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Hard Time (Responsible Adult #2)

by C F White

Hard Time - CF White - Responsible Adult
Part of the Responsible Adult series:
Editions:ePub: $ 5.03 USD
ISBN: 9781786515988
Pages: 215

Book two in the Responsible Adult serial

Love isn't always responsible.

After Micky O’Neill is remanded in custody for breaching his court order, his already tempestuous relationship with Dan Peters is tested to the limits.

Having to battle their way through a court case that could end with Micky in jail, social workers breaking up the family home and the return of Micky’s deadbeat father, it seems everything is set to destroy their relationship before it even has the chance to start.

With such high stakes involved, not just for Micky but for once-burned, twice-shy Dan, they both have to learn that falling in love isn’t always responsible.

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Pairings: MM
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Class Differences, Coming Out / Closeted, Families/Raising Kids, Love Can Heal / Redemption, Opposites Attract
Word Count: 77,855
Setting: Small town, England
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Excerpt:

Chapter One
Temper, Temper

“Fuck off!”

The large gray metal door clanged against the impact of the fight breaking behind it. Some stoner being sent to the next cell along for drunk and disorderly wasn’t having any of it. The cops always won in the end—why struggle? That was Micky’s philosophy, anyway. He’d be saving his energy for the interview room. That was where he could make his case. That was where he could convince them that they had made the error, not him.

“Get fucked, pigs!”

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Micky heard the hacking of glob that was then spat at either the floor or, more likely, in the face of one of the coppers who was trying to detain the speaker of the colorful language. Micky lay on the hard wooden bench, staring up at the bare ceiling, and tapped his fingers on his chest. The cell smelt of urine, rotting paint and bleach. Gradually the intoxicated grunts and frustrated banging drifting through his four walls faded to distant echoes.

Micky closed his eyes and recited passages from Brave New World in his head, occasionally allowing the words to fall from his mouth. He might as well do something constructive with all his alone time. The confines of the plain box he was in were specifically designed to make its occupants bored enough to do nothing but contemplate their actions, so when the coppers finally came to take a statement, the tedium had already made the detainee halfway ready to confess. Micky came up with a rather good answer to that third exam question and it didn’t start with fuck you for a change.

A loud bang from the next cell along jolted him out of his brief reverie and he opened his eyes to remember where he was. He swung his legs off the bench and immediately jumped onto the floor, where he landed on his hands and did some press-ups. After a while, his breathing labored with the invigorating stretch and burn in his shoulders and beads of sweat dripped onto the concrete floor. He didn’t give up. Extra bulk would do him no harm where he was headed.

One hundred reps later, the clunking of the locks and the heavy door scraping open to echo around the now deathly quiet cell block made Micky peer up at the incoming uniformed police officer. Micky added a few more reps, nonetheless.

“Micky O’Neill, the sarge will see you now.”

Micky hefted up from the floor, wiped the dust from his jeans and narrowed his eyes. “Where’s my brother?”

The officer shrugged and gripped Micky’s arm to steer him out of the cell.

“I’m not privy to that sort of information,” he replied, eyes ahead while marching Micky through the gloomy gray corridors. “And if I was,” he added, puffing out his chest, “I wouldn’t be authorized to divulge it to you.”

Micky rolled his eyes and added a few choice curse words under his breath. It was actually a rather mild reaction compared to the one he would normally have offered in this situation. The man ought to thank his lucky stars that Micky O’Neill had tamed his temper in the last couple of years.

Reaching an open door leading into a plain interview room, the officer released his fingers from digging into Micky’s clenched biceps and shoved him inside. A plain-clothed middle-aged man decorated by a lanyard hanging from his neck stood from his plastic seat at the table. He waved a hand at the adjacent chair with no accompanying words.

“Where’s my brother?” Micky asked again.

“Sit, Mr. O’Neill,” the pin-striped-suit-wearing man ordered, wiping a hand down his navy silk tie. “I’m Sergeant Leary.”

Micky scraped back the chair opposite and sat.

“Where’s my brother?” Micky licked his lips. “That’s my third time asking.”

The sneer of a chuckle that came from the sergeant made Micky clench his fists out of view under the table.

“Where you last left him,” Leary stated with a smile. “Micky.” The sergeant sighed and shuffled his chair under the table more firmly. “Your brother is safer now than when he was in your or your father’s care. Now, would you like a lawyer present?”

Micky shook his head.

“Thought not.” Leary waved a flippant hand.

