2.5This depressed me It was a good read and characters had nice chemistry I couldn t really get a handle on Dillon though and his POV would have helped I just couldn t help but feel horrible for Noah s situation and he just seemed so exhausted by it all Things start to pick up in the latter half of the book but this was a sad read for me even with the glimmer of hope near the end. Blue Line by Kim Henkel is the unfortunately all too realistic story of a man forced to take care of everyone s needs except his own The blurb covers the basics and to add anythingwould be a spoiler This character driven story, with a seamlessly smooth plot flow, tells the heartbreaking, but all too real tale of a man forced to support and take care of his niece and nephew because their drug addicted mother can t be bothered with the responsiblity The author s style of writing is crisp, clean,and pulls no punches in portraying the pain, disappointment, pure exhaustion, and the heartbreaking effects that drugs can have on not only the addict, but on their loved ones as well.See Trish s complete 4 1 2 sweet pea review on May 3, 2013 at Really, really good first effort by an author by whom I had not seen anything else published I really felt for Noah s predicament If I had a small complaint it would be that Dillon got through Noah s defenses too quickly, but after being alone so long, maybe he was low hanging fruit don t be all pervy when you read that phrase There were enough threads left to form a great sequel and I hope we get one. Details This book should have been excellent I liked Noah and Dillon What killed it for me was when Noah and the kids had Thanksgiving dinner and a couple of weeks later Dillon took them to the pumpkin patch to get a pumpkin for Halloween DETAILS Noah has been the caregiver and doesn t really have anything left for himself But when Dillion is suddenly there and willing to participate in every aspect of Noah s crazy life baggage and all it is a wonderful moment. Noah is raising his sister s kids and her most of the time He has put his life on hold to do this His best friend and babysitter is concerned for him and insists he take a night to himself if it s just to go play hockey There he meets Dillon and though he is very interested he is sure that the man wouldn t be interested in the baggage of his life This is such a lovely sweet story Though it has some sadness and a bit of suspense it is still a sweet loving story I couldn t put it down It s one of those story s that makes you sigh and wish you could find a man like either Noah or Dillon or both I highly recommend this one Recommendations If you like men raising family s children, sweet story with some angst, true love, hot sensual sex, not explicit sex, a great story, this one is for you Noah Lethem IsYears Old And Raising His Sister Hannah S Two Small Children Resigned To A Life Of Permanent Chaos, He Has Given Up On Romantic Relationships Then, When His Neighbour Marcy Encourages Him To Visit The Local Rec Center For A Pick Up Game Of Floor Hockey, He Meets Dillon Greer And Though They Are Both Interested In Starting A Relationship, Noah Remains Wary Of Shaking Up The Kids Lives Of Course, Their Lives Might Be Shaken Up Anyway, If Hannah Has Her Way And Takes Them Away From The Home They Share With Noah To Live With Her New Boyfriend Now, Noah Must Learn To Balance His New Romance With His Imperfect Family Or Risk Losing Both 2 stars The characters celebrate Thanksgiving and THEN go to a pumpkin patch to get a pumpkin for Halloween Ummmno After that, I had a little niggle in my mind about the mistake and it basically ruined the rest of the book for me Such an easy thing to fix I can handle minor editing mistakes, but overlooking something like that just reflects poorly on the publisher Add in the fact the whole relationship was glossed over and the ending was left pretty open what is going to happen to the kids , I just can t rate this any higher Which stinks, because it had the potential to be really good ETA I ve been informed that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving before Halloween face palm I never knew this , so that makes a bitsense to me now Though my rating still stands because of the glossed over relationship. A quiet read, which I have a soft spot for The romance isn t the explosive kind, but it s this nice curl of warmth that makes you smile The story deals with serious issues the relationship between Noah and Hannah just broke my heart Kim Henkel has portrayed a rather realistic view of what it s like to have that fight between love and thinking just onechance and the reality that is drug addiction and the heart break that comes with it.My only complaint is, I wish it had been longer Am hoping to find out how it all turned out for Noah and Dillon and the kids in a future story I d definitely pick it up I m kinda sick of the meddling but well meaning best friend type of plot device It bugs the hell out of me Why can t the MC say NO or tell the friend to f off and butt the hell out It s used far to often.The relationship between the MCs was mostly glossed over we were told about it rather than shown it And I actually think the kids going with their mother was mostly Dillon s fault, he wanted sex so he said about the mother taking them out when he knew the child could hear him so Noah would have to agree He still should have said no He was a bit of a pushover.