OMG OMG OMG I finished this last night and I can’t wait for get all my thoughts out. This story… it’s got a real chance in winning me over for best Tamsen Parker, over Craving Flight.
I must admit, I wasn’t sure what the time span this book would have. I mean, His Custody, a BDSM romance novel, kind of brings the LEGAL alert all blaring with lit marquee and stuff. But I’ve met Tamsen. I should’ve known she’ll do right by those characters.
But not before she wreaks havoc on their lives. Like, to the nth degree!
Look; she kills off their parents, his brother (and her boyfriend) and basically leave them alone in the world. So yes, he’s 32 years old and has done very well for himself, but she’s only 17. After a short legal battle with her uncle for her guardianship, Keyne is given to Jasper. She’s his responsibility until she turns 18 (at least).
Oh whoopsie, didn’t introduce the characters. So we have Jasper Andersson and Keyne O’Connell. Jasper has known Keyne her whole life. His little brother was her boyfriend, they were inseparable since birth. Their parents best friends. You know, the usual.
It’s funny (not funny ha-ha) how when two people are grieving, but one is responsible for the other, they sort of push their grief away, put it on hold, in order to care and support their ward. And that’s exactly what has happened with His Custody. Jasper is so focused on caring for Keyne, that he’s ditched his bad habits, his unsupportive girlfriend, and has dedicated his whole self to bringing her back from the dark place she’s at.
And part of that is basically dictating her daily schedule. With her consent, of course. A hidden crush Keyne has on Jasper, her trusting him with her life and her self, and their daily interaction brings out a secret she’s been keeping.
All bets are off the day Keyne turns 18 years old. And that’s when she gets to know Jasper as she never has before.
This novel is bringing forth a new, bolder voice from Tamsen Parker. Having read all her published work so far, I can safely say this one is stronger, more absolute and is crafted in a very compelling way. The conflict in the situation did wonders to make the book a definite page turner. I couldn’t wait to read more, get to where I can finally understand how those two can get their HEA.
If you’re conflicted about the age difference, about the sensitivity and about anything else… don’t. Give it a chance. I can guarantee you’ll get back to your book retailer of choice and grab the rest of Parker’s works.
He needs to be a better man for her sake, but she makes him want to be so bad…
Keyne O’Connell leads a charmed life. She has a caring family and a terrific boyfriend. Her senior year is about to begin, and her future looks bright. But one dark summer night robs her of everyone she loves, thrusting her into the care of her boyfriend’s intimidating, much older brother.
Dark and brooding, Jasper Andersson is not a good man. His business dealings are barely legal. He’s a womanizer and a casual drug user. He has no interest in becoming Keyne’s guardian, although given her limited options, he doesn’t have much of a choice. He knows he must protect her at whatever the cost.
But living in close quarters soon stirs up feelings inside them both that are far from platonic. Keyne needs a firm hand to keep her in line, but what she desires could lead Jasper into trouble…
Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.
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