Read this 5-heart review on Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter
Title: The Lights on Knockbridge Lane
Series: Garnet Run #3
Author: Roan Parrish
Published: September 28, 2021
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Erotic Romance
Length: 288 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Animals: Various; Children; Family Drama; Holiday: Christmas; Humor; Hurt/comfort; HEA; Standalone
About The Lights on Knockbridge Lane
Can one man’s crowded, messy life fill another man’s empty heart?
Raising a family was always Adam Mills’ dream, although solo parenting and moving back to tiny Garnet Run certainly were not. After a messy breakup, Adam is doing his best to give his young daughter the life she deserves—including accepting help from their new, reclusive neighbor to fulfill her Christmas wish.
Though the little house may not have “the most lights ever,” the Mills home begins to brighten as handsome Wes Mobray spends more time there and slowly sheds his protective layers. But when the eye-catching house ends up in the news, Wes has to make a choice: hide from the darkness of his unusual past or embrace the light of a future—and a family—with Adam.
What would you get if you introduced Roan Parrish’s hallmark eccentric, unsociable characters into a Hallmark movie? The Lights on Knockbridge Lane. This third title in her Garnet Run series is executed in an absolutely delectable manner, though no one can actually cook in this Christmas tale. (Gotta love a Christmas story with bad food.)
Adam Mills has returned to his hometown after splitting with his long-time boyfriend who couldn’t adjust to ongoing fatherhood. Adam has always wanted a family, and Gus, his sister’s daughter, is the child we all wish for, bright, quirky and honest to a fault. Adam’s other, younger sibling, River, who has wanted no part of their niece’s life, got Adam a job in the town hardware store. Since it’s a small town, readers run into people from Garnet Run’s first two installments, but this is a standalone.
Eight-year-old Gus is immediately attracted to their reclusive neighbor, Wes, a scientist with a secret. A man whose wonderful pets (a tarantula, snakes and lizards) terrify Adam, while thrilling Gus. And if you, like off-beat personalities, you’ll adore Wes, who is jokingly introduced as a vampire, because he tends to avoid neighbors, and only goes out at night. Yet he is a warm, fuzzy man, someone to be cherished. There is no artifice between Adam and Wes. In fact, the only things that keeps these three from becoming a family is – you guessed it – their own insecurities.
Roan Parrish can be counted upon to show us how we keep creating our worst fears by proving them true. Wes’ discomfort with being observed is completely relatable, especially once we know his background. “After a while, he felt like a mass of whirling energy trapped in a strange and clumsy form that became a prison. When people looked at the prison, or needed it to function, it became bigger and clumsier and less effectual. And then, all Wes wanted was to disappear.” But Adam and Gus provide him a safe haven.
And Adam’s fear that he will introduce Gus to another flake who deserts them… well, which parent can’t empathize with that? But Wes is careful with Adam, whom he recognizes as “so optimistic, so sweet, and so utterly unrealistic. But what was reality anyway.” Or is Adam truly that vulnerable? “The truth was that Adam had never once regretted forgiving someone. Because forgiveness was about him, and not about them at all.”
Roan Parrish’s attention to detail allows her to fashion people made precisely for one another, interlocking puzzle piece. And I always feel blessed to visualize the picture emerge as each piece is put into place. The Lights on Knockbridge Lane left me a mushy, snuggly mess, and I enjoyed every second of it. Sweeeet, indeed!
A copy of The Lights on Knockbridge Lane was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Roan Parrish, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.