Luka Krachec immigrates to the United States to find his cousin dead and his cousin’s wife hospitalized after a terrible accident. He meets Peter Montgomery at the funeral. The American seems nice and captures Luka’s attention when he offers to help him with his English.
Peter has spent most of his life believing he shot his father at age six, and his family uses his regret and overwhelming guilt to keep him under their proverbial thumbs. Peter does his best to make up for what he did by helping others, and agreeing to help Luka with his English yields something amazing when they hit it off.
When Peter opens up to Luka about what happened when he was a child, Luka senses some holes in the story and suspects Peter needs some help, so he approaches the head of the psychology department at the college where he works. Neither expects to open a long-barricaded door to secrets, denial, and family manipulation.
Luka has come to the US for a better life. His cousin Josif and his wife have invited him to live with them until he can get on his feet. From day one, his dreams feel as though they are going up in smoke. He can’t speak the language well, Josif died in a car accident just days before and he didn’t know, and Josif’s wife is in critical condition in the hospital. Escaping Serbia is suddenly looking like the most terrifying thing in the world.
Enter Peter, an American who teaches English and helps others. Peter has issues of his own. Because of an accident that killed his father when he was six, his family has treated him like a pariah and he doesn’t think he deserves love. However, Luka is someone who breaks through his barriers.
All of Andrew Gray’s books I would classify as sweet romances. There is usually some sex, though not a lot, and this follows along. However, I found this one a bit too angst-filled for me. I still gave it 4 stars because I really liked the Luka character, but I prefer the less-angsty books.