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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 regreLuka 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....

Title : One Good Deed
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ISBN : 9781627985499
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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One Good Deed Reviews

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-05-09 04:30

    Luka and Peter *hand over heart* I Loved Them Both! A Sweet Endering Love StoryA Short Story with A Sweet Build of RomanceIMO This Book Had A lot of Passon! A Great Multifaceted Storyline.A lot of Sweetness!A Scientist! A Great Romance with Sizzling Slow Chemistry!A Language Barrier---> Perfectly done! A Endearing Mystery!And I am NOT a mystery book loverAnd, when he said "come for me sweetheart" I just....just...aww, *BIG sigh*....I have read MANY Andrew Grey books, I find him addicting. The rating are ussally around 3-4....his writing simply draws me in. Because they always have a sweet air. I bet he is a sweetheart in his own persona too , cuz, gosh I can feel his heart within the pages. This is my favorite Andrew Grey book thus far. I deem this one a treasure find for me. 4.5 Sexy Stars!

  • Heller
    2019-05-09 05:25

    This story begins with Luka, a Serbian geneticist, immigrating to the United States. He arrives to tragic news that may put his Visa in question and he speaks very little English. He soon meets Peter, a Serbian-speaking social worker, who offers to help him improve his language skills and the two men begin a friendship. As Luka struggles in this strange new world, he discovers that Serbia may not be ready to let him go without a fight. Peter has his own troubles and is surrounded by tragedy and mystery that he's let define him for most of his life. He, in turn, struggles to accept that good things are okay for him to want and deserve.This all sounds pretty dramatic but this actually a pretty quiet story with a lovely romance. The characters here are diverse and original. The men have a wonderful chemistry both in and out of the bedroom and I liked the parallel story lines.

  • Giulio
    2019-04-30 01:03

    Disclaimer: I bought this book because I have fallen in love with the guy on the cover.Note for myself: do not judge a book by its cover.There’s nothing wrong with this book, it was just really boring as hell. I got it that Peter thinks he’s unworthy of love, and I was sorry for him, but at the 14th time he repeated the same concept I started agreeing with him.On the bright side, I appreciated Luka’s cuteness and his language learning difficulties. I could definitely use a nice hot private English teacher too, maybe the guy on the cover: does anyone have his phone number? :)

  • JustJen
    2019-05-08 02:17

    Review by The Blogger Girls.What a sweet story this is. Luka is probably the sweetest man I’ve read about in a long time. He is a Serbian, escaping from his government and immigrating to the US with the help of his cousins He finds himself in a strange land, with little knowledge of the language and his plans thrown to the wind when those cousins helping him transition into his new life are in a life changing accident. Luckily, he meets Peter, who offers to help tutor Luka with his English, and they become fast friends.Luka is such an amazing, sweet and caring guy. He is still saddened by the loss of his partner Misha back in Serbia, but has a wonderful perspective on things. He senses something special in Peter, who spends his life trying to help others through social work and tutoring. Unfortunately, Peter has some major issues involving heavy guilt from believing he accidentally shot and killed his father when Peter was a child. He truly believes he is not worthy of being loved and has, up until this point, closed himself off to any real relationships.But Luka realizes things don’t quite add up and encourages Peter to get some help and works hard to convince Peter that he is, indeed, worthy of happiness. At the same time, Luka is dealing with some issues regarding his immigration and Serbia not being happy about his departure. So, these guys have some hurdles, but they work through them together, leaning and relying on each other as their relationship grows.This was a really sweet, easy read that I really enjoyed. There was a little bit of angst with the issues involved, but this sweet couple has you pulling for them from beginning to end. If you couldn’t tell already, I loved Luka. Loved his struggles with learning the language and had no problem picturing his accent while reading. Peter was a great guy as well, and they had some fabulously sexy and tender moments. Even though it sounds like there is heavy angst, this is really quite upbeat and sweet, as their relationship shines through and makes their struggles easier to take.I’ve only read a few of Andrew’s books, but they have all had solid, easily likable characters with good pacing and smooth storylines. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more.

  • V
    2019-05-01 03:07

    What a wonderful story!! Luka remind me of me when I came to live in Australia, with only one sentence in my vocabulary "Me no English, sorry". I know exactly how fearful he felt not knowing the language, and in my case I didn’t have a wonderful, charming, lovely Peter to help me.This author portrayed an immigrant in a very realist, accurate way, it brought back so many memories.I did enjoy this story, and I really hope that somewhere in this world they are 2 people as wonderful as Luka and Peter.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-05-23 04:14

