I really liked Tommy and thought his voice was perfect for carrying this story. It would have been easy and understandable for him to be pessimistic and depressed, but he managed to make the best out of his situation. I adored his family, but it was almost devastating to read about their living conditions. I thought Bobby was also a great character who truly cared for Tommy and Tommy’s family. More dialogue between Tommy and Bobby would have strengthened the romance angle for me.
Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he’s managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.
Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn’t belong in Tommy’s harsh world, but Tommy can’t push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy’s life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.
Tommy isn’t used to trusting outsiders, and he’s never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O’Shea family and threatens everything he’s fought for, he’ll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.