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Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. OnJake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man. Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves. Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore....

Title : The Blinding Light
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The Blinding Light Reviews

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-07-11 19:26

    Sweet, slow burn story about a housekeeper falling in love with his blind employer. Low levels of sex, folks, but HIGH levels of charm!I really enjoyed this story. It was easy listening, and surprisingly low angst for all the obstacles that the MCs faced. It was also fairly low drama, which I ALWAYS appreciate. The story was sort of hurt/comfort-light, or more like opposites attract. Where Patrick is uptight, stuffy, and caught up in his disability, Jake is down to earth and selfless (almost to an annoying level). They meshed very well together, and I liked the buildup and organic feel to them as a couple. I think if it was rating the book on content alone, I would be rating this in the 3-3.5 star range. However, I really enjoyed the narration of this book. Warning: If you are Australian or very familiar with the Australian accent, I would stay away from the audio of this book. From my untrained, Americanized ears, I loved the narration, but I recognize that the forced-Australian accent was a little... wonky. It didn't bother me because my ears aren't trained to pick up what a correct Australian accent sounds like, but I'm just picturing what it would be like for a native of that area. It would be like a British person trying to do a bad New Yorker accent... shudders. Accent aside, the narrator, Jonathan Young, did a very nice job. Great emotion, great cadence, great feel. I judge audiobooks more on my gut reaction than anything else, and my gut REALLY connected with this one. All in all, a very nice introduction to Renae Kaye for me, and it got me pumped to try more from her in the future. **Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2019-07-12 15:14

    Let me begin by saying I enjoyed reading this book. Kaye's writing flows well, and the dialogue is often funny and charming. This story was easy and accessible, and I appreciate that very much.Both Jake and Patrick were fairly well-developed characters.Jake was a caretaker and put his family first. Sadly, he was also a pushover. He allowed his sisters and mother to manipulate and use him. But he was loving with Patrick and a hard worker. Some of the things that came out of his mouth (regarding women, particularly, which is odd considering he adored his sisters and niece) weren't nice, but I wrote them off as immaturity on his part; he was 26 and letting off steam.Patrick was a sweetheart, insecure but loving. The issue I had is that Patrick as a character didn't remain consistent with the way he was portrayed initially: as a demanding boss and rude man who went through housekeepers like socks. Yes, he was particular about his house because he was blind and needed things set up exactly so, but he also specified the exact brand/size of food to buy and complained if a housekeeper didn't get it just right. This made him seem petty and spoiled, yet when Jake met Patrick, he put Patrick in his place right away, and Patrick went with it. Jake taught Patrick "manners," yet Patrick was a professional with a well-paying job; how had he managed in the world without knowing to say "please" and "thank you"? This didn't feel believable to me, not at all.I also had a very hard time liking Jake's family. All three of his sisters were adults (with the exception of Maria, who was almost 18) and needed to stop taking his money. Jake allowed it, egged them on even, which was immensely irritating.The reasons for Jake being in debt were fantastical. They also made me hate Jake's mother, and I did not like her being portrayed in a positive light at the end. I never felt sorry for her, and I certainly didn't think she redeemed herself.The relationship between Jake and Patrick felt natural, even if there was one too many blind jokes for my tastes. I cringed at some of the conversations, but perhaps that's just me. The MCs were sweet together, although the steam was almost nonexistent. Jake lusted after Patrick and had a boner for him for weeks, but once they got together, there were only a couple short scenes on-page. That was disappointing.The ending was happy, yes. There was talk of love and forever. What's to complain about?For one, I didn't like the "arrangement" that Patrick made with Jake; that didn't seem like something two people in a romantic relationship should do. (view spoiler)[If Jake was going to be the "househusband" taking care of Patrick, why was he going to be paid for it? They should have shared everything, including Patrick's money. This felt like a barrier to a true HEA. (hide spoiler)]And finally, the whole situation with Jake's mother: I know I was supposed to be joyful for the guys at the end, but I felt Jake's mom was incredibly presumptuous and manipulative. You don't pay your debt when you create another; you don't make such a life-changing decision for people without talking to them. Patrick was kind, but I think he was easily fooled. The resolution felt all wrong to me.For these reasons, despite the fact that I liked quite a bit about this book, I had to round down to 3 stars. I would still recommend this book, however. It certainly offers room for discussion.

