Title: The Last Thing He Needs
Author: JH Knight
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 07/28/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 03/27/2015
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen 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.
My View – Story:
New author to me and WOW!….Just WOW!
This story is designed right from the start to grab your heart. How can you not fall for a guy who has effectively given up his own life in order to ensure his siblings live, all seven of them! He is mother, father, carer, teacher and friend.
Tommy was born into a less than stellar family. His mother is a dead addict and his father and step mother will do anything for their next fix. Their children aren’t even on their radar so from a far too young age Tommy stepped in to keep his family together. He works endless hours to ensure there is a roof over their head, the bills are paid and there is food on the table. Life is hard and often cruel but this little band of siblings love each other and care for one another.
There is no room in Tommy’s life for anyone else so when Bobby, a rookie cop, barges in larger than life Tommy is left feeling flummoxed. They build a friendship of sorts over the next few months and Bobby sneaks into the hearts of O’Shea brood. His easy going nature with the kids is both calming and frustrating for Tommy who sees the children as his and they are not something he requires any help with.
Although they fall both into bed and into a routine Tommy is always waiting for Bobby to decide they are too much trouble and walk away. Nobody has even been there when Tommy needed them so why should now be any different?
This story is angst central as you watch Tommy try to guide his young charges through life with little money and no support. The biggest support he could ever yearn for is sat in the background, slowly ingratiating himself into their lives but it will take a tragedy and a whole lot of soul searching for Tommy to see what is in front of him.
My View – Narration:
Michael Stellman did a stellar job with the narration. It was easy to listen to, flowed smoothly and was a pleasure to listen to.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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