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This was not an easy story to read. It takes place in Canada and tells a Prologue story of some horrendous events in the life of a sister and a brother only a few years older. They were Cree, some of the native people of Canada. Determined to overcome their torrid life. A brother's promise made it possible for his sister to also escape, but what Archie needed to do to make it happen changed his life forever.
Archer became the man he needed to be in order to survive, be successful, and never end up like his reservation relatives. But in the process he had to turn himself into someone he barely recognized. Though he never forgot the hardships, drinking, drugs, abuse, neglect and feelings of helplessness & hopelessness.
They were the demons that drove Archer to be someone famous, infamous, hated, admired for his bold tell it like it is: articles interviews, blogs, and a book. Archer became as hard and as tough on the outside, as he had to be on the inside. He was determined not to get addicted to anything, but he wasn't as successful as he thought. He was driven and his release was anonymous men, as often as possible.
Growing up like he did he never believed in a regular life of partnership / marriage, a house, or children. Archer didn't believe in monogamy and none of the other stuff for as it related to gay men it was something the "breeders" made into the norm. Still his sister loved the Archie who had protected her, educated her, and gave her the chance for that life he despised as selling out if you weren't straight.
They were such opposites. Ryan believed in everything Archer hated and now Archer was saddled with two kids he didn't feel qualified or worthy to raise. And at the worst time, just as his career was really taking off in a multitude of directions. Ryan was determined not to let Uncle Archie just dropped the kids off with him, but Arch had other plans. And the young orphaned brother and sister awoke too many dark memories. Despite himself the teacher made Archer commit to stay until September, then he could do whatever he decided.
Neither anticipated what was down the road. This is an angst filled, poignant, heartbreaker. Tears, smiles, anger, rage, denial, and finally acceptance. Nearly 4,000 locations gives the reader a thorough gambit of emotions before the end. I can't recommend this story more highly to people who enjoy reading about Uncles getting custody of nieces and /or nephews and the man that always needs to help him this book is definitely for you.
I also loved that Archer was Cree. I used to read primarily historical romances and I always loved books about Indians. I was fascinated by their culture and traditions. Of course, those books were highly romanticized. Reading this book and the author's note brings the harsh reality and jarring statistics to light.
Archer is one of those individuals who seems to believe no one else is correct in what he believes. I can respect a man who is willing to stand on his ideals. Ryan is the man who changes those ideals, along with the adorable kids Archer is now in charge of, but wants to pawn off so he can go back to thinking in one direction and not seeing others. Their interactions are like a really crappy dance that ends in an almost train wreck, but manages to arrive safely, and conveniently on time at the platform. I don't always like when a person completely changes his or her way of thinking, but in this case I can easily see how what happened could occur in real life and not just the fantasy world of the author who wrote the words. Archer had an awakening while attempting to learn about raising children. It wasn't something that changed his personality, but it changed his heart, almost like adding dimension to his one-dimensional self. Ryan and the kids were the perfect catalysts to help him, much like The Grinch.
This is not a book for lovers of great quantities of explicit sex, more sex, and most sex. I guess it's more for lovers of smart and believable romance.