  • Julio Genao
    2019-06-24 13:04

    lemme NOPE you right there.srrssly? in 2015? with the fat-shaming AND the lady-haterade all in the same place?go home, book. yer drunk.AND THEN THERE'S THIS SHIT.

  • Alice
    2019-07-07 18:14

    dnf @ 64% Couldn't like the MC after this: “What? No way! I saw her about a year ago. She may’ve been the most popular girl in our class, but she needs a good session on Australia’s Biggest Loser or something. Wow, she’s piled on the kilos.” I laughed, enjoying the image of the bitchiest bitch at school looking like a stuffed pig.See the comments in my status update for more quotes like this.

  • Gigi
    2019-07-22 19:00

    OK, so I loved this one tons and tons, but there are few underlying currents that bugged me throughout the story.(view spoiler)[1. These boys, MC Jake and MC Patrick, could NOT stop putting themselves down! "Why do you want to be with me? I'm blind!" "Well, why do you want to be with me? I have no education and only know how to be a house husband!" That got old pretty quickly.2. With all the self deprecation these boys were piling on themselves, they actually started to believe in each others nonsense! Patrick actually offers to PAY Jake to be his live-in house husband. AND JAKE FUCKING AGREES! If Jake's character were female, everyone would be ALL OVER how wrong that shit is. The gender doesn't matter to me, it's still all kinds of messed up. (hide spoiler)]But this is Renae Kaye and 4 stars for her is equivalent to 5+ stars for most other author's books in my eyes. I enjoyed this very much, just not as much as I have enjoyed her other work, especially the absolute fucking perfection of The Shearing Gun.Recommended.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Exina
    2019-07-16 14:09

    Accidentally I read the second book of this series first, and it was a fortunate accident because if I read The Blinding Light first, I’m not sure I’d continue with the second book. And that would be a mistake because You Are the Reason is a wonderful story. Okay, back to this book. The writing style is amusing, the romance is great and steamy, but both the storyline and the characterization have serious issues. The most nonsensical thing of all is the way how Jake’s mother is paying back her debt. See ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ ’s perfect review for more. Dani made all the problems very clear.

  • Eli Easton
    2019-06-26 15:10

    I loved this book and read it practically in one sitting. I like disabled MCs and I really appreciated how this story was very realistic about being blind but it didn't overwhelm the story. There were interesting details like the text reader machine but no long diatribes "You know, Bob, when you're blind..." as some authors unfortunately include. Also, Patrick was a little insecure about his disability but he wasn't overly maudlin or defeated.Besides that, it's just a fun, sweet love story. Great job, Renae Kaye! I recommend this to anyone who likes m/m romance.

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-07-08 17:25

    This was good. A nice, easy read that had me smiling most of the way through it. It's not quite as charming as Loving Jay but then again, not much is. The ending gave me a bit of a pause though. Seemed kind of out there and for a bit I felt some anger at his mother's assumptions but I was able to get over that because they did the one thing that always guarantees I will like and respect them. They talked. To each other. About their issues.Communication instead of misunderstanding will almost always guarantee a win for me.Recommend.

