Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.
Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.
Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.
Disclaimer: This books reference child porn and child abuse.
I may have missed this disclaimer from DSP. But that’s what this whole story is based upon and it’s important to know that, I didn’t.
Maybe because I listen to this one instead of read, and I did feel like it wasn’t the right narrator for this story, I couldn’t get involved with either one of these people. I just wanted to tell Carter, stop whining, if Donald only wanted a weekend then so be it! (don’t let anyone tell you different, Mr. Grey sure knows how to write a whining character.)
I get why Carter wanted to break Donald’s shell and I completely understand why Donald has the shell but I just didn’t seem to muster the enthusiasm to care. The fact that a five year abused child is the one that in fact brings these two together or helps them see there true selves or true feelings should tell you how rocky the relationship is formed. The tender care and love Carter and Alex show is heart melting and just brilliantly done.
The narrator, this is the second time I’ve heard this gentleman and both times I’ve felt like he’s telling the wrong story. He reminds me of someone that should be talking about cowboys, and ranches not late twenties early thirty somethings with an abused children