    After barely being able to get out of Serbia with a backpack and one suitcase carrying his most important possessions, Luka arrives in America to start a new life with his cousins, Josif and Bella, only to discover that they’ve been in an accident and that his first stop in America is the church where Josif’s funeral is being held. The one good thing, if he can even call it that, is that people in the church and surrounding neighborhood speak Serbian and, with his English being so limited, he feels welcomed. One of the people he meets first is Peter, a young man who is a social worker by day and English tutor by night. He and Peter strike up a friendship and a spark of something more, although Peter is shy and so self-effacing that he actually tells Luka that no one loves or wants him because he’s not worthy. As their relationship begins to develop and Luka’s grasp of the English language improves, the two share some of their past experiences. Luka tells Peter of his great love, Misha, a young man who died after only three years together. And when a Serbian man shows up at Luka’s apartment with implied threats to the family and friends he left behind in Serbia, Luka gives Peter some background on his job as a geneticist in Serbia and why the government thinks that he owes them loyalty and wants him back. During that time period Luka meets Peter’s family, and it’s immediately evident to Luka that they go out of their way to ignore Peter. Yes, they ask him for help and “favors”, especially his mother, but they don’t include him in ordinary conversation or family events. When asked, Peter finally breaks down and shares the story of how he accidentally shot his father when he was only six years old, and ever since then he’s been trying to be extra nice to everyone to get back in their good graces. The scientist in Luka spots the holes in this story and encourages Peter to seek counseling so that he can deal with the past, and possibly even remember all of the details from that fateful day. Of course, when it rains it pours, and just when Peter agrees to be hypnotized to find out what really happened on the day his father was shot, the Serbian authorities start stirring up trouble for Luka with US Customs and Immigration Services. Luka’s temporary work permit is expiring, and since his cousin Josif died, he needs a new sponsor, and the Serbs have lodged a complaint that he’s in possession of something that belongs to them. According to Luka, that possession is knowledge—he was a top genetic researcher and they want him back so badly they are willing to cause trouble for Luka with USCIS. The guys need each other more than ever now. Over time, the solutions to both problems evolve. Peter finally remembers every detail from the day his father died and realizes that he didn’t pull the trigger. More importantly, he realizes that his father was really the one primarily responsible, because he shouldn’t have had a loaded gun where his young children could find it. He decides to tell his mother in the hopes of clearing the air, but when he does so, he finds out more information that leaves him confused and angry. Though it takes a while, there is a resolution to these issues, and Luka is the catalyst to making it work out. While this is all happening, Luka is informed that he needs to meet with the USCIS agent personally so Peter goes with him for emotional support. What they find out is good news this time and it does eventually lead to a HEA for the guys after they work hard to get there. This story had more complexity than some I’ve recently read by this author. There were two distinct plotlines intertwined throughout the story. Both MCs were engaging and endearing and the secondary characters well developed. Peter’s story, with the impact of the family dynamics, was more of a psychological drama, and Luka’s story was more suspenseful with the overlay of the threat from the Serbian government. I’d recommend this one to fans of Andrew Grey and to all those who enjoy family drama in the M/M genre. Note: This book was provided to me by the publisher through Hearts on Fire Reviewsin exchange for an impartial review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Update - Audiobook review on 3/16/15There’s a lot going on in this story, and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I discovered that I had previously read the e-book, but I have to admit that the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, did such an excellent job in this audiobook that I was totally engrossed in the story from beginning to end, and it felt brand new. His range of character voices was amazing, including very believable female voices. There were several scenes that brought me to tears, including one scene in which Peter is speaking in his child’s voice as he remembers the details of the incident that killed his father. Michael Ferraiuolo gave an excellent performance in this scene and in several others that I found equally heartwarming. I definitely recommend the audiobook over the e-book for this story and have given this audiobook a higher rating than I did previously. The story is complex and heartwarming, with two very endearing MCs, both of whom overcome intolerable situations to find their way to their HEA. It’s one of Andrew Grey’s best works, and if you’re a fan, don’t miss a chance to pick this up. Full audiobook review can be found on Hearts on Fire Reviews

  • Chris Jeffreys
    2019-05-10 23:30

    The problem with this story is that it is just another piece of "formula fiction" by the author. Here is the generic plot, much like every other Andrew Grey novel -- 1. Two main characters meet unexpectedly. 2. There are a couple of awkward courting chapters. 3. Then there is the "does he like me" set-up. 4. First sex scene. 5. Thrown in gratuitous conflict. 6. Second sex scene where the characters realize that they are in love. 7. Resolution of contrived conflict. 8. And, a tear jerking "happy ever after" ending. Read his books -- are there any that does not follow this simple formula? Here is this current plot.. . . Luka comes to the USA from Serbia. During his flight, his cousin and immigration sponsor,, Josif, is involved in a fatal accident and his cousin's wife us very badly hurt. So, the story opens with Luka attending a family funeral. During the funeral, he meets Peter who helps to teach newly emigrated Serbians to speak English. Luka agrees to be taught English so he can perform his job at a local University better. Well, as anticipated in an Andrew Grey novel, there is a lot more than English lessons that transpire between Luka and Peter. Lots of kissing and bad English, and ultimately a patented Andrew Grey happy ending. During the story, we learn of prior loves and prior losses, and there is buckets of character angst. There is also a lot of time discussing the tedious details of intimate touching between Peter and Luka. This should be hot and steamy, but it is very dull. Something dull and trite lIke this -- "Oh Luka, you have a hairy chest, and I like hairy chests." Luka responds, "yes, baby, I Have a hairy chest and I like when you rub my hairy chest. I have hairy Serbian chest." "Oh baby, you are so hot." "Thank you baby, you make me hot." Blah, blah, blah . . . Drivel with the sex appeal of a wet noodle. And, of course, we get such dynamic writing as this when describing Peter's relationship with Luka, "is he a friend friend, or a friend?" Wow, what dynamic prose! I am being very critical of this book since I am getting a little tired of Mr. Grey's "formula" novel writing. It is becoming very predictable. I know that is the only way to churn out one book after the next -- cookie cutter plots with interchangeable characters, but is greatly decreases the actual story. For a diversion in this story, we get one and a half meaningless side stories for conflict. The first deals with Peter and his brother's involvement in the shooting death of their father. It is a lot of drivel for no real pay-off. The "half story" deals with Luka's application for a green card. Luka has a scientific background that no one else in the world possesses, so the green card is a guarantee; but, the author wants to leave everyone hanging like it is a big issue. We also have a completely ridiculous character of a bad man from Serbia who finds Luka after he comes to the USA and threatens him with some type of prosecution under Serbian law: the "bad man" appears and disappears without any character development. (Yawn yawn Yawn -- I am bored even writing about his alleged conflict in the plot.). Overall, this is a waste of 200 pages of words. I found myself reading "blah, blah blah" rather than enjoying the prose on the page -- when is this book going to be over. I suppose my key problem is that I never felt that there was any real chemistry between Luka and Peter. A love story without chemistry falls flat. Please Mr. Grey -- please write anything other than formula fiction in your next book. PLEASE . . . I am begging you. I'll give this three stars strictly based upon the author's reputation. 

