Review: Declan by Laramie Briscoe
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Buoni Amici Press.
My first ever read from Laramie Briscoe was the standalone Trick, and this was way back in 2017. That book became one of my favorite reads for that year, and remains my favorite novel of Briscoe's. When I learned that her next book would be about the son of the main characters from Trick, well, suffice it to say that I had a whole mix of emotions to deal with. I was intrigued and excited, but I was also rather nervous. After all, the memories I have of Trick have been good ones, and it's the book I compare all of Briscoe's other books to. Maybe that isn't necessarily fair, but hey, c'est la vie! And now, Declan is out in the proverbial wild, and while it does have somewhat of a familiar vein to it--single parent, tatted up hero--the male Tennyson of this current generation is a whole new force to be reckoned--and to fall in love--with.
Twenty-two-year-old (or is he twenty-four?) Declan Tennyson has had a crush on his sister's best friend for years. When he sees her in need of a bit of help with her car, he steps in and offers far more than she was expecting. Unfortunately, life has taught Claudia Wilson that the one person she could rely on without fail was herself. Trust was a rare commodity she wasn't willing to offer up, but her best friend's younger brother seemed intent to show her that he was worth risking her heart on. He understood that she and her three-year-old son, Jay, were a package deal, and Declan didn't care that she was eight years older than him. His family is more than supportive of their relationship, but there are those who think she's making a mistake, and they won't hesitate to make her realize the likely consequences.
Ah, Declan reminds of someone near and dear to my heart; I'm talking about his father, Patrick "Trick" Tennyson, of course! What is it with these Tennyson men that makes them just so darn captivating and irresistible?! The adage "like father, like son" totally applies to these two, what with them falling for single moms with less than stellar exes. But that doesn't mean that their stories were absolute replicas of each other. Declan was his own man, and there was no questioning just how much he loved Claudia and little Jay. The major conflict they had to face wasn't a huge surprise, but it was resolved rather quickly, which was a plus in my eyes. Now, I admit that Trick still remains my favorite Laramie Briscoe read, but Declan definitely held its own, and I enjoyed all things Tennyson. This receives four stars out of five stars.
Release Date: 31 March 2023
Date Read: 31 March 2023
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