Responsible Adult Series
Book #1 - Misdemeanor - currently 99c
Book #2 - Hard Time - currently 1.99
Book #3 - Reformed - currently 2.99
The Responsible Adult series follows bad boy Micky O’Neill as he attempts to better his life to bring up his disabled little brother. A past full of juvenile delinquency and living in a small town rife with idle gossip means Micky struggles to be seen as anything other than a no-hoper from the wrong side of the tracks... until he takes a job at the local supermarket and meets his boss, Dan, a university graduate and self-proclaimed shy, awkward bookworm.
Dan, older and burned from a past relationship, is the one person who sees through Micky’s tough-guy facade to the true heart underneath. With fear and mistrust on both sides, the two must steer their way through a complicated relationship where outside forces are determined to break them up at every turn.
Responsible Adult is a series about growing up and learning that falling in love always brings responsibility.
Excerpt from Misdemeanor
“You can join us if you like. Enough to go around.” Dan pointed at all the food and drink.
Micky looked down, licking his lips, but shook his head. He glanced at the play park and Dan followed his line of sight to see the blond bloke by the swings surrounded by a gaggle of girls, one of whom he picked up in a fireman’s carry and proceeded to slap her arse. Micky snorted and turned back to Dan.
“Thanks, but I got Flynn.” He scrunched up his legs, hugging his knees to his chest and hung the glass down over the top.
“Your parents not around then?” Dan asked, voice full of concern.
“Nah,” Micky said with a shrug. “Mum passed away. A while back now. And Dad’s, well, Dad’s not round so much anymore.”
“Workaholic?” Dan asked, almost hopeful.
“Something aholic, yeah,” Micky said. He shuffled his feet on the blanket, bunching it up and flattening it back down. “He’s just not good to be around Flynn.”
“So you take care of him by yourself?” Dan asked.
“Wow. That’s…” Dan searched for the word. Three years spent lovingly studying the English language hoping to come into good use this time. “Commendable.”
“Not really,” Micky said, ducking his head. “Any sibling would do it.”
“I don’t know about that, mate,” Dan said. “My big sister can be a right cow. She would’ve left me on a doorstep somewhere.”
Micky chuckled. He didn’t pay Dan much attention, choosing to watch Flynn and Tamsin as she spun him on the seated roundabout. Dan watched them, too, for a bit, before turning back to Micky.
“He’s a character,” Dan acknowledged. “There a reason he’s so small?”
Micky finally turned his attention on Dan. “Yeah,” he replied, voice tiny and tight. He scraped his teeth over his bottom lip several times, dragging away the congealed moisture forming over them. “He’s got a condition. He’s a little behind in years, too.”
“Oh,” Dan said. He might have that etched onto his gravestone. “What’s the condition?”
“Williams syndrome?” Micky replied, then, with a shrug, shook his head. “Don’t worry. No one’s ever heard of it. It’s pretty rare. One in twenty thousand or so.”
“Oh,” Dan said. Again. For fuck’s sake.
“So, yeah, I’m sorry about earlier. I probably snapped at you.” Micky twirled the glass in his hand. “The friendly thing. One of the things he’s lacking is any stranger danger. They’re a bit overly social, if you know what I mean. Susceptible to being taken advantage of. Scares the crap out of me.”
Micky dipped his head, shaking it from side to side. He shuffled again and Dan sensed he was clamming up after having been so forthcoming. Dan didn’t want Micky to stop talking. He was strangely fascinated by him. It wasn’t just that the bloke was nice to look at, which he evidently was. But his voice had an undertone of something more and Dan desperately wanted to find out what that was.
“How else does it affect him?” Dan wondered aloud.