  • Jacq
    2019-04-28 21:32

    A sweet story... but I had a hard time finding the chemistry in the MC's. Unfortunately that makes for a long-slow read!

  • Jewel
    2019-05-20 03:03

    What an absolutely beautiful story about new beginnings and forgiveness (especially of ones self). Luka, having just arrived in the United States, finds that his cousin Josif, who had sponsored his immigration, was just killed in a car accident. Luka speaks very little English and is now facing a very different life than he had imagined. He meets Peter at Josif's funeral and Peter offers to help Luka learn to speak English. Peter does not think he is worthy of love because of something that happened in his childhood. That one event has defined Peter's existence for 25 years.Luka and Peter find in each other what they need for peace, happiness and love. I teared up during parts of this story because it was just so beautiful.

  • Paul
    2019-05-09 22:04

    2.5 STARSWell it's a bit stilted but it flopped over the finish line. It had great potential but just didn't deliver for me personally.I thought the two MC's were very solid though. the plot was a bit of a mish-mash of regurgitated bib's and bob but I'm not talking plagiarism at all. It's just a same, same but different, but had the potential to be a 5 star book, sorry.I have more fun tracking two CAT 4 Tropical Cyclones up the coast today.

  • Janna
    2019-05-23 23:21

    This was an okay read, just a bit boring because the writing was repetitive and suffered from too much telling instead of showing. I also didn't feel the chemistry between the main characters.

  • Mark
    2019-05-19 01:08

    This story for me was not only about the romance, but was about forgiveness and coping with grief and fitting into a new culture.Luka immigrates to America and leaves Serbia behind him. His cousin has sponsored him and everything should be plain sailing with his entry visa and green card. However, when he is met at the airport by Peter he finds out that his cousin Josif and his wife Bella were in a car accident. Josif tragically died in the accident and Bella is in hospital lying in a coma. This knocks the poor young man for six and his first occasion in the US is to go to his cousins funeral.From the very beginning I liked Peter, he was sympathetic, kind and took Peter under his wing. He is a social worker and offers Luka English lessons to help get started in the US. So the arrange to meet on a regular basis and start their English lessons. Well, the English lessons soon turn into something a lot more romantic and the attraction grows.Oh the difficulties of landing in a foreign country with a foreign language. Believe me I so know how Luka felt as I have done this myself coming to live in Germany. Learning the language really is a must if you are ever going to integrate, be accepted and cope with living and working in the country that has now become your home. Andrew writes this brilliantly into the character of Luca. Although the book is entirely in English, you know exactly when Luka is trying to speak English or talking in his native language Serbian. Also the improvement in Luka’s English is skilfully done and you see and feel how his language skills progress through the book.As a language teacher myself I could associate entirely with Luka and his language learning difficulties. When I became conversational in German it opened up a whole new world to me, when you live in a foreign country and don’t speak the lingo then you remain somewhat a cultural prisoner of your own making. This opening up was also brought nicely across in Andrew’s book and when Luka trusts himself enough to start to communicate with his colleagues at work a whole new world opens up to him.A little suspense is built into the story too; Serbian government officials who are not happy that Luka immigrated are obviously following him. Luka is a geneticist and had worked on some confidential projects in Serbia that the Serbian government obviously don’t wish the US to get hold of. Although the paperwork for the US is all in order, Luka has the problem that his family sponsor in Josif is now deceased. This puts a big question mark over his right to stay in the states and the worries of facing deportation. Well, I can only too well understand those fears, especially when trying to deal with mountains of bureaucratic paperwork in a foreign language. Ask anyone who done this – a daunting prospect to say the least.He is infatuated by Peter and although their relationship is mainly driven by Luka, Peter has is issues. Peter refuses to believe he could ever be happy, being in love and in a relationship. He doesn’t consider himself worthy of happiness. This at first I found a little strange, but gradually soon find out that there is a deep rooted sense of regret and when Peter tells Luka what happened to him when he was six years old, his behavior and the way he thinks of himself become totally clear and understandable. That was a real eye-opener and all I could think is how could someone carry so much guilt around with them for so long.But when you meet Peter’s family especially his mum and sister, then you understand that all his life he has been trying to make amends with no effect. His mother is a real bitch, sorry. I sometimes have a problem with these stereotypical portrayals of bitches for mothers in stories as they can become terribly clichéd, like being the root of all evil for a lot of gay men and their hang-ups. But here it is necessary to the story to understand where Peter is coming from and after learning what happened to him, yes you will have just cause to hate this woman as much as I did.Bella wakes up from her coma and has to be given the news that her husband is dead and she had missed the funeral. Oh my, what a trauma for anyone to have to go through. However, we realize that when Luka was in Serbia he also lost his partner Misha and could feel exactly for what Bella was going through. Grief is a long process, but we also see Bella trying to fight every day to get back on her feet and Luka remembering his Misha and giving hope and strength to Bella at the same time. In actual fact Luka turns out to be a tower of strength all round. He also helps Peter, by pushing in the direction of a psychologist to come to terms with his past. This is where Peter learns through hypnosis that what he has been blaming himself for all his life wasn’t his fault and his family had been dumping their guilt and grief on him all these years. Even I was absolutely bloody livid at this stage. Peter goes through a whole gamut of emotions, but eventually has to face his family with the newly learned truth.In the end time heals, all is forgiven, but maybe not forgotten and now it’s time to look forward. The book ends on a wonderful note of happiness and hope for the future. Everyone gets their HEA on this story ~ lovely!

