- File Size: 5266 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Publisher: TTC Publishing (August 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0752NRF8M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The things that bothered me were: (1) The name Taylor's mother gave him when she ran. It was too much like his original and worse it was the name of Taylor's horrible father. Duh, go with something totally different. (2) I thought Taylor, at the beginning, was portrayed as a lot younger than his actual 13 years. (3) I was glad that Taylor and Frank got together but it was an uncomfortable transition for me. It didn't seem very real at first and took me a while to accept it considering what their relationship was while Taylor was growing up. (4) The whole thing with the FBI agents "protecting" the characters was not believable. Frank was a police officer and, as such, would have been able to protect himself, especially if the FBI would have bothered to let him know there might be danger. He would also be fierce in protecting Taylor. There is no way the FBI would waste valuable agents. I can understand protecting Taylor, but Taylor's agent was a childhood friend and there was no explanation how the friend (the same age as Taylor) became an agent. Also, I can't see a highly trained FBI agent spending 10 years posing as a housekeeper. (5) This was not a May-December romance, Frank was only 10 years older than Taylor. That's nothing now a days. More like a May-July romance. (6) It was stated at the end of the book that the foster parents had adopted Taylor. Why did they not change his last name to theirs. Also not explained.
This all sounds like I didn't like the book, but that's not true. I guess I'm just being picky. I'm definitely glad I read it.
Frank is one of the officers that are called to a disturbance that turns out to be the murder of Taylor’s parents. The young thirteen year old was saved by hiding in the attic crawl space where Frank and his partner Caleb at the scene found him. With Taylor now being alone in the World and being fostered out, Frank stuck close to the youngster and became a kind of older brother/mentor type person to him. Each summer Taylor and his foster parents along with Frank and his father holiday together. Over the years the bond between the families becomes stronger, especially the bond between Frank and Taylor.
Frank has always been open about his sexuality and when Taylor announces at fifteen that he prefers boys to girls is just another reason for Frank to advise and guide him. Once Taylor grows though into a tall and strapping man of muscle the mutual admiration between Frank and Taylor turns into something so much more.
I liked the premise of this storyline although I would have preferred less of a giveaway in the blurb which seems to tell the whole storyline whereas I like to unravel and be surprised as and when things happen. When the revelation came that there was a mutual attraction and love between the pair they make a decision that changes their whole dynamic as well as that of the family. This was easily accepted and no eyebrow was raised or rebuff made which I found a little surprising. I would have preferred a little angst and for both men to have much more soul searching before the big discussion took place. Everything seemed a little too easily resolved, even the drama of the murder of the past was quickly explained and executed.
I liked how the author did not make Taylor, being the youngest of the pair, to be super submissive as does happen in other age gap romances. However it seemed to go the other way entirely and whereas Frank had previously been all strong and full of leadership he seemed to become less as soon as the romance began. This made me loose connection a bit with the story when Taylor suddenly became this overly dominant person.
Overall though I did enjoy the story and in fact I read it in one sitting. It just needed a little more drama and soul searching in parts and for Frank not to have a personality switch (he also went from a top to a bottom and although this was touched on in the story I wanted them both to be a switch!) I shall look forward to any future story of the other characters if this does continue into a series. Three and a half stars.
There are editing mistakes scattered throughout mostly the second half. Like grammar was edited, but the edit didn't replace the messed up grammar, it just joined it in the sentence. There are also edit corrections that did replace the bad grammar that are still highlighted. It's like the story got edited and then the author got bored with editing, threw their hands up, and said, "Screw it," and left the rest of the edits.
Overall, eh. Not bad, not great, I'd call it a good read, but only because of the first half. If I was reviewing this book just based on the second half, I'd give it one star. So, I'll be nice and say three stars rather than the two that I think might be more fair.