The Last Thing He Needs
Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn't belong in Tom ...more
The second read gets ALL the stars! Every single one. 5 just aren't enough to rate this incredible story about these incredible people. Perfection.
Fucking spectacular! 5 stars, favorites shelf and my own personal pinnacle, the fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf where only the best of the best in M/M romance fiction reside. Holy shit, I loved this book!
This is the story of a good, good man named Tommy O’Shea. He doesn't realize just how good he is until the end of the book, s ...more
From top to toes, this book was awesome. A must read for angst-lovers, police-lovers, hell, just any M/M romance lover! It was a special, special story.
What a sucker punch of emotions, right? Gah! This book just got to me. I have a huge soft spot for an older brother taking care of his siblings, and this book was a perfect example of that. Tommy just about broke my heart. The stuff that he had to go through just to keep his family from falling apart made me stop and appreciate all I ...more
I was a bit nervous about reading this book because the reviews were so mixed. But my good friend Karlijn said she really liked it and told me to just give it a go, and since I always listen to my friends...that's what I did. I'm really glad I did, because I loved it !
Tommy O'Shea is 22 years old and his life is so freaking hard. His father and step-mom are selfish druggies/addicts, who don't give a single shit about their kids...and there are 8 of them !! They
So yeah... this book.
Look, I know what the author did here. I know that I was manipulated. I'm fully aware that I was played. I know that this book was written specifically to tug on my heart strings. I know that the children were there to make me feel sympathy and that shit storm after shit storm was thrown at them in order to play on my emotions. I know.
But I just don't care.
Why? Because this book is just. that. good.
I loved that their relationship wasn't perfect. I loved that the children, al ...more
How did I love thee? Let this review hopefully capture all the ways! (I'll try to keep the gushing to level 10) (Maybe.)
There are a lot of angsty events happening all around this story. And The Last Thing He Needs is most definitely a romance, the ensemble cast (O'Sheas) makes this story.There is a lot of strife and real life topics touched in this heartwarming tale: the victims of drug/alcohol/emotional abuse, living well below the poverty line, past se ...more
This was so angsty, I felt utterly whipped when I finished.
The quiet friendship that develops between Tommy and Bobby was beautiful. They shared many meaningful, quiet moment. Bobby was clearly in love with Tommy, but Tommy was too prickly, haggard, and defensive to see it.
I loathed Tommy's dad and stepmom (they were despicable addicts who stole from their children); she got her comeuppance, but the eventual forgiveness for the dad left me feeling bitter. Some things shouldn't be forg ...more
What I didn’t like:
Tommy! I didn’t like him. He was too stubborn for my taste. I know, he was through a lot, his behavior was understandable, he was on his own for too long and he did a good job but sometimes you have to swallow your pride and seek someone else’s help! I was so mad when he wouldn’t accept Bobby and Judy's help easily.
In the blurb was said there was a tragedy; it happened around 80%, it took too long and before that the story was focused more on Tommy’s issues and how he a ...more
It's kind of the weirdest thing. I really enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure if I can truly say definitively why. (That doesn't happen to me a lot, since I can be an opinionated bitch when it comes to books. Little bit.)
Was it a romance? It didn't really feel like it. It felt more like brusque, independent Tommy and Bobby, the heart of gold cop, were hot for one another, then they finally gave into those desires, after which Tommy kept Bobby at an emotional arm's length for a over year.
But I en ...more
I liked this book very much. Usually I don't like reading about dramas, but this one was bittersweet.
Tommy has been looking after his 7 siblings for a long time. His always drunk father and his new wife have shown that they're incapable of taking care of their children, leaving their obligations to Tommy, a young man himself.
Life is very hard for all of them ...more
As it's been nearly 5 years since I originally read the book, I thought I'd take a listen to the audio - wonderfully read as usual by Michael Stellman. No, he doesn't really do character voices but at least he's not boring or monotonous...his storytelling voice has 'life' in it. Everything I said about the story in my old review still applies, and it was a joy to listen to although I still wanted to smack [or worse] the kids pathetic excuses of a father and stepmother, and make sure they could ...more
“I’m a mess, my family is a mess, my life is a mess, and if I weren’t a selfish bastard, I’d tell you to run. I’d tell you to forget we ever knew each other, but Jesus, I don’t wanna do that. I’m not easy, and I’m a pain in the ass, but if you’re willing to stick around, I’m willing to try”
“He told me he’s seeing you,” she said carefully. Tommy thought she might be done, but she went on. “He told me about the kids, about how much you work, how hard you try to keep them...more
Nope, I am not reviewing this one so you can throw tomatoes my way!
