…we're keeping our name but expanding our offerings!
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.
If you’re a lover of all things angst, have I got a book for you! The Last Thing He Needs is high drama from the start.
At a time when he should be living the high life and enjoying his 20s, MC Tommy is struggling to rise above a really awful, stressful situation wherein he’s the primary caregiver for his seven (7!) younger siblings. Tommy’s parents are junkies and are mostly checked out of their lives. The family is fighting to stay off of the radar of the police and family services while trying desperately to stay clothed, put food on the table and avoid committing too many petty crimes.
Whew. It’s enough to make anybody want to throw in the towel, but Tommy’s hanging in there. He’s got a seriously hard time trusting others, though, and forget him asking for help from anybody, like, ever. Pride is the bitterest pill, right?
MC Bobby knew Tommy back in high school. He’s a cop now, and he’s run across Tommy’s family more than once, whether dealing with Tommy’s deadbeat parents or trying to keep the younger kids out of trouble. Bobby starts coming around more than is wanted OR needed, but it turns out that’d because he’s interested in Tommy.
This was my second book by J.H. Knight, and I must say, I really like the way she crafts a story. The characters—from main to supporting—are fully developed, thoughtful and interesting. They might feel gritty, but that makes them real in my mind, genuine.
I liked the chemistry between the Tommy and Bobby. The push and pull of their relationship was frustrating, and I wanted Tommy to stop being so stinking stubborn and harsh. It bugged me when it felt like he was being gratuitously mean to his parents, and I cringed when he used colorful language around the kiddies, but like I said, gritty and real. At the end of the day, it worked.
I mentioned the angst? There are two particularly big events that send the angst-o-meter straight through the roof, but I liked how those things were woven into the plot.
All in all, The Last Thing He Needs was a solid story. I confess I had to constantly remind myself who was what with regard to the MCs. The names Bobby and Tommy…mercy. I’ll admit I struggle with this issue from time to time, and obviously it only ever happens with m/m because I’m reading about guys, but the y-ending names did a number on me. Combine that with the secondary characters called Collin and Colleen, and well…my poor, tired, old brain nearly collapsed. ;)
Hey, before we part, let’s stare at the cover for The Last Thing He Needs. It’s pretty, right? Plus it complements the story really nicely. I love when that happens. <3