Title: Until September
Author: Chris Scully
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Expected publication date: February 8, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance
Page count: 288
Word count: 75,300
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Until September is an achingly real and touching tale of a man with painful past met younger man hoping for white picket fence future. Opposites attract with low steam and a couple of children mixed in. It’s not exactly a happy story but readers definitely could hope for happy ending!
The story was told in third person’s from Archer and Ryan’s POVs. While Archer might not be described as an endearing character, I felt for him right away. Here was a guy still hurting but unable to unburden, capable of so much love but unwilling to risk more heartaches. He chose a path, a solitary way of life to protect himself, and being quite vocal about it; making him an infamous figure in gay community.
Ryan was Archer’s opposites in every way; his appearance, soft-spoken voice, moreover his dream of a future – to marry and have babies. He viewed Archer’s hedonistic lifestyle with distaste, at the same time saw a different person underneath it all.
To say how slow these two men warming up to each other was an understatement. But that and the even pace of the story made the plot more real, which I liked. Even attracted, they didn’t right away acted on that. There’s a bigger issue than just their attraction, which was Archer’s niece and nephew. They dealt with this one step at a time, making tiny progress and face their own demon along the way.
I know a few people who don’t like kids in their books, moreover ones who involved in the story as much as these two. *wink* Though I didn’t find them annoying at all. I found their parts to be crucial in the book, even.
The closing didn’t try to tie-in all loose ends and make perfects endings for our characters, either. There’s uncertainty at the same time there’s hope.
Every so often I love my story to be all happy, joyful and perfect – a stuff of make-believe. But it’s also nice read a very grounded story like this one (and that author’s note certainly eye-opening for me) yet still have our hopeful HEA.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of fair and honest review.
As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.