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-07-16 18:25

    This book is a fast, surprisingly light read for the issues facing the MCs. Jake, the narrator, is bouncing between minimum wage jobs, trying to get out from under debts he took on for his mother and family. All along, he's been the person who kept his family together and raised his sisters. Keeping the people he loves safe and happy is his first objective, and if he has to take a job as a housekeeper, then at least it's work he's been doing since he was a kid.His new employer has a reputation for being picky, rude and demanding. When Jake finds out that the man is blind, he can understand where some of the anal fixation on everything in its place comes from. But the demanding and rude part could use a little work. And when he meets Patrick and realizes the man is also gorgeous, manners may not be the only thing he wants to teach Patrick.I appreciated the realism of Patrick's daily life, and the believable techniques and accommodations he uses to get by without vision. Patrick himself was appealing, with his tendency to assume that his blindness was a nearly unsurmountable flaw. Jake was fun with his confidence and smart mouth that were not subdued by work situations. He was a bit too perfect, especially as time went on (and everyone loved Jake, (view spoiler)[and we find out his job issues were not the fault of his smart mouth but due to harassment, which removes one of his few flaws. (hide spoiler)]) He doesn't make a move on Patrick at first, because he isn't sure it would be welcome. I wish the author had found a reason other than "I'm sure he's straight" for Jake to back off, because it continues on improbably for too long, (view spoiler)[even after he finds the butt plug, and has other clues. (hide spoiler)]My biggest reason for docking a star was that the ending just didn't work for me. Major spoiler: (view spoiler)[Giving a recently-bonded couple a baby seems like a really bad idea. Especially when Patrick will have some major challenges, and doesn't really have the chance to step away. The early stages of their relationship will be worked around and tied up in child rearing. It was the logical answer once the baby was on the way, and I believed that Jake couldn't say no. It was an opportunity for a gay couple, but I thought his momentary hesitation could have been far deeper and more lasting. I'd love to have seen less eager acceptance, more worry about what the baby will do to their lives, concern about fetal alcohol syndrome from those first six weeks, and so on.The HEA felt endangered rather than settled to me at the end.(hide spoiler)] YMMV.Still good smooth writing, with characters I enjoyed, some amusing banter, excellent secondary characters and for M/M romance, pretty free of any knee-jerk homophobic characters, which is always a plus. A little Aussie flavor, and a cute dog.

  • Richard
    2019-07-18 18:11

    Ms Kaye writes:“You tell me what you want done, and as long as you’re paying me and it won’t give me AIDS or rabies, I’ll clean it.”I think it’s safe to say our m/c wont contract AIDS from cleaning a house or rabies.This is a new one-I don’t think I have ever used the words AIDS and rabies in the same sentence.

  • Amy
    2019-07-06 17:59

    What a sweet story! A slow-building romance with very little angst, just some crazy family drama. Jake is an all-around good guy. He loves his family and has always put them first. He’s pretty much raised his younger sisters because his mother is an alcoholic. Even now, he works multiple jobs to be able to help support them all. His newest job is with Housekeeping Inc. He’s been hired to clean the house of Patrick Stanford. Patrick is blind and a little bit on the picky side. He’s gone through umpteen housekeepers in the past few weeks. Until Jake. I loved watching Jake and Patrick get to know each other. I loved their bullet point notes to one another. And Jake trying to teach Patrick to use manners. And their trip to the pet store to get food for Gregor. Hilarious! I really enjoyed their story :)

  • V
    2019-07-11 15:23

    This is my personal opinion, please feel free to have a completely different opinion to mine. Until half of chapter 16, I loved this story so much, I adored the way Patrick was portrayed, that part of the story was very close to home. However, I was very disappointed of how this story turned up.In my eyes Jack was a fascinating and amazing character, but then, he showed his foolish side and it annoyed me the hell out of me. He is very strong to tell everyone else to get lost but he is the biggest wimp when he deals with his 3 sisters and Mother.(view spoiler)[Jack's Mother(who needs a big kick on the butt)is an alcoholic, irresponsible woman who damaged Jack life with her gambling and alcohol, sisters who don't work as they should, and Jack have to keep them all afloat. The Mother's debts, pregnancy and the unrealistic adoption spoiled an amazing beginning. (hide spoiler)]