  • Serena Yates
    2019-05-12 23:04

    Moving to a different country is hard enough, but if you hardly speak the language the potential obstacles in your way become huge. Communication, making a living, and finding new friends are all infinitely more difficult when the basics are missing. Add to this the fact you cannot go back because you'd most likely be killed (or worse) if you did, and you have Luka Krachec's situation in this book. The man he ends up befriending (and eventually more) has not had an easy time of it either, and the struggle these two men faced individually and together had me glued to the pages. They are both underdogs (if for very different reasons) and seeing them unite forces to make a life for themselves was wonderful to watch. Written with sensitivity and a depth of understanding for their difficulties, this may be a story without "special effects" action, but the human interest, deeply emotional struggles, and sheer fascination with these super-nice guys was more than enough to hold my interest.Luka Krachek has no choice but to leave his home country of Serbia and since he has a cousin in the US, he decides to give that a go. He has some usable skills as a scientist but his meager understanding of English is going to be an issue with almost any job. The shock when he arrives to find his cousin is dead almost derails him, but when he meets Petr at the funeral, things begin to look up. At the very least Peter speaks Serbian, and offers to teach Luka English.Peter is an all-around nice guy who has spent his life feeling guilty for accidentally killing his father when he was six. I cannot even imagine having to deal with something like that, but Peter carried himself with as much dignity as possible, bearing his family's abuse with a patience born of desperation. He is the nicest man imaginable, determined to help others and make the world a better place. I kept thinking that he deserves better than the fate he's been dealt and was more than relived when things started moving in the right direction for him.If you like stories about wonderful men who face less-than-wonderful situations, if you enjoy some angst and drama in your reading but aren't looking for major action, and if you're looking for a character-driven read that will most likely make you cry as often as it will make you smile, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did.

  • Becky Condit
    2019-05-17 04:19

    Andrew Grey is one of my favorite authors. You can’t visit my blog site or talk to me for very long without realizing this fact. His style of writing and the stories from his imagination hit home for me. That, plus the fact he writes LOTS of high quality stories so I never seem to have to wait long for the next one.One Good Deed is a beautifully crafted story of an immigrant to the United States who is well educated but handicapped by two things: his sponsor died just before Luka arrived, and his command of English is limited. The comfort Luka feels in just hearing his native language, or finding a restaurant that serves the food he is familiar with is part of the story that grounds the reader in Luka’s life and personality.Luka meets Peter at Luka’s cousin’s funeral. Peter is a lifeline for many in the Serbian community, teaching English and providing assistance where needed. Luka and Peter hit it off as friends and gradually that friendship develops into an attraction and then more. But Peter is carrying a heavy burden, and that is what seems to drive his altruism. He believes he shot and killed his beloved father when he was six years old. Peter’s family has reinforced the guilt that consumes him over his lifetime, but when he tells the story to Luka something doesn’t ring quite true.You know there is going to be an HEA to the story. It’s by Andrew Grey, for goodness sakes. But what is special about One Good Deed is the sweetness of the MCs. They are the most genuinely kind and giving people to populate a novel. It wouldn’t be a romance without some angst to make the heroes work for that HEA, but even that is muted. Other than the tragedy of a father’s death and a mother’s emotional abandonment of a child, things seem to fall together pretty neatly for our guys. While there is one good deed that is central to the plot, there is actually more than one, because these are noble men and that’s what noble men do. This is another great story by Andrew Grey. I have no idea how he creates these books that are each unique and never from a cookie cutter formula but I’m so glad he does. Many of his books are my go-to comfort reads and Mr. Grey tops my auto-buy list.This review originally appeared at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index....

