Firefighter Jason “Jase” Weller and EMT Scott Bronson are living the perfect life. They work together in jobs they love, they live together, and in their downtime, they still can’t get enough of each other. It’s been six amazing years. Then on Christmas Eve, Jase’s former lover Elsa shows up with a six-year-old girl in tow. The strung-out junkie claims Kerry is Jase’s daughter and it’s his turn to care for her, and then she walks out.
Shocked at both the fact that Elsa is now a junkie and that he has a daughter he never knew about, Jase nonetheless steps up to the plate as her father and Scott offers his full support. Having an instant family comes with plenty of challenges, and the two men work to deal with sweeping changes in their lives and to make things right for Kerry.
It’s not going to be easy, and their new circumstances test them and their relationship like nothing ever has. They’ll need all the love they have for each other, and the love they discover for their daughter, to keep from breaking apart.
Jase is a fireman, and his lover Scott is a paramedic. They’ve been together for six years and are both blissfully happy. On Christmas Eve though, Jase’s ex-lover finds him and dumps a small girl on him, claiming the child is his daughter. Can Jase and Scott work things out while juggling the needs of a little girl as well?
I am a huge fan of Sean Michael’s but haven’t read many of his straight M/M contemporary romances. This one was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jase and Scott are a long term, solidly committed couple who have their entire world turned upside-down when Jase’s young daughter is brought into their lives. I found the whole story really well paced – time moves forward, but not so fast that the reader isn’t exposed to all the many, massive changes in both Jase and Scott’s lives. And while everything is not glittering rainbows of happiness, I did love how the entire story had a positive focus and spin on everything.
I quickly became very emotionally attached to Scott, Jase and Kerry. I wanted to see how they worked through all the changes and problems that arose. I loved seeing them trying to reconfigure their family and relationships both together and as couples – Jase with Kerry, Kerry and Scott etc – and this lent the whole story a feeling on a warm, fuzzy and family-focused story. While there is plenty of very steamy sex between Jase and Scott, I truly felt like the main focus of the story was the three of them building and forging a strong family dynamic.
Readers who enjoy these kinds of character based stories with plenty of ups and downs should love this book as much as I did. I liked how the author didn’t shy from pointing out all the pitfalls, problems and concerns both Jase and Scott found in this new road of theirs, but at no point did I feel like these issues were over-dramatized or like there was overwrought emo put in for no reason. This read like a very realistic, interesting and enjoyable story and one I could easily see occurring in real life.
A brilliant, warm hearted story and one I greatly enjoyed and can recommend.