Reviewed by JustJen
Title: One Good Deed
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press
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Blurb: Luka Krachec immigrates to the United States to find his cousin dead and his cousin’s wife hospitalized after a terrible accident. He meets Peter Montgomery at the funeral. The American seems nice and captures Luka’s attention when he offers to help him with his English.
Peter has spent most of his life believing he shot his father at age six, and his family uses his regret and overwhelming guilt to keep him under their proverbial thumbs. Peter does his best to make up for what he did by helping others, and agreeing to help Luka with his English yields something amazing when they hit it off.
When Peter opens up to Luka about what happened when he was a child, Luka senses some holes in the story and suspects Peter needs some help, so he approaches the head of the psychology department at the college where he works. Neither expects to open a long-barricaded door to secrets, denial, and family manipulation.
What a sweet story this is. Luka is probably the sweetest man I’ve read about in a long time. He is a Serbian, escaping from his government and immigrating to the US with the help of his cousins He finds himself in a strange land, with little knowledge of the language and his plans thrown to the wind when those cousins helping him transition into his new life are in a life changing accident. Luckily, he meets Peter, who offers to help tutor Luka with his English, and they become fast friends.
Luka is such an amazing, sweet and caring guy. He is still saddened by the loss of his partner Misha back in Serbia, but has a wonderful perspective on things. He senses something special in Peter, who spends his life trying to help others through social work and tutoring. Unfortunately, Peter has some major issues involving heavy guilt from believing he accidentally shot and killed his father when Peter was a child. He truly believes he is not worthy of being loved and has, up until this point, closed himself off to any real relationships.
But Luka realizes things don’t quite add up and encourages Peter to get some help and works hard to convince Peter that he is, indeed, worthy of happiness. At the same time, Luka is dealing with some issues regarding his immigration and Serbia not being happy about his departure. So, these guys have some hurdles, but they work through them together, leaning and relying on each other as their relationship grows.
This was a really sweet, easy read that I really enjoyed. There was a little bit of angst with the issues involved, but this sweet couple has you pulling for them from beginning to end. If you couldn’t tell already, I loved Luka. Loved his struggles with learning the language and had no problem picturing his accent while reading. Peter was a great guy as well, and they had some fabulously sexy and tender moments. Even though it sounds like there is heavy angst, this is really quite upbeat and sweet, as their relationship shines through and makes their struggles easier to take.
I’ve only read a few of Andrew’s books, but they have all had solid, easily likable characters with good pacing and smooth storylines. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*