Tommy O'Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug-abusing father and stepmother. Since he was 15 years old, he's managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy, and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.
Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn't belong in Tommy's harsh world, but Tommy can't push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy's life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.
Tommy isn't used to trusting outsiders, and he's never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O'Shea family and threatens everything he's fought for, he'll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.
©2014 J. H. Knight (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
This book is like the anti-Eight is Enough TV show. It is the story of Tommy, the oldest of eight kids who has been given some really crappy parents and has done his best to take care of his seven brothers and sisters since he was 15. This responsibility has left him distrustful and overly controlling about every aspect of his life. Then Bobby, a local cop, steps in and challenges his view of himself. The narrator did a great job in bringing this story to life. The only negative is he doesn't have a lot of diversity in his voices, but somehow it didn't matter. The story is a slow burn to their HEA. It drags a little in the middle until the "event" that changes everything. Overall worth a credit..
Infuriating, moving, inspirational
I really love the way Tommy took care of his family no matter what and the way Bobby stepped in to help.
Michael is a wonderful narrator and I have many books in my Audible library narrated by him. He seems to get better with each one.
Tommy. He deserves to be treated and taken care of for a change.
So far as I can tell, there are only two books available by J. H. Knight and I have loved both of them. I hope that there are more coming.
This book was so amazing. The true hero of the story is Tommy...he's stuck, and at only 22 years old, the fact that he's so mired down in his situation is heartbreaking. He has 7 younger brothers and sisters that he's trying to keep together. They range from his sister who's in high school to the twin babies and every age in between. They have parents who are mostly absent, but when they do show up, it's only for money for their next high. Things are worse, more dangerous, when their parents are around and that's just as heartbreaking as anything else.
As a result, Tommy has taken on that role and has been doing it for 7 years. He keeps the kids safe, fed, dressed, and housed. Sometimes that requires him to do some not so savory things because 8 mouths are no minor thing. So when Bobby starts hanging around, Tommy isn't thrilled no matter how much he likes the guy. Bobby is a cop and Tommy learned early that a cop being mixed up in their situation tends to mean that the kids are just that much closer to being split apart into various, dangerous foster homes. Not acceptable.
As a mom, my heart breaks for Tommy. Hell, as a human, my heart breaks for Tommy. He's in such a no-win situation full of stress and responsibilities. He's only 22 and is as worn down as a 40 yo under the pressure of it all. He has one priority...his kids...and they are his kids in every sense except the biological. He's their father.
But I love Bobby, too, because he sees below the surface of what is happening in this family and steps right in to help Tommy with the never-ending chaos. I love that Bobby just shoves his way in. Tommy is too stubborn to ask or even accept help, but Bobby doesn't let that stop him from giving it anyway.
The story is sweet and heartwarming and heartbreaking. It's made even more heartbreaking because I know this is a reality for so many kids out there and it's just not right. But to see Tommy and his brood get to a better place made this read amazing.
And I say read, but it was actually an audiobook. This is the first time I've heard an audio done by Michael Stellman and I thought he did an incredible job. There is a big cast of characters and a lot of them are young kids...he did amazing with those and had a huge range of voices that made reading this an amazing experience. I highly recommend both the book and the audio version of it.
I loved this one! It was everything I had been wanting in a book for a long time.
Big Brother Tommy O'Shea was struggling raising 7 brothers and sisters while his dad and stepmom were off on a drug binge. Tommy worked 2-3 jobs and had been holding the family together since he was 15, trying to keep them outside the purview of Child Protective Services.
When rookie detective Bobby McAlister came to check out a call relating to a neighborhood disturbance, Tommy resolved to keep Bobby at arms length to avoid getting the "cops" involved in their crazy lives. But Bobby wasn't to be waylaid. He figured out about Tommy and his siblings, so Bobby would come and check up on them. Slowly, a friendship gave way to a romance. Trust was a whole other issue because Tommy had been burned and couldn't afford to lean on anyone else. Bobby decided to show Tommy and family that he could be a person they could depend on.
The story had family, loyalty, abuse, surviving, love and little kids. It was well written, entertaining and just so enjoyable. I loved both Tommy and Bobby separately and together. They were good men and were trying to do good in their lives. I loved Bobby's mom, and Tommy's siblings. I was so engaged in Tommy trying to keep everything together, that the romance wasn't the most important thing anymore. It's so nice to see kind and honorable people people. Bobby and his mom are so thoughtful and just what the kids needed.
