Sophie, by JP Barnaby
Series: Survivor Stories, Book 5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
It’s amazing how a single word from a tiny girl can change your life.
Spencer Thomas’s world turns upside down when his beloved Nell dies and leaves custody of her three-year-old daughter to him. Her “Spenna” comes when Sophie needs him most, but his boyfriend, Aaron, can’t be a parent. He just can’t. Neither of them expected a baby to fall into the lives they’d finally just settled.
When Nell’s ex comes to claim Sophie, Aaron needs to make a decision: man up or walk away as Spencer faces the fight of his life.
Aaron and Spencer… I feel like they’ve been a part of my life for so many years. And I guess they have. I remember when I read the first book in this series and the heartache and sorrow I felt for Aaron, the optimism I felt for both him and Spencer. I remember the feelings of hope I felt for both of them as their story moved on. Now I’ve come to the end of their story and I’m feeling a bit sad, a bit glad, and a lot relieved.
I have to say, as much as I like these characters, reading the struggles they go through has become repetitive, and honestly a bit too much for me to handle anymore. I think this is because I just do care for them a lot and I was hoping that I would not have to go through these same feelings all over again. Not only that, I’m exhausted by a story where the path to happiness is continuously through a stint of panic, stress, pain, loss, and all the other sad and awful things that seem to come from these stories. I guess I was hoping for a story where Aaron did have some reservations, but he’s been able to heal enough to not have to go through all the stress anymore when a situation comes up that he’s not comfortable with. I really hoped for an easier time.
But it’s not all sadness and sorrow. Sophie comes into Spencer and Aaron’s lives many years into their relationship. They are stronger as a couple, their love is more solid, and Sophie might just be the right little person to help them move forward once again.
There are tender moments that gave me all the feels. There are struggles that had me cringing and praying for a quick and easy resolution. In the end, this is a nice ending to a series and story about two men who both have a lot to be proud of. A lot to be happy about. A lot to be grateful for. They have friends, family, each other… and most of all, they have so much love.
Recommended for fans of this series. New readers should read books 1, 3, and 4 prior, if they want to have a good grasp and handle on Aaron, Spencer, and the family.
JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.