Summary: 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.
In J.H. Knight’s The Last Thing He Needs, Tommy O’Shea and Bobby are from two separate walks of life. Tommy lives in the gray. He does what he needs to do in order to get by and to take care of his brothers and sisters. Bobby, a cop, lives within the law.
The tension and the attraction between the two is intense from the beginning. They don’t act on their attraction immediately. They let it linger and those feelings grow. I loved the slower burn to their relationship. And the fact that Bobby took the time to get to know each of Tommy’s brothers and sisters made melted my heart.
Bobby stepped in to help Tommy but he didn’t have to be the hero. He wanted to work with Tommy to find and share their happiness. This novel reminded me a bit of Shameless without the plethora of cursing and nudity.
Would I recommend this to others? Oh yes. This is definitely on the reread on a rainy day list!