Explicit, Gay, Humorous, Children, Teaching, Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn,
Family, Geeks, Bullying
SynopsisSpencer Kent gave up on love a long timeago. As a twenty-eight-year-old single father with a fourteen-year-old son, Connor, he knows his appeal to the average gay man is limited, and when you
Wow, The Family We Make is one hell of an emotional read by Dan Wingreen.
Spencer became a father at the age of 14. A new teacher at the high school, he discovers his son Connor is being bullied. Spencer's a great character. He's hysterical and his parenting skills leave a lot to be desired. But his struggles with his son leave him uncertain and insecure.
Meanwhile, Timothy has a smothering mother who makes him feel like a loser. He's younger than Spencer, but they become friends when Timothy becomes Connor's big brother. I love the representation of the youth center and the big brother program. As well, I appreciate that Tim respects Connor's privacy. This part is exceptionally well done.
From the title, it's obvious this story revolves around family. And boy does it. There are many facets of family that are illustrated, most importantly the fact that family is what you make of it.
This story tackles many serious issues. The struggles of being a father at the age of fourteen. The struggle of being so close in age to your child. The struggle to support your child on their own terms. It also deals with the bullying issues of both children and adults, as well as the problems administrations have when it comes to bullying.
Told in 3rd person pov, the author manages to fully capture Spencer and Timothy's emotions, as well as Connor's, which are well explored and super intense. The characters are so darn lovable, leaving me wishing I could know these people.
The bullying moments are horrific, constantly bringing tears to my eyes. There are many different things related to this that had me so damn angry. But it in the end, I had a smile on my face with how it's resolved. Sort of.
And as for the sex scenes, their first time, when it finally happens, is tender, sweet, and oh so hot!
My first read from Dan Wingreen, I am super impressed with The Family We Make. This touching slow burn romance is very well written and intriguing throughout. I look forward to reading more from this author.
ExcerptThe Family We Make
and “conquered” real-world locations, was his latest obsession, and he was so close to reclaiming his rightful spot as the Great General of Laurence Tureaud High School from the little prick who kept taking it away from him. Whoever CaptainSpock77 was, Spencer knew he had to be a student, because he never knocked Spencer off during class. It was always right before school or during
sixth period—which he assumed was the bastard’s lunch period—and Spencer was determined that this would be the day he’d vanquish his foe forever.
throwing his phone at the wall. Fucking mobile gaming was going to kill him.
the room. “Unless you want a desk closer to me, I suggest you take your seat and get out some paper. I’m thinking this test will take the form of an essay question.” He raised his voice. “Hopefully, the rest of you got some practice writing essays over the weekend.”