I highly recommend this audiobook if you enjoy a complex story with a happy ending.
Great story and wonderful narration. I will be listening to this again and definitely worth the credit. M/M romance with a happily ever after ending. There wasn't anything I would of wanted to change in this story from beginning to end. I hope Collen gets her own story.
I have to admit I love a good romance novel. This was a step beyond. It doesn't rely on overly long or highly defined sex, but on the story line itself. The characters are written in such a way that you can sympathize with their plight and share their victories. They are not stereotypes. The characters are gritty yet charming. They are people whom most of us have met in one way or another. Definitely a book to listen to more then one time. I'm hoping for a book two to further follow the saga.
Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.
I was in the mood for some heart warming and this book delivered. It's told in third person, which is my least favorite, but it was done well and didn't distract me too much.
It is the story of a young man raising his 7 brothers and sisters in spite of his parents that are druggies and have all but abandoned their family. Enter "Copper" and suddenly there is a unique dynamic with a family that falls just underneath legal limits with what they do to survive and a police officer with a heart of gold that wants to not only help but be their something more.
This was a ridiculously sweet love story, family drama, American tale and a sexy read. I really didn't want it to end, I grew so attached to all the characters.
The narrator was pretty good. Not my favorite but definitely a great performance.
I was blown away by this story.
It was so well written and read. Yet the biggest thing for me was how much it captivated my heart. The emotional ups and large amounts of downs kept me hanging on every last word. Tommy is like no other character and I fell in love with him and his family of seven brothers and sisters. I loved Bobby's loving and caring nature. His strong determination to hold on tight to Tommy and the kids no matter what circumstances arose. Bobby's mother was probably the best thing to happen to Tommys kids and Tommy. The love between Tommy and Bobby was beautiful and hard at times, which made it all feel so real.
I would have loved to know a bit more about Colleen in the epilogue.
This story made me cry both sad tears and Happy tears (especially the end).
This is not just the love story of Bobby and Tommy but a real life struggle that unfortunately is all to true.
I recommend this read or audio book 100 times over.
A MUST READ...just grad the tissue.
Thank you J.H. Knight for this wonderful read and Michael Stellman for the wonderful job of narration.
The story is one of the most fantastic stories I've ever listened too/read, and Michael Stellmans preformance here is amazing.
Tommy as he is the main charecter in the story. Every thing that happens touches him.
An amazing voice, both for reading the book and doing the voices for the diffrent chareters in the story.
He doesn`t know what he needs.
Great story, amazing charecters and a voice here to die for.
I love this story mostly because of the respect and love u feel for the MC Who is the oldest brother of a hole bunch of kids and takes Care of the against all odds. The life i shitty and hard and the only thing u hope for is for someone to make his life just a little bit better. And of cause in steps Bobby, Who is also a very lovable character with a Big heart and smart enough to see the man beneath all the hate and despair and has the tenacity to hold On to his man even when he does not get credit for his action. I Think of this story as a story of Two strong men finding eachother and fighting for themselves and the People they love - and since it is a happy ever after story, achieving it. Its a story of hope. Love the narrators voice for Tommy - pained, a little bit broken and a lot of strengh in one - good job!
Definitely. A really good story with some very believable characters
Bobby and Tommy's developing friendship.
I've listened to a couple of them, and for me, this is his best yet.
Initially, no as it was a little slow to start, but after the first few chapters I was hooked
This is the first audiobook I've listened to by this author. I shall certainly be looking for more. Highly recommended
A really nice story dealing with a life of poverty, overcoming parental abuse and overall a nice love story. A reasonable attempt made to develop the characters and the story wasn't entirely obvious in all areas, so was fairly engaging. In this genre you always have several obstacles put in the way of the love affair and the issue of trust and making time were dealt with well. The final end obstacle was a bit incongruous with the character but this can be overlooked.
"Against the odds"
A completely unlikely love story between a cop and another guy always on the verge of getting on the wrong side of the law as he cares for his large family of younger brothers and sisters. The battle of strong wills is overcome by an increasingly stronger attachment and then love is well written. Misses out an element of humour for me until cops mum comes into the picture. That helps to really liven things up. Ice listened to it more than once and always glad I did
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