Title: The Last Thing He Needs
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.
Author: J.H. Knight
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Purchased for Self
Published: July 28, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
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“Seems like you’re the exception to most of my rules.”
Rules. Tommy has a lot of rules. He has to. He is the adult keeping his family together. At twenty-two years young Tommy O’Shea is raising the seven younger O’Shea’s. The whole O’Shea pack is a rag tag mix of thieves, swindlers, and a set of twins that probably aren’t even O’Shea’s, but they are Tommy’s and he is doing the best with what little he has to see them raised. The raising is barely happening and his hopes and standards are low in comparison to most peoples but he will see that they get by. What he doesn’t need is the cop that seems to be inserting himself into the O’Shea family.
“Is it cool if I don’t wanna take off”
There are never any illusions as to what Bobby is getting himself into where Tommy is concerned. Bobby is a cop and knows first hand what the O’Shea parents are about. That doesn’t keep him from wanting Tommy and the baggage that he comes with. Bobby is more than happy for the few hours of mostly interrupted time that he gets from Tommy. Bobby loves the kids and enjoys the time that he gets with Tommy and all of his siblings. Bobby’s biggest obstacle to a happily ever after with Tommy is Tommy.
I love the fact that Cal and Cheryl (parents) are so accurately portrayed (in my honest opinion, I do have first hand experience in this) as true addicts. Their actions and behavior while horrid and ugly are spot one. Tommy’s life sucks because of them. Tommy doesn’t’ have a life because of his love and devotion to his younger siblings. Tommy has been burned most by the people who should care the most about him. He has an extremely difficult time letting outsiders into his world and it’s an even more arduous task to trust others. Bobby is simply all over these boundaries.
Everything about The Last Thing He Needs is so heartbreaking. Nothing goes right for Tommy for long. He spends his days waiting for the other shoe to drop. There are times where Bobby is the lone bright spot but you keep turning the pages waiting for that moment when he realizes the organized chaos that is Tommy’s life is just too much. This is an amazing book and I’m looking forward to reading more for this new to me author.