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REVIEW: Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2) by C.F. White

Love isn’t always responsible.

After Micky O’Neill is remanded in custody for breaching his court order, his already tempestuous relationship with Dan Peters is tested to the limits.

Having to battle their way through a court case that could end with Micky in jail, social workers breaking up the family home, and the return of Micky’s deadbeat father, it seems everything is set to destroy their relationship before it even had the chance to start.

With such high stakes involved, not just for Micky but for once-burned, twice-shy Dan, they both have to learn that falling in love isn’t always responsible.

Author note: Potential triggers include references to suicide, physical assault on a minor, criminal behaviour and bullying of a disabled child.

 

  • age gap, m/m relationship, disabled child, heavy subject matter, violence, dealing with court systen

 

 

This series continues its gritty journey through the life of Micky O’Neill in the second book in the series: Hard Time. The first book ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger and the second installment picks up where it left off.

Micky is in trouble again… and again, it’s through no fault of his own. His fierceness when it comes to protecting his little brother is heart wrenching and inspiring at the same time.

The series continues the theme of struggling to overcome the past. Things get tough for Micky again as his father returns to the picture. The juxtaposition of seeing his partner Dan with Flynn… and seeing the way his father simply thinks of Flynn as a source of income is heartbreaking.

This book is about Micky trying to redeem himself in the eyes of the law. He desperately. Needs people to understand that he’s doing his best, he’s struggling to create a better future for himself and Flynn.

Dan isn’t always sure where he fits in Micky and Flynn’s family. He adores Flynn and loves spending time with the kid, and Micky… Micky is the one for Dan regardless of if the younger man knows that. But past relationships haven’t been kind to Micky and his friends don’t want him taking chances that may result in him dealing with another broken heart.

This book brings a few of the plot points to a satisfying conclusion and the story progresses. Is that all? No, there is another book in the series. As Dan and Micky begin the next phase of their journey together, they need to learn how to “live” rather than “survive”.

 

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I received an ARC of Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2)  by C.F. White from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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