A Different Kind of Family
Brad Kelly thought his life was set. He had a handsome, sweet, younger lover, who brought with him a “ready-made” family. He and Ted were truly devoted to one another, and to their son, Jeremy. After the tragic loss of Brad’s first lover, Randy, his new family had given him hope for a bright and happy future once again. But what is it they say about the best laid plans?
Welcome to the third and final installment of A Different Kind of Family: The Trilogy. I have reworked my original story, dividing it into three free-standing books that address the different “eras” of Brad Kelly’s life. The first two installments, The Awakening, and A New Beginning, were published earlier. This final installment, Love Matters, brings Brad Kelly’s life to “the present time”.
You will notice that this installment is longer than the first two, because it covers what turns out to be a more complex period of Brad’s life. You will find – along with Brad – some surprise twists, both happy and sad, as he moves through middle age and approaches his senior years. This part of Brad’s life also sets up the premise for The Bears’ Den series, which delve into the lives of a number of the peripheral characters introduced in these books.
Brad Kelly finally gets the HEA ending that he deserves – just not quite the way he had expected. Happily, several of his loving and devoted family members get to share in his HEA ending as well. Because they all find that no matter what trials and tribulations they face in life, the most important thing to remember is that in the end, only love truly matters.
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Varies During Story
Protagonist 2 Age: Varies During Story
Protagonist 3 Age: Varies During Story
Tropes: Adopted Child, Age Difference, Coming Home, Coming Out Later in Life, Families/Raising Kids, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Friends to Lovers, Interracial Relationship, Married Life, Queer Wedding
Word Count: 46540
Setting: Rockford, Illinois, Chicago, Key West, FL
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
*** Prologue ***
July, 2014: Rockton, Illinois
Brad Kelly was in the bathroom, waking up and getting ready for “The Big Day” today. As he brushed his teeth, he noticed a picture of himself with his second partner, Ted, and their son, Jeremy, standing in front of the Chicago skyline in 1994. They had taken a trip to the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium to encourage the young boy’s interest in the ocean and space.
Brad and Ted had watched Jeremy grow from an energetic toddler to a curious young boy with an interest in helping sick animals and people. He was precocious at times, and smart as a whip since he started talking – something he rarely stopped doing, even now. He was Ted’s pride and joy, and would continue to be a source of pride and joy for Brad to this day.READ MORE
Brad wished that Ted could have seen his son all grown up into the amazing man he had become. But again, the fates had other ideas. Fortunately, young Ted’s foresight and concern for his son’s future helped Brad and Jeremy weather the storms they were about to face. Again, Brad’s ever-growing family of friends would be there, helping him make it through this challenging time in his life.COLLAPSE