After a life changing event makes Alfie the legal guardian of his estranged step-siblings, as well as a chance meeting one drunken night, he finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that everything he thought he knew about himself was catastrophically wrong.
Before meeting Alfie and his family, Fear was content with his casual hookups and one-night stands, purposefully keeping everyone at an arm’s length. As Alfie comes into his burgeoning feelings, a curveball shakes the two men, threatening to destroy Fear and his new found chance at happiness with Alfie.
With everything thrown into turmoil, Fear decides to fight for those he loves, Alfie and his family included. Will they be able to survive the collateral damage around them, or will they lose everything?
Alfie didn’t realize how much he missed his dad til he found out he’d died and left him with two siblings he didn’t even know existed! Though devastated, he knows he’ll rise to the challenge of overcoming his panic attacks and move to the US to raise them.
Once he arrives in a small town in New York state, he immediately falls in love with the little “nuggets” as he calls them, as well as the town. He makes some unlikely friends in the form of the local tattoo artist Fear.
Fear falls for Alfie immediately, though Alfie identifies as straight – he just knows they have a connection.
There is some other drama going on in town: Fear’s mother is murdered, Fear and his friends are looking like the likely suspects in the murder, people from Fear’s past are resurfacing with disturbing information and two people who couldn’t be more opposite are falling in love.
This – I believe- is the debut book for this author – River Mitchell and it’s AMAZING!
I was captivated from the moment I started. Alfie’s character and his mother are what hooked me right away (okay – after that hot cover!). Alfie is so self-effacing and sweet but snarky and funny that I loved being in his head when it was his POV. Though it doesn’t always work well, the POV alternated between Alfie and Fear and it worked tremendously in this case. Fear’s internal dialog is so different from Alfie that it was a lovely contrast.
The drama did bog down the story toward the last third of the book, but only in a minor way. There were also moments where I had to – pretty firmly – suspend my disbelief – but only in the best, most imaginative ways.
I loved this book very much and highly recommend it to fans of GFY, insta-love/soul mates, British humor, tattoos, artists, guys with kids, and big sexy MCs.
4.5 of 5 stars
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