“Don’t argue about the difficulties. The difficulties will argue for themselves.” ― Winston Churchill
BLURB: Cash McCord loves his life. He owns the family ranch, works hard and invites the occasional cowboy into his bed. All that changes when his brother Jack and Jack’s wife Val are killed in a car crash, leaving behind six kids.
Cash is made guardian along with Val’s brother Brad Rafferty. Brad couldn’t be more different than Cash. A Yankee, Brad is a video game developer who works twelve to fourteen hour days at his desk. The two men lock horns on sight, neither man happy to have the other around, but neither willing to give up guardianship of their nieces and nephews.
Can they manage to keep the kids together, and keep from killing each other at the same time?
REVIEW: I was happily surprised when I saw this story come up on the list of offerings this week. You see, I already owned the original anthology this was published in, and I had already read it. I couldn’t wait to revisit Cash and Brad and their small army of children.
Cash and Brad couldn’t be more different if they tried. Brad is a video game developer and Cash is a Texas rancher. Both men are gay, but that really is the extent of what they have in common. When they are informed that Jack, Cash’s brother, and Val, Brad’s sister, left BOTH of them as guardians of their six children, the reality of their differences hits them square in the chest.
Cash wants to take the kids back to the family ranch in Texas, while Brad wants to let them adjust to life without their parents before making any more big changes in their life. When their differences finally push them past their limits, it turns into a knock down drag out fight. Once they get all their anger out, they realize there might be more than aggression between them and they find out there is a possibility of turning this situation into a real family affair.
The two men finally find some common ground and fall into a comfortable routine, just to have their happy little family threatened by someone that should only be trying to make their life easier. The two men have to make some tough choices if they want to keep their happy family together, and they set out to do just that.
Sean Michael has once again taken my heart and given it a big old squeeze. I love the way he can take two men that should never work on paper and make them so believably happy. Through his writing I can picture these two men doing whatever it takes to make these kids happy, and then surprise each other with a little bit of happiness for themselves. If you have read Daddy, Daddy and Me or Unlikely Hero, you know that he has a knack for writing a wonderfully believable family unit and totally heart-melting kids you just can’t help but love. He has done that again with Inheritance, and all I can say is that this isn’t a story you want to miss. It is a shorter story than his usual, but that doesn’t take anything away from the story.
I highly recommend this one. I think you will love Cash and Brad as much as I do.