Review: A Bouquet for Adam by A.J. Marcus & K.T. Spence

Adam Stephens’s simple life working in Denver as a computer programmer is turned upside down when his mother suddenly dies. His crazy relatives in Virginia want him to move in with them because they believe his autism makes it impossible for him to care for himself. But life improves, at least for a time. One day while wandering through the botanical gardens, he runs into struggling wildlife photographer Trent Osborn.

As a hesitant love blossoms between the two, Adam’s aunt and uncle push for him to live with them. Adam again refuses. The struggles between his desires and what everyone else wants collide. Adam disappears, and Trent is unsure if he’s run off to escape life’s pressures made worse by his autism, or if something far more sinister has happened. Trent embarks on a cross-country journey in search of Adam. What he discovers changes the course of his and Adam’s lives and the lives of everyone connected to them.

This story was just sweet. I wasn’t completely convinced by it all, but I’d have to say this was a well thought out story.

Adam is on his own now that his mother has died, and his Uncle is trying to convince him to move to Virginia to live. While out on a walk after burying his mother, Adam meets Trent, and they start a friendship.

ASD comes in all shades (hence spectrum), so it was difficult for me to place where Adam was. The only reason this matters is because he seemed to rely heavily on his mother, which made it more difficult to believe that she wouldn’t have written anything in her Will regardless of whether it was legally necessary or not.

In any event, I let that slide because I found that I really enjoyed Trent and Adam’s relationship development. I got a pretty good impression of both characters, and even if Adam’s behaviours were a little on the suspect side, I did find that his tells were clearly defined.

Trent in Virginia, I actually believed it was possible for those things to happen. Call me a conspiracy theorist, I don’t care. I can totally see something like that happen. I have been in a small town before, where everyone is in each other’s pockets, and I have definitely seen some suspect reactions to things that would normally cause action. So yeah, I can totally see Trent being caught up in a small town, being trapped and targeted.

The flow of this story was smooth, and it was easy to follow. It was emotional without getting too dark. Trent had some issues as well, but when he decided that he and Adam were going to be together, he didn’t stop until he had him.

I would recommend this as a comfort read for those who enjoy fairly straight forward romance. There is nothing overly complicated about the plot, so it would be something light and quick to work through.

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