Title: Summer Son
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Ellis Broad never imagined he would end up a single father before he turned twenty-nine. Then again, most of his expectations for the future evaporated when his husband of three years filed for divorce, leaving Ellis as their six-month-old son Harrison’s only parent. After the divorce Ellis hides, working from home on his small graphic design business so he can be a full-time dad. He succeeds until Zane Hadlin stumbles into his life.
Zane is everything Ellis desires and everything he fears at the same time. A former gang member from the wrong side of the tracks, Zane turned his life around after his older brother was killed in a shooting. Now an artist, Zane shows Ellis a path back into the world and all he’s been missing out on.
The only problem is, Ellis’s ex-husband hasn’t quite gone for good, and his digging into Zane’s past could drag up secrets no one is prepared to deal with.
Summer Son is a very sweet tale of building a lasting family. Ellis wanted a family. He thought he found that family with Oliver. They married and made a child together. And then it all went wrong and Ellis ended up a divorced single parent with no time to even think about finding a new partner to help raise his son. In fact, he isn’t even sure he wants that anymore. Once burned and all that. Well fate has other things in store for him in the form of Zane who challenges everything Ellis ever knew about love and family.
Summer Son had just enough angst to keep things moving along and make the ending more meaningful. The relationship between Zane and Ellis was full of love and many tender moments. The men are so cute with baby Harrison and overall, the characters were well developed. I particularly loved Ellis’ development and understand of the meaning of superficial love versus true and lasting love.
There was very little plot and the movement from beginning to end was a bit slow for my tastes. I also felt like there were some questions left unanswered particularly around the custody battle and Zane’s past. This did not take away from the overall theme of the novel, but it left me wanting more.
Overall, Summer Son is a light and easy read. It is a great presentation of the value of relationship development and growing into true love. If you are looking for a sweet love story with a satisfying HEA, this one is for you.
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