Contemporary · grief · in recovery · MM romance · part of series · sexually explicit

REVIEW: Stay by Jessica Frances

The Official Description: Stay (In Midsummer, #3)

One screaming baby. One too many diaper disasters. One surprise shooter. One victim. One perpetrator. One blast from the past.

Having a surprise baby dropped at your doorstep has to be the worst kind of relationship buzzkill in history. Instead of dating, now Rocky and I have shifted into becoming exhausted parents with zero time for any kind of fun. Everything is moving so fast that something has to give. I just hope that something won’t be us.
Then, when a shooter comes after Rocky and their aim is a little too close for comfort, important questions need to be answered. Who wants Rocky dead? How far are they willing to go to make it happen? How much luck can one person have before it runs out? And where on earth did Rocky put those spare baby diapers?
With someone gunning for not only Rocky but also our relationship, one has to wonder just how many hits we can take before it all falls apart

Just the facts: M/M romance, mystery, part of series

The third book in the Midsummer series is the same great recipe as the rest! A challenging and fullfilling relationship, a quirky main character and a mystery. – Kinzie Things

My thoughts bit: Conner has gone from being a traveling vlogger to living in Midsummer with The Sheriff and two kids. The thing is, it’s happened rather quickly and Conner has moments when it’s all a whirlwind. Add to the mix constant prank calls that have Rocky racing to the department in the middle of the night, a screaming baby …. and then an accident happens and Conner is feeling unsteady.

There are some very real things going on in this installment of the series. Conner is coming to terms with the ways in which his life has changed. He was a free spirit and then suddenly he’s a say at home parent. As Sheriff, Rocky is coming and going at all hours and that leaves Conner to deal with the kids most of the time. I liked that Conner questions his life choices! I mean, who wouldn’t? It was refreshing to me that Conner has stayed true to himself and continues to wonder about his ability to be a part of a family.

For his part, Rocky is also questioning. Hie ex has dropped off another baby and while little Ryder is welcome, Rocky isn’t sure if his small make-shift family is the right place for another baby. He’s done his best with his daughter but being a single parent was difficult. Rocky also seems to be questioning whether Conner knew what he was signing up for. I think these are all pretty real issues that people might have to deal with.

There’s something very endearing about Rocky and Conner and their little family. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I really enjoy reading about them. They have a complicated life which is funny considering that one of the things they both like about the town of Midsummer is that it’s a small town with a “simple” life. It doesn’t bother me that there seems to be a lot of drama in this small town because the author doesn’t over-write it. The drama is enough to keep the plot intriguing while at the same time believable.

I really enjoy this series and I’m glad to see that it’s continuing.

Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) mentions that a child was abandoned by a parent in the past, mentions a lot of baby vomit and feces, a character has an anxiety attack, character is hot, a character in a car accident, characters held at gunpoint, violence.

Links: Goodreads // The Author /

I received an ARC of Stay by Jessica Frances  via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

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