“Multitude of things.” Micky exhaled. He took a deep breath before responding any further. “Medical stuff like a weak heart. Had two major heart surgeries as a baby. Will probably need another one in his lifetime. He has stomach troubles. Bowel issues. Weak muscles. The eyes. Teeth. Hyperthyroid. Plus he’s got learning difficulties.” Micky’s eyes glazed over as he swished the glass in his hand. “He’s an eternal child. Sees the world like it should be in a fairy tale, minus the evil characters. Everything is bright and beautiful and everyone is his friend.” Micky paused. “It’s a real shame that life isn’t like that. Because a world full of Flynns would be the one I wanna live in.”
Dan paused for a moment, trying to take it all in. What Micky said. Flynn. The condition. The ideal. And how Micky described it all.
“I’m sorry you’re dealing with all that by yourself,” Dan finally said. “I had no idea.”
He’d just been lusting after his body all week. Now Dan knew the bloke had a soft, loving and caring side, what the hell was that going to do to him now?
Take a ride with Micky, Flynn and Dan in this series that takes you through addiction, abuse, death, uncertainty, Williams Syndrome, hope, changes, life, and, mostly, love.
Misdemeanor is where Dan meets Micky O' Neill. He takes a chance on Micky by hiring him when no one else will. By book 2, Hard Time, Dan is hopelessly in love and will do anything he can to help Micky and his little brother, Flynn, get through the hard times. You see, Flynn has Williams Syndrome and only Micky knows how to deal with him.
Flynn is such a jubilant spirit, and my absolute favorite character. His happiness and innocence is both beautiful and sad all at the same time. He can be so vulnerable to kids that have the intention to hurt him, and he doesn't know the difference. His tantrums though are nothing to scoff at. He is the reason Micky is where he is in life. Until Dan, he lived and breathed taking care of Flynn. I thought the author put a lot of love and care into Flynn's character. Whether she has a family member or friend with a child with this syndrome, hard to say, but bringing it to light and the way she does it is fascinating. I have never heard of it until this series.
To give him up to the system would just be asking for Flynn's failure. The problem is, the courts won't just let Micky "have him", he has to apply for adoption. With his record and more stacking against him, it's just not in his cards. He's so nervous he is almost ready to take off. Learning to find he has a pretty good safety net in Dan and his family.
Through the entire series I was waiting for the ultimate angst. Don't get me wrong, they're angsty, but I def didn't cry like i thought I would...until Reformed, book 3.
You're probably thinking, holy sh*t, this is the last book, why is there so much drama?
I was completely on the edge of my seat! I was thinking "oh, they've been through the worst, this book is called Reformed, this is going to be all hearts and flowers". It's not... so, so not
Micky wanted to leave the town he grew up in. He figured there would be no changing who he was in a town so small and a past around every corner. He, Dan and Flynn packed up to move to the town his mother was from so that he and Flynn could be close to family.
Dan had gone through all his extra training to finally get a job in the degree he went to school for. He lands a teaching job in the county they live in. Meanwhile, Micky has gone through his training to become a personal trainer and is still writing on the side. Only problem is, he has zero clients and he's too afraid to go anywhere with his stories. Now that Dan has a full time job, even though they're not married, Micky loses his bennies and is now a "kept man"
This gets under Micky's craw, and we start to see a decline in his confidence. Which leads to declines in his relationships around him.
Things really start to go tits up when Flynn needs to have heart surgery.
On top of the surgery, the arguing, lack of working on Micky's end and lack of intimacy, Micky's best friend Jason shows up. He decided to go AWOL from the military and their place was the first place he could think of. While I think Jason is a great, funny character, his presence is an extra stressor in an already tense situation.
Fear not everyone, there is a HEA, it just takes a bit to get there. It is worth every heartache, Flynn is worth this series alone.
I give the series a 4.5*
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.
Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after she’d written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride...
In honour of Williams Syndrome Awareness Day, Pride Publishing are putting Misdemeanor, Hard Time and Reformed on a price promotion. You can get all three books at 99p/c each on Friday 18th May. Link here: https://www.pride-publishing.com/serial/responsible-adult, but you can also buy it at this price at most other retailers.
If you’d like to learn more about Williams Syndrome, then you can find out all the excellent work that the charities in both the UK and US do here:
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