AUTHOR: Jessie G
TITLE: Our Reason
SERIES: Sizzling Miami #8 (Red & Bull #3)
COVER ARTIST: Andrew Reyna
PHOTOGRAPHER: Randy RLS Images
COVER MODEL: Alfie Gordillo
CATEGORIES: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2017
Married life is everything Bull and Red could have hoped for. It’s not something they’d ever take for granted and the need to pay it forward is a trait the husbands happily share. When the new director of the Bennett House asks Red to teach an art class, he isn’t entirely sure how it will help, but he’s more than willing to try. Before Bull, he used his art to purge his demons and sharing that with those in need of an outlet for their own pain was a gift he never considered giving. Each week he is rocked by the artful outpouring of emotion and the gratitude of his students. One by one, they burrow into his heart…but none more so than Dillon Young.
Always holding himself apart from the others, the wisp of a boy keeps his head down and hides behind a mangy, overgrown length of dark hair like a shield. Despite his best attempts not to see himself in all the young men that come through the center, everything about Dillon calls out to Red. Needing to share their encounters, and maybe hoping for a little perspective, he turns to the one man he knows he can always count on. Expecting Bull to be the voice of reason had been a fool’s mission from the start and soon they’re both invested in helping Dillon.
There’s no doubt they have an abundance of love to share and if ever there was someone who needed it, Dillon was the one. Between Bull’s strength and Red’s patience, they’ll help Dillon learn to trust again, and in the process, create a family that none of them intended. Though they never envisioned themselves as parents, Bull and Red will find room in their happily ever after to save the child they didn’t know lived in their hearts.
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They stopped at a light and Bull glanced at him thoughtfully. “Did Dillon show up for Thursday’s art class?”
There was no denying that the troubled teen was at least partly responsible for his need to give more or that Bull knew his interest far exceeded his role in the boy’s life. “Yeah. He was a few minutes late and he looked rough, but he was there. Even stayed for the food the center brought in afterward.”
Rail thin and tall for his age, Dillon Young slumped like life had already beaten him into submission. He always kept his head down and his dark hair long enough to cover his eyes, but Red had glimpsed at them once and the familiarity had grabbed him by the throat. The feeling was so strong that he reached for Dillon, needing to just hug him as tight as he could, but the boy flinched back and took off.
Dillon disappeared for a few days after that and Red had been beside himself until director called to say he’d come around again. After that, Red kept his approach cautious. He wouldn’t avoid him because he needed to know how to help him, but he never got too close and made sure there was no physical contact even in passing. Months later, he thought they were making headway, but then Dillon disappeared again and Red didn’t know why. Like before, he returned with little fanfare and zero desire to explain his absence. With his own past acting as a reminder of all the possible shit Dillon could be dealing with, it was a cycle that Red wasn’t sure he could continue to live with.
“I know the center has rules it has to follow, but there’s no reason we can’t find out more information about his home life, is there?” They had been trying not to go around the center because he didn’t want to cause them any issues, but the fear of something happening to Dillon was forcing his hand. Red wasn’t scared and destitute anymore. He was a grown man with resources and friends who could help this kid. They had to help because the alternative was unacceptable.
“None at all,” Bull agreed as he reached for his hand. “I’ll talk to Ric. If it’s a conflict of interest for him, I’m sure he can point me in the direction of someone who can help.”
5 of 5 Stars
I’m going to start my review with a tiny confession. My opinion of this book, and my review of it, will not be unbiased. Red and Bull are my favorite couple. Every time I even read the word Red my heart breaks all over again. I have read For a Reason (FaR) 7 times. I will probably read it 7 more times (realistically probably more than that). In fact, when I first read FaR I had never heard of Jessie G…but you can rest assured I reached out to her after I read it.
If you haven’t read FaR and Their Reason, you need to read those books first. And while you’re at it just read all her books because you really won’t be sorry. But more than that, if you’re like me you’ll want to know who all the characters are and want their stories before meeting them in this book.
I knew I would love this book…what I didn’t know was how much I would feel while reading it. In fact, there is a little bit of water in my eyes as I write this. Red’s story is one of the most devastating I’ve read. Dillion’s wasn’t much better and between the two of them, I had a hard time reading part of this book because I couldn’t see the pages. This book couldn’t be anything but amazing because if it wasn’t the Red and Bull army would be in an uproar (myself included). Jessie delivered the perfect story…again. And the best part? We’ll probably see more of them in the future…in the other stories in this series and her other series.
As always, the entire ‘Connor clan’ is involved in this story and we get to hear from quite a few of them. We meet a couple of new characters including Dillion’s grandmother who is a ba$$ in her own right and Rupert, the fishing attorney, who I know we’ll see again. As always, the Queen of Tease leaves us with a huge hint for what he’ll be up to in the near future.
I’m going to go finish crying in the corner while I read For a Reason…again.
As always, I had a couple of questions for Jessie after reading this book. She was gracious enough to answer them and let me share those answers with you here.
Q: How does everyone know Rupert?
A: Rupert had an unnamed part in Tys That Bind. He was the lawyer that appears in the adoption scene and he came to the Malone’s through Alaric. The Rupert/Alaric connection will get more page time in Forever More (sequel to Talk Dirty to Me) which will lead into a full-length mystery/suspense (non-rom) bringing Alaric, Ty and a few other’s together in my investigative / vigilante dream team.
Q: I found it interesting that Kyle found Dillion when he ran away. Was there significance to that or was it random? Why him out of all the men to chose from?
A: Why Kyle? I picked him for several reasons 1) I intended for that to be the group scene you are all always asking me about; 2) he doesn’t work at the garage so he was one of a small list that Dillon might not have met yet; 3) there will not be any kids in Saul, Javier and Kyle’s future and I like seeing them interact with the kids that are there in the other stories (and that will come up in Saving Saul); and 4) I like Kyle. He’s young, fun and bright, but beneath the surface is something not so shiny happy. Being called on as part of the Connor Army to find Dillon means something to him.
Q: Do you see eventually writing a book about Dillion when he’s an adult?
A: As for writing a story about Dillon….way down the line, maybe, I don’t know. Depends on the things he tells me or even if he keeps talking to me.
Like many readers, the dream of being a writer has been with me a long time. After three decades of trying, I’d begun to doubt. Thanks to social media, I followed my favorite authors hoping to glean some words of wisdom as I pounded out half-formed ideas with alarming regularity. Two repetitive themes emerged: to be a great writer you must read a lot and your butt must be in the chair every day like it’s a job. I took that advice to heart and write every day. With three series in the works and a full schedule of releases planned for the next two years, it’s been amazing to have made this dream my reality.
I am a firm believer in marriage equality, love at first sight, power dynamics, and happily ever after. I’m a lover of strong secondary characters, and series filled with families—biological or chosen. All are themes you’ll find throughout my books.
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