Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Now, usually I shy away from books dealing with children. I don’t children in RL and I don’t like children in my books, especially not in my M/M books. But I do have a thing for the “older brother raises younger siblings” trope and the blurb sounded promising, so I decided to give this a shot. And I’m glad I did.
Tommy is a really good guy. He’s a little too proud and maybe he also swears a little too much, but he’d do everything for his younger siblings. I liked him from the start.
Bobby was a great character as well. He didn’t take crap from Tommy and didn’t let Tommy use his crappy life as an excuse to push him away. I really liked that about him.
The kids, especially Tommy’s oldest sister, made for interesting minor characters. Every one of them had a unique personality.
The angst level is surprisingly low. There aren’t all that many scenes that directly involve Tommy’s parents. Most of the story revolved around Tommy struggling to balance his relationship with Bobby and his fierce independence. I’d expected this to be way darker than it actually was, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The story was easy to follow and very addicting. I found it very hard to put down this book.
At times, I did find it a little cheesy, though. Especially the ending seemed a bit over the top to me. I’m glad they all got their HEA, but it was just a tad too much.
Overall, this was a quick, fun read. Surprisingly low on the angst-level, but not too much fluff for the most part. At times a little cheesy and the ending was a tad too happy, but still, this was a very enjoyable story.
The cover by AngstyG shows Tommy and Bobby. Bobby looks rather like he’s in full-on cop-mode and somehow I get the feeling that Tommy looks kind of guilty. I like it.
ebook, 220 pages
Published July 28th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 27th 2014)
Original TitleThe Last Thing He Needs
ISBN 1627988602 (ISBN13: 9781627988605)
SeriesThe Last Thing He Needs #1
CharactersTommy O’Shea, Bobby McAlister