  • Aine Massie
    2019-05-20 23:26

    One Good Deed is another deviation from Andrew Grey, and one, I have to say, that I have already reread twice. The story begins with Luka arriving in the US to find his cousin’s funeral his first destination, and his sister-in-law in a coma. What a way to begin a journey in a new county! Well, that event did provide Luka with one thing, an introduction to an American whose life revolves around helping others. Peter is a man whose life was derailed when he was six and his father was shot… he has always believed that he’s the one who killed his father and so he’s poured his entire life into helping, teaching, serving, and sadly, allowing his family to use and abuse him. That leads him to Luka, but when he offers to help the sweet man learn English, Luka teaches him more that a little about life, love, and himself.This story was lighter on angst, that many other Grey stories, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a light story. It’s NOT. Between guilt, fear, a government that doesn’t want to let go, and both having to learn to move on from the past, this is anything but easy. However, it is wonderfully written, deeply touching, and passionately addictive.Love conquers all… be in hate, fear, guilt, or the past. This is one story you need to pick up and devour. It’s also one that will stay with you long after the last words are read. Oh, and Luka is one character that not only comes off as truly real, but it one I wanted to crawl into the pages to hug more than once. And if you’ve never read an Andrew Grey story (gasp!!! How!!!) this is a perfect time to dive in and enjoy.

  • Ulysses Dietz
    2019-05-07 22:04

    There is a gentleness to Andrew Grey's novels that envelopes the reader. Worries appear, and there are traumas (some very old and harrowing as in "One Good Deed") to be dealt with. But his books tend not to be roller-coaster rides as much as long scenic drives, with a few hair-raising curves to make them interesting and to keep one's heart beating a little faster. The story of Luka and Peter; a lyrical memoir of loss and recovery, of tragedy and redemption, is what we get in this latest book. I can't help but love a book that focuses on forgiveness and on the healing power of love. Because I believe in that sort of thing. Peter Montgomery's good deed is to reach out to help the newly-immigrated Serbian scientist, Luka Krachek, who is reeling from the unexpected loss of the one blood relative he had in America. To ease Luka's transition to American life, Peter wants to help him learn English. But in reaching out to a man shellshocked by circumstance, Peter unwittingly opens a path to his own healing. I was getting toward the end of this book the other night, and found myself irritated that I had to keep wiping my eyes...and then realized it was because I was just quietly weeping as the story reached its emotional climax. Hadn't even realized it, so caught up on the narrative. Now the one cavil: I know Andrew's audience traditionally wants this, but I think there was more sex in this than was necessary. This is no longer blasphemy in the m/m world. Two of the intimate scenes were totally essential. The others felt liked gilding on a lily.

  • Phaney
    2019-05-18 23:10

    So Josif’s parents emigrated with him when he was still small. Yet only “a few years ago” (when he had to have been in his thirties at the least) Peter helped him and his wife with learning English. And Josif was buried “with his family” at the cemetery. What family? His parents are still alive; they appeared at the funeral. Older generations do not seem to have emigrated. Even if he had a lot of siblings that created families of their own, just how many deaths of his kin are we talking for him to be able to be buried with him family?Of course, you might say those details do not matter and I am nitpicking. Maybe. But things like that make me trip while I am reading because I get confused as to which version of the story I am supposed to take for the actual one.And, while the love story was nice enough with its realistic feeling development and with its mush that counteracted the generally bleak themes, it also was a bit boring at times. Especially the sex. (Nothing wrong with the sex here; I simply got bored after the first time or so.)Maybe in part this was due to the writing’s lack of spice. Matters were communicated to me, but not in the most evocative way. (Not even close.)So, a nice, if somewhat solemn story. Moving on.

  • Jessie Potts
    2019-04-28 03:25

    What I love about Andrew Grey books is that they are so sweet and always make me smile. Luka is by far one of the cutest and sweetest heroes. He's from Serbia, and he's immigrated to the U.S. He meets Peter, who offers to help him with English, and the two really connect. Peter has dark issues centering on the death of his father, and Luka is really the first person/relationship interest he's been able to open himself up to.There's more to Peter's memory, though, and even darker things lurk below the surface. The romance was sweet and the dialogue fun and engaging. I really enjoyed reading alongside Luka as Peter helped him learn. I definitely recommend if you're looking for something fun, deep and extra sweet. I've always enjoyed Andrew's stories and find he's a great auto-buy for romance lovers everywhere.Head over to the HEA Blog to read Andrew's favorite m/m couples along with the top three books he's looking forward to in 2014!http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyev...Epic one-liner from One Good Deed …"I will never love you the way I loved Misha. I can't. But I love you for you."

