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Let the Wrong Light In

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,298 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 25th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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Me (before reading this): Oooh! Kinky stuff.


Me (while reading this): Holy shite! This stuff is turning me on.

oh yeah

...Several chapters later...

Me: *Totally blindsided* Wait, what?! *BAM*

them feels

I was so prepared for the kinky sex and the mad fuckery but nobody told me there were feels involved. Because who would have thought there'd be feels in a BDSM book? Apparently, I haven't!

But, wow. I love Avery's character. Funny, sunny, a constant ball of energy, and a man who doesn't know how to shut up, Ave

Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the kink
Recommended to Gigi by: JustJen "Miss Conduct"
WARNING: The review contains a ridiculous amount of fangirling.

There is a wonderful, rare feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you read a book by a new or new-to-you author and they blow your mind. It's so rare it's only happened to me four times in my four years of reading M/M romance fiction. Leta Blake's Training Season, J.H. Knight's The Last Thing He Needs, Roan Parrish's In The Middle of Somewhere, and Melanie Hansen's Everything Changes. Let the Wrong Light by Avon Gale now bri
Fantasizing about the boss?

Kinky kicks. This starts rough and ends smooth for Avery, a junior architect working hard to win a design bid. He's fine, until unbeknownst to him, a switch flips. Others know what's going on, but not Avery. This turns out to be a theme.

The breath play and S&M are fairly intense but without discussion, and not followed up again. It's not that sex becomes fluffy, there's bruising and biting, but the hardcore impact play is abandoned. Nonetheless, that rough and dan
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Avon Gale's stories are irreverent, dirty, fun, and unapologetically sexy. I just read and fell in love with Power Play, the third book in the Scoring Chances series, which I can't recommend enough. (Hockey players, people. Need I say more?)

Let the Wrong Light In is not about hockey players. It's about architects. And architects can be hot. Trust me on this.

Avery, whose frantic brain filters the story, is almost 32 but acts younger. He's sarcastic, defensive, and doesn't know when to shut the f
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4 Stars!

I was a little hesitant to read this one. I was scared of the kink factor.

I don't care for BDSM in my books, nor did I care for this particular kink--(view spoiler)--it was very violent and angry. In fact I didn't really get it. In fact, I wish that element had been left out of the book.

Because at the crux, this was a romance. And that aspect of the book I quite enjoyed. I think the romance overshadowed the other stuff enough for me to loo
Review originally posted at Sinfully... Addicted to All Male Romance.

I love it when I pick up a book by a first time author, finish it and immediately wonder when their next book will be out. This is one of those books. This book surprised the heck out of me.

Here we get the world according to Avery Hextall; a 31 year old, bisexual, junior architect who has yet to have a design approved by his project manager Malin Lacroix (who Avery tells us is boring, smug, has no personality and is a crusher o
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, bdsm
Avery Hextall, a bubbly, talkative and friendly junior architect fantasizes and falls for Malin Lacroix, his cold, quiet boss who's a private person by nature. They start off with pretty intense kinky hookups but after a while their play turns less rough. Then serious emotions build up between them and they have to figure some things out if they want to be together.

While I usually enjoy reading BDSM books with different types of kinks, I didn’t particularly like choking in this one. Nor smacking
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

I'm going to be honest here...I don't even know how to approach writing a review for this book. The potential to be unbelievably long-winded is really high....but I shall try not to do it.

Let's start with the first thing that's going to suck you in....

The writing:

Right from the first sentence you'll realize it's not really like anything you've ever read before. I don't know how to describe it. It's rambly, but not. It's conversational, but not. I can't lie, it took me a couple of
I just finished reading "Let The Wrong Light In" and I'm pretty flabbergasted that this book was apparently written by a newbie author. This seems crazy to me, since it was so damned good. I'm pretty sure my first book (if I ever published one) would not be this well done, with such an interesting cast of characters and such a clear narrative voice. I'm kind of jealous, but not really, since I got to have the pleasure of reading it.