Micky tapped his fingers against his thighs and glanced away. He took in his surroundings while Leary riffled through the papers scattering his desk.

“Right,” Leary continued and looked up across the table. “You breached your court order by assaulting a Mr. Carmichael in plain view of…” He flipped over a page and scanned the papers. “Well, well, well,” he tutted and raised his eyebrows. “Your brother’s school, no less.”

Micky glared back, unflinchingly.

“So you’ve been fighting again?” the sergeant declared.

“I didn’t hit him,” Micky stated. “And where is my brother?”

Leary rocked in his chair, balancing it on two legs rather than four, and folded his arms. It made the red pen poking out of his shirt’s top pocket push up farther and Micky thought it might fall out at any moment. He chose to focus on the pen rather than the piercing dark eyes of Heathwood Constabulary’s finest.

“I have reason to believe that you did, in fact, punch Mr. Carmichael.”

“No, I didn’t,” Micky replied and tucked his hands under their opposite armpits, mimicking the police sergeant. It was a sure-fire way to make the man with his rather annoying trimmed goatee beard uncomfortable.

“We have witnesses,” Sergeant Leary challenged. He scraped his teeth over his bottom lip with a tsk and waved a flippant hand. “You were seen, in other words.”

“Thank you for the clarification on what a witness is,” Micky replied. “And, either they are lying or you are.” Micky cocked his head. “Which one is it, Sergeant?”

Leary slapped his chair back onto four legs and picked up the pen lying on the desk. Scanning through his notes, he flicked the pen’s tip on the papers. The tapping as it hit the surface was the only sound in the room other than Micky’s increased breathing.

“Do you mind?” Micky grimaced and flicked out a finger to point at the pen. “That’s annoying.”

Sergeant Leary met with Micky’s insolent smirk and amplified his tapping. Micky clucked his tongue.

“I want to exercise my right to one phone call,” he stated.

“You’ve been watching one too many cop shows, Mr O’Neill,” Leary contested, lifting his eyebrows. “We can inform someone of your temporary detainment.” Leary cocked his head. “If we see fit. Surely you know the drill by now?”

Micky glared across the table without a flicker of anything other than pure lethargy. Leary threw his pen onto the surface, shuffled back in his seat and scrubbed a hand over his face.

“Who would you call, anyway?” he asked, plucking at the hairs on his goatee.

“You don’t have the right to know that,” Micky sneered.

Sergeant Leary smiled, amusedly. He lifted his hips from the chair, pulled out his mobile phone from his back pocket and slid it over the desk.

“Where’s my phone?” Micky asked, eyes narrowed.

“You want a phone call, O’Neill,” Leary replied and pointed at his mobile. “That’s a working phone. Just type in the number and press the green button.”

Micky glanced away. Trying not to let anything show in his expression, he ransacked his brain for any numbers. After a moment, he shoved the phone back across the table. The sergeant chuckled, picked up his mobile and tucked it away in his pocket.

“Where’s my brother?”

“Mr O’Neill,” Leary breathed out, full of exasperation. He spread his legs and stroked the silk material of his tie. “Where was your brother when you assaulted Mr. Carmichael earlier today?”

Micky chewed his bottom lip.

“Uh-huh.” The sergeant nodded. He picked up his pen again and resumed tapping its nib on the table top.

Micky shuffled on his chair and mentally counted the aggravating beats.

“And where was your brother when you assaulted Mr. Carmichael the time previous?” Leary asked, eyes fixed on the hefty paperwork. “Or when you assaulted the three other names in this file?”

Micky bounced his knee under the table in time with the drumming pen and ticks from the wall clock.

“Or when you forced entry into a house that wasn’t your own, stole a set of keys and drove a vehicle that did not belong to you, nor did you have permission from the owner, nor a legal license to drive it across town? Where was your brother then?”

Micky finally met with the sergeant’s wide, all-consuming eyes and cocked his head.

“Was he with your mother?” Leary asked, voice elevated.

“Fuck you,” Micky retorted, his chest rising.

The sergeant chuckled again. He shook his head and slid the pen into his top shirt pocket to snuggle alongside the red one.

“With your father?”

Micky snorted and looked away.

“Perhaps, Mr. O’Neill,” Leary said and leaned forward to rest on his elbows. “You should be more concerned about your own whereabouts, rather than those of your brother.”

