This was a lovely story about how sometimes the things you need in life are not the things you think you need. Archer Noble was born in poverty and was abused by most of the adults in his life. Now that he's an adult he plans to never be poor or powerless again. He also plans to never marry or have children. He never wants that level of responsibility. Ryan Eriksson is Archer's total opposite. Although he's much younger, he dreams of the day he'll get married and have children. When Ryan's close friend and Archer's sister Margie is killed in an accident her children are now left to these two men. The situation is complicated as both men try to deal with their grief, parenting and each other.
I thought this was a really well written story and I was drawn in immediately. The author pulls you into to Archer's past and makes you see the horror of it without saying anything graphic. You feel for him as a kid but you soon realize his adult self is an entirely different person. A not very likable person. Ryan on the other hand is charming from the beginning. Watching the two men circle around each other as they try to work out their issues was very touching. I really liked them both as the story went on and Ioved them together. The children were also well done in my opinion. Often children are just caricatures but these two seemed very realistic and acted age appropriately.
Overall I thought this was really well done. It touched on a lot of important issues but still remained, at it's core, a beautiful story about love and family. It was my first time reading this author but I can't wait to read more of their works.
As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan's left with an impossible choice: get the family he's always wanted, or respect Margie's wishes and convince Archer to give parenting-and his heritage-a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer's reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children's future is on the line.