by Posy Roberts

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Editions:Kindle - Second Edition: $ 4.99Paperback - Second Edition: $ 15.00
Size: 8.00 x 5.25 in

After tremendous loss, Hugo and Kevin seek stability for themselves and the kids. They never expected family and friends to toss obstacles in the way of their happily ever after.

Love and family to fight for.

Hugo and Kevin strive to put their lives back together after tragedy, doing everything in their power to create a stable life. Hugo’s acting career is back on track, and Kevin hires a nanny to help with the kids as they discover their new normal. But when Erin’s parents seek full custody of Brooke and Finn, that stability is shattered.

With Hugo working in LA or New York, the distance from his new family gets to him. At home, the nanny’s hands-on approach leaves Hugo feeling pushed out, so he leaves his beloved apartment and eclectic neighborhood behind to move in with Kevin.

Hugo has a hard time fitting in with the suburbanites with Kevin’s passive-aggressive “friends” making Hugo feel anything but welcome. As the custody case heads to mediation, Brooke is bullied about having two dads, and Hugo realizes his mere presence might be doing more harm than good.

Hugo must decide to stay and fight for his family or leave and let them live in peace.

*USA Today Happily Ever After Recommended Read

This book is on:
  • 3 To Be Read lists
  • 2 Read lists
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Cover Artists:
Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 36-45
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Families/Raising Kids, Famous / Not Famous, Healing Power of Sex, Hurt / Comfort, Love Can Heal / Redemption, True Love
Word Count: 99,000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters

Rude Awakening

A SHARP knock at the door followed by the doorbell clanging woke Kevin and Hugo. They yanked on last night’s discarded jeans and shirts and headed downstairs, Lulu trailing behind, her tail wagging a mile a minute. When Kevin opened the door, a man he didn’t recognize gave him a nod. “Are you Kevin Magnus?”


Hugo struggled to scoop Lulu into his arm; she was desperate to meet this stranger.

The man handed Kevin a manila envelope. “You’ve been served.

“What the hell?” Hugo asked as he shut the door.


“I don’t know. Let’s see.” Kevin opened the envelope and pulled out papers. “Notice of Motion and Motion for Change of Custody,” he read, not believing his eyes. He flipped through the pages, scanning to see what this was really about. “Erin’s parents are trying to get custody of my kids. No way in hell is that happening. No way in hell.”




TO SAY Kevin was pissed was an understatement. He was so far beyond pissed and well into the realm of seething. Irate. Enraged. Hell, foaming at the mouth mightve been a better description.

Hugo did everything in his power to ooze calm, to appear unruffled, and to concentrate as he read through the legal documents.

Kevin had barely scanned the papers before handing them over with shaking hands, saying, “Please tell me these aren’t saying what I think they are.

Unfortunately, the papers lacked details they both wanted, so Hugo was unsure how to respond.

Why would they do this?

Kevin’s in-laws wanted custody of the kids, and it appeared they wanted custody until both Brooke and Finn turned eighteen. So, Kyle and Tasha Clarke, Kevin’s late wife’s parents, wanted to take his kids away from him.

Hugo’s forced calm brought Kevin closer to apoplectic with every passing second. He had to say something.

“It says here the kids are experiencing harm.” Hugo pointed to a paragraph. Well, Finn in particular. I don’t get why they say that. Finn’s doing great now.” As great as a six-year-old could be expected just months after losing his mom to a horrific battle with brain cancer.

He’d had the hardest time of anyone in the family, at least when looking from the outside in. Finn wore his emotions on his sleeve, especially compared to his eleven-year-old sister. Brooke kept all sorts of feelings bottled up, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t grieving. That was just her way.

What did the Clarkes expect after the kids lost their mom? Sunshine and unicorns? Did they expect that loss wouldn’t have long-lasting effects? They were in the depths of mourning, and that didn’t wash off the day after the funeral or the week after, and certainly not just three months after. But the kids had made great strides in therapy and were now open about their feeling.

“Oh, Christ.” Kevin gripped his hair in ferocious panic, eyes flashing. “I know exactly what this is about.”

Reviews:Jules Lovestoread wrote:

I LOVED these books, guys. This series is fantastic, and I fell head over heels for these characters

Christine on Prism Book Alliance wrote:

I highly recommend reading all the books in the series, and I applaud Posy Roberts again for creating these subtle stories full of interesting, lovable characters and authentic, relatable life events.

on The Novel Approach:

I am sad to see this series end. But, Posy Roberts ended it absolutely exquisitely. Radiantly Recommended.

on MM Good Book Reviews:

I’m in love with this series, these characters, and will miss all their adventures together. This whole series is a very worthwhile read, and a welcome addition to my permanent collection shelf!

on Pants Off Reviews:

WOW!! I’ve been waiting for this book since I read Fusion. It was worth the wait!!

About the Author

Posy Roberts started reading romance when she was young, sneaking peeks at adult books long before she should’ve. Textbooks eventually replaced the novels, and for years she existed without reading for fun. When she finally picked up a romance two decades later, it was like slipping on a soft hoodie . . . that didn’t quite fit like it used to. She wanted something more.

She wanted to read about men falling in love with each other. She wanted to explore beyond the happily ever after and see characters navigate the unpredictability of life. So Posy sat down at her keyboard to write the books she wanted to read.

Her stories have been USA Today’s Happily Ever After Must-Reads and Rainbow Award finalists. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family and friends and doing anything possible to get out of grocery shopping and cooking.

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