This book focuses on the life and times of a pretty amusing dud
This book has its moments. There are a few good one-liners in there, and I laughed out loud at the Mordor reference. However, there are also quite a few issues that in my opinion don't allow it to reach its full potential.

The characterisation of the two protagonists is asymmetrical, with high-energy, exuberant Avery being overblown and teetering on the edge of comic relief, and gruff, taciturn Malin being underdeveloped and inaccessible. This asymmetry could be attributed to the single POV, and
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Wooooah, this one was a DOOZY! Lots of stuff to cover here, folks.

When I give 3-stars, it's usually because I liked a book but didn't really like it. In this case, the 3-stars is because there were parts that I really liked and parts that I hated, and those balanced each other out.

I didn't know much about this book when I started, to be honest. I don't read blurbs that often or that well, and I just saw Avon Gale's name and I knew that I had to have it. I love Avon Gale's Scoring Chances serie
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
*2.5 stars*

Ah....I'm really THE minority here.

First of all, this was impressive for a debut author. I wouldn't have guessed this is her first novel.

Avery's character is funny as hell. He is all over the place, his inner musings and the banter with his friends are hilarious. But got too much at some point. I just wanted him to shut up, just for a little bit, so I can see what happens next.

And the made me a little uncomfortable tbh. There was some heavy breath play here (to th
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Dia by: Eli Lang
3 stars for this story

It was very hard for me to rate this book. Mostly because it was definitely not my cup of tea.

I had too high expectations when I started it, but I struggled a lot while reading it.
I have to admit, the last chapters were unexpectedly nice, but it was such a painful ride until I got to where I wanted the characters to be.

I start to think the author's writing style is not working for me.

We get this story only from Avery's POV - he's a junior architect who at first despise
BWT (Belen)
So I finally managed to finish it. I don't know, I struggled with the third quarter quite a bit.

I'm not going to lie...I pictured this like a Steter fanfic a lot in order to get through much of it.

I loved Avery, his humor and personality...but Malin. *sighs* I didn't like Malin until the end, and I don't like disliking a character for that long in a romance.

Bottom line: For a debut novel I was impressed. It had good moments, and some great characters, but probably won't be a reread for me.
DNF at 46%. I like the author's writing style but while Breakaway worked for me, this one did not. I found the relationship between Avery and Malin hard to enjoy - let's just say the style of the kink was not to my taste! Sorry but I'm not in the mood - and don't have the time - to finish reading something I'm not enjoying. I note that lots of my GR friends did really like this, so it's likely a me thing.

One minor thing that I didn't like here (and also didn't enjoy in Breakaway) was that there
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally read anything with BDSM in it, I will automatically skip it, it's just not one of my reading jams, but this book did sound good so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, it ended up being really good. I think the reason it was so good, Avery. I loved his personality. The BDSM part, they did not know what they were doing in the beginning, so yeah I winced a few times,It really wasn't that bad though at least to me ;-) . It's not all the book is about ,it's actually about Ave ...more
Re-read because I needed something to make me laugh and an MC that stood up for himself.

It is no secret that my FAVOURITE MCs are those clever, bumbling, 'idiotic', oblivious types, and Avery is all that as well as smart and LOYAL, funny and strong.

I love that Avery fights for Malin, even though there are clearly a LOT of issues, they haven't really worked out or talked through.
Yes, there are a few scenes making me a wee bit uncomfortable, but Avery do stand up for himself, and he is in no way
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, lgbtq
This was a little slow for me at the start. I felt like I was missing something and couldn't quite form the right connection with the characters. I thought Avery was adorable- almost like an annoying puppy and his fascination with Malin was certainly persistent! Malin was a unique character who we really don't get to know until the final 20% which is really a shame because I seriously wanted time with these two as they developed their blossoming kinky relationship. To me there was a huge lengthy ...more
I was thinking about why I like reading, watching movies, plays or Art in general and though I thought it was going to be something like "for entertainment" "for escapism" those are not truly the main reasons. It's because I'm infinitely and unabashedly curious about other human beings. What they like, what makes them tick, what life story or experience brought them to this pass and that brings me to this book. I've seen some reviews where people complain or dislike the book because "Malin is me ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bgirls, mm, bdsm-d-s, ebook

4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

Want a book that’s a little hardcore, yet funny and really sexy at the same time? This one definitely fits the bill.

