeed and one that I feel like I must add to my wish lost for sure!
    Great recommendation Maja, I really like books with humour and no angst!!


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