  • Sheziss
    2019-07-06 20:12

    This book is the homo version of Mary Poppins.“I’ll give you a hint: it’s either please, thank you or sorry.”This book is funny, light, positive and cheerful.Which is definitely not my kind.But I loved it!!!The first thing I did when I finished this book was looking my disability shelf. I’ve read exactly 4 books about blind people so far, 2 of them are hetero. About the remaining two, one of them I hated. The another one had to share the focus with more than one pair.Maybe I should change that.Jake needs money. He would accept every kind of job, he’s that desperate. So being a fussy rich man’s housekeeper is not a tragedy but a stroke of luck. Mr. Stanford is not seen and cannot see, but he catches every mistake the cleaning lady makes, and writes them on a piece of paper everyday, in order for them to be fixed. He has already scared hundreds of housekeepers off, and Jake is the last shot.Jake takes no shit from Mr. Stanford. Soon he has memorized the two massive instruction manuals, uses the braille labeler as a pro, listens to Mr. Stanford messages in the scan-and-read machine and doesn’t mess up the furniture or complains about messes in the house.And he teaches Mr. Stanford some manners.He’s that type of guy who doesn’t take criticism personally, and sees it as a challenge and not as an affront. And he laughs at everything and enjoys himself at every chance in the empty house.But he doesn’t change his "perfume".It’s impossible not lo laugh with this book, the good vibes are contagious as Jake’s smile is. As Patrick’s blind jokes are. As their amusing conversations are.I would like to say this book is impeccable.But it’s not.Some issues grated on my ears. Jake’s family is not very edible, in spite of Jake’s acceptance and love. Jake’s mother is not an abusive one, but his negligent care is remarkable and selfish. Patrick’s proposition at the end of the book is so unbelievably insulting I had to read it twice to let that piece of information to sink in. And the last straw, the ending surprise, is too forced and spoils all the niceness of the previous pages.In spite of it all, Jake manages to see the silver linings, and he is always happy even at the most awful moments. His positiveness is enviable and in the end everything finds its place and achieves to bright.Smile-inducing and nice, if you want to have a funny while, if you just want to have fun and think about nothing serious, this is what you are looking for.

  • .Lili.
    2019-07-05 13:25

    This book was sooo cute!It had everything I enjoy in a book.*Endearing characters ✓♥♥ Jake & Patrick ♥♥*Humor ✓The bullet point notes- I'm a sucker for back n forth, witty email, notes, texts between the two MCs*Some smexy times ✓*Emotional moments ✓*Character development ✓There was one thing or I should say some people I hated that drove me nuts- Jake's family.Anyhoo, if you're in the mood for a nice, easy, feel good story then look no further! I have to say Renae Kaye is an author to watch out for. 4.5 Stars!

  • Heller
    2019-07-18 17:57

    I really enjoyed this read and that's The Truth!I don't know what it is with me though because I keep expecting something horrible to happen, so I'm on edge when reading sweet reads lately. *Spoiler alert* There's no apocalypse so enjoy it with a light heart fellow readers!I will say that I was enjoying it pretty much up until the ending which had an odd twist that I'm still processing but I really liked it up to then.

  • Elsa Bravante
    2019-07-20 12:01

    Resumo: infumable. Le pongo dos estrellas y no una por los protagonistas, que son monos, pero la autora... MEH y ARGRenae me perdió en la primera página cuando afirma que llevar un piercing es propio de un hombre gay. Esto no me cuadra, si no llevas pendiente ¿entonces no eres gay?, si llevas varios ¿eres muy gay?, en mi caso yo llevo varios ¿soy lesbiana?, ¿o lo son mis amigas que no llevan? En fin, Renae, que eso lo pensaba mi abuela hace 25 años que nació en un pueblo de Extremadura.Me siguió perdiendo cuando se habla de una mujer como de una cerda cebada porque ha engordado desde el instituto. Supongo Renae que debes tener la talla 38 y ser una belleza extraordinaria.Ya me pierde del todo cuando habla de un posible aborto como "kill the baby" (y que cada uno piense lo que quiera, pero yo lo tengo claro) y da por hecho que una relación tiene como único fin el tener hijos.En fin, la relación de ellos es mona, pero la trama hacia el final es absolutamente ridícula, todo aderezado con esos comentarios rancios.No lo recomiendo absolutamente nada, lo siento Jake y Patrick.

  • Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
    2019-07-01 18:09

    *****audio narration review only*****That was absolutely wonderful. What perfect narration! I cannot find anything to complain about. I felt the emotions. I loved his accent. I already loved the story. This has now been added to the rotation of audiobooks that I will listen to over and over. original 03/30/2015Re-read 07/20/2015 palate cleanser after a bad book, 7/31/2015re-read 11/09/15

  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    2019-07-23 15:03

    3.6 starsThis was a sweet read. I liked the main characters. I liked their story and how it developed. Life's been unfair to Jake, but he has always made the best of it. He's not the luckiest man alive, but with hard work he has dealt with every obstacle that's been on his way. He has to do multiple jobs to maintain his family. He starts working for Patrick, but the chemistry between them is very powerful. They are attracted to each other.I didn't like Jake's initial cockiness. That wasn't a manner to speak to your employer. What if Patrick wasn't gay or male? He would have been fired immediately. I think dancing is God’s gift to gay men all over. It’s like God made us gay, and knowing what a shit time we would have from homophobes and discrimination and all, he gave us the gift of dance.Patrick is a God-like blond blind man. His life hasn't been easy either, but he has had money and he has dealt with everything. Until he meets Jake and starts to dream about other things.Patrick's character confused me. It was like he was a 15 yo boy. There are some things that even blind men know. His ignorance was irrational. I would have liked him to be bossy through all the book, not only in the beginning. It's like he's another man.They're both smart-mouthed and that's so very hot:"Do you want to know that I’m now standing in your kitchen with my hand on my dick, touching myself, thinking about your gorgeous mouth and how much I would love to fuck it?” ......................................................................."Now, I’ve been home nearly a whole minute. Why aren’t you naked?”Although the ending was a bit rushed, I liked how things were established and I was so happy for them. Everybody needs to be loved and to love, and it felt so good to see them having their little family.He felt good plastered up against my side, and I could feel him leaning into me, completely trusting me to push aside the obstacles in his path and get him safely to our destination.

  • Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
    2019-06-28 13:14

    is FREE for 1 HoUR @DSP (11/19 until 10am(est) stars bumped to 5!Slow build with low angst...ding ding ding, it's a winner! I really enjoyed Jakes character. He's a total 'i'd do anything for the ones I love' kinda guy but also take no shit! Patrick while he may have been a bit of a d*ck at first grew on my and he turned into one of my favorite guys ever. The Laundry room messages were some of my favorite parts of the story and I was sad when they stopped. I would of love to still see them throughout the entire story. I had some mixed emotions about the ending (view spoiler)['gifting' the baby to Jake & Patrick was kind of a huh situation. I mean come don't just assume someone is gonna want the bundle of joy. (even if we knew Jakes character would) (hide spoiler)]. I NEED a sweet little follow-up story with these guys. Maybe a Christmas shortie next year...(hint hint hint)!

  • Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
    2019-06-28 13:03

    I cannot put into words how much I loved this book. I loved the slow build of Jake and Patrick's relationship. It was very low angst (which I love). I loved reading Jake and Patrick's notes. They were hilarious. They had established a rapport long before they ever met in person. Jake didn't take Patrick's crap. Patrick truly adored Jake. It was obvious. I loved that Jake didn't allow Patrick's blindness stop him from falling in love. They were absolutely perfect together. There is family drama, but Jake takes care of his own. I truly love that about him. Renae Kaye is now on my favorite authors list.

  • Susan
    2019-07-02 18:17

    3.5 starsEven though I liked the light fluffiness that was this book (hello, it’s Renae Kaye!), I did have some issues with it. And they were not the issues I thought I would have.I’ve read You Are the Reason several times and because Patrick and Jake are a big part of that, I thought I knew what they would be like. I was convinced Patrick would be kind of an ass because I found him to be rather cold in YATR. But… he was sweet in this one. I wasn’t expecting that (not that I’m complaining here).I liked how Jake and Patrick got to know each other bit by bit and how they got into a loving relationship rather quickly. There was no time for angst, but it didn’t feel rushed or artificial.So there were a lot of things I liked, but there were also 3 things I liked less. For one, Patrick was supposed to be this terrible person because no housekeeper wanted to work for him. But he wasn’t. I had a hard time believing that no one accepted the fact that he was blind and therefore needed things to be in their place. The agency made it out as if he was some sort of monster. That was really unrealistic.I also had a hard time accepting the fact that Patrick (view spoiler)[ hired Jake as his housekeeper and kept paying him once they moved in together (hide spoiler)].And then….. (view spoiler)[the baby and how they got her. (hide spoiler)]I knew this because of the second book of course, but it felt really unnatural in this story. The whole situation came out of the blue and I wasn’t totally on board with it. Overall, I liked it, but didn’t completely love it.

