Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Release Day Review: Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2) by C F White

responsible adultTitle ~ Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2)

Author ~ C F White

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 5th September 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Love isn't always responsible.

After Micky O’Neill is remanded in custody for breaching his court order, his already tempestuous relationship with Dan Peters is tested to the limits.

Having to battle their way through a court case that could end with Micky in jail, social workers breaking up the family home and the return of Micky’s deadbeat father, it seems everything is set to destroy their relationship before it even has the chance to start.

With such high stakes involved, not just for Micky but for once-burned, twice-shy Dan, they both have to learn that falling in love isn’t always responsible.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of physical altercations; references to suicide of a parent; references to spousal abuse; references to parental violence to child and parental neglect; abandonment; estrangement.

Publisher's Note: This book is the second in the Responsible Adult serial and is best read in order, following Misdemeanor.

 

Jane’s Review

This picks up where we were left in Misdemeanor on that whiplash cliffhanger. Micky has now been arrested for breaching his court order and Dan has taken Flynn to his parents’ house who take over temporary foster custody of Flynn. Dan has to explain to his parents that he's in a relationship with Micky and that he's in love with him but he's still very unsure of Micky's feelings towards him. That's an ongoing theme throughout the first part of the book. Dan fears that either Micky doesn't feel the same way he does or that he’ll dismiss their relationship altogether as Micky declares he wants to move away from the area. This is combined with Micky fearing he may be sent to prison and worrying about Flynn. Micky is still worrying about his old and new life colliding, he still suffers with panic attacks and lingering feelings of worthlessness. He's not used to people caring about him and helping him out. Dan’s parents are so good to Micky and Flynn and I felt so glad that they were in their corner. The feelings and emotions in the run up to the court date and the way Micky speaks in court is perfectly captured. I love the way Dan sees Micky and all that he still struggles with, but that he's really trying to be a reformed character and move on from his previous life of petty crimes. It's apparent throughout this book that Micky is turning his life around and he's more responsible and Dan helps him keep on the right track.

I love that there is still a down to earth, grittiness to Micky and his language and the way he speaks still resonates with me. The scene in the supermarket where Micky makes it clear he and Dan are together just had me melting. Flynn as always is just adorable and I love him. Dan finally gets a bit more of what he deserves after quitting the supermarket and it's great to see things move forward for Dan as he so deserves it, he loves Flynn and Micky so much. I adored seeing Micky and Dan’s relationship deepen and strengthen, they're also really hot together. We see more of the secondary characters from the first book. Micky's good for nothing Dad makes a couple of appearances and you despise him even more than in the first book if that's possible as we can see more of the effect he's had on Micky's life and the havoc he's still wreaking. Jason, Micky's best friend is also making changes in his life, he's still blunt and a bit brash,  but is a loyal, loveable sort and always has Micky's back.

We leave Micky, Dan and Flynn moving house, back to a village in Wales where Micky and Flynn’s mum came from. Micky doesn't want Flynn raised in the area where the O’Neill name will always be connected to his old life and his dad. They're off for a fresh start with Dan finally getting a job as a teacher and Micky having aced his exams.

There's a sincerity to the writing that just speaks to me and draws me in. This coupled with original characters and the depth of emotion the author manages to convey, especially showing the intimate and vulnerable side of Micky has me captivated. I just absolutely love Micky, Dan and Flynn, they are a heart melting family and I can't wait for the next instalment to see how they fare in Wales.

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misdemeanorMisdemeanor (Responsible Adult Book #1)

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…

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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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