Until September by Chris Scully

UntilSeptemberAs 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1After reading the description and to be honest, the first few chapters of Until September, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about Archer. I know it’s the mom in me, but I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of someone, especially family, not wanting to be a part of a young child’s life. There was also the fact that everything about Archer was borderline offensive and he worked hard at it.

Ryan was his complete opposite. He was the living embodiment of everything that Archer was against. There was no way that these two could have been tolerable acquaintances, much less lovers. Nothing is ever exactly what it seems though and Archer was a perfect example.

I’ve said before that for me to enjoy a book with kids as an important element of the story, they have to be… well, important. Not just ‘props’  that an author uses to make things interesting. Dillon and Emma definitely passed the test. I loved those kids and the way that they wormed their way into Archer’s heart of steel. Ryan was more than happy accept Archer’s offer because he loved Dillon and Emma too. He knew he was setting himself up for heartbreak, because he wanted a family more than anything. Spending a summer with them, trying to convince a confirmed, unlovable bachelor that being a family was important was futile. I’m not sure which one of these characters my heart was breaking for more by the end of the story. All of them had lost so much, but together they had a fresh start.

I should probably also mention that this is the first book by Chris Scully that I’ve read, but it most definitely won’t be my last. The author did an amazing job of turning a totally unlikeable character into someone I ended up rooting for. ❤





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