Micky opened his mouth to retaliate, but a loud knock stopped him in his tracks. The interview room door opened immediately after and Sergeant Leary instantly stood. Micky watched in amusement as Leary went into full-on stiff-stance mode to greet the incoming older gentleman. The other man wasn’t in uniform and looked as if he’d recently been woken from his grave. Micky narrowed his eyes and attempted to listen to the exchange of whispers but could only make out that the living-dead’s tone was a tad more urgent than that of the sergeant’s. Leary nodded with his best yessir and twisted on his heel to stalk back to the desk.

Micky swore he saw a brief smile curve on the elderly man’s lips before he vacated the room, leaving the door wide open. Leary gathered up the papers on the desk and took his time folding them neatly into a manila card file.

“Well, Mr. O’Neill,” Leary finally said, standing straight. “It seems you are free to go.”

“What?”

“Expect a court appearance. But we no longer need to detain you.” Sergeant Leary marched over to the open door, checked his watch and gave a serene, lopsided smile. “Good evening, Mr. O’Neill. Good luck getting home at this hour.”

Micky stood. “Where’s my brother?”

COLLAPSE
Reviews:Kai on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words wrote:

WOW. This story was so so good.

The book is not a standalone. You need to read Misdemeanor –book one in the series – before reading this one. Be warned!

The first book ended on a cliffhanger and I was so willing and excited to read the sequel. Thankfully, It didn’t disappoint me. Actually, it was so much more than I thought it would be.

The book starts exactly where the first one ended [spoiler] and the story gradually evolved from that.

Micky was more powerful and stronger in this book; fighting not just for Flynn but also for his relationship with Dan. He was more open about his story and who he was. I felt so much more connected with him in this book than the first one. The character was developed and I loved it.

Dan was amazing as always. Loving, supporting and helping Micky. They faced challenges and conflicts along the whole novel, but they were there for each other and for Flynn. I absolutely loved that.

Flynn was just really touching and amazing. He bought innocente-beauty to the story and I become even more his fan.

The plot was great, even if a little roller coaster. Which just made the story even more interesting.

It was well written, fluid and I literally read it in a sitting.

Even though it wasn’t slow paced, it didn’t feel rushed, either.

The novel brought hard questions, such as fighting, abusive parents, obesity, suicide, among others. But even with all of those subjects, the book didn’t feel dark. I was glad about that.

I loved the supporting characters. Dougie was my favorite. He was awkward and oblivious but was a great and kind guy. I also liked to know Dan’s parents and see how they supported their children and then extended that support to Micky and Flynn. I was glad seeing Jason trying to make a life of his own and supporting Micky as his best friend. Like it always was.

I really loved this story and I highly recommend it.

Although it didn’t end in a cliffhanger, the final was open. I mean, it was kind of a promise of more to see. Can’t wait for the next one in this series.

The cover art by Posh Gosh is great and goes perfectly with the book.

Carra on Making it Happen wrote:

After the way I was pulled in to the first book of this series, Misdemeanor, and the way it left me hanging at the end…I was jumping at the chance to read Hard Time to see what came next. CF White did not disappoint, and I was catapulted head-on into a story of constant tension and worry, but also smiles, heat, and so much love. Yes, this story moves along determinedly at its own pace, not letting a single thing be revealed until the author was good and ready for it; but I was entirely absorbed in every single page—even as I was trying to read faster to get to what every reader wants to know…what is Micky’s future?

The journey there will take you through more of Micky and Dan’s relationship development as they both continue to battle their individual insecurities, and they each discover just how committed the other is to their success. And you know it’s not going to be easy for them with Micky’s freedom hanging in the balance, so that does place a bit of suspense on everything as his fate is drawn out throughout much of the story. Plus there’s still the lingering issue of Micky’s father—just in case you forgot he’s not quite out of the picture after the first book.

Micky and Dan do what they do best—get through their daily lives, doing as best they can and forming an ever closer relationship as they become thoroughly entwined in each other’s lives. Their feelings are blatantly obvious, even if they each may come to doubt them at different points. And in between it all is the wonderful, eternally happy Flynn. The lengths that both Micky and Dan will go to so Flynn’s life will be better are unlimited, and it is because of this on Micky’s part that Dan can see past who Micky used to be, and the incredibly selfless man he’s become.

The supporting characters do an amazing job here in Hard Time, from Dan’s parents Cathy and Frank with their unconditional support of their son as well as Micky and Flynn, to Micky’s friend Jason and Dan’s roommate and friend Tamsin, to Micky and Dan’s fellow employees. They all provide a strong framework both men can count on for help, love, and laughs when it counts the most…and they do it without being overly cheesy or boring. I was also very glad to see how Dougie’s character was portrayed in this story over the first one; this time around he may still be a little goofy and oblivious, but he’s a really great guy through it all.

