Title: The Good Fight
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Jerry Lincoln, John Black Raven
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Jerry Lincoln has a problem: his Sioux Falls IT consulting business has more work than one man can handle. Luckily, that means he can hire some help. Jerry just hopes his new employee, John Black Raven, ends up being more helpful than distracting—but John’s deep eyes and long hair are very distracting.
John came to town for an education and a chance at a life he couldn’t have on the reservation, but what’s important to him now is getting a job and keeping it. Six months ago, his sister died, and now her children are in foster care. Despite having the law on his side, John can’t get custody—can’t even see his niece and nephew.
As Jerry and John grow closer, John discovers he doesn’t have to struggle alone. Jerry helps him win visitation rights and provides much-needed support. Yet their victories aren’t without setbacks. Child Services is tangled up with money, politics, and red tape, and Native American children are their bread and butter. But John and Jerry are determined to fight the good fight and to win—in more ways than one.
I’m a huge fan of Andrew Grey’s books. I love how Mr. Grey really gets to the heart and soul of his characters while still writing compelling and beautiful love stories. I admit I’ve never read an Andrew Grey book I didn’t like and in The Good Fight, he once again swept me up into the lives of his amazing characters and the road they travel to find happiness together.
The blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Jerry isn’t looking for love, but he finds it when he meets John. There is an immediate attraction as well as an emotional pull between them as well as a bond that neither man can deny. Jerry is a very likeable hero with a heart of gold. He lives in his grandfather’s home, whom he loved dearly, and has two very close friends that he really looks out for. Being gay in a small town, hasn’t helped his love life, so Jerry has his business and his friends to focus on.
Jerry’s one-man company is really starting to take off, so his friend talks him into hiring some help. This prospect both excites and frightens Jerry, but he decides to take the bull by the horns and go for it. Soon, he has a few applicants to interview, and although he’s really impressed by the first applicant, he’s simply blown away when a handsome Native American man comes in to interview for the job. From the first moment they meet, Jerry is immediately fascinated with the man, John. John is smart, sexy and is eager and determined to better himself. Although Jerry wants to hire him, he’s a little concerned that his attraction he feels for John will get in the way of his work ethics, so he decides to hire someone else. When he gets a big job, Jerry goes against his instincts and decides to hire two employees and one of them is John.
As Jerry and John start working together, he soon learns that John’s sister has been killed and his nephew and niece are now in the foster care system. Because the state gets more funding for Native American children, they come up with every excuse in the book to keep John from getting the children back. As Jerry and John continue to become closer and give into the attraction and emotional pull they have for one another, John’s fight to get the children back, soon becomes Jerry’s fight too, and together they are determined to right was has been wronged and get the children back to where they belong…with John.
I loved this book! Both Jerry and John are amazing heroes that live and breathe off of the written page. I also appreciated how honorable both men were and even though John is determined to live off of the reservation and make a life for himself and for his niece and nephew, he still has a deep drive to improve the lives of others and do what he can to give his people a chance to make better life for themselves.
The story itself is smoothly told and kept me on the edge of my seat until I finished the book. There are some twists and turns in the plot, and because it’s so character driven it made this book of my favorite Andrew Grey stories. Mr. Grey is not afraid for his characters to deal with any adversity thrown their way, and yet they are still able to have real human reactions and emotions as they go through it. I loved how even though both Jerry and John are strong and capable men who could easily fight any battle on their own, but together they are truly a force to be reckoned with.
I also appreciate how each sex scene was written as if the two characters really loved each other. With each touch and caress, they were able to truly express their feelings for one another. Not only were they sizzling hot, they also have a true beautifulness about them that made me feel like Jerry and John were truly making love. Yet, even though they were plentiful, the love making itself did not take over the story; instead it just enhanced the feelings and relationship between these two amazing characters.
If you haven’t read a book written by Andrew Grey, this would be a wonderful book to start with. I must warn you though, once you start reading his work, you’ll truly become addicted to this author and you’ll definitely want to read this entire works. If you are looking for a well-written, beautifully told love story that will leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart, The Good Fight is definitely the book for you. Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi