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.
Life is not always fair. How does it go?? “Many people don’t deserve what they get and many people don’t get what they deserve.” Yeah, that is the golden rule wrapped around this story.
Tommy is the eldest of eight children. His parents are junkies. His mom died in his early teens and his father has walked the line of ‘almost dead’ ever since. Tommy is raising his siblings alone. He does whatever he has to do. He has a short list of goals and though they are simplistic they are nearly impossible. How can he fight the natural current of his siblings life course by himself? You can only walk against the tide for so long until you stumble or fall into a sinkhole. Tommy finally falls and he’s not sure he can get up, at least without a helping hand. Question is, will he take it?
Bobby slips past Tommy’s defenses. He is persistent, patient and full of love. To Tommy’s shock and horror, he becomes a link in their circle. No one has ever broken inside his fiercely guarded walls. That is, until Bobby. Bobby is a rookie cop and Tommy is forced to break the law on a regular basis. They simply can’t be anything, let alone a couple. It just can’t work. Can it?
I was enamored by Tommy’s unconditional love for his ‘kids’. I was smitten with Bobby’s slippery skills into Tom’s heart. Can I just tell you how sweet it was that Bobby called Tommy, Tom? I fell in love with all of the children. Bobby’s mom swoops in and sprinkles the pages with love. Hugs, cookies and love are magical cures and Judy has more than enough for everyone. The O’Shea children are due for lots of luck and good fortune. Life’s obstacles are determined to stop them, up until now their luck has always run out.
Is it all angst? Nope. It was sweet and tender with the most heart touching moments to soothe your bruised heart. I love imperfect love stories and this one takes the cake. Even if avocados are slipped inside, it was the best damn cake ever.
This wasn’t my first book by J.H. but it was a quick reminder of how much I enjoy her writing. I also appreciated the balance. The beginning is full of angst and the end is full of fluff. If my heart is going to be twisted in knots I am always grateful when the author eases my pain and kisses it better before the final page. I love angst when it’s portioned well.
Two men fall in love despite the impossibility of their situation. They overcome…it. Trust must be earned. Love must be recognized. Sharing the burden must be accepted. It’s breathtaking to witness. I’m a sucker for a man in blue and Bobby quickly stole my heart. However, Tommy was equally endearing. Except for a damaged father and a sorry excuse of a mother/stepmother, I loved all of the crew. Ohhh, and the extra’s made me SO happy. Be sure to check them out. I absolutely adored the Christmas bonus and side-story including Ben and Gavin. I am holding my breath for MORE!
Drug abuse and child abandonment as a result of drug addictions. Meth is evil and all-consuming. It ruins the life of the addict and 99% of the time, all of their family. That one percent can be a beautiful thing. Tommy is going to hold onto that single percent with everything he has. Don’t let go Tom!
Everyone that believes in hope. It can be terrifying to allow such a powerful word into your vocabulary. But I believe the best things in life are also the scariest. It takes courage to hope. Life may not be fair but it is precious and should be lived to the fullest. As I imagine Judy would say, dream big and never stop.