  • Trisha Harrington
    2019-06-27 19:24

    I really love Renae Kaye's books and I'm finally all caught up on her stories. I don't know why it took me so long to read The Blinding Light! I really don't. It's sweet, funny at times and just all sorts of wonderful.These guys are amazing together. Jake and Patrick are a really wonderful couple. But also really great characters. I loved the way they were with each other. The relationship felt natural and I was smiled several times while reading this and especially when the two of them together.I wish Jake's sisters had been more likable. I could sort of understand them having it tough. But he had already done so much for them. I didn't see why they had to keep taking the way they did. I mean, he didn't exactly have it easy either. Far from it. And then you had the stuff with his mother which was all sorts of crazy, especially with the whole (view spoiler)[baby thing. (hide spoiler)] It didn't surprise me, but still, I think she could have at least brought it up with Jake and Patrick before making the decision. Still, none of that made me dislike the book because I really liked these guys. I was so happy they got a nice HEA.I'm a little bit torn about my rating. 4.5 stars or 5 stars. But I think 4.5 fits better because while I did love this, it's not my favorite book from this author, plus there were a couple of things that got to me. Especially at the end of the book. So for those reasons I'm giving it 4.5 stars!

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    2019-06-23 12:24

    3.75 STARSHow am I going to survive it?With love. That’s all we need.Jake is 26 years old, but he knows what real sacrifice means. All his life he cared for his family, his mother and his three little sisters, without complaining and accepting his life how it is. He gives everything in him for those he loves. Giving up his entire life savings means nothing for him when it comes to keep his family save. Jake raised his three sisters alone and took care of his home since he was a kid, because his irresponsible mother was a drunk, so he is used to clean after somebody. He takes a job at Housekeeping.Inc where he meets Patrick, his new employer. Patrick has a reputation for being an arrogant, demanding asshole. At first Jake and Patrick communicate through letters, so when they finally meet, Jake is astonish to see that Patrick is a gorgeous blind man. Patrick was born blind and he was raised by his adopted father after his mother abandoned him in an orphanage. Unlike Jack, Patrick is rich.Jack is attracted to Patrick from the start, even if he thinks Patrick is straight. The become friends and soon after that they admit they are attracted to each other and decide they should go out on a date.Blinding Light it’s a sweet and fun read this low angst and little drama. I enjoyed the storyline, everything felt real and the relationship between MC was natural. I really liked both main characters and their relationship. Jake was an entertaining character, with his smart mouth. He is caring, loving, hardworking, and brave. He is pretty perfect. I really liked how easy accepts Patrick’s disability. He doesn’t judge, he only comforts, he accepts Patrick, and gives him only love, trying to bright his life. I don’t care if he has six fingers on one hand and turns purple with every full moon. He is who he is and that’s who I like.Patrick is confident at his house, but outside he’s nervous and he has his insecurities. I totally understand his point. I enjoyed the dialogue and the banter between Jack and Patrick and I really liked how Jack and Patrick support each other.I can’t say I liked Jack’s family too much, but if you read this you will see why. Also, I didn’t like the twist in the end and all the drama ( unnecessary for me ), even if I understand somehow what the author try to accomplish. Overall, Blinding Light was an easy, cute read with lovable and relatable characters and great writing.

  • Tina
    2019-07-17 20:15

    3,5 stars.I fell in love with Renae Kaye’s wonderful storytelling with The Shearing Gun, a truly brilliant book! Renae's writing style is amazing and I was looking forward to reading The Blinding Light.All his life Jake is helping his mother with her debts and his three sisters whenever they need him. He’s doing three jobs to scrape up the money he needs and still it’s not enough. So he starts a new job as a housekeeper. Patrick is a blind man who is flying though housekeepers because of his attitude. His new housekeeper seems to be a tough one, though...The romance part of the book is pretty well done. Both MCs, Jake and Patrick are adorable. I liked the slow building of trust and the sweetness of both main characters.At 80% things started going a bit wrong for me. First there is this odd arrangement Patrick makes with Jake. Patrick asks the man he loves to be his paid househusband?! Doesn’t couples in love share everything, including the money? The whole baby adoption situation is the second thing that I couldn’t see happening. Does a mother pay off her ‘debts’ that way? Really? Sorry, that didn’t make any sense to me.All in all, the story is entertaining written with likeable characters. I would still recommend the book.

