Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Last Thing He Needs
Author: J.H. Knight
Heroes: Tommy O’Shea/Bobby McAlister
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 28, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Bobby and Tommy worked harder for this happily-ever-after than any other couple that I’ve read about in forever. Really; it was like going into battle on each page and not knowing if one (or neither) of them would survive. It’s harsh, sad, sweet, romantic, sad, depressing, and honestly one of the most incredible stories to land on my Nook.
Tommy is the oldest sibling in a family of seven kids with deadbeat parents. Not just deadbeat, but non-existent, useless, self-centered, and alcoholic and drug addicted parents. How they weren’t in jail, and still had legal custody of children they took no part in supporting or parenting, is shocking. Tommy and Colleen, the oldest sister, worked themselves to the bone taking care of the little ones. Tommy was the best “dad” to his family, but he was just a kid himself and that just completely broke my heart.
Tommy is also the last person to ask for, or accept, any help. You would think he would be all over anyone offering assistance but he just turns into a nasty little thing…as Bobby finds out for himself. Bobby is a local cop who can’t help but want to be of some sort of assistance to this struggling family. And having a crush on Tommy makes staying away even harder. Bobby takes a lot of verbal abuse from Tommy, and a lesser man would have said it wasn’t worth the effort, but Bobby is a saint…and ended up being the best thing that ever happened to Tommy and his siblings.
Normally, I steer clear of books with kids. They give me hives, and in general, takes away from the relationship between the main characters. Surprisingly, they didn’t bother me here. They were what made this an incredibly sad, but hopeful story. One of perseverance and optimism; a story where you can’t imagine the happy ending but you know it’s coming. This was that kind of story and one that I highly recommend to everyone…as long as you can look past the useless, addict parents.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*