Friday, April 27, 2018

Review: Reformed (Responsible Adult #3) by C F White

reformedTitle ~ Reformed

Author ~ C F White

Publisher ~ Pride Publishing

Published ~ 5th December 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





Book three in the Responsible Adult serial!

Someone has to be responsible.

Micky O’Neill and Dan Peters now live in Wales, bringing up Micky’s disabled little brother away from small-minded Heathwood and close to Micky’s deceased mother’s family.

Things are fine…until Dan begins his dream career as an English teacher at the local school and Micky, main caregiver to Flynn, is isolated in a village that only serves to remind him of his mother’s absence.

With Flynn’s health deteriorating and his needs becoming more complex, everything is tested to its limits and Dan seeks solace in a friendship with a fellow teacher, sending Micky into further turmoil.

After an accusation is leveled against Micky and it seems he’s slipping back into his old ways, he and Dan are torn asunder. To repair the rift, both have to accept responsibility—for life.


Jane’s Review

This is the third book in the trilogy, the others being Misdemeanor and Hard Time. It is necessary to read them in order as we follow the journey of bad boy trying to be good, Micky O’Neill and his younger brother Flynn, who has a rare chromosomal disorder called Williams Syndrome, together with Micky’s now live-in boyfriend Dan. We left them in a good place at the end of Hard Time, Micky aced his English exams and Dan has just got a new job as an English teacher and the family were relocating to Wales, to the village where Micky and Flynn’s mum came from.

The grass is not always greener, even in Wales. The start of their new life keeps hitting bumps in the road. Micky struggles to get work and balance that with being Flynn’s carer. Adorable Flynn keeps getting into scrapes with a neighbour’s daughter, his health deteriorates and he has to go to London for an operation on his heart. These weigh heavy on Micky and he carries around such guilt and feelings of never being good enough to parent Flynn or being good enough for Dan. He always believes Dan deserves someone better than him.  It also causes some emotional distance with Dan and leads to arguments. I was always holding my breath throughout this book, hoping and praying that Micky didn't slip back to his bad boy ways. The arrival on their doorstep of Jason, Micky’s best friend from home, having gone AWOL from the army doesn't help things either. There are a few misunderstandings with both men getting some unwanted attention by others and I was really hoping Micky and Dan would communicate better with each other. I really wanted to bang their heads together at times, especially after one incident when Micky tucks tail and runs. However, the love they have always shines through, even through Micky’s gruff, tough exterior. I love the vulnerability he shows and when he lets his guard down, especially with Dan when you can see what Dan sees in him, a beautiful, caring soul, albeit one who is scarred by his past.

The ending was just perfect, even better that I had ever hoped for Micky, Dan and Flynn. The writing in this series was excellent, very British in tone and dialogue. The characters were expertly crafted and really added to the series. This is not an action packed, plot driven trilogy, it's way more character based and I was so pleased with the development of the characters throughout. Micky, especially, has gone on a real journey and developed so much from a young, broken bad boy to a reformed, mature, loving person. A great series, highly recommended.

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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…


hard timeHard Time (Responsible Adult Book #2)

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.



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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