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Can a young man find the courage he never knew he had when faced with losing everything he holds dear?
A few months before his final exams in secondary school, nineteen-year-old Lennart Kelly discovers he’s inherited a house on Adelaide Road in Dublin from a grandfather he never knew. Having been ignored, bullied and abused for as long as he can remember, Lennart can’t wait to leave behind his father and the small town he grew up in. Moving away as soon as he finishes his exams doesn’t cure his deep-rooted insecurities though.
Meeting twenty-three-year-old Aidan Cassidy in a gay club on his second night in Dublin, scares Lennart. Used to being ignored and ridiculed, he doesn’t trust the attention he receives and can’t believe a man like Aidan could possibly be interested in him. It takes infinite patience and understanding from Aidan to slowly coax Lennart out of his shell.
But the past refuses to stay where it belongs and Lennart’s father is determined to take the house in Dublin off his son by whatever means necessary. Just when Lennart is learning to trust and embrace life, a violent attack threatens everything he holds dear. Suddenly Lennart is in danger of losing his house, the man he’s grown to love and maybe even his life. If Lennart wants to protect Aidan and safeguard his future, he’ll have to find the courage he never knew he had.
I picked this book up by mistake and what a wonderful mistake it turned out to be. I have recently been enjoying books from another author with a similar name and thought it was one of her books in a hasty request. It wasn’t until I was in the midst of it that I realized the voice was…different. Not a bad different or a good different, just different. However, I am so sooo glad I grabbed this book in error because I absolutely adored it!
My heart immediately swelled for this young man. He has been given a fresh start, a new life but he’s struggling to shake off the dark shadows of his past. Tormented, abused and unloved sum up his life thus far in a nutshell. His mother passed when he was a toddler and his father should have his rights to parenthood revoked. The abuse he endured from his dreadful father was emotional and mental but his body did not fare unmarred either. He was bullied and beaten by homophobic peers and his father turned a blind eye to the violence. As a result, Lennart is skittish, scared and exceptionally harsh on himself. *tackle hugs Lennart* He desperately needs someone to love him, care about him, and shower him with affection.
When Aidan notices the cute stranger at the bar, he cannot stop the magnetic force that overcomes him. He can’t deny the fierce attraction he feels but it’s more than that. His arms itch to embrace him and hold him and reassure him that everything will be okay. And once he does, he never wants to let go. He quickly realizes that baby steps are going to be necessary but he has no problem taking his time. Some of the best things in life require patience and he’s willing to wait (though as it turns out, little waiting is required!). He takes great pride in being Lennart’s first lover…actually, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Aidan has an uncanny ability to read Lennart. At times he knows what Lennart wants or feels before Lennart knows himself. They truly are soul mates and I had no trouble falling along with them.
Lennart inherits a delightful and expensive home in Dublin from a grandfather that he is oblivious of. In an effort to gather information about his mysterious grandfather he stumbles on eerie coincidences that turn his blood cold. Why did his father cut his own dad out of their lives? And could it be related to why he despised his own son?
When his dad decides he is entitled to the inheritance Lennart was given the danger spikes. Lennart loves Aidan with his whole heart but what happens when love isn’t enough to protect what matters most? He would give his life for Aidan but will it ultimately come to that?
A beautiful coming out, coming alive and come-what-may story. Lennart finds his voice, finds himself and finds out how to stand up for love. As you can tell, I adored both Lennart and Aidan and Aidan’s family is pretty fabulous too. I thought the writing was strong, the edits were clean, and the story was absolutely lovely. It felt as if a potential squeal was proposed at the end and I would be overjoyed for more ‘Scenes from Alelaide Road’.