Summary of Feather Light:
Parker Davis has conquered three major American cities and is the new ‘it’ man in massage. He earned the nickname ‘Feather Light’ for his sensual touches, tender caresses, and soft voice eliciting an almost orgasmic release. Clients from all over clamor for his services, and his clientele is growing by the minute. Business is at its peak, which makes Parker a busy man who has no time to deal with problems, let alone dwell on his blindness. With his declining vision, Parker has to accept his limitations and the changes brought forth by this disease, but he is not ready to relinquish the last control he has left. He is still the master in his bedroom.
Kelly Storm, a Hollywood actress, will do whatever it takes to get some much-deserved peace. Being famous has its perks, except the little privacy her popularity afforded her is slowly eating at her. With the paparazzi hounding her every minute of the day and her personal life under constant scrutiny, Kelly wants a semblance of normalcy wherever she can get it. Under the urging of a close friend, she agrees give Parker a try.
Their first meeting is nothing she expects. Kelly finds comfort in his gentle probing and the spellbinding experience guaranteed to keep her coming back for more. Parker knows the woman on his table is special. He feels her vulnerability with his fingertips, and her smooth curves leave a burning ache inside him.
One night of steamy passion is all it takes to know that they wanted each other in more ways than one. Kelly hides in heavy disguises, making it impossible for Parker to know her true identity. What secret is Kelly keeping, and will she trust Parker enough to tell him the truth? Will Parker see beyond Kelly’s lies to show her what a future with him holds?
Was it difficult for you to find a balance when writing Kelly’s character? She was scared to be exposed but you needed to expose her enough for the readers to connect with her. What process did you have to personally go through to find just the right exposure for Kelly to become real with the readers yet keep her at a distance for the purpose of the story?
Writing Kelly is not an easy task for me. Her character is a famous actress who is continually hounded by the paparazzi. I had to show that her needed downtime and privacy is hard to come by. Whether it’s a public appearance or a personal tragedy, the ever-present cameras are trained on her, ready to take any pictures, without respecting her need for personal space. In an effort to get a semblance of normalcy in her life, Kelly has been going out on disguise to evade the shutterbugs. She meets the famous blind massage therapist Parker while under heavy disguise.
The tricky part is getting the readers to connect with a character who is hiding her identity and prefers to shift the subject away from herself. I got carried away with trying to protect her identity. As an author writing under a pseudonym, I’m only willing to share a small piece of my personal life with my readers and the public in general. As much as possible, I only answer questions that relate to my books rather than digging into my personal life. When I was writing Feather Light, I applied my person feelings about privacy to Kelly’s character.
There came a point during the editing process where I had a talk with a friend who helped me see Kelly’s foible. The friend pointed out that I had to give readers a little more insight into the character. I thought about this and decided to open up a bit in terms of the veil of secrecy that I’d surrounded Kelly with. I rewrote several chapters and introduced Kelly’s turmoil early on. She needed the reader’s’ sympathy, and the sooner they found out what she was going through or what her past was about, the sooner they would embrace her plight and sympathize with her.
Balance is the most difficult aspect to maintain. Again, I needed to reveal enough to engage the readers without entirely giving away the mystery surrounding Kelly’s character. By the end of the first edits, I finally felt satisfied that I achieved that goal. I believe that Kelly Storm is going to earn the sympathy of the readers in her quest to regain normalcy in her chaotic life and career.
I received Feather Light through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I have
to say this was an original take on romance for me. Parker is impressive with his ability
to not only function in the world as a blind man, but to succeed as he did, not only in
business but also in his personal life. He doesn’t play victim to his circumstances. It also
made it very easy to see why he needed control in the bedroom as he had lost control over
many aspects in his life.
Kelly was a mystery at the beginning of the book. As the story went on we were able to
see the need for secrecy and control she desired in her own life. Being a victim to the
media and past events, she decided to try to live in the shadows as much as her career
would allow. Fearing that no one would ever see the real Kelly, yet also afraid that
someone would, she was in a constant fight or flight mode. How the two came together
and relinquished part of the control they desired was amazing to read.
I think Lorenz gave us a glimpse into the world of two damaged characters, struggling
with the idea if they could control every part of their lives, they would then be able to
prevent bad things from happening. That is until they discovered it also prevented real
love to enter. Both Parker and Kelly had to decide if the love for each other was worth
the risk of letting down the protective walls and share the secrets they had been hiding.
Secret losses, heartbreaks and fears stood a great chance of winning in this story, but
through angst and determination the truth finally won out.
There is a part of the story that could be considered abusive to Kelly, but I think we need to keep in mind that she had the option of saying no and walking away. Yes Parker acted in anger but he regretted it and made amends. I know some don’t believe that forgiveness of such events is possible, but I think Lorenz was showing us what we are all capable at times in our lives. I wouldn’t say this was an easy thing to read or witness, but I think it was important to the story to show us just how deep the wounds of each character was, and the capacity they each had to forgive and let go of such sins. We want the characters in books to be perfect, to melt our hearts and to make us want to find our happiness. Lorenz doesn’t give us that, she gives is real, raw, human emotions. She reminds us life isn’t a fairy tale, it is a journey and sometimes even the best get lost in emotions but that doesn’t make us disposable.
The story is a quick one to read, because frankly it is so fast paced you don’t want to put
it down. The constant tug of war between running away and running to, always kept
the suspense going. When Kelly and Parker love, they love well and it is hot. When
they fight, they go toe to toe and fight and it is intense. When they run, you wonder if
they will ever stop running away. There are many sides to these two characters. Lorenz
always kept you guessing as to how they would react to the current chaos going on in
The supporting cast was also wonderful and they deserve a mention as well. Webbie
is Parker’s assistant and also good friend. She is protective of Parker. She became yet
another obstacle that Kelly was going to have to get over to have him. I hope we see
more of Webbie’s story in the future because it seems a shame to have her end with
Parker and Kelly’s story. She is a dynamic little firecracker who goes after what she
wants and I think she is a great example for Kelly to finally put fear aside and reach for
the love she deserves.
Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her debut novel Hunted, the first book of The Gates Legacy Trilogy and Indivisible Line, a romantic thriller. Her newest novel, Tormented, the second installment of The Gates Legacy, is now available for vampire lovers everywhere.
Writing is a therapy for Lorenz, and a perfect day consists of writing and playing with her characters while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.
Lorenz currently lives in California with her husband, children, and two PRECIOUS dogs. She divides her time between a full-time job as a Business Office Manager for a hospital and her busy writing schedule.