Adam’s Boys by Anna Clifton

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Adam’s Boys by Anna Clifton
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (157 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

Wrong girl — wrong time? Adam’s fling with Abbie just weeks after the death of his wife may have been all wrong, but their time together gave him the strength to return home to his newborn son, Pete, and start their new life together.

Wrong guy — wrong time? Abbie’s fling with Adam may have been all wrong, but their time together gave her Henry, the sunshine in her life, and although Adam is long gone, Abbie can never regret the time they spent together.

But two wrongs don’t necessarily make a right. Adam Cooper is back, and when he learns the truth about his unknown son, he is hell-bent on creating a home and family for his boys, even if it means blackmailing Abbie into taking part.

Abbie has scars from her own tumultuous childhood, and losing Henry would destroy her. But with only mistrust and pain to bind them, can she and Adam ever find a way through regret to love and the family they could be?

Five years ago, Adam and Abbie spent three weeks enjoying an all-consuming love affair. Although brief, their closeness helped Adam deal with the recent death of his wife and made him strong enough to face the fact that he had a 3-month-old son to raise by himself. As he said goodbye to Abbie, he was resolved to deal with his guilt and to live up to his promise to raise his son with love and care.

The crux of the matter though is that unknown to him he left Abbie pregnant. Because of circumstances, Abbie never alerted him of this fact. Now, Adam has returned and Abbie must break the news to him of the son he has never met.
Wow! Talk about an intense situation! I loved the tension between the characters as they face each other. The time that has passed has alienated them, but the feelings that attracted them to each other still exist.

This story deals with the pain of abandonment and lack of trust. It also deals with the consequences of survivor guilt, as Adam blames himself for this young wife’s death due to cancer. If he had not asked her for a baby, she would have been able to treat her cancer after it was diagnosed. By the time she was diagnosed, she had been in her second trimester, seen the ultrasound pictures, and fallen in love with the baby she carried. There was no way she would endanger her baby by undergoing cancer treatment or an abortion.

Abbie’s history of family abandonment, where she was left devastated and alone, has a deep impact in her inability to trust anyone to stay and live up to their commitments. She cannot trust that Adam will be the partner and father he proposes to be. She knows her son Henry needs a father in his life, but fears Adam will abandon them eventually and Henry will suffer as she did when she was young.

This is a powerful book, full of emotion, dealing with sensitive issues, and in the end, full of hope. I would strongly recommend this love story. There are no steamy love scenes, but there is plenty of angst and deeply moving scenes for all.

Comments

  1. Karen H in NC says:

    The author is unknown to me so I’m not familiar with her work. This sounds like a sweet love story. I’m used to reading spicier books so I’m not sure that I would enjoy reading this book. There are mixed reviews on Amazon with one reviewer mentioning the blurb is a bit misleading because there was no ‘blackmail’ by Adam toward Abbie. I will say I really like the cover. Thanks for your review.

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