  • ~Sαм I Aм~
    2019-05-02 22:21

    DNF 30%. It just wasn't for me, not to say others wont enjoy it though. :(

  • Hearts On Fire Reviews
    2019-05-24 03:21

    03/26/2015Andrew Grey – One Good Deed Audio BookReviewer: BarbGenre: M/M ContemporaryReview: When Luka Krachec arrives in the United States after fleeing his native Serbia, he finds his cousin Josif, his immigration sponsor, is dead and his wife Bella is hospitalized after a terrible accident. Thankfully, a friend of their family meets him at the airport since he knows very little English and would be lost without help.Apparently, he’s arrived on the day of the funeral, and he finds comfort in the fact that he can say goodbye to Josif as well as meet others at the funeral who are friends and neighbors and mostly Serbian like he is.At the funeral he also meets Peter Montgomery, a young man who is not Serbian but speaks the language fluently. Peter tells Luka that he helps people who want to learn English as their second language, and after spending some time getting to know each other, Peter offers to help Luka.Peter is a social worker who spends most of his time helping others.He seeshis role in life as needing to bring happiness to others to atone for a terrible incident in his past. He thinks he doesn’t deserve love or happiness because he shot and killed his father when he was six years old.He and his brother were playing with a gun they found in his father’s shed, and when the gun went off, Peter found it in his lap.His family reinforces his belief that he is guilty and not worthy of love by their words and actions. Peter tells Luka his mother turned away from him, refusing to show him love or affection, ever since the shooting incident.Once Peter finally shares the story with Luka, Luka sees more than Peter does. He suspects that Peter doesn’t recall everything and that maybe he’s not as guilty as he seems to think.He also tries to tell Peter that he shouldn’t take blame for something that happened when he was six, but Peter is adamant about his guilt.Luka speaks to the head of the psychology department at the university where he is working as a research scientist and learns that Peter may benefit from counseling.Convincing Peter of that is difficult, but Peter eventually capitulates and seeks out the professor who offers to help him in exchange for using the data anonymously in his research.In the meantime, Peter learns more about Luka and his past life in Serbia.Luka’s past included a lover who passed away a few years ago, and an important job working for the government in the field of genetic research.Peter’s suspicions about a man who has been lurking near Luka’s apartment is confirmed when they learn that the Serbian government wants Luka back.The US Customs and Immigration Service gets involved and Luka begins the process of providing as much information about his work and personal life as they require in the hope of becoming a permanentUS resident.There’s a lot going on in this story, and I really enjoyed it.In fact, I discovered that I had previously read the e-book, but I have to admit that the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, did such an excellent job in this audiobook that I was totally engrossed in the story from beginning to end,and it felt brand new.His range of character voices was amazing, including very believable female voices. There were several scenes that brought me to tears, including one scene in which Peter is speaking in his child’s voice as he remembers the details of the incident that killed his father.Michael Ferraiuolo gave an excellent performance in this scene and in several others that I found equally heartwarming.I definitely recommend the audiobook over the e-book for this story and have given this audiobook a higher rating than I did previously. The story is complex and heartwarming, with two very endearing MCs, both of whom overcome intolerable situations to find their way to their HEA. It’s one of Andrew Grey’s best works, and if you’re a fan, don’t miss a chance to pick this up.See Review Here: Hearts On Fire ReviewsFacebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearts...02/20/2014Reviewed by: BarbGenre: M/M Contemporary4 HeartsSee Review Here: Hearts On Fire ReviewsFacebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearts...Summary: 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.Review: After barely being able to get out of Serbia with a backpack and one suitcase carrying his most important possessions, Luka arrives in America to start a new life with his cousins, Josif and Bella, only to discover that they’ve been in an accident and that his first stop in America is the church where Josif’s funeral is being held. The one good thing, if he can even call it that, is that people in the church and surrounding neighborhood speak Serbian and, with his English being so limited, he feels welcomed.One of the people he meets first is Peter, a young man who is a social worker by day and English tutor by night. He and Peter strike up a friendship and a spark of something more, although Peter is shy and so self-effacing that he actually tells Luka that no one loves or wants him because he’s not worthy.As their relationship begins to develop and Luka’s grasp of the English language improves, the two share some of their past experiences. Luka tells Peter of his great love, Misha, a young man who died after only three years together. And when a Serbian man shows up at Luka’s apartment with implied threats to the family and friends he left behind in Serbia, Luka gives Peter some background on his job as a geneticist in Serbia and why the government thinks that he owes them loyalty and wants him back.During that time period Luka meets Peter’s family, and it’s immediately evident to Luka that they go out of their way to ignore Peter. Yes, they ask him for help and “favors”, especially his mother, but they don’t include him in ordinary conversation or family events. When asked, Peter finally breaks down and shares the story of how he accidentally shot his father when he was only six years old, and ever since then he’s been trying to be extra nice to everyone to get back in their good graces. The scientist in Luka spots the holes in this story and encourages Peter to seek counseling so that he can deal with the past, and possibly even remember all of the details from that fateful day.Of course, when it rains it pours, and just when Peter agrees to be hypnotized to find out what really happened on the day his father was shot, the Serbian authorities start stirring up trouble for Luka with US Customs and Immigration Services. Luka’s temporary work permit is expiring, and since his cousin Josif died, he needs a new sponsor, and the Serbs have lodged a complaint that he’s in possession of something that belongs to them. According to Luka, that possession is knowledge—he was a top genetic researcher and they want him back so badly they are willing to cause trouble for Luka with USCIS. The guys need each other more than ever now.Over time, the solutions to both problems evolve. Peter finally remembers every detail from the day his father died and when he does so, he finds out more information that leaves him confused and angry. Though it takes a while, there is a resolution to these issues, and Luka is the catalyst to making it work out. While this is all happening, Luka is informed that he needs to meet with the USCIS agent personally so Peter goes with him for emotional support. What they find out is good news this time and it does eventually lead to a HEA for the guys after they work hard to get there.This story had more complexity than some I’ve recently read by this author. There were two distinct plotlines intertwined throughout the story. Both MCs were engaging and endearing and the secondary characters well developed. Peter’s story, with the impact of the family dynamics, was more of a psychological drama, and Luka’s story was more suspenseful with the overlay of the threat from the Serbian government.I’d recommend this one to fans of Andrew Grey and to all those who enjoy family drama in the M/M genre.

