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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (February 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ICMXW8K
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One Good Deed is a beautifully crafted story of an immigrant to the United States who is well educated but handicapped by two things: his sponsor died just before Luka arrived, and his command of English is limited. The comfort Luka feels in just hearing his native language, or finding a restaurant that serves the food he is familiar with is part of the story that grounds the reader in Luka’s life and personality.
Luka meets Peter at Luka’s cousin’s funeral. Peter is a lifeline for many in the Serbian community, teaching English and providing assistance where needed. Luka and Peter hit it off as friends and gradually that friendship develops into an attraction and then more. But Peter is carrying a heavy burden, and that is what seems to drive his altruism. He believes he shot and killed his beloved father when he was six years old. Peter’s family has reinforced the guilt that consumes him over his lifetime, but when he tells the story to Luka something doesn’t ring quite true.
You know there is going to be an HEA to the story. It’s by Andrew Grey, for goodness sakes. But what is special about One Good Deed is the sweetness of the MCs. They are the most genuinely kind and giving people to populate a novel. It wouldn’t be a romance without some angst to make the heroes work for that HEA, but even that is muted. Other than the tragedy of a father’s death and a mother’s emotional abandonment of a child, things seem to fall together pretty neatly for our guys. While there is one good deed that is central to the plot, there is actually more than one, because these are noble men and that’s what noble men do. This is another great story by Andrew Grey. I have no idea how he creates these books that are each unique and never from a cookie cutter formula but I’m so glad he does. Many of his books are my go-to comfort reads and Mr. Grey tops my auto-buy list.
At the funeral he also meets Peter Montgomery, a young man who is not Serbian but speaks the language fluently. Peter tells Luka that he helps people who want to learn English as their second language, and after spending some time getting to know each other, Peter offers to help Luka.
Peter is a social worker who spends most of his time helping others.He seeshis role in life as needing to bring happiness to others to atone for a terrible incident in his past. He thinks he doesn’t deserve love or happiness because he shot and killed his father when he was six years old.He and his brother were playing with a gun they found in his father’s shed, and when the gun went off, Peter found it in his lap.His family reinforces his belief that he is guilty and not worthy of love by their words and actions. Peter tells Luka his mother turned away from him, refusing to show him love or affection, ever since the shooting incident.
Once Peter finally shares the story with Luka, Luka sees more than Peter does. He suspects that Peter doesn’t recall everything and that maybe he’s not as guilty as he seems to think.He also tries to tell Peter that he shouldn’t take blame for something that happened when he was six, but Peter is adamant about his guilt.Luka speaks to the head of the psychology department at the university where he is working as a research scientist and learns that Peter may benefit from counseling.Convincing Peter of that is difficult, but Peter eventually capitulates and seeks out the professor who offers to help him in exchange for using the data anonymously in his research.
In the meantime, Peter learns more about Luka and his past life in Serbia.Luka’s past included a lover who passed away a few years ago, and an important job working for the government in the field of genetic research.Peter’s suspicions about a man who has been lurking near Luka’s apartment is confirmed when they learn that the Serbian government wants Luka back.The US Customs and Immigration Service gets involved and Luka begins the process of providing as much information about his work and personal life as they require in the hope of becoming a permanentUS resident.
There’s a lot going on in this story, and I really enjoyed it.In fact, I discovered that I had previously read the e-book, but I have to admit that the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, did such an excellent job in this audiobook that I was totally engrossed in the story from beginning to end,and it felt brand new.His range of character voices was amazing, including very believable female voices. There were several scenes that brought me to tears, including one scene in which Peter is speaking in his child’s voice as he remembers the details of the incident that killed his father.Michael Ferraiuolo gave an excellent performance in this scene and in several others that I found equally heartwarming.
I definitely recommend the audiobook over the e-book for this story and have given this audiobook a higher rating than I did previously. The story is complex and heartwarming, with two very endearing MCs, both of whom overcome intolerable situations to find their way to their HEA. It’s one of Andrew Grey’s best works, and if you’re a fan, don’t miss a chance to pick this up.
The story of Luka and Peter; a lyrical memoir of loss and recovery, of tragedy and redemption, is what we get in this latest book. I can't help but love a book that focuses on forgiveness and on the healing power of love. Because I believe in that sort of thing.
Peter Montgomery's good deed is to reach out to help the newly-immigrated Serbian scientist, Luka Krachek, who is reeling from the unexpected loss of the one blood relative he had in America. To ease Luka's transition to American life, Peter wants to help him learn English. But in reaching out to a man shellshocked by circumstance, Peter unwittingly opens a path to his own healing.
I was getting toward the end of this book the other night, and found myself irritated that I had to keep wiping my eyes...and then realized it was because I was just quietly weeping as the story reached its emotional climax. Hadn't even realized it, so caught up on the narrative.
Now the one cavil: I know Andrew's audience traditionally wants this, but I think there was more sex in this than was necessary. This is no longer blasphemy in the m/m world. Two of the intimate scenes were totally essential. The others felt liked gilding on a lily.