Avery is a junior architect who just can’t seem to get any of his plans accepted by the project manager. He’s a funny guy with a great snarky sense of humor who hasn’t had time for relationships, dedicating his life to his career. He gets by with hookups and enjoys sex benefits with his best friend, Harlan. His boss, Malin, the evil project mana
Mar 02, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 51%

Nope. Sorry. Not going to continue. It didn't work for me in the most fundamental level (of how I usually enjoy my reading).

The characters felt two-dimensional and flat. It could work if I like Avery, considering that he's the only narrator here, but unfortunately I found him boring after a while. He started good and rather funny, but then the sex happened, and it was rather weird in pacing and not at all hot, and my attention just blew to smithereens. I tried reading further more, bu
I probably liked this book for all exact opposite reasons that everyone else liked it. First off, while Avery was “cute” and had a very Stiles like feel to him, I was team Malin all the way. Shocking, I know, that the 45 year old cold control freak of a man would make my heat rise (shakes head)….sue me, everyone has a type. Bossy, closed off & disappointed by life, controlling….let’s stop, seriously, you had me at 45…

That was what I thought the book did the best with. Malin’s character is a
I really enjoyed this book. It was surprisingly funny, had some very indepth characters and oh so hot and kinky sex! Pain sluts are becoming a fast favourite of mine and I've read a few books centred around that now, however this one stood out because it (pain and domination) was new to both men and of course the humour!

It was a little annoying but some of the sex scenes were glossed over and I would have really, like REALLY loved to have read them, but It didn't take anything away from the stor
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, contemporary
Funny as hell, disturbingly so.

The first part of this book had me laughing my butt off. Avery, 31 year old architect, is a man with no filter. He’s hilarious. I loved him! Malin, his older project manager is cold, reserved, and rather unlikeable.

Avery hates him. Avery wants to get on his knees for him. This conundrum has him at a total loss. How can you want someone you hate? Not only that, Avery fantasizes about Malin slapping his face, hurting him. This is a total new thing for him. Like I sai
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it

This was not the book for me. The kink and the BDSM aspects were not what completely turned me off. What made me want to puke was the celebration of workplace sexual harassment in this book. I am surprised to see so many female reviewers singing praises for this book. If a male approached a female in an office setting without any form of prior agreement, pushed her against the wall despite her pushing him off a couple of times, and dropped to his knees to engage in oral sex, I wonder if the o
Audiobook review
4 hearts

This was my second time ‘reading’ this story, first time listening to it. I gave this story 5 stars when I read it the first time and I stick by that rating for the most part, the narration gets 4 hearts from me.

I won't go into detail with the storyline but basically, Avery works for Malin in an architecture firm and one day by pure happenstance, they get their kink on. Malin is a cold, hard character to get to know and like, but his story will bring you to tears when
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rather than repeat what others have said so much more eloquently (Wesley's review of this book is perfect --, as is Gina's -

This book is simply amazing. When beginning the book, it was like giving my hand to the author, Avon Gale, and agreeing to go along on an uncertain, unfamiliar path. At more than a few points, I wanted to grab my hand back ..... I didn't want to go there. But finally, you enter into the l
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
I love Avon gale's Scoring Chances Series so when I heard about this book I was curious about reading more of her work.

I'm saddened to say this was not a good read for me. I wouldn't say the book is terrible but I just didn't liked it.

I normally don't mind if a book is first or third POV but in here I was so confused with the POV. Msh

The pacing of the book was horrible it was literally like "weeks later nothing has changed, mondays are weird, so a few days later" and in the end I had no idea i
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm
3.5 stars, rounded up.

I had seriously mixed feelings about this book the entire time I was reading, ranging from "this is choppy-long and tell-y and a dangerous, irresponsible portrayal of BDSM" to "this is sexy-hot and interesting and funny and sad-in-a-good-way."

I finish like this: I like this author's writing style and would probably try her again.


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