Erryn reviews ‘Reformed (Responsible Adult Book 3)’ by C.F. White. The ebook was published September 30, 2021 and was 327 pages.The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Piers Ryman, released October 29, 2021 and is 8 hrs and 51 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m loving this series.
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. To repair the rift, both have to accept responsibility – for life.
I sometimes wonder how an author can make three full novels about the same couple. With Dan and Micky, I’m not surprised. These two have a bunch of serious stuff going on.
This book finds them living in Wales. Micky’s never lived there, but the lure of being close to his mother’s family holds great appeal. As does getting as far away from his previous life as he can. Especially his deadbeat father. But, in this idyllic and isolated town in Wales, he’s living precariously. Because he’s with Dan, his caregiver funding is about to be revoked. He has no job, no career trajectory, and no real sense of the future. He cares for his brother and adores Dan, but it’s not enough.
Dan is living his dream. He’s working as a teacher, he has the man he loves by his side, and he has Flynn, whom he’s coming to see as his own. When things go sideways, though, he doesn’t know where to turn. His support system is back home and he’s struggling to keep his relationship with Micky going. Add in Flynn’s medical issues and it’s almost too much. I knew the men would stay together in the end, but it was a near thing.
But, it’s a C.F. White romance and she always delivers on the romance. My men got their happily ever after and a cute epilogue to boot. I highly recommend this series. Finally, quick nod to Piers Ryman who did a fantastic job narrating the books. Well done.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
Brought up in the relatively small town in Hertfordshire, I managed to do what most other residents of the town try and fail. Leave.
Going off to study at a West London University, I realised there was a whole city out there just waiting to be discovered, so much like Dick Whittington before, I never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold; slowly coming to the realisation that it is 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 stare at them endlessly whilst holding a polystyrene foam cup of watered down coffee.
Eventually I moved from 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, creating a life, a home, a family.
Having worked in Higher Education for the most proportion of my adult life, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper, having written stories as a child but never having the confidence to show them to the world. Now embarking on this writing malarkey, I cannot stop. So strap in, it’s a bumpy ride from here on in.