Puzzle Me This by Eli Easton: Review by Lost in a Book
Luke Schumaker designs computer games, working from his home. Every day he walks his dog in the woods nearby, never suspecting that someone who is completely smitten is watching.
The watcher is Alex Shaw, and he too works from home, designing logic and crossword puzzles. Alex’s options are limited: he’s too shy to approach Luke and his wheelchair won’t let him follow into the woods. His solution? Secret messages for Luke in the crosswords he writes for the local paper.
When Luke decodes them, romance begins, but then they face greater puzzles, like Alex’s interfering sister and what commitment to a man in a wheelchair really takes. And, most puzzling of all, how do you know if love is real?
Second Edition: The new edition coming out Sept 6, 2019 has an additional 12,000 words plus an overall rewrite.
I was super excited about Puzzle Me This. I know it’s an older title reworked and added to, but I never read the first one so this was my chance. I loved the premise about meeting someone new and communicating through crosswords, giving an introvert an outlet to meeting someone he has clearly been crushing on for a bit… unfortunately I was underwhelmed as the plot played out.
The blurb/synopsis sets up the book nicely and once the first crossword message is sent, the rest moves insanely fast. IMO an opportunity was lost to drag out the messages longer and have a little more build up from the first message to insta love. The plot was rushed yet some of the minutiae parts dragged on too long.
I love nerds. The promise of them. Hell, I’m a nerd and speak nerd. This wasn’t nerdy to me, more cheesy dialogue and sugar overload. There are also random dramas and the characters aren’t fully fleshed out.
I love Eli Easton but this one didn’t quite work for me. YMMV.
Copy provided for honest review.