When architect Gregory Hampton’s son, Davey, starts having trouble in Little League, Greg takes him to an eye doctor. The diagnosis hits them hard. Davey’s sight is degenerating rapidly, and eventually he’ll go blind.
Tom Spangler is used to getting what he wants. When Greg captures his attention, he asks Greg for a date. They have a good time until Greg gets a call from the friends watching his son, telling him Davey has fallen. Greg and Tom return to find the worst has happened—Davey can no longer see.
With so much going on in his life, Greg doubts he’ll see Tom again. But Tom has researched beep baseball, where balls and bases make sounds to enable the visually impaired to participate in Little League. Tom spearheads an effort to form a team so Davey can continue to play the game he loves. But when Greg’s ex-wife shows up with her doctor boyfriend, offering a possible cure through a radical procedure, Greg must decide how far he’ll go to give Davey a chance at getting his sight back.
Gregory Hampton is a devoted single father putting everything he has into raising his son who he has sole custody of. Davey is an accomplished little league player, he loves baseball, but he hasn’t been playing his best lately. The uncle of one of Davey’s teammates suggests bringing Davey to the eye doctor to check his sight. What he learns when he does is that his son, so vibrant and full of life at ten years old, has a degenerative eye disease. He’s going blind.
At a cookout with his friends, one of whom is blind, Greg opens up about his concerns and takes comfort in his friends understanding and suggestions. He also catches the eye of Tom Spangler. Wasting no time, Tom makes sure Greg is gay from the start, and sets his sights on getting the gorgeous single dad to go out with him. Tom is wealthy and used to getting what he wants, but what he truly wants is someone that can see past his money, and love him as a person. Has he found that person with Greg?
Greg is hesitant to open up to Tom as well, he too has some issues with trusting that someone could get past his baggage and just love him and his son. It’s a lot to ask of a guy, to take on a single father with a blind child. But Tom does just that. He learns as much as he can about Davey’s blindness, even researching beep baseball. It’s a bumpy start, but soon Tom and Greg are dating and getting to know each other, and Davey certainly approves. Then Joyce, Davey’s physically and emotionally absent mother, shows up with her “doctor” boyfriend in tow and stirs up a hornet’s nest.
It’s one thing to be born blind and never know color, sight or scenery. Little Davey has experienced all of this, and lost it, so he is angry and confused. Grey didn’t a phenomenal job of showing the full range of emotions that a ten year old boy would display in this situation. This was a new side of Grey I saw in this story as well. Instead of going for the passionate love story between the two male leads, he went for the building of the relationship between Greg, Tom AND Davey. After all, they are meant to become a family.
Another exceptional story in the Senses series by Andrew Grey. What makes this series in particular so good is the way Grey builds the story around the person with the disability and shows that they are still a person with a depth of feeling that is even stronger because of what they have lost. Each character grows stronger with love and friendship, which is a constant circle within these stories.
The story in this book could be read by itself, but to fully appreciate the various characters and their background stories, I suggest you read them in order. And I definitely recommend this book, this series, this author across the board. Oh, and this is a FIVE STAR read, if I didn't say!
Link to Tams review of Love Comes Silently, book 1 in the Senses series: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/496566401?book_show_action=false
Link to Tams review of Love Comes in Darkness, book 2 in the Senses series: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/681686143?book_show_action=false
** I received a copy of this book from Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review through MM Good BookReviews **
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