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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?
Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton is one of the sweetest and most heartwarming books I’ve read in a long time. This is a true-blue love story and I loved it. There’s very little angst, fabulous banter, and sexy heat between two self proclaimed nerds. Pushes all my buttons!
Luke Shumaker is an active guy who loves hiking with his dog, Trevor. Each day they hike the same spot and each day, someone watches them. Alex Shaw works from home and sees Luke walking by each day. Alex has developed a good old fashion crush on his handsome neighbor. Alex is shy and he’s wheelchair bound and doesn’t know how to approach Luke. Alex creates crossword puzzles for the newspaper and decides to take a chance and slip some messages for Luke in them. Unbeknownst to Alex is that Luke loves a good puzzle. Soon the two meet and the connection is immediate. While they click emotionally and physically, outside source begin to get in Luke’s head. He needs to decide if he can see himself making a life with someone in a wheelchair. Can he accept all that comes with Alex?
I absolutely love that the author has Luke really evaluate what their lives would look like in the future. It’s so authentic and making a commitment to someone is a serious decision and making a commitment to someone with extra needs, even more so. While this book is incredibly sweet and romantic, I love that touch of reality. Luke and Alex are fantastic, they are both hot nerds and lets face it, that’s just sexy. They’re so witty and you feel how much they just love being together. I could feel the genuine joy they find in each other. It was so nice seeing a book with someone with a disability. Eli Easton doesn’t shy away from Alex’s chair and the accommodations needed for him. He’s strong, independent and it’s lovely to see him being treated as the full-bodied man he is. I love that Luke sees Alex, sees his strength and his beauty. This one is a must read!
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been a m/m romance author since 2013. She has over 30 books published.
Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particular admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.
In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.
Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at email@example.com
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