Review: Grayson by Lisa Eugene

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GRAYSON is unexpected; I didn’t expect to like it so much, nor to have it touched me in a way other stories didn’t.

Angie Roberts needed money, and she was grateful to find a part time cleaning job that she could fit into her study schedule. The only caveat that she had to follow was not to go upstairs, for it would seem that her employer’s father lives there and is potentially dangerous. However, when she saw the sane, handsome man who lives there, she couldn’t help but be attracted and try to find ways to reach him. When she discovered the evil that is being perpetrated against him, she will move heaven and earth to save him. But what can she, a poor nursing student, do?

Angie is a great heroine. I like her boldness, how she knows what she wants and goes after it. I like her banter with Grayson, her empathy and understanding of his situation. Perhaps it’s because she’s a nurse that she has this empathy and knows immediately how to deal with him. Normally, I hate reading from the first person point of view, but her voice is engaging and interesting, making this book enjoyable to read.

Grayson Whitmore, of course, is a hunk. I will never forget the first image I have of him, which is the first time Angie sees him, too. He doesn’t behave some of the time like the usual heroes we read about in books, but that’s because he is schizophrenic. I like the way Lisa Eugene deals with this illness with compassion, yet she didn’t shy away from showing us exactly what it is and how it affects people. I think this book affects me because Grayson, for all his hunkiness and brilliance, is the underdog here, and because his mind could not process some things properly, sometimes, he becomes the victim to unscrupulous people. As does happen in real life. He is just lucky that he met Angie, and that she persevered in getting him to open up and let her in, and that she understands and supports him, and most importantly, she could be trusted. How many people in real life have that?

Who the villain turned out to be is not surprising, but what did was how Angie rescued him. She is smart, on top of her other qualities.

GRAYSON is beautifully written. A must read!

Rating: 5 stars

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Summary:

An insane love that will keep you from falling—or push you right off the edge.

All she needed was a job…
The last thing twenty-four year old grad student Angie Roberts needs is to worry about her new boss’s father. After all, she’s never even seen him. He remains sequestered upstairs in a house that looks like it should be the main feature in an episode of Hoarders. She had no idea the house was such a dump when she took the job. But she’s concerned about the safety and health of the old man living under such horrid conditions.

What she got was a mystery…
Despite warnings not to venture upstairs, she wanders up to the second floor. What she sees is shocking. The man she finds is a gorgeous, sexy, middle-aged man– and he’s stepping out of the shower. But something is definitely not right. Why would this wealthy, handsome man live in a house in such disrepair while his nine-teen year old son resides in a lavish pent-house? Why does he hide away from society? Why does he come to her rescue and then run away?

What she discovered was heartbreaking…
Angie learns that forty-four year old Grayson Whitmore suffers from schizophrenia. Paranoid, he retreats into his own world.

What she ended up with was a treasure…
Angie is determined to get through to Grayson. They form a friendship that blazes into an inconceivable love fired with raging passion. Angie must now come to Grayson’s rescue because the wicked that has been perpetrated on him is unconscionable. First, though, she must gain the trust of a man whose mind does not allow for such a thing.

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