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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

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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..

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We Need More J. H. Knight

If you could sum up The Last Thing He Needs in three words, what would they be?

Infuriating, moving, inspirational

What did you like best about this story?

I really love the way Tommy took care of his family no matter what and the way Bobby stepped in to help.

Have you listened to any of Michael Stellman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you could take any character from The Last Thing He Needs out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Tommy. He deserves to be treated and taken care of for a change.

Any additional comments?

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.

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this book was okay, but I have to admit I got super bored in quite a few chapters, even skipping a few and not missing any important parts of the story

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My Review:
Overall: 4.5
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Story: 4.75

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.

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One of the best books all year

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.

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Some bets are worth the risk!

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.

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Fantasticly broken story about family

Tams eBook review August 2014

At just twenty something years old, Tommy O’Shea is the primary caretaker for his seven younger siblings. His father is a drunk, his stepmonster an addict, so much so that they steal from the own children in order to feed their habits. Tommy and the next oldest Colleen work multiple jobs just to keep food on the table and the lights on. It’s second nature to Tommy to take care of his brother’s and sister’s. He’s determined to keep them together and out of foster care, and he’ll seriously injure anyone that thinks otherwise.

Tommy has known Officer Bobby McAlister since they were kids, and now that they are older, Bobby has become a guardian angel of sorts. He’s kept Tommy out of jail on more than one occasion, and now he’s stepping up and helping Tommy at home with the kids as well. As much as Tommy wants more from the blonde haired young cop, he doesn’t want to expose Bobby to the harsh reality that is his world. And he’s not even certain that Bobby is gay. A chance meeting at a gay bar answers that question, and sets in motion a series of events that will change the O’Shea families lives forever.

Bobby is as determined to be a part of Tommy’s life as Tommy is to run him off. The two fight and argue and say hurtful things in the heat of the moment. But Bobby never gives up on Tommy or the kids. While their arguments made my teeth grate at times, there was a comical madness to them as well that rooted them in reality. The way they loved just as fiercely as they fought painted them as three dimensional characters giving them more depth. And I loved that they could just kiss each other for hours. Every time they kissed, it was like they kissed each other a different way, I liked that variety from the author.

This book was a beautiful tragedy full of emotional ups and downs. My heart broke for Tommy and what he had to go through to try and keep his family together. For those kids who were saddled with the most disgusting and worthless parents, I mean who tries to steal their one year old twins Christmas presents so they can sell them for drugs?! For Bobby and Tommy and the toll it took on them both as a couple and as individuals. But I loved watching their relationship slowly unfold, from friends to lovers to a family. And it all progressed over time, it didn’t happen overnight. Tommy was recklessly determined to spend his life alone, the martyr that gave it all up to raise those kids. Sometimes though, you really can have it all, or at least all that you are meant to have.

Fans of real world stories and my fellow hopeless romantics are going to love this one. Add to that the snarky sense of humor these two guys have and that makes this a must read dramady!

Tams Audiobook review January 2018

It's always a joy to listen to a book I've read and feel like it's a whole new story. This book has always been a favorite for me, I've read it multiple times, and I'll likely listen to the audio more than once as well. Micheal Stellman is young and vibrant and he brings that vibrancy to the stories he reads. His tones and nuances are subtle enough that they flow well within the story, but you always know when it's a different character.

This is a book you want in your library, it will break your heart and then slowly put the pieces back together with duct tape and bailing wire. At the end of the day it may be mixmatched but it's love none the less.

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Well performed and good dialogue

After a depressing start--the misery of Tommy's life is quite overdone--the story follows a more appealing trajectory. It's well written with some clever lines and witty dialogue and there is character development. It would have helped to know more about Bobby and why these two were ever attracted to each other in the first place. The narrator does a fine job throughout, I can't see why anyone would criticize his rendering.

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A beautiful moving story.

This novel will bring you to tear, will make you laugh, will warm your heart. It is a HEA

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Pretty good story and narration

Good story, emotional, with great secondary characters. I loved seeing the guys getting their HEA, Tommy deserved it, after all angst and struggle of raising his brothers and sisters since his parents were druggies. I listened to the audiobook and I enjoyed the narration of Michael Stellman very much.

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  • S. E. Errington
  • 02-14-16

Opposites Attract

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. A really good story with some very believable characters

What did you like best about this story?

Bobby and Tommy's developing friendship.

Have you listened to any of Michael Stellman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a couple of them, and for me, this is his best yet.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Initially, no as it was a little slow to start, but after the first few chapters I was hooked

Any additional comments?

This is the first audiobook I've listened to by this author. I shall certainly be looking for more. Highly recommended

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  • Alexander Sutherland
  • 07-06-15

Engaging story!

What made the experience of listening to The Last Thing He Needs the most enjoyable?

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.

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  • Harry Taylor
  • 05-23-15

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