Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review & Giveaway: MISDEMEANOR by CF White (Responsible Adult #1)

Buy Links: 

Pride Publishing (Early Download) 

Amazon US | Amazon UK (Out July 4)

Length: 77,579 words

Publisher: Pride Publishing


After his mother tragically dies and his deadbeat father goes off the rails, nineteen-year-old Micky is left to care for his disabled little brother, Flynn.
Juggling college, a dead end job and Flynn's special needs means Micky has to put his bad boy past behind him and be the responsible adult to keep his brother out of care. He doesn't have time for anything else in his life.

Until he meets Dan.

"Amazingly gritty and raw. This slice of life is so realistic it flays you." - Pride Publishing

Carra's Review

Stories where the main characters have to travel a pretty bumpy road to get where they’re going, with plenty of angst and difficulty along the way…those are the stories that can really grab my emotions and pull me in to the characters’ lives.  Misdemeanor fits the bill for this, and it was actually filled with more drama and angst than romance—but the relationship between Micky and Dan was still front and center to the story.  

These two men actually fit together quite well, but Micky doesn't really know how to handle what he’s feeling and tries to push Dan away several times in his attempt to cope with his emotions, and what he believes Dan will eventually come to think about being with him.  It doesn’t matter though—the further into the story you go, the more Micky and Dan fall for each other, and their chemistry is glaringly obvious from the start.  The two are quite opposite of each other, which makes that chemistry all the more enticing for the characters and the reader.

Things are complicated by Micky’s home and family life; he’s a former bad boy who is trying to make a better life for his little brother and himself, and that is made more difficult by his not-so-stellar past.  Micky’s little brother Flynn suffers from Williams syndrome, which throws another issue into the mix for them to contend with.  Flynn is so sweet and innocent, and I thought his character brought a lot of depth to the story.  

There’s a quirky cast of supporting characters like Micky’s best friend Jason—whose activities are not quite legal much of the time, but who is the kind of friend you want watching your back, Ruby—who wants Micky and blatantly demonstrates that fact, Hollie—who just doesn’t want to take the not-so-subtle “no” that Micky keeps throwing her way, and Dougie—who’s a bit goofy but a good guy…though I think many readers may not be happy about his portrayal in this story since it focuses a bit too much on his weight almost to the point of meanness (though I don’t think that was the intention here, but perception is going to be the key).

And just when you think things couldn’t get intense enough before Micky and Dan can get on with some happiness between them…there’s a great…big…cliffhanger.  The kind that will have you scrambling to look for the next book because while what happens is not unexpected given events that happened in the story, the fact that the book leaves off like that will have you screaming to know what the heck happens next.  I know I’m fully trussed up on that hook waiting, because I am fully invested in Micky and Dan (and Flynn!), and really want to see them get their happy ending.  And so, I wait…

4 solid stars for Misdemeanor, a half of one I knocked off for Dougie’s portrayal and the other half for the wholly unexpected cliffhanger that blindsided me since I didn’t realize Micky and Dan’s story would not be wrapped up in this book.  Besides these two things, everything else about this story was quite engaging and I did not want to put the book down.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.

Author Bio

Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail-leave.

Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they're mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.

She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.

Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after she'd written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it's gonna be a bumpy ride...


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