Wrong girl — wrong time? Adam’s fling with Abbie just weeks after the death of his wife may have been all wrong, but their time together gave him the strength to return home to his newborn son, Pete, and start their new life together.
Wrong guy — wrong time? Abbie’s fling with Adam may have been all wrong, but their time together gave her Henry, the sunshine in her life, and although Adam is long gone, Abbie can never regret the time they spent together.
But two wrongs don’t necessarily make a right. Adam Cooper is back, and when he learns the truth about his unknown son, he is hell-bent on creating a home and family for his boys, even if it means blackmailing Abbie into taking part.
Abbie has scars from her own tumultuous childhood, and losing Henry would destroy her. But with only mistrust and pain to bind them, can she and Adam ever find a way through regret to love and the family they could be?
I loved Anna Clifton’s first book, Falling for the Lawyer, so I was quite chuffed to see that she had a new one out.
First things first, I must admit that I was a little sceptical when I saw there was a secret baby storyline – not always a favourite of mine. Sometimes they can be patently unbelievable, however in the case of Adam’s Boys, it was handled beautifully and with great sensitivity.
Abbie shared a short, fiery hot fling with the recently-widowed Adam when he was in Australia. However, Adam was struck by guilt over his conduct and leaving his infant son, Peter back in the UK. So he ran. There was however a lasting reminder of their time together. Abbie gave birth to a son, Henry, and she built a life for them.
Four years later, Adam returns to Australia for the launch of a charity in his late wife’s memory. Abbie decides now is the time that she should let Adam know of Henry’s existence. Upon finding out, Adam decides that all of them should live together as a family and will hear nothing in opposition to this. While the boys, Peter and Henry get along famously, things aren’t so fabulous between Abbie and Adam. Both have past hurts to deal with, and despite their attraction being still as strong as before, the complications of their pasts may just make it impossible for them to become the type of family both richly deserve.
While I personally don’t think I could have kept a child secret from their other parent as Abbie did, Abbie’s reason for doing so were perfectly valid. Her life has been littered with people (particularly men) who were less than reliable, so it holds some weight that she would do what she did. To be fair, she didn’t intend for this to be the situation, and the reasoning at the time for her made total sense to me as a reader.
Adam does have a few problems with dealing properly with his feelings. Often I found the way in which he shuttered himself off a little difficult to deal with, but it’s understandable to a point.
The children in this story were written so well. Henry is an old soul in child form and I just found myself just wanting to hug Peter and tell him all would be OK. Their reactions and behaviours were exactly as I would expect from children of their ages. Thank you, Anna Clifton for avoiding a visit to Planet Plot Moppet.
I wasn’t aware that this was connected to Falling for the Lawyer, so once I realised this, I was happy to get to see what was going on with Alex and JP from that book.
There are so many wild and conflicting emotions floating around in this book, that it could have been disjointed and confusing. But in the more-than-capable hands of Anna Clifton, we have been given a sweet and ultimately fulfilling exploration of family, love and forgiving the past.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 1 September 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Enterprises Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.