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After witnessing his mother’s death, a once outgoing preschooler is now a quiet shadow of himself. The little boy suffers nightmares and rarely speaks, choosing to use the basic sign language he learned in daycare. Desperate to help his little nephew, Virge Stevens takes a leave of absence from the LAPD to bring Donovan, known as D to Montana for the therapy he needs.
A chance meeting at the library changes Virge and his nephew’s lives forever.
Jared Malone is one of five brothers, right smack damn in the middle. He is the peacemaker and the one who gets s**t done. When his younger brother gets sick, Jared fills in reading to small children at the library. There he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger and his cute little boy. Jared is immediately drawn to Virge but is still dealing with the betrayal of an abusive ex.
As the Malone family welcomes them to the ranch and into their lives, Virge’s instant attraction for Jared grows, but the cowboy is fifteen years younger than him. Will he be rejected?
Both men have secrets. Secrets that could destroy the connection between them. Can they overcome the odds and find happiness together?
Amazing Storytelling, Wonderful Cast!
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Interracial M/M romance, western elements, daddy-figure element. Caucasian male appears to be about 10 years younger. The cover has many things competing for attention and the colors are rather riotous and busy. Although it may catch the eye, the overwhelming information it tries to present at a glance could also work as a deterrent. The synopsis, however, really sounds good and it was that which attracted me to the story and convinced me to give the book, and author, a try.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Third-person.
Almost immediately, I find a soft spot in a commonality between D and my oldest child, who also had a blue teddy bear named Boo Bear. Her Boo Bear is now in a keepsake box and - at 24 yrs old - she still considers it a cherished belonging.
Virge is a LAPD homicide officer as well as an author writing under a pen name. When his sister is killed while out with her son, he is given custody of the boy. Traumatized by witnessing his mother dying, Virge takes a leave of absence to obtain the help of a renown child psychologist in Montana. Jared is the middle of five brothers. He helps in the operation of their working ranch. At a chance meeting at the library, young "D" is drawn to the cowboy in a powerful way. The attraction between the men is no less magnetic.
Toss in a nasty ex, some paparazzi and loving family members and you have a wonderful cast of characters that make a truly enjoyable story.
Author's writing style is incredibly smooth. This story flowed wonderfully. There was just enough conflict to give it some deeper dynamics and the epilogue provided a solid, satisfying conclusion.
I would definitely read more from this author and recommend it to anyone who likes M/M with kids. Super sweet, lovable D will win your heart as much as the lead men will.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.4 ~ Stars: 4
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