Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Release Day Review: Misdemeanor (Responsible Adult #1) by C F White

misdemeanorTitle ~ Misdemeanor (Responsible Adult #1)

Author ~ C F White

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 4th July 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Life isn’t always responsible

After his mother tragically dies and his deadbeat father goes off the rails, nineteen-year-old Micky is left to care for his disabled little brother, Flynn.

Juggling college, a dead-end job and Flynn’s special needs means Micky has to put his bad-boy past behind him and be the responsible adult to keep his brother out of care. He doesn’t have time for anything else in his life.

Until he meets Dan…


Jane’s Review

I loved this book. Micky is a nineteen year old bad boy trying to be good for the sake of his younger brother Flynn. Their mum has died and their dad is an alcoholic deadbeat that Micky has kicked out. He is trying to leave his old life behind and parent Flynn. I do love a bad boy trying to be good and that's what we get here in bucket loads with Micky. He is a complicated character, a walking contradiction. At once rough and ready with a long rap sheet, yet a doting brother, working hard at trying to move on from his past and he's an English student too. He has a crowd of friends that are bordering on criminal. They all believe that Micky is straight and still into all of their old shenanigans like going out drinking and pulling, maybe a bit of stealing, but they are a loyal lot.

Flynn is the most adorable little boy. I fell in love with him immediately. He is eight years old and has a rare chromosomal disorder called Williams Syndrome. He has learning disabilities, meaning he thinks and acts more like a five year old. He is overly social with people, has no awareness of stranger danger and he also suffers with heart defects and other medical issues. Micky knows that with his prior history of criminal offences that getting custody of Flynn as his guardian will be almost impossible. So even though he takes care of him and gets him to school etc. He is always aware at the back of his mind that Flynn could be taken away so he tries desperately to cover up the fact that his dad is no longer living with them.

At his new job at the local supermarket he makes a connection with his new boss Dan, he discloses his past misdemeanours and Dan sees past that. He is sweet and has an English degree and wants to be a teacher but has drifted into being the manager of a section in the supermarket. Their relationship blossoms in fits and starts behind closed doors and I loved how Dan brought out Micky’s softer side. Dan is very supportive of Micky and Flynn but Micky believes he's not good enough for someone like Dan. He's also worried about his friends finding out.

The British tone and flavour of this book is spot on. I love the way Micky spoke and the writing is superb. I was totally sucked in, just couldn't put it down, this was right up my street. The  secondary cast of characters like Micky's best friend Jason and Dougie from work add so much too. It was like watching my favourite soap, voyeuristically viewing the minutiae of people’s lives in a small town.

The only slightly disappointing drawback for me was the ending, it was so abrupt I got whiplash. It finished partway through a scene and though I get it was to make it a cliffhanger, I was just left trying to turn the page to finish the scene first. Otherwise this is a glorious book and I cannot wait to read the next one. An absolute winner for me.

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Meet C F White 

Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.

Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.

She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.

Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after she’d written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride...



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