Let me tell you a few things:
1. Ignore my rating
2. Everyone else gave this book 5 stars so pls see point 1 again
3. A million kids, why did I do this to myself?
4. I know life sucks but Tom's life sucked for (view spoiler)[95% (hide spoiler)] of the book. Way too much...
5. Did Disney create the stepmonster? I can't connect with super angelical characters and super devil ones, we all have something good and something bad, right? Am ...more
"The things that make your heart sing, are the things that should be shared."
Wow! This book was quite the emotionally exhausting read. Because of Tommy's life and situation, you, along with him, are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, for something bad to happen, for life to sock you in the gut...anything. You read on pins and needles because you know that any shred or stretch of happiness simply can't last. Not for Tommy, not for his family.
Tommy O'Shea is raising h ...more
Mish and I BR'd this one. And thank fuck for that, because this was me during most of the book:
And it wasn't even that I couldn't handle the angst. There was just so much emotion. Even when Tommy, Bobby and the kids were happy, there was still a lot of underlying emotion, which completely threw me for a loop.
The Last Thing He Needs is about Tommy, a young man who's forced to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders due to his happily-addicted/alcoholic parents, and Bobby, a do-goo ...more
Tommy O'Shea's life is pretty much crap. Dead mother, drunk father & stepmother who are better left missing, and a whole horde of siblings to take care of - Tommy has learned to accept his life for what it is. And then there's that copper, Bobby, who just can't seem to stay away.
When I first read the blurb, I was reminded of the US television show Shameless. Just replace Fiona with Tommy, and you've got pretty much a similar setup. Which wasn't a bad thing, since I'm a fan o ...more
Warning: I have serious love for this book so there will probably be much gushing throughout.
I loved everything about this book. The story, the characters, the love, the connections, the patch-work family, the redemption, just everything. I connected with the story of a boy stepping in to raise his siblings in the face of dysfunctional parents that spend all their money on their next fix while the kids go hungry. This book so closely resembled my childhood that I devoured it while feeling ...more
I’ll keep us together, or I’ll die trying.
The Last Think He Needs is a heartbreaking story and heartwarming story at times about life and family, love and sacrifice.
Since he was just a kid, Tommy O’Shea didn't had an easy life, forced to grow up and take care of himself and of his seven siblings. With an alcoholic and drug addict as a father and a drug alcoholic, drug addict prostitute as a step-mother he had to do anything to survive and provide for his family – stealing, prostitu ...more
I should give 5 stars, because the writing is absolutely flawless and the characters are perfectly flawed... well Tommy. Bobby is more of a good boy. When they have a problem with each other, they talk about it and not go "oh, I'm not gonna tell you what bothers me, just so our story could ...more
Tommy is 22 and has 7 little brothers and sisters. He has two drug addicted parents who are almost never home, so he is left to take care of everyone. His 17 year old sister helps him the most. Especially because the younges ...more
I’m not quite sure what I expected when reading this book. But, I’m certain I was pleasantly surprised.
Stories about kids w/ deadbeat parents, who have to do whatever they can to keep their siblings/family together, who scrape just to survive and do it all over again day after day…they HURT.
I watch this show on tv, “Shameless“. It’s a bit of a dark comedy, very dark. But what gets me is this group of kids, dysfunctional and messed-up, in survival mode – the only lifestyle they know is using mean ...more
This writer has a gift, no doubt about that... not only has a writing style that I like, as she has a way of telling a story that eases the reading, even when is a angsty one, like this book.
The Last Thing He Needs is the tale of Tommy and Bobby.
Tommy has a full life... he has to take care of his seven siblings, he has to work in order to provide them the basics... so the last thing he needs is a boyfriend. That is what goes on in hi ...more
I loved EVERYTHING about this book. The only thing that would have made it better is if it had made me cry (I know, I'm a giant weirdo, but there was so much angst in this book that a few tears woulda been cathartic).
This one's going on my VERY exclusive "favourites" shelf. Read it. Read it now.
It often seems that those who have very little have a hard time accepting help from others. Tommy and his family never asked for help, yet Bobby came along and was always willing to lend a hand. This was a ha ...more
The Last Thing He Needs is a beautiful and deep story that will pull on your heart strings.
Tommy O'Shea has stresses that no twenty-two year old should be experiencing. With his father and step-mother always gone to catch their next high, he acts as guardian to his siblings. All seven of them. With ages ranging from 1 year old twins to seventeen, Tommy has his hands full. He is pulled about as taught as he go. It's a miracle they have survived this long. The money he makes ...more
A Pacific Northwest native, she loves the outdoors in every season wheth ...more