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Walter Bohannon is blind-sided when his mom invites Adam Kingsley and his daughter Kristi to live in with them prior to her marrying Adam. Walter wants his mom to be happy, but he’s afraid love is blinding her to the real Adam. After all, she hasn’t talked to him since they were in high school and the only recent contact has been online or phone calls. He tries to like the guy, but there’s just something bugging him about the too-smooth operator. So he goes digging. And what he finds is nothing like he imagined.
Walter is a nearly 18, hormonal teenager whose position of Man of the House is being displaced. He truly wants his mom to be happy, but this Adam guy is really bugging him. Don’t get me started on Kristi. Wow. What a cunt nugget that wench is. She is totally dislikeable and Walter made me want to slap him upside the head like a million times during the course of the book. From the beginning Adam comes across as a slickster and Walter’s mom is so totally in love with a guy she barely knows that she doesn’t want to hear anything bad about him. Unfortunately, all of this adds up to a completely relatable situation. Well, hopefully the ending is not relatable to the majority of us, but other than that I think this tale will resonate with many of us imperfect humans. Yes, even Kristi has her redeemable qualities, but not until much later. Though I have to say Walter is much more forgiving than I am. If you’re looking for a wonderfully written YA story flavored with suspense then don’t pass this one up.