Book Reviews

Jared's Family by V.S. Morgan at Decadent Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / May/December / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-February-2017

Book Blurb

After witnessing his mother’s death, a once outgoing preschooler is now a quiet shadow of himself. The little boy suffers nightmares and rarely speaks, choosing to use the basic sign language he learned in daycare. Desperate to help his little nephew, Virge Stevens takes a leave of absence from the LAPD to bring Donovan, known as D to Montana for the therapy he needs.

A chance meeting at the library changes Virge and his nephew’s lives forever. 

Jared Malone is one of five brothers, right smack damn in the middle. He is the peacemaker and the one who gets shit done. When his younger brother gets sick, Jared fills in reading to small children at the library. There he encounters a tall, dark, and handsome stranger and his cute little boy. Jared is immediately drawn to Virge but is still dealing with the betrayal of an abusive ex.

As the Malone family welcomes them to the ranch and into their lives, Virge’s instant attraction for Jared grows, but the cowboy is fifteen years younger than him. Will he be rejected?

Both men have secrets. Secrets that could destroy the connection between them. Can they overcome the odds and find happiness together?

Book Review

‘Jared’s Family’ is set on the same Montana ranch as ‘The Gift’ (Wyatt’s story) and ‘Sam’s Temptation’ (Sam’s story), and this time it is Jared’s turn. As the third brother, he is right in the middle regarding age and, like many middle children, is not sure about his place in the world. That changes when he meets handsome black ex-homicide detective Virge and his traumatized nephew D, now under Virge’s guardianship after D lost both parents. This novella tells the story of both men’s efforts to help D and how they fall in love in the process.

Virge is determined to help his nephew recover, and since three-year-old D stopped speaking when his mother died, therapy is of the utmost importance. It’s the reason for their move from LA to Montana, but it soon turns out to be a good change of scenery for Virge as well. Virge may have been a homicide detective, but he is also a writer and his books have taken off to the point that he has been offered a movie deal. Virge has no intention of telling anyone; the last thing he wants is to be a celebrity.

Jared is a cowboy, the middle brother who keeps their family together, and not really interested in kids. That changes when he meets little D during a reading at the library, but it is the boy’s father Jared is interested in. Virge may be fifteen years older than Jared, but Jared couldn’t care less. After escaping an emotioally abusive relationship with the town’s deputy, all Jared is a man who respects him and stands by him.

Both men have secrets – and the slow discovery of what they are added a level of tension to the story that kept me turning the pages. Their attraction is strong but their romance faces quite a few obstacles (internal and external) as they struggle to figure out if and how well they fit together. Jared’s nasty ex has a role to play, and I did not like him one bit! I loved the balance between family love and budding romantic feelings, and little D is just adorable!

If you like hunky cowboys with a heart of gold, if an uncle who takes over raising his sister’s child selflessly and without hesitation is your thing, and if you’re looking for a light read with a sweet romance and a touch of suspense, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 90 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-February-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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