The Good Fight by Andrew Grey
Jerry Lincoln has a problem: his Sioux Falls IT consulting business has more work than one man can handle. Luckily, that means he can hire some help. Jerry just hopes his new employee, John Black Raven, ends up being more helpful than distracting—but John’s deep eyes and long hair are very distracting.
John came to town for an education and a chance at a life he couldn’t have on the reservation, but what’s important to him now is getting a job and keeping it. Six months ago, his sister died, and now her children are in foster care. Despite having the law on his side, John can’t get custody—can’t even see his niece and nephew.
As Jerry and John grow closer, John discovers he doesn’t have to struggle alone. Jerry helps him win visitation rights and provides much-needed support. Yet their victories aren’t without setbacks. Child Services is tangled up with money, politics, and red tape, and Native American children are their bread and butter. But John and Jerry are determined to fight the good fight and to win—in more ways than one.
Jerry is a self-employed man whose business is growing faster than he can handle. He decides he needs help. One of the men he hires is an American Indian, John Black Raven. John has been struggling to get his sister’s children back from the foster care system since they were taken after his sister’s death. Due to the way the system works John is fought at every step. Jerry starts to fall for John right away and the two begin a relationship and struggle to get John’s nephew and niece back to him.
I loved the concept of the story. The information put out there about American Indians and the struggle they sometimes face today. I lived near a reservation as a child and I can tell you it is so sad and depressing. I know some of those kids thought life would give them no options. The story itself though fell flat. Yes, there were tough times getting the kids back but really it wasn’t very angst producing. You knew those kids would end up where they belonged so it was hard to get into the thought of John actually losing them.
John should have been a much stronger character. He has been fighting for months and should have already done many of the things that Jerry suggests. It makes no sense with the character that he wouldn’t have done many of these obvious suggestions. Jerry also I have issues with. I thought for a man that has such ready access to a lawyer he would at least asked one for advice. Not necessarily hired one, John’s pride and all that, but to at least mention the trouble to his own lawyer would make sense. The characters have a split personality with conflicting aspects of their personalities.
The romantic relationship was easy. So easy for them there was no real conflict. I think there would have been lots more conflict between the two men. The story loses something by making it so easy on the two men to create a relationship.
All of that said it is a nice little read when you don’t want so much drama in your read. The book projects a “happy” atmosphere overall. It is simple and uncomplicated to read. I would say a comfort book but it doesn’t quite reach that level for me. This is one of the few reads I wish for a half but half of a rose doesn’t really make sense;)
Posted on Sunday, September 29th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press, Interracial Erotic Romance, M/M, Novel, Three Roses. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.