As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan's left with an impossible choice: get the family he's always wanted, or respect Margie's wishes and convince Archer to give parenting - and his heritage - a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer's reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children's future is on the line.
©2016 Chris Scully (P)2016 Riptide Publishing
Archer is the anti-monogamy blogger who thinks gay men are trying too hard to be straight guys and deluding themselves that marriage is for them. He also feels gays shouldn’t be parents! He makes good money saying these things, too. When his sister dies, leaving him co-guardian of two small children, his world is about to be rocked.
Ryan is the exact opposite of Archer. All he wants is a house, a husband, and a family. He’s a teacher and only recently out of a relationship where they were fast-tracking marriage but got de-railed because Ryan was pushing too hard, too fast.
So it’s oil and water when Archer and Ryan meet – or gas and flame! Archer is a big jerk and Ryan is pretty judgmental. They agree to disagree for the kid’s sake and to work on teaching Archer what he needs to know to eventually be the sole parent to the kids.
Of course it doesn’t really work out as planned…
I really like Chris Scully’s characters. They are usually very “real” and three- dimensional. In this case, Chris explains all the research that went in to discussing the aboriginals in Canada and their plight and the research shows in the very well-developed characters.
This story, like her others, is a slow-burn romance with not a lot of heat. There is a boat-load of sexual tension and oodles of feels developing, but she doesn’t emphasize the sex as a way for these guys to get close.
There is a lot of deep soul searching and a lovely growth process for both men. The children seem pretty realistic if a little too “easy” and the love that grows between the family is the most beautiful part of this story.
Though the Epilogue doesn’t leave a big window for a sequel- I’d sure love to see these guys after they decided to plant roots together. We spend so much time watching them avoid each other it’d be nice to see them together – at least for awhile.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
4.5 of 5 stars
Michael Pauley did a great job with this – including the inflections to Archer’s voice giving him just enough “other” to suggest an exotic background without a cheesy accent. I think he does best with emotional stories like this. This is a great way to enjoy this lovely story.
5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.75 of 5 stars
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I loved this story when I first read it in ebook format and I loved it again in audio format. The characters were so well crafted and their story was so emotional I again found myself fighting off tears. I loved Archer’s journey of healing and growth and I loved the way this one left me feeling fulfilled and happy. If you have not read or listened to this story, I highly recommend it.
Michael Pauley did a good job reading this story. All the emotions were clear and his voice was strong. However, his reading was just a reading and it was the story structure and the writing itself that had the emotions so evident in this narration.
Very charming story. Sweet but not trite or too schmaltzy! Performance was very good. The intimate segments not corny or overdone.
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When Archer leaves home, he never thought he would be back, especially like this. He is a tough as nails blogger that is against gays getting married and monogamy. mainly because of his upbringing.
Ryan is his polar opposite a stereotypical gay man that wants the marriage, picket fence and kids. He was recently broken up with a few months before his wedding date. One of his best friends and Archer's sister is tragically killed upending both men's lives.
Though the story is set on a tragedy it is a lovely story of opposites attract, a slow building friendship that turns to lovers and an allover sweet romance.
Michael Pauley did a great job narrating with so many characters and especially tow kids. He pulled me into the story and kept me there till the end.
I highly recommend giving this one a listen!
*I received a copy for an honest review*
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