Leslie Reilly is a police officer in the small town of Santa Anna Springs. He has a job he loves, a supportive family, and good friends, but he’s lonely. He hasn’t had much luck with romance. And he’s not the only one. Since the death of his wife, Gavin Donovan has been alone—raising his young son Ben and trying to protect Ben from his homophobic grandfather, whose attempts to get custody of the boy are growing more and more desperate. When Leslie and Gavin meet, they know making a life together might not be easy, but they’re willing to do whatever it takes to be a family.
All Leslie wants is to protect Gavin and Ben, but it’s proving harder than he expected as Gavin’s father-in-law’s violence escalates. When Gavin is injured and Ben is kidnapped, Leslie must decide how far he’s willing to go to keep the ones he loves safe.
This was such a sweet story. I adored Gavin and Leslie together. They were so good for each other. Ben just made it that much cuter. At first these two seemed like an unlikely pair but they come together amazingly well. The characters surrounding Gavin and Leslie make up a wonderful cast and you truly get to know them in the story.
Gavin is strong when he meets Leslie but there’s an overwhelming sense of sadness around him. Gavin’s past makes my heart hurt. But the way he puts all of himself into raising Ben is wonderful. Though it is great to see him using his support network to get some time for himself when he starts to date Leslie. You can see his fierce protectiveness encompass Leslie as he slowly falls in love. I enjoyed getting to see how laid back and easy going Gavin is. He’s pretty calm in the face of most things, except when it comes to the well being of his family. But you can feel his love. He loved with his whole being.
I adored Leslie. He’s so spacey and prone to mishaps. He felt so real in the story. His quirks made him come alive. He had a heart of gold and wanted to protect everyone around him. He made a great cop. Watching him fall in love was wonderful. I liked how he was hopeful yet realistic at the same time. The relationship he had with his dad was amusing at times but you could tell they both had each others’ back no matter what.
Both Gavin and Leslie’s families were fascinating. I enjoyed how they complemented the story. Even Leslie’s uncle. They were completely believable and I liked connecting with them. I enjoyed the ending. It’s such a sweet happily ever after. I hope Leslie’s cousin Daniel gets a story at some point. I want to see him grown and going home for visits. Plus I want to see how Leslie and Gavin and Ben are doing that many years later.
Four and a half
Catherine lives in Italy, country of good food and hot men. She used to write fantasy as a child, but it was reading her first gay erotic romance novel that made her realize that that was what she really wanted to write.
After graduating from college in English language and translation, she divides her day between writing, reading, taking care of her son and reading some more.