  • Elsbeth
    2019-07-14 17:21

    BR, July 6th with Momo, Julie, Paul and Nathan.As much as I adored this book there were a few things that bugged and annoyed me and quite frankly kept me from giving this book 5 freaking stars.I really liked Jake. Jake was funny. He was caring and he was a hard-working man. I admired him so much for taking responsibility for his siblings and his mother… Jake is broke. All his money goes to paying off his debts. He is in urgently need of a job. He is offered a housekeeping job for a blind man. This man, Mr. Stanford is rude and arrogant.Patrick has had tons of housekeepers but he has scared them all away so Jake is the agent's last shot. Every day he leaves Jake a list of instructions. the notes....Dear Mrs. Huntley,There are two letters to post. I left them on my desk.Good job yesterday.I still don’t like your perfume. Change it back.Sincerely,P. StanfortI loved that Jake takes no shit from Mr. Stanford (aka Patrick), doesn’t take anything so personal. He even takes it upon himself to “educate” this man by teaching him some manners!!“Have you ever thought about being nicer? Then they won’t keep leaving.”“I am nice!” he cried."But you could try putting a couple of pleases and thank-yous in your notes if you want to be nicer.”“Why? I’m paying them good money, not the other way around. Why should I go out of my way to say please?”"Why? Because your housekeeper is a bloody human being, Patrick. Manners don’t cost anything. But your lack of manners has cost you several housekeepers by the sound of it."The guys were really great together. During the book they just kept me smiling…. I liked the slow building of trust and the sweetness of both main characters.But then at 80% the table turned… Patrick offers to keep Jake as a paying house-husband!! Really? That made me cringe. And it got worse when we got this (view spoiler)[ pregnancy of his mother. I really disliked the woman in manipulating her son in adopting her child. (hide spoiler)] Jake had already given so much of his life and was so ready to finally have a life of his own, doing things he wanted…“I love my sisters, but I can’t keep putting my life on hold for them. I want you. I want to build my life around you. I want to make you so happy that you never imagined that so much happiness existed. I want to marry you. I want to care for you. I want to grow old with you. I want to get a dog and a cat and even a goldfish that you can’t see.“All in all it was still a very entertaining story. I loved the witty humor of the guys!!!“What the hell is this? It feels like a whip with a feather on the end of it.”“It’s a feather you dangle for a cat to play with,” I growled.His eyebrows went up. “I like things that dangle too. Do I get to play?”And most importantly they got their HEA… I’m curious to know what their role will be in the sequel!!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Susan
    2019-06-29 16:14

    3.5 starsFor most this book, I read with a smile on my face.Jake Manning charmed the socks off of me: determined, generous-to-a-fault, hard-working, embraces who he is, loves fiercely. Being pretty much the sole financial support for his family (mother and 3 sisters), Jake put his life on hold to work multiple jobs and be the care-giver/man-of-the-house his family needed. Did this jade him? No way! He’s spunky and smart and tenacious and I loved all of that about him!He gets a much-needed new job, hired to clean the house of the mysterious, surly, impossible-to-please homeowner, Patrick Stanford. Communicating only through letters left behind each day, Jake finds out that Patrick is also blind…and GORGEOUS.I loved the banter between the two via these letters and most-especially rooting for Jake to take-no-shit in the sweetest of ways from grouchy Patrick. And I even enjoyed when the two finally meet and Jake starts breaking through Patrick’s walls. These all make for that perfect contemporary romance I live to read.Here’s where it gets a little bit…much. That smile on my face? It, well, started to feel unnatural. Where I was enjoying some sap, I suddenly found myself drowning in it. Patrick almost too-easily gave into Jake. Jake’s family became almost too-needy (give the guy a break!). And, there was a plot twist at the end that…took it way over the top for me.Despite all of this, I did love Jake and like him with Patrick. There’s sweet scene where Jake brings Patrick to the bar he works at and does everything he can to ensure he has a good time. I ate up every word. And the vulnerability and hurt and uncertain of Patrick, this god-like man, made me so happy he found someone to love him like Jake.I only wish that the momentum built early on had maintained throughout…All in all, this book was sweet…and though sometimes it was TOO much, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more from this author!

