To say that I like books with kids it's putting it mildly. I absolutely LOVE books with kids in it, and then when I read that this guy Tommy raises hiTo say that I like books with kids it's putting it mildly. I absolutely LOVE books with kids in it, and then when I read that this guy Tommy raises his 7, and I really mean 7 siblings I just could not pass up.
Possible Spoiler Ahead!
Tommy's life has never been easy. His father and stepmother only know how to get drunk, high and wreck everything in their way to the next bottle, even if it means taking the little their children have. Since the age of 15, Tommy O'Shea has been mom and dad to his brothers and sisters. At 22 years old, Tommy's only hope is to keep the kids in school and out of jail. They are poor, but they make everything in their power to stay together and be as happy as they can, in the condition they live in.
And then comes Bobby...
Bobby is the good guy personified. His dream was to be a cop so he could help people, and that's what he does. Bobby has been to the O'Shea's household officially a few times when things got rough with Tommy's parents. He sees first hand how hard it's for them, and being him, Bobby wants to help. One night when off duty, Bobby catches Tommy lifting meds for the younger kids, and instead of hauling his ass to jail, he pays for them, and from them on he (tries to) spark a friendship with Tommy, even though the guy is very distrustful of people, and if they carry a badge it's even worse.
At first neither of them is sure the other is gay, and a chance encounter at a nightclub outs both of them.
The Last Thing He Needs isn't about a damselboy in distress getting rescued by a rich prince in a white horse and living happy ever after, No! This book is about friendship, commitment, trust, love, family, and a whole lot more of other things necessary to build a relationship.
Tommy is stubborn, prideful and won't take shit from anyone and will do just about anything to protect the kids.
Bobby is also stubborn, a do gooder at heart who will fight for what's right and for those he loves.
Judy is the female, older version of her son, much more stubborn and persistent. No one in their right mind could hate her.
The kids are too sweet even when they aren't being so sweet.
This story isn't about how many curve balls life throws your way, but how you dodge them, how you get back on your feet again and how to live even if some of them drop you on your ass. This isn't a heart-and-flowers story, but it evoke feelings that makes me want to do a happy dance and hug a kitten.
I love, love, love how this book was not politically correct, love Tommy's stubborn ass, love Bobby persistence, love Bobby's mom, love the kids and every little (or big) word between Chapter One and The End!
The only negative thing I have to say is, I wish I could see more in the epilogue. Their day-to-day lives, how they handled everything. I'm hopeful that there'll be another book(s) with more of all these wonderful characters.
Jasmine Haynes is a no-brainer for me. One of my favorite authors I was judging this book by the cover. My bad! I forgot about the cover and dove in tJasmine Haynes is a no-brainer for me. One of my favorite authors I was judging this book by the cover. My bad! I forgot about the cover and dove in to it. Great story! Jasmine Haynes has yet to let me down. Looking forward for more from her. Note to self: Not judge a book by the cover again! :)...more
Let me start by saying I was completely taken by surprise at how good this book was. I wasn't expecting it to be okay, let alone to be awesome.
Lucy isLet me start by saying I was completely taken by surprise at how good this book was. I wasn't expecting it to be okay, let alone to be awesome.
Lucy is a 16 years old girl, she's an normal girl, and like any normal person she have problems. When things gets too much she goes out and do something totally out of her character, compromising her own health. One night, one mistake, one disease she'll have to live with for the rest of her life.
Like any normal 16 years old, she's scared out of her mind. It's not easy for a grown up, I can't imagine what it would do to a kid to have been burdened with this kind of thing.
During one sexual encounter without protection, Lucy is infected with HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS. Lucy falls into a void where all she can think is what the disease is going to do with her. She don't want anyone to know and starts by pushing away the loved ones in her life. But when she finally finds the courage to open up, she discovers that there's hope. She can live a normal life, as normal as a person in her condition can, including meds, meetings, doctor's appointments and a lot more.
This book makes us think: What if it was me? What was I going to do? We ask ourselves all that through Lucy's voice. I really liked her. She's just an simple good student, good friend and daughter. We watch her go through all this with her not so loving mother thrown into the mix, a new boyfriend and so much more in this gripping tale. I wholeheartedly give this a 5 stars rating. It was a great read. ...more
This isn’t my first trip down Selena’s Kitt road. Been there, done that, loved that!
Selena is one of the few authors I have already read who is not afThis isn’t my first trip down Selena’s Kitt road. Been there, done that, loved that!
Selena is one of the few authors I have already read who is not afraid of delving in the real taboo.
There are three main characters in this book, two girls, Leah and Erica and one man, Mr. Nolan. The girls find dirty pictures, books and films under his bed, which is a turn on and off to Leah, the good catholic girl. Erica is more advanced with these kinds of things and is soon talking Leah in watching and looking more in all that delicious dirty. From that on, Leah starts to see Mr. Nolan in a different light. He’s more than her dad’s best friend. He’s a man. Things start to change, and Leah is feeling the chemistry between them growing… And so is Mr. Nolan. A series of events leads Leah to his bed, and from then on, they start a torrid affair, without Erica being the wiser.
There are so many elements that made me get hooked in this book, like the confessions, the sex scenes, the friendship. It all adds up to a really nice story.
Like in the first book, I liked the pace and the tone Selena set in to it. It’s sexy and romantic at the same time, scorching and sweet. They had hot sex, but they also have sweet love.
But there is a secret that goes back in the years, and is revealed at the end. This is a secret that can and possibly will tear them all apart. Unless their love can overcome all that and goes past the barriers of taboo.
While I think the author did a good job in setting the book in the 1960’s, I liked the contemporary version more. However this is just a personal preference. The one thing I totally disliked was the cover, and that’s why I’m rating this book a 4.5 Stars. I’ll finish this review with a thank you note to Selena Kitt for offering this as an ARC. ...more