Sam reviews ‘The Last Thing He Needs’ by J.H. Knight . Published by Dreamspinner Press on July 27,2014 and is 220 pages long.
This book was provide free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Thomas O’Shea has had a rough life from time he was little. He has crappy parents that cared more about drugs and booze than their children. At a young age he was the one who took care of his siblings. He was in high school when he had to quit and get a job in order to provide for all 7 of them. Tommy has managed to get by even though each day is a constant struggle. Luckily his siblings are great. They know what he has given up and what he would do for them.
Bobby is a police officer. He had went to school with Tom for a few years before Tom dropped out. On several occasions Bobby seems to show up where Tom is. This makes Tom leery since he is a cop. Some of the things Tommy and his siblings have to do to survive isn’t on the up and up. Bobby is persistent, no matter how much Tom tries to push him away the more he stays. Eventually, they both confirm the other is also gay. This is the beginning of a complicated sweet relationship. Bobby wants to help out and Tom doesn’t want charity.
Tommy struggles with his trust issues and tries to change but it’s hard. He finally comes to terms his feeling for Bobby but still holds him at arms length. When the unthinkable happens, Tommy’s worst fear becomes a reality. Can he find the strength to lean on Bobby and ask for help or will he only push Bobby away?
This was such a great book. The author did a great job holding your attention from beginning to end. You can’t help but love all the characters. Well most of them anyway. There are a few I could strangle. Both Bobby and Tommy are such amazing men. They love and protect with all their hearts. It was so saddening to watch what Tommy and the kids go through, but the family bond they have is amazing.
I truly enjoyed The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight. I highly recommend reading it you won’t be disappointed.
10/10 Pots of Gold