Until September, by Chris Scully
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 8, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Buy Link: Publisher
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
As 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.
Chris Scully is a new author for me, but one that I’m definitely going to be checking out in the future! Until September is lyrical and emotional, with a slow-build romance that will leave you gasping for more. The characters are complex, and they evolved and grew through the novel.
I really love this quote, which I think describes the novel pretty well:
“This is what happens when you start caring about other people. The pain gets in.”
Because Archer has closed himself off. He’s erected a wall around himself, protecting himself from emotions, from connections, and from his own traumatic past. But as Ryan and Archer’s niece and nephew start to break those walls down brick by brick, Archer has to find the strength to stand against all of the pain and emotion that he’s previously fled from.
I think the love-hate relationship with Ryan was beautifully done. This isn’t an insta-love novel, and I really appreciate that; every emotion is fought for, and Archer doesn’t easily accept the feelings he starts to develop for Ryan.
The rest of the novel was excellent, too. Really beautiful, and a fantastic romance!