The Way Things Are

The Way Things Are

by A.J. Thomas


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The Way Things Are by A.J. Thomas

A night of drunken confusion at nineteen resulted in Patrick Connelly fathering a child. Determined to be there for his son, Patrick walked away from a sport he loved and forever hid his sexuality. After Patrick's brutal divorce and a vicious hate crime, his son, Jay, has become obsessed with graffiti. Hoping for a fresh start, Patrick moves Jay to his childhood home in Seattle. Within two weeks, Jay is arrested again. On his way to pick Jay up, Patrick stops an assault, then finds himself in handcuffs too. Thinking things can’t get any worse, he’s confronted by the sexiest man he’s ever seen—his son’s new probation officer, Ken Atkins.

The hardest part of Ken’s job is working with difficult parents, and the undeniably handsome Patrick Connelly is going to be a difficult parent. A chance encounter and steamy hookup with Patrick leave Ken blindsided. As they work together to try to keep Jay on the right path, the passion between them proves impossible to resist. When the assault Patrick prevented comes back to haunt them and Jay gets into trouble again, Ken must convince Patrick that ensuring his son’s happiness doesn’t have to mean sacrificing his own.

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ISBN-13: 9781632165541
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Way Things Are 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
InkedRainbowReads More than 1 year ago
FiveStars I loved this so much! I forgot how amazing AJ Thomas’ writing is! This is the story of Patrick, a single father who works as a crane operator in Seattle. Patrick’s life is wonderfully chaotic. Thomas slowly feeds us his backstory and his current story until I just fell in love with him. This is also the story of Ken. In a family of tough cops, he is a gay probation officer - dedicated to his job but intensely insecure. And finally, it is the story of Jay, Patrick’s damaged, wayward, endearing teenage son. What I love about Thomas’ writing is that she always builds romance around an engaging, exciting story. This one read a little like an episode of ‘The Wire’ but with characters I actually cared about. Even the minor characters in this story were quirky and carefully developed. I was sad when this ended and would love to see a return to Thomas’ Seattle she has created for another book (Corbin and David please?). Possibly my only complaint about the book is that the underlying mystery that runs through the story could have been developed further. It is unusual for romance books to include action storylines. I really like the fact that Thomas does mix action with romance, but here the action felt secondary at times, useful for plot development but almost impossible for readers to keep up with or guess at. Finally, I like the way this relationship didn’t develop in isolation. The relationships surrounding the men were just as carefully drawn as the primary love story. All of our love stories include best friends, brothers, sons, bosses and parents and this novel explored a complex romance that felt very genuine. Sarah FiveStars Reading about the relationship between Patrick and Ken was amazing. They connected so easy and show how a relationship can deal with anything, including gas raising a troubled teen. I really liked how the relationship seemed to improve Jay's behavior rather than make it worse which is what so many stories do when a parent meets someone new. Tracy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago