Book Review: Random Acts by: Mia Kerick

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Publication Date: October 13, 2014

Origins:  From Publicist For Review

Buy Links:  Amazon / Dreamspinner Press

Synopsis: Bradley Zelder can't find his way in life. After struggling for nearly a decade, he has yet to complete his college degree. Working as a school custodian, living in blue-collar Landsbury, MA, his love life is as empty as the rest of his existence. But on his way home after another disastrous date, his truck breaks down in upscale Oceanside. When he thinks life can't get any worse, a man who is the epitome of Boston elite and everything Bradley finds attractive and intimidating helps him move his truck to the side of the road. Ashamed of his lot in life, Bradley almost lets the opportunity slip away, but he comes to his senses in time and tracks Caleb down.

From a random act of kindness, romance begins to grow, filling all the dark corners of Bradley's empty life—until a random act of violence threatens to take it all away. Bradley must step up and be the man Caleb believes him to be. Caleb rescued him from a life without hope. Can Bradley rescue him in return?

Review: Bradley Zelder has been floating through life for at least the last ten years. He works as a school custodian and moves from fling to fling without a commitment, feeling nothing towards his bed partners. Sneaking out of his latest tryst’s home, Bradley’s truck breaks down too far away from home for his comfort. After receiving assistance from a man who embodies everything to which Bradley is attracted; Bradley almost lets his rescuer escape because he’s ashamed and intimidated. Plucking up his courage, Bradley finds his mysterious Good Samaritan, Caleb, and steps into uncharted territory. Soon Bradley is flourishing through Caleb’s tenderness and looking at life through fresh eyes. When Caleb is attacked and severely beaten, it is now Bradley’s time to truly embrace the man Caleb believes him to be and save Caleb. Can a random act of violence kill the loving relationship born through a random act of kindness?

RANDOM ACTS is a very touching novel of redemption, survival, and the healing power of love. Bradley is beautifully flawed, not living up to his potential because of past emotional traumas, and while Caleb seems perfect on the outside, he too has his demons. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the author built the romance between Bradley and Caleb, taking things slow, so when there was more intimacy it truly meant something special to them both. RANDOM ACTS will burrow its way into your heart and show how little things can make a big impact on the world and those around you.

Author Bio: Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about: Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes - only love can save them

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