Author: Edward Kendrick
Genre: Contemporary, Crime
Length: Novel (200pgs)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (20th October 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate – High
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4Hearts
Blurb: Two men–Kenyon, a street cop looking for a permanent, loving relationship, and Teo, a social worker and player in his off hours–come together as they try to help a seven-year-old boy abandoned on the streets by his mother.
Neal, a young boy, abandoned on the streets by his mother, is found by policeman Kenyon Hagerty, bonding instantly with him. Social worker Teo Marino becomes involved when the boy is placed in the care of Human Services.
Kenyon is looking for real love while Teo is the consummate playboy, moving from one man to another. And yet these two men, truly yin and yang, are drawn together.
When the body of the Neal’s mother is discovered, murdered, and later Neal’s father tries to kidnap him from the children’s home where he’s living, Neal runs away, looking for Kenyon who he believes will adopt him. The two men must make a decision regarding Neal’s life, and their own.
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Review: Kenyon discovers Neal, a young boy, on the streets. Neal tells the tale that his mom has been taken and they were on the run from his father. Kenyon has to hand the sweet little boy over to Human Services and the caring hands of Teo. Kenyon and Teo are drawn together although they are opposites when it comes to relationships and they somehow make it work. Neal has dreams of his own which include both Teo and Kenyon, now both Kenyon and Teo have decisions to make.
This is a very sweet story that has a bit of danger, a touch of angst, but a lot of hope and joy. Kenyon has an instant connection to Neal when he meets the little boy in a stinking alley where Neal is hiding, waiting for his mom. It isn’t long before the story is told and Neal is taken in by Human Services as the police hunt for his mother. Sadly, she is found murdered and Neal’s father is now hunting for him. Kenyon and Teo are unsure if a relationship between them will work, but decide to give it a go. After a slight misunderstanding they take the plunge, but it isn’t long before they have to make a new decision about their lives.
I enjoyed this story and really liked how it progressed. Kenyon and Teo are two very different men; with Kenyon wanting someone to settle down with, while Teo has been like a butterfly flitting from man to man. The connection between the two men seems strong and recovers well after a slight blip. The sex between them is hot, but their connection goes far beyond the physical. Neal is a very sweet young boy who has a slight physic ability which makes the story much more interesting, although the appearance of Neal’s father is expected it was far different than I had thought it would be.
I loved how Edward Kendrick gave us an ending many years into the future, it was wonderful to see Kenyon and Teo’s relationship and their relationship with Neal during pivotal moments of their lives and to see how they had all grown together into a true family.
I recommend this to those who love how opposites attract, sexy men, cute kids, happy families, hot sex, a touch of danger and a very happy ever after.