After the events of the last book Mac and Tony have moved in together with their kids, Ben and Anna. ButOh god, this is like, an almost perfect book.
After the events of the last book Mac and Tony have moved in together with their kids, Ben and Anna. But relationship struggles don't end with the courtship, maintaining relationships in some ways can be a lot harder. Ben is still dealing with the trauma of his mother's murder, Anna is having a hard time adjusting to change, Tony is dealing with some PTSD from the events of the previous two books, and Mac has to learn how to balance home and work, as well as dealing with the fall out of coming out at work.
I really appreciate how real the kids are, soooo many authors write children either as annoying little shits you want to strangle or unrealistic little angels. Ben and Anna, on the other hand, act very much like how you would expect children to act. They fight, say hurtful things, are sometimes incredibly adorable and loving one moment, and are bratty the next. Tony and Mac love them, but at times they are driven up the wall by them (as any parent would be).
Tony's mom is fantastic, and even Brenda gets somewhat redeemed in my opinion as it is very clear that she does love Anna. I hope that she learns to be more flexible and can learn to be more tolerant in the future, in this book and the last Anna mentions numerous times that Brenda seemed very sad, her extreme religious nature probably didn't help that at all, but people can recover from that and I hope she does. It was really nice seeing Tony's mom and sister, and I hope we meet his father in the next book.
The story ends on something of a cliffhanger (view spoiler)[Mac has braindamage from being shot in the head and has difficulty speaking... but he's going to have to testify. Is he going back to work, or will he be disabled for life? We don't know yet. And then there's that call from his sister. (hide spoiler)]
This series has entered my private 'must buy' list. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is a cute, relatively fast read with a strong start and a weak finish. Too bad. I basically just reread the first half and stop. If the second haThis is a cute, relatively fast read with a strong start and a weak finish. Too bad. I basically just reread the first half and stop. If the second half had been as strong as the first, or if the author had made it a short story, it would have been a four or five for me.
Zach is, frankly, adorable. He was beaten and tossed out of the house by his homophobic father after refusing to join the Army, and a week later he is in the middle of nowhere, trying to sleep on an ice-covered bench behind a church a couple days before he turns 18. Ben is the small-town cop who finds him. He takes Zach home to his mom, bringing him into the warmth and comfort of a real loving family. At first Zach is mistrustful, a week on the street plus years of abuse had taught him not to trust anyone, but soon the love of Ben's family, and Ben himself, teach Zach to trust again. That isn't to say it's easy for him--he has panic attacks and the physical effects of the beating to deal with, along with serious concern over the safety of his sister.
As I said the second half is fairly weak. (view spoiler)[ Zach's dad makes it easy on Zach by murdering his mother and getting locked up, giving Zach custody of his little sister (hide spoiler)], and the romance between Ben and Zach occurs slowly and mainly off-screen. This is largely because of Zach's age, Ben doesn't want to put pressure on him even though he becomes legal early in the story. I understand that and it's actually a good idea, but it means that most of the relationship-building occurs elsewhere and their actual romance doesn't start for a couple years. Basically it's a bit boring, and while that might be the best thing for Zach, it's not for the readers.
Read the first half, it's truly good, but skip the second. That's my advice.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more