REVIEW: In the Rough by J.B. McDonald | Torquere Books
Author: J.B. McDonald
Publisher: Torquere Books
Publication Date: August 2009
Length: 196 Pages/77500 Words
Can a man who's never been responsible for himself truly become a responsible parent? After finding out his daughter has been molested while in his ex's care, he's willing to jump through whatever hoops he has to to get and keep custody. Besides dealing with myriad meetings, therapists and job hunting, he has to lance the festering abscess that is his past.
Rich had been abused as a kid and swore he'd never get involved with anyone remotely like his old man; big, easily angered, irresponsible. So who does he fall in "forever" love with? Only the epitome of his dad. So best friend is cool, until Jay begins to slowly pull his life together for his child and Rick is unable to stand back and not risk his heart to help him.
This one deals with a very touchy subject and yet the way past and present unfold within this story is enough to make the heart weep. The "sins of the father" fear, buried anguish interspersed with remnants of wishful dreams and horrific nightmares are alleviated to some degree with the continual hope, strength, and love of a longtime friendship. The sex while not prolific is steamy. There is sensitivity to the issue, the bells and whistle demands of the system, yet it's the endurance of both the love and friendship between the two men in all it's poignant glory that steals it.
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