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.
Sometimes, not knowing what to expect is the best way to go.
I didn’t read the blurb for this book. I barely glanced at the cover. I just noticed it on my Kindle and thought “huh, let’s try it!”. If I had read the blurb, if I had taken a closer look at the cover, I might have passed. I’m not a huge fan of books about abuse…my fragile heart tends to shy away from the certain angst. And books with kids have been hit or miss for me.
But oh am I so glad to have read Until September!
Archer is a current day blogger/vlogger/”political” personality who takes a somewhat controversial view on the “gay man’s agenda”. Unbeknownst to most, Archer is a survivor of a horrid, abusive childhood, the only positive being his relationship with his sister. When Archer receives tragic news about his sister, he suddenly finds himself the caretaker of her two children, with the only help coming from their teacher, Ryan.
Archer is a prickly character. He’s angry, bitter, opinionated, closed-off, difficult to love. Ryan is a dream character. He’s kind, supportive, loving, difficult to not love.
In the beginning, I was worried that the author had taken Archer so far in the ‘unloveable’ direction that I’d find his redemption difficult to believe. But Chris Scully did not take the easy way out. And there was a real internal battle on page. I really grew to like Archer and liked him for Ryan and for the (adorable!) kids.
The relationships that develop throughout this story are forged through the pain of loss, but eventually find a real joy in love and living life fully. I loved that about this book. It felt like a triumph by the end!
I was surprised at how emotional I found this book. And not forced emotion…I mean, the grieving was sad. But it was the challenge of moving to find healing that gave my heart and my tearducts a real workout. The two children characters in the book were also adorable. Loved them!
Both Archer and Ryan are surprisingly sexy characters. Opposites attract and opposites of what I normally like attract. The journey to their HEA was not an easy one, but it made sense. The entire book made sense. And I think I sometimes take that for granted. I felt so very satisfied by the end.
The book starts off in the past…and that past for Archie is not easy. I was feeling…uncomfortable and concerned…as I started reading the book. There’s childhood abuse and it was hard to read. But, the book is not about this and doesn’t focus too much on it. It really was just part of introducing Archie to the reader and didn’t overpower the tone of the book.
This book includes: Opposites attract. Sudden caretaker. Grumpy guy turns good. Height difference (ha! This really stuck out to me for some reason). Interesting Native American backdrop. Mild friends to lovers. Some jealousy/slight love triangle. …..and all of these just WORK to make a great story.