Ashley Buchanan—Buck—moved back home to take care of his sick mother when he was 22. That was the first time he met Pippin, the neglected 6-year-old boy next door. Fifteen years later, Buck—a caretaker by nature—offers up his couch for Pippin, who needs a break from his mom and a quiet place to sleep.
Pippin Olander is a ray of sunshine despite his emotionally lacking upbringing and works hard to make a better life for himself. Even though he’s fiercely self-sufficient, he learns to accept help from Buck, his rock and only steady presence in his life.
Their friendship deepens and grows into something more as they spend more time together. But when other people try to throw a wrench in the works, when Pippin’s independence is triggered, can Buck and Pippin trust in the love they’ve found?
This is a first for me with this author, and I have to say, it was exactly the kind of fluffy read that I needed today! So, so very cute.
Ashley moved home to take care of his mother when he was 22, though it’s merely mentioned, we don’t see any of that; but that’s where he met Pippin, the six-year-old boy who’d moved in next door with his mother. Selfish, neglectful and downright stupid is how I’d describe her, especially with the way she treats Pippin, and always has. Ashley, or Buck as he’s known to everyone else, and his mother though, kind of took him in and looked over him the best they could.
Now though, after seeing Pippin on his porch in the cold because his mom was “entertaining” another male visitor, Ashley has had enough and gives Pippin a key to his house to get out of the cold when that happens, or just whenever he needs to.
Ashley is sweet in the way that he’s always looking to take care of people in his life, and Pippin is no different. He’s been the constant in his life, the steady. While it’s true that Pippen is 16 years his junior, it doesn’t stop him from seeing the man that he’s grown into. Pippin is independent and very sweet and considerate and loyal, despite the mother he grew up with. I was hoping to get Pippin’s POV, some, but it was really well written from Ashley’s.
I loved that these two weren’t what most would assume, like just because Ashley is a big burly man with the beard and fur and tattoo’s, that he’s the “Daddy” type, or the “top” …. He’s so sweet and soft that you can’t help but love him…. And I love that just because Ashley is younger, smaller and the more subdued type, doesn’t mean he isn’t just as fiercely protective, possessive and sweet as Ashley.
I really enjoyed it for the short read it was. And I keep saying sweet, because…. well it just was. I do wish we’d have dished some karma back on the mom and the ex that popped up for a second, but… still… I’m just petty that way.
4 pieces of eye candy