Books · Contemporary · grief · mental health · MM romance · neurodiversity · part of series · read the trigger warnings · sequel · sexually explicit · substance abuse

REVIEW: Reformed: Responsible Adult #3

Micky O’Neill and Dan Peters now live in Wales, bringing up Micky’s disabled little brother away from small-minded Heathwood and close to Micky’s deceased mother’s family.

Things are fine…until Dan begins his dream career as an English teacher at the local school and Micky, main caregiver to Flynn, is isolated in a village that only serves to remind him of his mother’s absence.

With Flynn’s health deteriorating and his needs becoming more complex, everything is tested to its limits and Dan seeks solace in a friendship with a fellow teacher, sending Micky into further turmoil.

After an accusation is leveled against Micky and it seems he’s slipping back into his old ways, he and Dan are torn. To repair the rift, both have to accept responsibility—for life.

 

  • solid M/M romance series
  • great character development
  • plot arc continues and is resolved at the end of series
  • The first two books are available now… this one arrives October 29

 

I have really enjoyed this series and I’m sad to see that it’s come to a close. If you’re a fan of m/m romance but like to really get to know the characters then you’ll enjoy this one!

C.F. White has become one of my favourite authors of late. I just love their writing, in particular the character development. This series focusses on the relationship between Micky and Dan. When they meet, Dan hires Micky to work at a grocery store. The series progresses through the various stages of their life.

In this final instalment of the series, Micky and Dan are setting up a home together. Micky’s adorable younger brother has been adopted by Dan and they are carving out their place in the world as a family.

Both men are making attempts to change things up. Micky is looking for work and still writing (in a way). Dan has finally become a teacher and is at his first official position.

There’s some reality in this love story… which is one of the things that I like about White’s writing. This relationship is passionate but it’s got a fair few challenges. Both Micky and Dan have been hurt in the past and that hurt can creep in between them on occasion. I found that to be very authentic though and I enjoyed that their relationship wasn’t smooth sailing all the time.

Raising a child with a disability isn’t easy and as adorable as Flynn is… he provides a lot of speed bumps on the road to “family”. So many issues that are common to couples are brought up in this novel. White has a talent for addressing sensitive topics and giving them a “real” feel.

This last book was a really satisfying conclusion to the series. I loved the progression of the story and the character’s development. Such a treat!

 

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) substance abuse, alcoholism, mentions of abusive parent, mentions death of parent, perceived infidelity (It isn’t but character’s reaction is visceral), relationship struggles

I received an ARC of Reformed: Responsible Adult  by C.F. White from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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