Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.
A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.
Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.
Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.
I loved this book. The emotion and story telling are amazing. I couldn’t put it down and read it straight through. Dixon works so hard to be more than and burden and struggles with depression. Audie does everything he can to help but not do it for him. They match so well together and they go through so much and deal with family and all kinds of obstacles to get their happy ending. I love how everyone came together in the epilogue but you could tell it took time to get there. Dixon and Audie’s kids were adorable and rolled with things so well while still keeping their personality. Dixon’s brother Daniel was a character I want to see more of. Maybe his own story?
“You stay right here, young lady.”
“I will. No running until he stops.” She came to stand next to him, patting his leg. “I know cars are scary, Daddy.”
“Yes, well, I want you to remember.”
God, he was getting in a car with a stranger, going somewhere he couldn’t see.
Gravel and grass crunched when the truck pulled up next to the house. The door opened and closed, and he heard Audie’s voice. “Hey, y’all. You all set to go?”
“Yeah. Is there room for my guitar? I thought I’d bring it for something to do….”
“You got it. I can put it in the toolbox, if that’s okay. It’s empty and clean, as I helped Sara and Gracie move. I’ll have a care.”
“Thank you. Thanks for the ride too. I just… you know. It’s awkward.”
“I hear you.” Audie laughed, gently tugging away the guitar. “When Grainger was three, I broke my leg in a fissure out in the pasture. I was laid up for weeks, and it was a weird thing, depending on folks. Hi, Randi. Sara would have come, but Grainger wanted to go for a ride.”
“It’s not like him to pick on someone who’s having a hard time.”
“Of course it’s not. Randi’s the one that’s the vicious little bitch, right?”
Damn, Mr. Snooty could snap.
“What? She’s had a shit life for the last year. She lost one of her dads, she had to leave Austin and her friends and her school, and suddenly she’s the fucking bad guy?”
“Hey, I never said my boy was perfect,” Audie said, snarling a little himself. “He’s managed to get to six without trying to kill anyone, though, so this is new. Back off.”
“Enough. No one is saying either of these children are bad. Randi has a huge number of hurdles to overcome, and Grainger is a shy little boy with a tendency to follow the crowd. Neither of these children have mothers at home, and I was hoping we could brainstorm some ways to help Randi feel included with the others.”
This was ridiculous. It wasn’t his fucking job to make sure this asshole’s little brat felt like she didn’t need to punch his son anymore.
“That’s her teacher’s job, Shannon.” Audie was through with this shit. “I’ll tell my boy to stay away from her. Can we go now?”
“Yes. Yes, of course. Mr. White….”
“I’ll talk to her. If it happens again, I’ll… shit, I don’t know what I’ll do. I’ll make it up as I go along.” The guy stood, and his mom handed him a cane. A white cane.
Oh, Jesus fucking Christ. Seriously? Seriously, Grainger picked the kid with a blind dad and a dead….
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has headed to the high desert mountains. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.
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