The story was pretty emotional, and by the end I confess I did have some tears making themselves known. Between the constant tension and the emotional ups and downs, Hard Time had me captured from start to finish as I read it through in a single sitting. You definitely need to read Misdemeanor before starting Hard Time to appreciate exactly where both Micky and Dan came from and how meaningful that makes this story by the end. And while you won’t get a crazy cliffhanger this time around, there’s a promise at the end of more to come—something I am REALLY looking forward to!

5 stars for Hard Time, and it’s a story I highly recommend to any M/M romance fan (just please read Misdemeanor first!). This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content (mmm…yes, Micky and Dan can be quite the sexy pair!). And you probably will want some tissues on hand…just sayin’…

Pixie on MM Good Book Reviews wrote:

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order.

After the startling end to Misdemeanor we have an explosive beginning in Hard Time, Micky’s been arrested and is facing a police sergeant who has it out for him. Micky has a lot to lose if the Courts throw the book at him; it’s dodgy now with Flynn being placed in emergency foster care but it’s lucky for Micky that he has Dan in his corner.

In this new addition in the Responsible Adults series we see some huge dangers that Micky faces, he has decisions to make and Micky learns he can’t always rely on his fists to sort his problems out. Micky’s dangers aren’t physical they are mainly mental, because Micky could lose everything he’s working towards if he doesn’t break the cycle of his reactions.

Dan is an amazing support for both Micky and Flynn, he’s there for Flynn while Micky is locked up and he’s also there for Micky as Micky struggles to keep control of his life. Dan is just amazing and his family are just wonderful, Dan is so lucky to have such a supportive family.

Micky’s and Dan’s relationship grows in leaps and bounds, while they might have only been together a short amount of time their feelings for each other are solid. They face a lot in the short time line of this book, you have Micky’s impending court case, social services sniffing around Flynn, Micky’s dad pushing his luck and Dan’s decision regarding his job.

I really enjoyed this story; C.F. White doesn’t just give us the rosy view of Flynn’s disability C.F. gives it all in technicolor so we end up taking Micky deeper into our hearts as we see just what he has dealt with by himself for years. We also get to see Jason (Micky’s best friend) again and we can also see the huge change in him as well, there’s a lot of growing for several characters in this story and it’s a pleasure to see.

I recommend this story to those who love great characters who develop and grow, two men supporting each other through thick and thin, loving and supportive parents and friends, an adorable little boy who will steal your heart, and a great ending that hints at more to come.

Jane on Sinfully Gay Romance wrote:

This picks up where we were left in Misdemeanor on that whiplash cliffhanger. Micky has now been arrested for breaching his court order and Dan has taken Flynn to his parents’ house who take over temporary foster custody of Flynn. Dan has to explain to his parents that he's in a relationship with Micky and that he's in love with him but he's still very unsure of Micky's feelings towards him. That's an ongoing theme throughout the first part of the book. Dan fears that either Micky doesn't feel the same way he does or that he’ll dismiss their relationship altogether as Micky declares he wants to move away from the area. This is combined with Micky fearing he may be sent to prison and worrying about Flynn. Micky is still worrying about his old and new life colliding, he still suffers with panic attacks and lingering feelings of worthlessness. He's not used to people caring about him and helping him out. Dan’s parents are so good to Micky and Flynn and I felt so glad that they were in their corner. The feelings and emotions in the run up to the court date and the way Micky speaks in court is perfectly captured. I love the way Dan sees Micky and all that he still struggles with, but that he's really trying to be a reformed character and move on from his previous life of petty crimes. It's apparent throughout this book that Micky is turning his life around and he's more responsible and Dan helps him keep on the right track.

I love that there is still a down to earth, grittiness to Micky and his language and the way he speaks still resonates with me. The scene in the supermarket where Micky makes it clear he and Dan are together just had me melting. Flynn as always is just adorable and I love him. Dan finally gets a bit more of what he deserves after quitting the supermarket and it's great to see things move forward for Dan as he so deserves it, he loves Flynn and Micky so much. I adored seeing Micky and Dan’s relationship deepen and strengthen, they're also really hot together. We see more of the secondary characters from the first book. Micky's good for nothing Dad makes a couple of appearances and you despise him even more than in the first book if that's possible as we can see more of the effect he's had on Micky's life and the havoc he's still wreaking. Jason, Micky's best friend is also making changes in his life, he's still blunt and a bit brash, but is a loyal, loveable sort and always has Micky's back.

