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Until September by Chris Scully

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Until September by Chris Scully

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About the Author
Chris Scully is a die-hard romantic, a lover of good books, hot men and eighties music. She discovered M/M romance far too many years ago and immediately became an avid reader. Now, trapped in a minuscule cubicle for eight hours a day, this IT professional loves to indulge in the [not so] occasional daydream—and finally gets the chance to commit some of them to paper.

Chris would love to hear from readers at: cscully@bell.net.
Publication Date
February 08, 2016
As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.
Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.
To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.

Editor review

1 review
Enjoyable Read
(Updated: January 21, 2016)
Archer Noblesse had a tough childhood. The son of a native prostitute, they grew up poor and at times homeless. Eventually, his mother sends him and his sister to live with their grandmother on the reservation, but things there aren't much better. Archer runs away at 16, so he can make sure he and his sister have a chance at a better life.  20 years later, Archer Noblesse has reinvented himself as Archer Noble. An out and proud gay man who is outspoken against gay marriage. Yes, I said against. Archer is cynical and well, just an all around jerk. He believes gay men should not get married or have kids. The anonymous sex he engages in is the way to go. When his sister dies he is suddenly left to pick up the pieces and take care of his young niece and nephew. When he arrives he meets his nephew's teacher, the children's temporary guardian, Ryan Eriksson. Ryan is the epitome of everything Archer hates about the stereotypical gay man. He is slightly effeminate, beautiful and he wants the whole shebang, commitment, marriages and kids. All the things Archer believes gay men have no right to want.

Archer doesn't care for Ryan or agree with his views, but he needs Ryan. Archer knows how to be a parent deep down, but he doesn't want to be a parent. He wants to go on with his life as planned and the children are a major inconvenience. He strikes up a deal with Ryan. Ryan will stay until September, then Archer will sign over custody of the children to him. Ryan agrees thinking he can convince Archer to be the parent he thinks the children need.

I loved Ryan, but Archer, well, he made me want to throw my iPad across the room. He's a complete manwhore!! He was also a jack@$$!! I loved this story. The premise was good, and it was well written. As much as I hated Archer, I still loved watching him grow and change. I loved that he could admit when he was wrong and try to rectify his mistakes. I adored the interaction between Ryan, Archer and the children. They felt like a real family even before they knew they were one. The sexual tension between Archer and Ryan was so thick you could cut it with a knife. It's a slow build but electrical when it finally happens.

This was a really nice read. I think I would have liked to see it wrap up a little more slowly. The end seemed a little rushed, but I really did enjoy this story.

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