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- Print Length: 343 pages
- Publication Date: July 9, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07V6KV6RT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Letting Him Come Home Kindle Edition
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I wish I could give the book five big stars. I can't. As a former proofreader, I found this edition really needs to be cleaned up through another edit. I don't know if the editor and proofreader were rushed (or what) but there are too many glaring punctuation errors. They distract and detract from the story.
That aside, these guys are some of the weakest 'leads' I've ever read about and they deserved each other. Austin seemed have a selfish agenda and came across as in love with the idea of a baby, *not* a family unit, and tbh, the first scene where he comes home and Brendan is leaving, was full of Victorian melodrama. Yes, it was a shock but he managed to keep himself together for the most and give Brendan an ultimatum, but OMG, the falling on the floor, the swooning? No one in that supposed state could be coherent enough to express himself the way Austin did by telling it in first person POV! That made me laugh, sorry, because it required too much suspension of disbelief.
I expected there to be some horrible, terrible reason for Brendon leaving Austin just three months before the arrival of their surrogate baby, but no, he got cold feet, and, he'd allowed himself to be swept away by Austin's plans. Three years later, Brendan leaves his fiance, Eric, the night before their wedding, simply because he's seen Austin and has realised that he's let himself be swept away by Eric's plans. And, some of these thoughts are actually voiced by their friends! If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck...
As a parent, if you love your kids, then their safety and emotional well-being would be your driving force. Austin didn't seem to have any of these qualities the minute Brendan came back into his life, and he morphed into some kind of Mother Theresa with his goody-goody stance about letting Brendan into little Toby's life - it just didn't ring true, and it was far too rushed, and felt like Austin was desperate to get Brendan back into his life, despite his proven character. It was the Austin Show, not what was best for Toby. And later, Toby is playing with Lego, has a choking fit and it takes someone else to ask about what might have happened, and then Austin belatedly clocks that he might have swallowed a piece of Lego?? Really? Where was this guy's parental instincts??
Normally I don't love it when a lead is having sex with another person in a romance that's not a menage, but here, I was hoping that Brendan-blinkered Austin might realise what a decent guy he had in Ian, and that the sex was pretty great, too, but nope, he seemed taken in by the same guy who'd hurt him. He and Brendan deserved each other, and bringing another child into their mess, so soon after they'd 'gotten back together', was, to me, a sign of desperation. Desperation on Austin's part to try to tie Brendan down, because surely he wouldn't leave again, right?, and on Brendan's part, desperation to show that he wouldn't be running away again. The 'Letting' of the title says more than the author realises; this was not an equal relationship, and these guys needed professional help, for their sanity and for the sake of their kids. They were not a HEA couple, the way this tale was written, and I felt like my time had been wasted on this unsatisfying read.
It was everything I hoped it to be.
Now, I LOVE the idea/concept of a second chance romance, but usually the wronged MC ends up forgiving the other who wronged him far too quickly, and that always irks me. It is super unrealistic; however, this one was what I need a true second chance romance to be. Now, I do think Austin forgave Brendan a bit too fast in my opinion, however, Austin's friend Ethan and Brendan's friend Charlie were the voices of reason. Everything I wanted to say they ended up saying, well for the most part. It actually helped a lot with the overall story.
Now, I did not like how Brendan treated Eric, and I felt so much for him during those moments. I do hope this becomes a series because the secondary characters are something else. I will get into that in a minute. Anyway, so the event did not make the best of impressions on me, neither did Brendan blaming Austin for his alcoholism. I really did feel that Bren was quite callous to people he claimed to care about and who deeply loved him. I did want to see more closure between him and Eric but maybe that could be addressed in a sequel *crosses fingers*.
I loved Austin and Toby and they helped me to forgive Brendan as reader because it was apparent that he was ready to grow up and own his own choices. I did think that the epilogue happened a bit too quickly, more so the events that happened. A year later is a bit too soon for what happened plus what soon followed. I did think they could have used another year to really grow together and evolve as a family in a more fluid transition. I do not meant to be so vague I just want to be cautious about spoilers.
Now onto the secondary characters. I REALLY WANT IAN AND CHARLIE TO END UP TOGETHER.
Ethan rubbed me the wrong because he came off super immature at times, and I think he could use some growth there as well, but I still valued a lot of the things he would say. But Charlie and Ian are such good guys. I really really really want them to end up together, ESPECIALLY after that hint. I doubt that is what the author intends but that is what I desperately want to happen. :) I am obsessed with the possibility of it.
I also want Eric's story! So badly. I can hold off on Ethan's for a bit.