We leave Micky, Dan and Flynn moving house, back to a village in Wales where Micky and Flynn’s mum came from. Micky doesn't want Flynn raised in the area where the O’Neill name will always be connected to his old life and his dad. They're off for a fresh start with Dan finally getting a job as a teacher and Micky having aced his exams.

There's a sincerity to the writing that just speaks to me and draws me in. This coupled with original characters and the depth of emotion the author manages to convey, especially showing the intimate and vulnerable side of Micky has me captivated. I just absolutely love Micky, Dan and Flynn, they are a heart melting family and I can't wait for the next instalment to see how they fare in Wales.

Evette on Jesse G Books wrote:

4✨s – When I finished Misdemeanor there may have been a little cussing. Okay a lot of cussing. The cliffy had me going crazy waiting for the conclusion. Hard Time did not disappoint.
For all of Micky’s confidence and bravado he may have the biggest heart of them all. The character development is realistic, you feel Micky’s fear, vulnerability and most of all hope. Dan’s frustration, passion and respect. Flynn’s pure and absolute joy.
With a big dose of violence, a side of homophobia and a bunch of small town minds, Micky and Dan have to deal with real life all the while navigating their newfound relationship. While their communication leaves a bit to be desired at times it adds an intensity to their situation. Falling in love is never easy and damn do these two have to struggle. They both find support in expected and unexpected places.
Tender moments, funny bits, sexy times…it’s a true rollercoaster ride of emotions. One that I loved. Throughout the story we get peeks of greatness for both Micky and Dan. Their potential is there, I’m thrilled they got their HEA.

Dawn on Gay Media Reviews wrote:

Wow, I am stuck for how to describe this book, without giving too much away. You must read Misdemeanor first before starting Hard Time. Now I found these books to be written so different to what I usually read, but they were so so good - I had a hard time (no pun intended), putting these books down, as you just have to keep reading to see what will happen next.

I have to say, I would get annoyed with Micky, especially as it seems that Dan is the best thing to happen to him, but he seems to be determined sometimes to sabotage what they have together. Dan though, he is not a person who gives up easily.

Micky has never met anyone like Dan before, and I think deep down he knows he is there for him, but he just doesn't understand why Dan stays with him, what he actually sees in him - this I think this all goes back to what things were like as he was growing up, especially his dead beat father, who just seems to make things worse.

When social workers break up his family, he is surprised at who steps up to help, and to show Micky that there people who want him to succeed, that not everyone expects him to fail, just because of who is father is. It is also around now, that Micky realises that Dan is not going to go away, that he means what he says.

Is it possible for Dan to finally convince Micky that they have something together, or will Micky completely try Dans' patience??

I can guarantee that you will go through various emotions while reading this series, from anger at how people are treating Micky, then also annoyance with Micky for how he treats Dan. But then on other occasions, Micky will come across as someone so gentle.

If you want to read a series that is a really different to the usual stories, then read this one, I don't think you will be disappointed.. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Kenna on Joyfully Jay wrote:

Mickey O’Neill finds himself in a jail cell having broken a court order to stay away from a man (who had it coming, by the way). Since his reputation has preceded him and the cops are less than polite to him, Mickey’s only concern is his little brother, Flynn, and where he is. Flynn has William’s Syndrome, a developmental disorder.

When Mickey is told he’s free to go, it turns out the father of his (maybe?) boyfriend, Dan, has arranged for Mickey to be let go. Nobody will tell him where Flynn is, so he manages to make his way to Dan’s place. There, he’s welcomed by Dan and his parents…and Flynn. It turns out, Dan’s parents are registered foster parents and the social workers allow them to take custody of the young boy.

Dan is so happy to have Mickey back with him. He’s realized he’s fallen in love with Mickey, and he wants to be with him (and Flynn) forever. He sees past Mickey’s tough exterior and knows he’s a smart and caring man. He’s happy their relationship seems to be growing, even if others are trying to warn him away.

The road to happiness isn’t easy, though. Issues with social workers, Mickey and Flynn’s drunken deadbeat father, Mickey’s friends, and the manager at the supermarket where Mickey and Dan work all seem to want to combine and sabotage their budding love and road to becoming a family. The question is whether the men are strong enough to work their way through the chaos and build a life they both have always wanted.
I’ll start by telling you I reviewed the first book in this series, Misdemeanor, back in June. I gave it 3.5 stars because I didn’t feel I connected with Dan and Mickey like I wanted. However, Hard Time gave me what I was missing, and I was so pleased.

