Contemporary - MM
Calder Finnegan is a professional footballer who doesn't really want to be a footballer, he's just doing it in an attempt to get the approval he yearns for from his father, a man too busy with running his pub to have noticed his son during his childhood. While minding the pub while his dad goes to Ireland, Calder meets Mick, who turns out to be the love of his life, but who also thinks his dad is wonderful. True love runs smooth, but Calder's father turns out to have cancer and to only have weeks to live. Mick must somehow help the two men to learn to express their love for one another before it's too late.
If, like me, you find endless sex scenes rather boring unless there's a good story linking them together, I couldn't recommend this to you. The emotional journey of this book all hinges on the father/son relationship, making the romance between Mick and Calder seem little more than padding to the main event. (I was also highly confused by the insistence that Mick was actually Ian Gallagher, since Ian Gallagher is an Irish folk singer in real life, but who is closer to being a 60 year old crooner than to being an Irish American stud. But that's an aside.)
If you're into books for the sex scenes, though, there are certainly enough of them to satisfy. I found them a bit samey and not particularly hot, and skipped over most of them. Like being force fed chocolate, eventually they just started to make me feel ill.
The emotional resolution of the father/son plot is hampered by the need to fit all this sex in, and there never was any real doubt that Mike and Calder would be happy ever after, so the grand finale fails to have the punch that it should. It's not a terrible book, but that's the best I can say about it.
During the off-season, professional football player Calder Finnegan returns to Boston to help run his estranged father's pub. Little did he know he'd find the love of his life in the pub's bartender, Mick Sullivan.
Fin soon discovers his father has only weeks to live. All his hopes of getting to know the man who always seemed too busy to be a father are dashed. With Mick's help, Fin begins the healing process between father and son and through this some of Mick's wounds are healed as well.
When Fin makes a deathbed promise to his father, he'll do anything to keep that promise. Even if it costs him his lover and his career.