Pride (Available Now)
Length: 77,855 words
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Responsible Adult Series
Love isn't always responsible.
After Micky O'Neill is remanded in custody for breaching his court order, his already tempestuous relationship with Dan Peters is tested to the limits.
Having to battle their way through a court case that could end with Micky in jail, social workers breaking up the family home, and the return of Micky's deadbeat father, it seems everything is set to destroy their relationship before it even had the chance to start.
With such high stakes involved, not just for Micky but for once-burned, twice-shy Dan, they both have to learn that falling in love isn't always responsible.
After the way I was pulled in to the first book of this series, Misdemeanor, and the way it left me hanging at the end…I was jumping at the chance to read Hard Time to see what came next. CF White did not disappoint, and I was catapulted head-on into a story of constant tension and worry, but also smiles, heat, and so much love. Yes, this story moves along determinedly at its own pace, not letting a single thing be revealed until the author was good and ready for it; but I was entirely absorbed in every single page—even as I was trying to read faster to get to what every reader wants to know…what is Micky’s future?
The journey there will take you through more of Micky and Dan’s relationship development as they both continue to battle their individual insecurities, and they each discover just how committed the other is to their success. And you know it’s not going to be easy for them with Micky’s freedom hanging in the balance, so that does place a bit of suspense on everything as his fate is drawn out throughout much of the story. Plus there’s still the lingering issue of Micky’s father—just in case you forgot he’s not quite out of the picture after the first book.
Micky and Dan do what they do best—get through their daily lives, doing as best they can and forming an ever closer relationship as they become thoroughly entwined in each other’s lives. Their feelings are blatantly obvious, even if they each may come to doubt them at different points. And in between it all is the wonderful, eternally happy Flynn. The lengths that both Micky and Dan will go to so Flynn’s life will be better are unlimited, and it is because of this on Micky’s part that Dan can see past who Micky used to be, and the incredibly selfless man he’s become.
The supporting characters do an amazing job here in Hard Time, from Dan’s parents Cathy and Frank with their unconditional support of their son as well as Micky and Flynn, to Micky’s friend Jason and Dan’s roommate and friend Tamsin, to Micky and Dan’s fellow employees. They all provide a strong framework both men can count on for help, love, and laughs when it counts the most…and they do it without being overly cheesy or boring. I was also very glad to see how Dougie’s character was portrayed in this story over the first one; this time around he may still be a little goofy and oblivious, but he’s a really great guy through it all.
The story was pretty emotional, and by the end I confess I did have some tears making themselves known. Between the constant tension and the emotional ups and downs, Hard Time had me captured from start to finish as I read it through in a single sitting. You definitely need to read Misdemeanor before starting Hard Time to appreciate exactly where both Micky and Dan came from and how meaningful that makes this story by the end. And while you won’t get a crazy cliffhanger this time around, there’s a promise at the end of more to come—something I am REALLY looking forward to!
5 stars for Hard Time, and it’s a story I highly recommend to any M/M romance fan (just please read Misdemeanor first!). This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content (mmm…yes, Micky and Dan can be quite the sexy pair!). And you probably will want some tissues on hand…just sayin’…
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail-leave.
Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they're mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after sheíd written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it's gonna be a bumpy ride...
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