Book Reviews

Letting Him Come Home by T.A. McKay

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-August-2019

Book Blurb

There are moments in life that change the foundation of who you are. There are moments you aren’t sure you will survive. For Austin Wilkes, that moment is when his boyfriend, Brendan Reynolds, leaves not just him, but the baby they are expecting. 

He refuses to let it break him, determined to give his child the best life he can, and he does it. He raises his son surrounded by love, and by people who want to be in his life. Things are going well until he agrees to go to a wedding with his best friend. It’s a weekend away with his friend, what could possibly go wrong? 

There are moments in life that change the path you’re following, and for Austin, it’s seeing his ex at the wedding he's agreed to attend. But it’s not just seeing Brendan for the first time in years that throws him. It’s discovering he's one of the grooms.


Book Review

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” ~ Napoleon Hill

For almost three years, Austin Wilkes has been raising his son, Toby, alone after his partner, Brendan Reynolds, left right before the baby was born. Austin has tried his best to forget Brendan; he thinks he has succeeded until fate brings them back together. Austin attends his best friend’s cousin’s wedding, that turns out to be a lot more than he bargained for when he sees that it is Brendan who is getting married.

The emotions Austin feels are too much to handle and he falls apart. When Ethan realizes who Brenan is, he knows Austin can’t stay; Ethan can’t take him home because he is the best man, but promises to come to check on him as soon as he can. Toby is staying with his grandmother while Austin is gone which was supposed to be all weekend; he decides to leave him there so Austin has time to recover from the shock. When Ethan comes to check up on him the next morning, Austin is a total wreck. Ethan does his best to get him cleaned up and to comfort him. When it occurs to Austin to ask why Ethan is not at the wedding, he tells him that Brendan left before he and his fiancé were married.

After seeing Austin again, Brendan realizes how much he still loves him. Eric is a nice guy and has been good to him. He doesn’t want to hurt Eric, his fiancé, but he realizes he can’t go through with the wedding because it will not be fair to him, because his heart belongs to Austin. Life hasn’t been easy for Brendan. After he left Austin, he began drinking. His alcoholism took over his life, numbing his body as well as his mind. Brendan has been sober for a few years now, but with what happened at the wedding, he really wants a drink. He calls his sponsor for support and tells him about what actually happened the day he left Austin and their baby, how much he still loves Austin, and that he wants to get to know his son.

Austin is not ready to forgive him, but Brendan is Toby’s biological father. Austin may not want to associate with Brendan, yet his conscience will not allow him to keep Brendan away from his son. With that thought in mind, Brendan starts visiting Toby who quickly becomes attached to him. As Brendan and Toby become closer, Aiden can’t deny the feelings he still has for Brendan; nor can he help thinking about how things could be if he were able forgive him.

R. A. has done an excellent job of presenting one of life’s hardest lessons, that of forgiving someone who has hurt you. It takes great strength of character to let go of the painful feelings, but holding on to resentment causes more damage than the original hurt ever could. Thanks, R.A., for the thoughtful and insightful read.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 343 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-July-2019
Price $3.79 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Letting-Him-Come-Home-McKay-ebook/dp/B07V6KV6RT