  • Ezinwanyi
    2019-07-21 18:17

    Two people recommended this book to me, Penny and Beppy. Thank you! I enjoyed every minute of this book.Jake Manning was a smart mouth 24 yr old doing any odd job to take care of his family as his mom spent her days hitting the bottle. His latest gig saw him cleaning the house of a blind man named Patrick Stafford. Their exchanges were hilarious. As we got to know both characters, I just feel in love with both of them.The writing was on point, the characters were charming, Jske's family was an interesting lot and the development of each person was just endearing. I chuckled a lot, and I was so hopeful for the family and their trial. I wanted Jake to start living and he finally did that. Love and sacrifice was the name of the game here. Review to come later

  • Bev
    2019-07-18 14:58

    Loved this cute tale from Renae Kaye. 2 winners so far, and let's hope many more to come. I was so happy that things finally went right for Jake, self-sacrifice should have been his middle name, I've certainly never known anyone like him. As you would expect, Patrick was a little prickly at the start, but once he'd gotten Jake's 'aroma' well and truly fixed in his nose (read the story, you'll understand)....and heart methinks, he was a goner!! Think it's time to start a new shelf. 4.5 stars from me.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-07-22 16:01

    Renae Kaye sure knows how to write them. Realistic, funny and Aussie-flavored, her romances are truly unlike any other. My favorite thing about her is that the word angst doesn’t seem to be in her dictionary at all. Instead of creating unbearable drama, she relies on excellent characterization and humor in all her books. Blinding Light is a shining example and a clear demonstration of everything I love about her. We meet Jake at his low. He is looking for a second job and barely scraping by. We soon learn, however, that Jake isn’t the type to wallow and lament. He is the type who works hard, sacrifices everything for his family, and has a whole lot of fun in the process. Jake’s desperately needed second job ends up being a housekeeping position for a blind man. Mr. Patrick Stanford is so unbearably difficult that the agency has to send him a new housekeeper every couple of weeks, but Jake is made of different stuff. He is determined to keep the job and that’s exactly what he does. But when Mr. Stanford stays home from work one day and Jake finally sees him, all his assumptions vanish with one look at the gorgeous 30-year-old in front of him. Mr. Stanford is not some old, obnoxious guy – he is heart-stoppingly gorgeous.It’s impossible not to love Jake from the very first sentence he shares with us. He grew up poor with an alcoholic mother and an endless stream of men in her bedroom, he practically raised his three sisters all on his own and he still does absolutely everything to make their lives easier, even if it means sacrificing his happiness. He has so much pride and he is so joyful despite everything, he will make you smile on every single page. I’ve read five of Renae’s novels so far and I loved them all. This may be my favorite, but the others aren’t far behind. I’d recommend starting either with Blinding Light or with Loving Jay. Both are available in audio format as well.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-07-19 14:27

    Jake Manning is one of the snarkiest characters I've read - which means that of course I love him! When Jake accepts a housekeeping position for Patrick Stanford, a blind man with exacting standards and a low tolerance for bullshit, it quickly evolves into a stand off of sorts.Patrick has been able to find fault with every housekeeper sent to him, until Jake. His only complaint? Jake's delicious scent. When Patrick falls ill, Jake takes care of him, in Jake's typically no-nonsense way and the two being a friendship. Mostly because Jake is reliable and doesn’t take any of Patrick's crap.I loved seeing their relationship evolve from friendship to more.Personally, I absolutely ADORED the relationship between Jake and Patrick and though I found the side story with Jake's family a little odd but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment.Bottom Line: a pretty solid, funny, sweet story with some very hot sexy times.RECOMMENDED!Wonderful narration by Jonathan Young! He does a really good job and it's thoroughly entertaining.This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.Read: 02/16/2015; UPDATED for audio book 04/03/2015; 07/09/2015