REVIEW: Let There Be Light by A.M. Johnson

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“That love sinks its teeth into your heart and you’ll do anything to be its victim.”

Back of the book blurb:

His world was water and rhythm. Hard work and drive kept Royal O'Connell one step ahead of his competition. His spot on the swim team, keeping his scholarship, was the only plan that mattered.

  His world was ebony and ivory. Natural talent and ambition set Camden Morgan apart from the other music majors. His dedication scoring him a full ride.

  Normally, their paths would have never crossed….

  But when Royal meets his best friend's new roommate, his big plan and Camden’s controlled environment faces a variable that could destroy it all.


  The world they live in had no room for error. That undeniable pull between them was dangerous and neither one of them could've prepared for the choice they'd have to make.

  Love isn't always an easy road and, when everything they've worked for is on the line, they'll have to decide if being together is worth the risk.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: November 16, 2018

Available for Purchase/Kindle Unlimited:

My rating:

            As a queer man, I am constantly looking for queer novels that will pique my interest. And that is no exaggeration. Like, literally, I am always looking—especially for queer romances. When I stumbled upon Let There Be Light, I, quite literally, stumbled upon gold. It’s funny because I actually think someone posted a fan drawing of Cam and Royal on Instagram and I instantly had to find the book that inspired it because it was so beautiful. (I cannot remember who posted it, though.)

            Let There Be Light will leave you swooning and believing in happily-ever-after once more.

“He was not made for me and I was not made for him.”

            The first thing that really struck me about Let There Be Light was how poetic A.M. Johnson’s prose was. There is a lyrical quality to her writing that will resonate with the reader deep in their heart. I was constantly taking a minute or two after some of the scenes to think, “Wow. That was incredibly beautiful.” It’s always amazing to find an author that can weave their words into something that creates magic inside your soul. And, trust me, that’s exactly what A.M. Johnson does throughout Let There Be Light.

“The surface was always a lie, you had to know a person to see their beauty.”

            Like I said, I really loved the wistful and dreamy state of Let There Be Light. I also really loved the angst-y side of the novel. All of the miscommunication and hidden feelings. God, the tension throughout the novel was enough to drive a person crazy, but in the best way. There are some classic queer tropes throughout Let There Be Light but I never felt like they were cliché or cheesy or anything like that. If anything, A.M. Johnson turned them into something beautiful and classic, rather than overdone.

“A beautiful thing can only stay in the shadows for so long before it starts to wilt.”

            The cast of characters in Let There Be Light quickly turned out to be a cast that I desperately wanted to be friends with. There were unlikely friends and fun outings and heart-to-hearts and I loved every single second of it. I love them all so much.

“This world is such a big place, and most of the time we never find the people we’re looking for.”

            I can’t believe I haven’t really talked about it yet, but wow, the romance! I was enraptured by the love and intensity between Cam and Royal. Their first kissing scene literally had me swooning and had me remembering the first time I kissed someone and it felt like the world just completely stopped. It was magical.

            Let There Be Light was absolutely phenomenal and I cannot wait for the second book to come out because I know it is going to blow me away. (The duet is about siblings, so Let There Be Light does not have a cliffhanger.)

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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