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I loved the set up of this story, and the clever play on words by Alex with the crossword puzzles and his chosen nom de plume.
Both Luke and Alex feel very real, and I enjoyed reading about their friendship and relationship. I found their connection very believable, especially with the interests and passions they had in common. I loved the banter between them, and it’s obvious right from the start that their relationship—despite the well written sex scenes—is so much more than that. They’re both very nerdy and it’s great.
I thought Alex’s disability was handled with sensitivity, yet didn’t shy away from the difficulties attached to it either. The research the author has done into life in a wheelchair shows, and adds another layer to the storyline, but doesn’t define Alex as to who he is as a person.
I loved Amy, Alex’s sister. She’s a fabulous supporting character, and I especially liked the conversation between her and Luke when she makes sure he knows the reality of Alex’s situation, and the challenges he will face when he gets older. I especially liked that the story doesn’t ignore that. Luke’s reaction is realistic as he works through the implications and what it could potentially mean for him and Alex moving forward in a life together.
I also liked that, despite Alex being the one in the chair, Luke has his own disability in a way because of his upbringing and dysfunctional family.
The resolution of their story is wonderful, and suits their characters perfectly. I thought it was very cool, and found the ending very satisfying.
I read Puzzle Me This in one night and would recommend it to readers who enjoy feel good stories with realistic characters who build a friendship along with a romance. 5 out of 5 stars.
Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching.
The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper.
When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.
Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.
In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.
Her website is www.elieaston.com
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