Sunshine & Shadows by K.C. Wells :: Romance :: Release Review ::
Title: Sunshine & Shadows
Author: K.c. Wells
Publisher: K.c. Wells
Published: 10 September 2020
Length: 202 pages
Keywords : Romance, Childhood friends, Friends to Lovers, Disabled, Society abuse, Wheel chair user,
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life is never that simple.
Oh My God, Stephen Taylor grew up to be gorgeous.
He called me feather-brain like he did when we were kids, and it was like he’d never left.
Except back then I wasn’t in a wheelchair.
Come on, Stephen. I haven’t changed. I’m still that glass-half-full kid you remember, honest.
Please, be different? See past the freaking chair?
Of course, what would make it goddamn perfect would be if you turned out to be gay, as well as tall and beautiful.
Hey, a guy can dream, right?
Oh my God, he hasn’t changed.
He’s still full of sunshine like he was as a kid.
He wants to know what life was like in California, but there’s only so much I can share.
I’m not going to tell him what I’ve been through. He doesn’t need to know I have lousy taste in men.
Why couldn’t just one of them have been like you, Jamie?
Because I could so fall in love with a guy like you.
Only one thing wrong with that – you wouldn’t want a guy like me.
This book lives up to its title, It really is a feel good read, low on angst, and high on love and positivity.
We follow Jamie and Stephen as they rekindle their friendship after eleven years apart. Stephen has returned to Boston after his Family had moved away 11 years ago. The first place he visits is a park where he and Jamie use to hang out.
When he sees a guy in a wheelchair drawing the statue, he immediately thinks of his old friend Jamie, who was artistic. So, when he locks eyes with the guy in the wheelchair is his best friend Jamie, he is shocked. They soon start reminiscing and after ten minutes it is as though they have never been apart.
The story covers so many issues concerning disabled people, and a few of them I have dealt with myself being disabled. I think Kc. Wells has portrayed both Jamie the disabled guy, and Stephen the abled body guy, perfectly.
I liked that Stephen slipped up and did not intuitively know what or how he should be around Jamie. He also had his own issues especially a string of bad relationships.
And I loved Jamie, and how he refused to have anyone feel sorry for him or pity him in anyway.
Their move from friends to lovers came naturally when they finally were brave enough to tell each other how they truly felt.
I loved how Jamie’s glass half full attitude and his cheery personality shone through Kc’s descriptive writing. But how she also showed us that yes Jamie did have his demons and had been to dark places in his mind after his accident.
Sunshine and Shadows is a warm romance, but it also touches on many issues disabled people must deal with daily, and you know what she nailed the biggest issue we face. That issue is being looked at and seen to be different, and often even thought of as unintellectual, because we are disabled. Through Jamie she showed how tiring, and often painful it can be to be seen as different.
Both Cheerful Jamie and the slightly more serious Stephen are adorable, but so is Jamie’s parents and sister, and even his sister’s boyfriend are adorable. Stephen’s parents are a little more reserved and not as open minded about Jamie’s disability, but they do seem to start to rethink their beliefs in the end.
A very beautifully written romance and I hope we see these two again in the future, maybes with a foster child or two. I think they would make perfect parents, as they outlook would complement each other.
Review Rating 5+ Stars
K.C. Wells lives on an island off the south coast of the UK, surrounded by natural beauty. She writes about men who love men, and can’t even contemplate a life that doesn’t include writing.
The rainbow rose tattoo on her back with the words ‘Love is Love’ and ‘Love Wins’ is her way of hoisting a flag. She plans to be writing about men in love – be it sweet and slow, hot or kinky – for a long while to come.