Prepare to have your heart broken. Brina certainly piles on the struggles Shawn had had to endure in his past and that struggle just gets more serious when upon his return home he finds his partner of two years in bed with another younger man. Which starts a domino effect of events that leads to Shawn being placed under house arrest.
Luckily Shawn is well known in the campus of pre-law school and has worked for one of the towns judges. Between Judge Braun and Shawn’s Mentor Henrik (who is a defence lawyer) they hatch a plan to keep Shawn safely away from prison.
Noah Braun is the son of Judge Braun. He is grieving from the death of his husband who left him two years ago. When his father asks him to take Shaun in whilst he serves his house arrest. He is not very keen, wondering why his Father is so keen on saving Shaun, and suspects rightly that his father is hoping Shawn’s stay will bring Noah back to the land of the living.
The two men are instantly attracted, and it does not take long for them to form a serious relationship. But there are obstacles, Shawn does not trust his judgement when choosing a partner. A dirty parole officer who is determined to have Shawn sent to jail. Oh, and Shawn’s Ex is set to cause trouble for him.
Though the story tackles some dark issues, such as a dirty parole officer, rejection, and domestic abuse. The story is light and warm and cuddly.
The story has a strong plot and is well paced for the size of the book. The characters are strong too. The secondary characters an also fully fleshed out and I liked the way they formed a kind of family.
The only thing I did not like was when early on Noah offered to pay Shaun for sex. I just felt that it did not quite fit the characters.
Having said that I do feel like this is one of Brina’s best books. I would love to see a follow up where Noah and Shawn are prosecutor and defence lawyers in a court case. How they would navigate the work / home relationship when on opposite sides of the court.
A Thoroughly enjoyable read