Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Puzzle Me This
Author: Eli Easton
Heroes: Luke Schumaker/Alex Shaw
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 88 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 2, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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?
Review: Now is the time in the review where I gush and gush about Eli Easton.
I have yet to read something she wrote that I didn’t just adore.
In Puzzle Me This, we meet Luke, a computer game designer, who works from home and Alex, a crossword puzzle writer, who works in the same complex as Luke. In what has to be the most romantic pick up story ever, Alex writes several crossword puzzles that have a hidden messages in them directed at getting Luke’s attention.
Luke figures them out and agrees to a blind date with Alex.
At first, Luke isn’t sure what to think about dating a man in a wheelchair. Alex hasn’t had much experience, and Luke doesn’t want to be the guy that breaks the heart of the disabled guy. So he puts the breaks on and lets things simmer for a bit. But, after some soul searching, he realizes he has to take the risk.
The couple is on fire for each other and well matched both in and out of bed. (There is one particular scene involving double jointedness that had me howling!)
Everything looks great until Halloween comes and Luke meets Alex’s sister. She warns him again about breaking Alex’s heart and now Luke has cold feet again.
By now Alex is already invested and he feels Luke slipping away.
They all but break up when Luke is called back to California for a work project, and it is the time and the distance that makes Luke realize he can’t live without Alex.
Luckily, Alex is receptive and in another amazingly romantic and sweet ending, Luke and Alex reconcile and have a very HEA.
Eli is so creative and such a great writer. Her characters are all so wonderfully full and well developed and each story line is truly unique.
I love that I can trust her to give me an amazingly sweet and happy ending no matter the length of her books. Even her smexy scenes are unique, and that’s saying something!
I highly recommend this and all her books and give it 5 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*