Having Faith by Abbie Zanders
Series: Callaghan Brothers #7
Also in this series: Dangerous Secrets, First and Only, Seeking Vengeance
Published by Self-published on April 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes the biggest obstacle to overcome is yourself.
Kieran Callaghan has it all. As the sole remaining single male of the Callaghan clan, he is drawing a lot of female attention. Not only is the former SEAL easy on the eyes and the poster boy for BodyWorks, the fitness center he owns/operates, but he is a genuinely nice guy with a white-knight complex.
The only thing he doesn’t have is the one thing he wants most: a croie with which to share his life.
Faith O’Connell is a young, single mom hoping for a fresh start for her and her teenage son. Life hasn’t been easy, but they’ve managed. Once forced to live off the charity of others, she is determined to make it on her own.
When Kieran shows up on her doorstep, Faith is quite sure she’s met the perfect man. He might just be the best friend she’s ever had, and her son adores him. But they come from two vastly different worlds, and Faith knows it can’t be anything more. She’s already been down that road once, and has the scars to prove it.
Kieran doesn’t care about any of that. Faith is his. And he will convince her that when you find your croie, nothing else matters.
The last brother to fly the coop….
So the last Callaghan brother has found his croie. I have really enjoyed this series and Having Faith was just as good as the rest. Kieran is the youngest of the brother’s and runs the gym. At the beginning of the book, he is feeling restless and wants to be like his brothers and find his one. Faith is a single mother to a 14-year-old boy. She has had it extremely tough bringing up her son. The father denied paternity and her parents disowned her so pregnant homeless and penniless she learnt to struggle on her own to provide for her and her son Matthew.
When the couple meet Kieran feels an instant attraction, while Faith finds Kieran appealing, she doesn’t think he would ever be interested in someone like her. There were many times throughout this story that the condemnation, shame and pity shown to Faith brought a tear to my eye. Assumptions are made as to why and how a 28-year-old woman managed to have a 14 year old son. Was she raped, forced or attacked? To be honest it made me stop and think of the times I have judged similar situations. To read where even the Callaghan women question and judge her made me feel bad. Faith is a strong woman who has learnt to deal with it all. Her driving force is her son’s happiness…how can you judge that?
I did feel that the relationship between Kieran and Faith took too long to cement. Faith was a wee bit too stubborn and Kieran a wee bit too patient. We didn’t get an intimate scene between the couple til right at the end. Knowing what these boys are capable of…very disappointing. There was one scene where a woman Kieran had previously dated shows up but Kieran is embarrassed by her approach and clearly shuts down her advances. This scene makes Faith have less confidence, which didn’t help Kieran’s cause.
I loved the dynamics of Faith and Matthew’s relationship. He was a very mature boy who loved his Mum and didn’t take advantage of or ignore the sacrifices she made for him. We get to see a few of the Callaghan brothers and their wives, but considering this was the last brother, I thought there would be more. No missions were undertaken which was not really surprising to me. None of them want to put themselves in danger as they have very important loved ones waiting and worrying about them.
Overall, another great installment to the series and I am glad to hear that there will be more.
Sassy rates this one 4 Stars
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