The chemistry between Mickey and Dad grew exponentially between Misdemeanor and Hard Time. I think part of it is C.F. White growing as an author. It was obvious to me her style was smoother and more detailed in this book. There were points in the story that were quite depressing. Normally, I will skim that sort of thing, but there was definitely no skimming here. This wasn’t heartbreak for heartbreak’s sake. The reader needs to know the person Mickey used to be so they could believe in (and have hope for) the man he wants to be.

The same thing happens with Dan. He’s still managing the grocery store, but as he falls deeper for Mickey, he begins to think about building a better life. He becomes more confident and he’s no longer a doormat. He’s able to stand up to his loser of an ex-boyfriend and his boss (a mega jerk if I’ve ever seen one). He’s not afraid to show his love for Mickey and Flynn to his family and best friend, and his love and affection for Flynn becomes more obvious, especially in the wake of Mickey informing him that he and Flynn are a package deal. Flynn will always be there, way beyond his reaching adulthood.

A lot is going on is this story. I won’t call it overwhelming, but I will tell you to pay attention. You won’t want to miss anything. I will definitely recommend you read Misdemeanor before you attempt to read Hard Time. If you try to read this one as a stand alone, you will be completely lost. There are a lot of important details that you need to know and they will only enhance your reading experience. I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but I think I can let you in on certain things that help make Mickey and Dan who they are. Mickey was an underground fighter. His drunken father taught him that violence was the way to deal with everything. He and his friends were petty thieves who stole cars out of boredom. His mother died, leaving him and Flynn at the mercy of their father, and he took the abuse in order to keep Flynn safe from their father’s fists. Dan, as I mentioned before, is a bit of a doormat who’d been unlucky in relationships…especially his last one. He went to school to become a teacher, but he’s not sure if he wants to leave the security of his grocery store job. He’s comfortable there and isn’t necessarily ready to take chances.

When you put the two of them together, they’re…frustrating, difficult, but more than anything, they’re amazing. While I didn’t connect with them in Misdemeanor, I was completely caught up in them here. The love is deep and made my heart feel full and warm. The sex was incredible, and made…ahem…other parts warm. It was pretty explicit, but that didn’t feel out of place in this story. It was like they needed to cling to one another sexually to prove what they had was real. And it was.

The background characters are all important to the story. They’re written well and are pretty nicely fleshed out. A few were there for comic relief and others were there to make you angry. They enhanced the story, and not a single one was unnecessary.

Everything tied up neatly in the end. Some of the scenes were obvious (not a problem, though), and one of them made me cry big, fat, ugly tears, I thought it was perfect. So perfect, in fact, that when I read there is to be a third installment of the series, my first reaction was shock. Personally (seriously…personally, this is just me and my own thoughts), I don’t think a third is necessary. However, that does not mean I won’t read book three. I’m just not sure if it can get any better than Hard Time. I guess only time will tell.

I highly recommend this one, but please read book one first to get the full effect.


Responsible Adult Serial

The Responsible Adult series follows bad boy Micky O’Neill as he attempts to better his life to bring up his disabled little brother. A past full of juvenile delinquency and living in a small town rife with idle gossip means Micky struggles to be seen as anything other than a no-hoper from the wrong side of the tracks... until he takes a job at the local supermarket and meets his boss, Dan, a university graduate and self-proclaimed shy, awkward bookworm.

Dan, older and burned from a past relationship, is the one person who sees through Micky’s tough-guy facade to the true heart underneath. With fear and mistrust on both sides, the two must steer their way through a complicated relationship where outside forces are determined to break them up at every turn.

Responsible Adult is a series about growing up and learning that love always brings responsibility.

About the Author

Brought up in the relatively small town in Hertfordshire, I managed to do what most other residents of the town try and fail. Leave.

Going off to study at a West London University, I realised there was a whole city out there just waiting to be discovered, so much like Dick Whittington before, I never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold; slowly coming to the realisation that it is mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of stare at them endlessly whilst holding a polystyrene foam cup of watered down coffee.

Eventually I moved from West to East along that vast District Line, and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles, and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job, creating a life, a home, a family.

Having worked in Higher Education for the most proportion of my adult life, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper, having written stories as a child but never having the confidence to show them to the world. Now embarking on this writing malarkey, I cannot stop. So strap in, it’s a bumpy ride from here on in.


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