Dana reviews Light From the Dark by Mercy Celeste (Published by MJC Press, March 5, 2015, 301 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb: 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.
Buy link: Amazon
My review: Mercy Celeste is an auto read author for me. No matter what she has written, I have never been disappointed. Whether it is about rodeo performers, football stars, twin brothers or a US Marshal and an autistic mute, I’ve loved every story. She’s written about so many different types of characters, many of them broken in some way. I have to admit Kit might be the character who has been through the most emotionally and physically.
Kit has no memory of the night his parents were killed but he hasn’t spoken since. He used computer talking programs to be his voice, and his work was able to be done from the safety of his own house, which was secured like a fortress. He was also prone to fits where he would have to be locked up for his own safety and that of the servants in his home. I can’t get into what happened because it was mind boggling and well, it would just spoil the intrigue of the story for you. I can say the things that made him the way he was were very complicated. Not so much as to confuse the reader too much though.
Micah is supposed to be the solid character in the story. There to protect Kit from threats and perimeter breaches on his land. He was hired by Kit’s uncle who isn’t exactly who he seems. Micah has some problems of his own though. He suffers from PTSD due to a rescue gone wrong and a partner who betrayed him. However his past affects his present much less than Kit’s.
Many secrets are revealed in this story, and people are manipulated. But Micah and Kit find strength in their relationship. They manage to survive their own memories coming back to haunt them, and the person trying to drive Kit crazy. Just like every one of Mercy Celeste’s books, I loved it. I definitely recommend the story to any mystery lover and m/m romance fan.
9/10 pots of gold