Author: Chris Scully
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/08/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
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.
Until September hit me right in the feels. Much more so that I anticipated it would. This story was rich and so well rounded. There wasn’t a time I wasn’t connected with these characters. I was fully engaged in their lives and I fully understood their grief, insecurities, love, and devotion.
Archer and Ryan pulled me in right from the start. Archer’s childhood was ugly and heart breaking. His adulthood was controversial and ugly in its own way. The author did a great job keeping me glued to the pages of this story to see Archer’s transformation. To see how or even if Archer would heal from his past because it was very obvious that it still ruled his life and colored his opinions of himself and life in general. It was interesting to see the author transform Archer from asshole into a likable character because the reader could see past his outwardly assholish appearance into the insecure and uncertain man beneath and then back to asshole and so forth. My personal feelings towards Archer changed a few times from anger to sympathy and back again.
I needed to see how this would end because Ryan and those kids deserved more than Archer Noble the asshole. Archie deserved more than Archer Noble the asshole. I needed to see Archer heal and learn to love himself.
Ryan was such a great character in that he was Archer’s opposite. But he was also Archer’s perfect match. He was not passive or submissive. He had his own baggage but always put others first. He was so loving and loyal and I wanted nothing more than for Archer to grow so that Ryan could be happy.
I think this novel showed how complicated life can be. Ryan and Archer’s journey was not easy. It was full of ups and down. It was happy, it was sad, it was angry, it was tender. It was full of confusion and self doubt. It was real life at its worst and at its best. It was love and it was hate. It was compromise and sharing. The emotions were so evident and always on the surface. I loved this story and will read it again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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