Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Last Thing He Needs

Author: J. H. Knight
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 9781627988605
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Tommy stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago, around the time he became responsible for his seven younger sisters and brothers.   At twenty-two, he’s just hoping he can keep a roof over everyone’s head and food on the table.  It’d also be great if he could keep his brothers out of jail.  When Bobby walks into their lives, Tommy has no idea how to react.  Hopefully, the young cop will stick around while Tommy tries to figure everything out.

The Last Thing He Needs is the newest release by author J.H. Knight.  This is a story that will grab you from the beginning.  The characters are very well-written and the connection between Bobby and Tommy is strong, although it makes Tommy leery.  Tommy has had a hard life, thanks to the irresponsibility of his parents, yet rather than letting this drive him crazy or running off, he steps in and takes care of his siblings.   As the oldest child in a large family, it was easy for me to understand where Tommy was coming from.  I liked that the author kept this part of the story realistic, rather than making light of what Tommy and his siblings where going through.  Bobby makes a great match for Tommy.  Bobby is a young cop; in fact the young men went to school together and was a secret crush of Tommy’s.   Like Tommy, Bobby is also mature for his age and rather than run from Tommy and his problems, he jumps in with both feet.  I liked Bobby.  His strength is just what the little family needs and soon things start to even out.  Or do they?

With seven siblings to care for the story is full of secondary characters.  The readers won’t be able to help but fall in love with the children, especially two of the younger brothers.  The scene with the cat had me laughing, although I can’t say the same for Tommy.  Then there is Bobby’s mother.  She is just what is needed to make the family whole, and Tommy and his siblings are just what she needs as well.  Of course, you can expect Tommy’s parents to show up a time or two and more than once I wanted to smack them. 

The Last Thing He Needs is not always an easy read as there are some tough moments in the story; however, it is a very well done story and should not be missed.  The author does a wonderful job wrapping the story up and I loved how everyone turned out.  This is definitely a must keep and one I will be reading again.

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