Series: A Survivor Story: Book 5
Author: J.P. Barnaby
Release Date: March 15, 2017
It’s amazing how a single word from a tiny girl can change your life.
Spencer Thomas’s world turns upside down when his beloved Nell dies and leaves custody of her three-year-old daughter to him. Her “Spenna” comes when Sophie needs him most, but his boyfriend, Aaron, can’t be a parent. He just can’t. Neither of them expected a baby to fall into the lives they’d finally just settled.
When Nell’s ex comes to claim Sophie, Aaron needs to make a decision: man up or walk away as Spencer faces the fight of his life.
Sweet tale that tests a relationship and makes it stronger, seemingly against the odds.
It's very realistically written, with both guys full of emotions, both positive and negative. I think that if either had clammed up, it might have lead to the end of them, despite little Sophie's sweetness. I tried to put myself in the not-so-keen guy's position, as this is a major, major decision, especially when the subject has never come up before, but in the end, I think I had a lot of sympathy with both guys, actually.
What I loved was the turnaround in this, which in some ways was very slow and very gradual, and was just one decent person responding to an innocent child's needs, but then, when an element threatened what the trio was starting to build, the instincts that came out were amazing. It was as if paternal instincts had been let loose, rawr!
The tale ends with these guys' lives enriched by Sophie, and showing compassion for someone connected to her, who'd gone about things in the wrong way when feeling threatened. I also loved the sense of family in this tale, which felt entirely natural.
ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.