Book Reviews

Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Disability / Erotic Romance / Humor/Comedy / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 30-September-2019

Book 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?

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2013. This edition has additional content plus an overall rewrite. 

Book Review

I think it would be very difficult to write a romance where one of the main characters is handicapped to the point of requiring a wheelchair. Lucky for Eli Easton her muse introduced her to Alex and it was write at first sight. 'Puzzle Me This' is sweet, fun, witty, and an all-around comfort read that I enjoyed immensely. It's becoming glaringly obvious to me that apparently I am on the brink of stalking the author because I really like everything of hers that I've read.

"Could Luke handle a relationship with a man in a wheelchair? Luke searched his gut for some kind of ick response or reluctance to go there. But each time he thought of Alex, all he could remember was their easy conversation, the way Alex laughed, the look of his upper body in that red shirt, those wide, sensual lips. Those eyes. What he was sitting in just didn't seem to matter much to Luke's body. Or his heart."

Luke is a geek who creates video games. Alex is a geek who creates crossword puzzles and logic games for print. It's a total match in geekdom. If they can keep Alex's virago of a sister out of their business, then the opportunity for happy ever after totally exists for them both. Luke is witty and charming and at twenty-eight he wants a stable, solid, meaningful relationship. Alex is so tired of being defined by his chair and he's lonely. He's also smart, funny, sweet, and ready for a relationship. These two guys set sparks off each other and truly deserve what they each can bring to the other.

A gentle and lovely story that I can read again and again. Just what I needed as I'm nearing the end of this year, a reminder that hope is never a bad word. Thank you, Eli.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 120 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-September-2019
Price $2.99 ebook
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