The Last Thing he Needs by J. H. Knight

Title : The last thing he needs                              Word Count: 76,763    

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance   

Blurb :Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he’s managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.

Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn’t belong in Tommy’s harsh world, but Tommy can’t push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy’s life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.

Tommy isn’t used to trusting outsiders, and he’s never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O’Shea family and threatens everything he’s fought for, he’ll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.

My Review: Talk about a shitload of responsibilities. Tommy is a very caring older brother at 22 years old who takes care of his seven younger brothers and sisters. He is dirt poor but he tries to make an honest living as much as he can, he is very self less, always thinking and taking care of the needs of the little ones first. Tommy tries to be a hard ass all the time but he can’t always resist the charms of Bobby, the cop who is always coming to their house to check on things. Bobby sees through that veil that Tommy erects and sees how caring and loving he is to his siblings. Tommy lets Bobby into his life a little at a time. He realizes that being strong can come through letting go and allowing someone to help through difficult times.

Bobby had a hard time getting through Tom’s defenses but he kept on chipping away so that he could be the man that Tommy needed. It takes a near death experience for Tommy to finally open up and admits how he feels. I guess it takes death to kick some people in the ass, only it might just be too late. This book was very deep and it held a lot of harsh realities in today’s society, it was filled with the repercussions of drugs , alcohol and abuse. It is gritty as well as romantic, just a captivating read all around. Love can be found in the shittiest of places, and nobody deserves it more than Tommy and Bobby. They fought  and battled it out to a well deserved ending. The sex was hot enough, but to be honest I was more focused on the plot because it was just that compelling. It gets my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.