Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life....
Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head....
Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so; he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions....
Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he's never been accused of taking a life - until now....
Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section....
Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He's going to live in his hometown, be everybody's friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war....
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you? Jake Moore's world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father....
Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in....
I left my family and tiny Texas hometown 15 years ago to escape small-town gossips and to give my mom and sister the chance at a better life. But when a phone call....
He promised to never leave me. But when I needed him the most, that was exactly what he did. Wilderness guide Xander Reed has spent fifteen years trying to forget the night....
When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed....
As the landlord of The Dragon's Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all....
Jay is always on the run - always looking for the next place to start a new life. But no matter how much he moves, he can't escape the painful memories that haunt him....
Sergei Andronikov was a child when the Mafia wiped out his family, leaving him with nothing but a hunger for revenge....
After a year of picking up the pieces of his shattered life, former US marshal Micah Beasley takes a job as bodyguard for a spoiled rich kid who can't leave his house. It's supposed to be a cupcake assignment. He just needs to get back in the game. What could possibly go wrong?
Brilliant and incredibly talented, Christopher (Kit) Auberon wears tragedy as a second skin. Kit is all that's left of a powerful family. Seemingly forgotten, he's spent his entire life in seclusion at the family estate, and he likes it that way. He's free to play his games and create worlds without ever having to set foot in the real one.
Kit's past is anything but forgotten. When death threats become real threats, Micah and Kit are forced to put their differences aside to discover who wants Kit dead.
But there are monsters in Kit's closet that should never be disturbed.
Warning: Dark subject. Violence. The usual stuff.
Would you consider the audio edition of Light from the Dark to be better than the print version?
Love a good mystery with broken characters coming together to help heal each other. The story of Christopher and his battle with his unique autism issues. Mercy Celeste is always a delight. She has such a great imagination and control of her characters when traveling through the obstacles her creative mind sets for them to tackle. This audio version was just as enjoyable as the printed. I was excited to see one of my favorite authors releasing on audio. I hope she releases more
What was one of the most memorable moments of Light from the Dark?
When Christopher had his big "episode" and had to be put in an isolated room. How Micha was able to pull Christopher out of his "darkness". Beautiful
Have you listened to any of Derrick McClain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, only one. TJ Klune's "How To Be a Normal Person". I LOVED both performances but it took me a little while to drop Gus (one of my favorite all time characters) out of my mind. Derrick's voice is very distinct but he does a wonderful job.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I believe I did.
Any additional comments?
As I said I love Mercy Celeste and hope she releases more of her work on Audible.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really liked Kit and his view of the world from his tower. I didnt dislike the other MC but just didnt love him either. And i think the narrator may detract from the story.I cant really put my finger on it because he isnt bad at all - i just dont feel him somehow. Some parts he is very good at like the computer voice part, but other parts kind of need more feeling. The suspense part of the story is good and not at all black and white because Kit is a difficult troubled person with a lot of psychological issues both due to his autism and the trauma and he does not react like other people. It is a long story and i kept thinking it was over (suspence resolved and so on) but discovered that there were about an hour left. It is not a bad listen all in all and if u enjoy suspence M/m Hea u will like it. Maybe reading it would be better but it can be listened to, too.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Where does Light from the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I would put it in the top third. A very interesting story about a young man who is traumatized as a child when his parents are killed in front of him and he is kidnapped. As an adult, he is agoraphobic and won't leave his suite of rooms. When he feels threatened in his own house by a break-in he hires a bodyguard who has problems of his own with PTSD. Their first meeting doesn't go well but they manage to come to an understanding. I had a bit of a complaint that their relationship seemed to overshadow the mystery in the first half of the book but it finally started coming together in the second half and by the end all questions were answered satisfactorily.
What does Derrick McClain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
At first I wasn't too sure about the narrator but as the story went on and I could hear the difference in the voices that he did for the characters I ended up really enjoying the narration.
Any additional comments?
I have really enjoyed the books I've read by Mercy Celeste. I hope that she goes on to have her Southern Scrimmage series done in audio also.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The story started out so nicely.... and then about half way through something just fell apart.
And then- the last 2 hours, are basically porn.
With a bit of plot in between, but mainly porn.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This one was different storie , I really enjoyed it. It was very different with an exellent narration , very sexy and it held my attention.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Despite walking away from this one frustrated, the overall rating is 3 stars because the story was pretty good & kept me wondering and the reader was spot on.
Good points: I feel like the author helped me really understand Chris' in the moment feelings. I appreciated the interaction between the MCs and how they were able to connect at a deep level without really knowing how. Like they recognized each other. I appreciated their frustrations and fears and their growth into a relationship.
Bad points: (probably spoilers) I was so mad at Beasley several times. Even though his experience is as a Wit Sec guy, he was hired to oversea the security team (turns out. Near the end that means 2 gate guards) & be a bodyguard to Chris. There was no real evidence of Beasley even checking in with or up on and staff or personnel at the beginning other than asking who worked there. There are supposed to be dogs roaming the grounds, guards at the gates and yet someone keeps getting on the property. Every time something happened, there was no follow up by Beasley to try and at least understand where the threat is. Just a lot of whining and questioning how he can protect Chris if he didn't know where the threat was coming from. Here's an idea, maybe after the incidents occur you pause to think about where the holes in your security might be. I can appreciate he's not investigating but closing up security gaps would have been part of his job, IMO and even distracted by his developing relationship with Chris, I had hoped (& kept being disappointed) that he might actually take a moment to use common sense. It doesn't take a genius to see where the holes were & patch them or keep an eye on them. Honestly, he told himself to focus on it, it wasn't a cupcake assignment then a few chapters later we are hearing about it not being a cupcake assignment again. This is where the story fell way flat for me and left me dissatisfied.
I think it's otherwise pretty good and would have loved to give it 4 stars. I felt, however, this was too big of a gap in the story, for such a long and well thought out story, too, for me to do that. It's because all other elements kept me listening and the narrator that brought this to 3 stars instead of 2.
Characters were unconvincing and the story too thin. The idea of the plot wasn't bad, but it ended up rushed and unfinished. It would probably have helped if the author has some knowledge of psychology and could give especially the character Kit some depth and credibility. Sex seemed to fix everything. I had a hard time finishing it and only did because I hate to leave a story unfinished. Because, how can I jugde/criticise a book I didn't take the bother to finish.
I love this book the story is just so touching and captivating nArration is a little off but it is a lovely read but emotional draining
One of the things that I love in m/m stories is that a lot of times they feature unexpected heroes. Kit is that unexpected hero in this book. It takes a while for the story to reveal exactly what is wrong with him, because when the book starts, the only thing the reader knows is that he's mute...and secluded...and brilliant...but definitely not normal.
Micah also has no idea what he's getting into with this bodyguard assignment, but he's blown away by the pure beauty that is Kit. It also helps a lot that he knows sign language which makes him one of the few who can communicate with Kit.
The entire story was completely riveting. There's the mystery of Kit, the suspense of what the heck is going on, and the unknown of what is really going on. Because there is a TON going on in this story....and so, so, so many twists and turns. It's hard to keep your head on straight when it all starts to unwind. Wow, the end of this one was flat-out crazy...and I loved that.
Note on narration: I loved the narration on this one. I listened to it during a crazy time so I was in and out of the story a lot. But even with that, the narrator had such an incredible variation to his voices that I never was guessing who was talking in the story or digging right back into the story.
It was just a great listen. It got crazy at times, but I really liked all of it.
I didn't think I would this book but I did I listen to i.e. Three every enjoyable