  • Dani Elle Maas
    2019-05-07 22:04

    First of all let me start with mentioning I was delighted to be offered a copy of this book by the author to read. This is a different story than I am used to reading from this author; it’s more drama free so to speak.There is of course some drama there but in a different way. The story focuses more on the relationships between different characters, the inner process to learn yourself and how to deal with things that get thrown your way in life.For Luka, one of the main characters, one of the the things thrown his way is his coming to the USA from Serbia and learning about the loss of his family member after already been dealt the loss of a significant other.For Peter, the other main character, its dealing with his guilt about something that happened 25 years before, and coming to terms with what happened to him and his family after tha .With Peter teaching Luka English and Luka sensing there is more to Peter and his story, they both slowly proceed into a relationship that deepens slowly but surely.When Luka takes Peter by the hand to find help and find a way to come to terms with what happened and more, they both find more than they were looking for. A new “family”, a new life and the freedom to live that together the country they are living in.Author Andrew Grey always makes you connect to his characters one way or another, it doesn’t matter what the story is about or what the characters are dealing with. There’s always an entry to their emotions, their experiences.It is the same with Luka and Peter, not forgetting to mention the other characters in this book. Bella, Luka’s sister in law and widow of his cousin is a very nice addition. She doesn’t need to be prominently there but when she is, it’s significant. There is also Marie and Vince, Peter’s mother and brother and his sister Julie.For me especially the last two could have been explored more. The scene with Peter, Luka and his brother was excellent and I would have liked to have seen how it proceded. Also Julie; what’s her reaction to it all?I am glad to read about Peter and his mother’s relationship and how it evolves?Overall I have to say this was a great sweet and personal story with very solid characters. I liked experiencing things from an inside point of view, especially the guilt processing I think highly of and exploring the emotions the characters went through. It’s a very enjoyable read.Review posted at :http://sidlove.com/2014/02/09/pre-rel...

  • T.M. Smith
    2019-04-25 23:10

    {review based on ARC/Galley copy}Luka Krachec left his home in Serbia for America in the hopes of a better life. When he arrives he learns that his cousin who was to be his sponsor has been in a car accident and died, his cousin’s wife is still in critical condition. The members of their small Serbian community in Milwaukee still make Luka feel welcome though, and he continues with his plans. He settles into the apartment his cousin got him, settles into his job teaching at the local college, and starts English lessons with his sexy yet guarded tutor, Peter. Peter Montgomery has spent most of his life alone and deep in a self imposed misery. Believing he’s responsible for the death of his father when he was just a child, he’s convinced himself that he doesn’t deserve to be loved. That is until he meets the smoldering, self confident, gay Serbian man that won’t let him hide anymore. Luka lost his lover Micha some years ago, and he’s attracted to the same qualities in Peter that he loved about Micha. Kind, gentle and utterly selfless; Luka sets about breaking down Peter’s walls and helping him come to terms with his painful past.Luka is determined to break down the barriers Peter has enclosed himself in, and Peter fights the attraction at the start. Piece by piece, Luka takes down a stone and uses it to build a foundation for him and Peter to start a life. There are other obstacles in their path aside from Peter’s innate need to be miserable and alone. Peter’s family and his past, has he finally found something, or someone worth facing the truth for? And the Serbian government has decided they want Luka and the things he knows back in Serbia. Andrew Grey delivers a flawlessly designed story yet again. He gently knits together the lives of these two men with a shared past of love and loss. And their only hope of a future together is for them to deal with what they’ve lost in order to be fully open for the love. Luka is a compass for Peter, guiding him through the choppy waters with the hope of bringing him to shore in one piece. There is no ‘type A’ personalities for these characters, they are written as equals and it reads that way within the words and descriptives. I think the moral of this story is, Love conquers all. In depth characters, an engrossing storyline and some hot and heavy make out scenes! I give this one my thumbs up!!** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through MM Good Book Reviews ** http://www.mmgoodbookreviews.wordpres...

  • multitaskingmomma
    2019-05-24 22:29

    Original Blog Post: http://headouttheoven.blogspot.com/20...One Good Deed is the story of Luka and Peter. Luka is a Serbian scientist migrating to the USA but instead of a happy reunion with his cousin and sponsor, he attends the funeral. There, he meets Peter who teaches English as a second language. The two men become friends and Luka soon relies on Peter for learning American English. Through their constant togetherness, they get closer and soon it is impossible to resist each other. But instead of the expected happiness, Luka sees Peter struggling with his personal demons. Peter was an overwhelmed man who was lost in his past and just got trapped. His savior came in the form of Luka whom I thought all along to be the one who would have the drama. Instead, it was Luka who was the clear-minded scientific guy. He thought his way through his lover's problems, analyzed it systematically, and reached a conclusion never entertained before.One Good Deed is another simple story with a simple plot but, once again, Andrew Grey manages to grab his readers and not let them go. This was one superbly written romance and I got lost in it. The story wrings out the the emotions so it is impossible not to get stirred up.True, this is another of the author's romantic pieces, but this time, it just made me feel more than I should. Let us just say that I was cussing up a storm finding myself unprepared and totally forgot the box of tissues. This story successfully stripped down my barriers and I. Just. Bawled!!!! Funny. I left the story smiling happily.

