Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.
Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.
In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.
He only hopes there isn't a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi at heidicullinan.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Like many people, I never expect to enjoy a sequel. I expected to be upset at the direction the author took the characters. I'm so happy my expectations were wrong. In the first chapter the story promises a happy ending and it does not dissapoint. In truth, I liked this book more than the previous book. The author moved away from a more romance driven plot to cover political struggles faced by people not on the mean. This was a well thought out book and really delves into more issues faced by people not on the mean. It is educational within the context of an enjoyable plot. It is a story of acceptance, courage, and compromise.
I think that both of the books in this series deserve more than 5 stars. Heidi Cullinan does an amazing job of showing her readers what the world looks like through her character's eyes. Their struggles are so spot on it amazes me. Emmet and Jeremey are back along with crew from The Roosevelt House plus a whole pack of newbies. I loved getting to know each and every one of them better. It was wonderful seeing Emmet and his buddies working together to fix the wrongs of their world. Emmet's effort to give Jeremey what he needed overwhelmed me at times; from finding Mai, to giving him soft gentle touches because it was important, to making sure that Jeremey knew how much he was loved and important. Jeremey grows so much in this book. He's so quiet that he's sometimes invisible but he's always the one supporting and giving to make it so the others can do what needs to be done. My favorite part is the roof top scene, but the ending is beyond fantastic. Take a bow Heidi. BRAVO! Adult read