  • Jon
    2019-05-10 23:16

    My partner has been reading Andrew Grey's books for a while, now, and has been trying to talk me into giving the author a try. I finally broke down and decided to give him a go. One Good Deed had everything I look for in a novel with main characters who are gay. It was non-stereotypical, down-to-earth, thought-provoking, heartfelt, and believable. Luka comes to United States from Serbia to live with his sponsor and cousin, Josif (and his wife, Bella). When Luka arrives in the U.S., he is greeted by the news that Josif was killed in an automobile accident, and Bella is in the hospital in a coma. Luka had already obtained a job at a local university, doing research. Due to a language barrier with co-workers, Luka is introduced to Peter, a volunteer who assists those who speak English as a second language. As Luka and Peter get to know each other, they realize that they have a special chemistry. Luka also becomes aware of Peter's tragic past and convinces Peter to consult with Franz, a friend of Luka's, who happens to be a psychiatrist. Through hypnosis, Peter learns that he was betrayed by the people closest to him. With Luka's patience and help, Peter sets out to mend past relationships. In the meantime, because Luka's sponsor passed away, he faces the possibility of deportation. He is also being followed by a Serbian thug. I know it seems like I'm giving a lot of this story away, but there is so much more to this novel. I don't know that I'm a fan of Andrew Grey, yet, but I'll definitely be reading more of his novels.

  • Beckey
    2019-05-11 03:33

    This was an interesting book that hooked me from the beginning. Luka immigrates from Belgrade upon his arrival a friend of his cousin's picks him up from the airport. Where he learns of the tragic death of his cousin and his cousin's wife is in the hospital from an auto accident (this where it would have been in my opinion that Andrew could put a plot twist in towards the end that... and for those who read the book may see this way as well... sorry not a spoiler.) He is taken from the airport to the his cousin's memorial services (I dislike the word funeral too depressing of word. It is better to remember than...) At the memorial services he meets Peter who offers to help him with his English... Luka agrees. There is an attraction between the two but it started with a kiss to ignite something more but Peter doesn't feel worthy of being loved... Reason is something that happened when he was younger but what he recalls isn't what he remembers... Luka finds someone that may help Peter but will Peter get the help that he needs?The story was interesting and enjoyable story that will have you laughing at how well Andrew hit on the mishaps of a foreigner trying to decipher the English language... As well as the compassionate way the main characters come together help one another out.

  • Marinieves Cordero
    2019-05-09 00:31

    This is another great book by Andrew Grey ... Luka gets to the United States from Serbia , sponsor by his family only to find out that his cousin Josif and wife Bella were in a car accident. Luka meets Peter that at first sight Luka immediately sees the sadness in his eyes. Luka is not stranger to personal loss due to his lover had died before he coming to the US. Luka has a very much positive attitude and tries to help Peter the same way Peter is helping him. Peter is teaching Luka to better understand and speak the English language. They start to get close until finally Peter confessed to Luka why He did when he was only a kid. Luka has the feeling there is more to the story and convinces Peter to go to a psychologist to try to what is missing from the story. When the truth comes out Peter needs to make a very important decision in his life ... Peter has for years being pretty much estranged from his family and especially his mom, now it is time for him to decide what is the best. Luka has become the rock that Peter needs, not telling him what to do but showing him he is worthy to be loved. Peter becomes the man he needs for Luka. This story is about showing your heart and getting rewarded for it with love. Being there at that moment you need to be and having hope.

  • Donald
    2019-05-10 01:03

    "The Power of Truth..."As a fan of Andrew Grey's writing, I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I've not heard one like it before and as with most of Grey's stories there is a happily ever after. But the journey to getting there is always a lesson to learn. Truth is a wondrous thing and can things into motion that brings forth growth and learning! Luca and Peter's come together with a past, each learning the truth and dealing with it and in that course find love with one another. A sweet story that causes the pitter patter of this hopeless romantic's heart to swoon with glee...a definite recommendation...As far as the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo, I am not sure if I have heard him before, but he was excellent and brought life to the characters within the story. I'm looking forward to hearing more from him...

  • James
    2019-05-09 03:16

    I like reading Andrew Grey mainly because there are so few m/m romance authors that are male but I do find his plots sometimes simple and not involved and detailed enough. That was not true of this book. I found the plot to be just thorough enough without overdoing it on too much detail in the plot development. I found the issues with Luka and Peter 's issues to be reasonable and done well. I can't imagine having the issues Peter had and can't imagine resolving those issues in the adult and very mature way he did. I would think there would be a little more anger at everyone but I do like how he resolved his issues with his family eventually. That is the only reason for 4 vs 5 stars. I think this is my favorite Andrew Grey book .

  • Brandilyn
    2019-05-02 02:26

    Reviewed for Prism Book alliance Michael Ferraiuolo is a new to me narrator who did an admirable job with the narration. When he slipped into the accent necessary for the Serbian characters, he is still able to be understood and helps get you into the mindset of the characters. How true is his Serbian accent? I have no clue. I didn't try to compare it to other Serbian voices and it isn't an accent I would pick up on readily. http://www.prismbookalliance.com/?pos...

  • Bo
    2019-05-09 01:04

    The theme and characters are a bit different than some of Andrew Grey's work, with one of the most obvious being that there is a cultural difference between the two protagonists that is smoothed by a language commonality--Serbian, in Milwaukee, if you will! Other than that, this is a quietly simple romance with some seriously hot sex thrown in here and there in a situation which is both believable and delightful. Another triumph by a master of such things.