Rating: 5 stars
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When computer consultant Jerry Lincoln ends up with more work than he can handle, he is forced to hire his first employees. From the time he first lays eyes on John Black Raven, Jerry knows he will have a hard time keeping his eyes off of the beautiful Native American. He worries that John will be more of a distraction than anything, even though he is the best candidate for the job opening. But when his business is overflowing with projects, Jerry has no choice but to hire John.
As the days and weeks pass, Jerry discovers that John is much more of a help than a distraction. The attraction between both men continues to grow each day. After a wonderful night watching the Fourth of July fireworks, Jerry and John share their first kiss. Past hurts force Jerry to take things slow with John, which only strengthens their relationship.
John carries a hurt and sadness inside him that Jerry would do anything to help heal. John’s sister passed away six months ago and her children were placed in foster care instead of with John as his sister wanted. John has tried every way possible to gain custody of the children by jumping through the system’s red tape, but nothing seems to work. The state’s Child Protective Services reap financial benefits for keeping Native American children in their foster care system and make it near impossible to get the children out of the system and back to their families.
John and Jerry begin a fight that not only strengthens their relationship but sheds light on what it truly means to have family.
The Good Fight by Andrew Grey is Jerry’s story. It’s about Jerry’s journey in finding love, overcoming hurt, trusting again, and finding family when he thought he would never have a family again.
Andrew Grey has a way of bringing real life issues into his fiction. When I first read the way Native American children were viewed in the Child Protective Services in this story, I was shocked. The fight that Jerry and John take on is one that tore at my heart. The research that this author has done in order to make his fictional story mirror real life is wonderful, devastating, and eye-opening. It’s a fight that these characters make that brings courage in the face of adversity and prejudice. I commend the author for bringing this controversial issue to light.
The main characters are strong in their own ways, very realistic, and so well written. Jerry is a loner for the most part… at least in the beginning of the book. He’s had several hurts in his past. His parents and sister turned their backs on him when he came out, he has horrible bad luck in past relationships, and the one person who loved him unconditionally – his grandfather – passed away a year prior to the beginning of the story. He has only allowed a few people into his life since he moved back to Sioux Falls but, even then, he doesn’t tell them everything. John is a hard-working, determined, beautiful young man that Jerry is immediately taken with. John holds the traditions of his people – the Lakota tribe – sacred and wants nothing more than to raise his niece and nephew in the ways of his people. The attraction and chemistry between Jerry and John is electric from the very beginning. But they were patient enough to take a relationship slow and let a trust develop between them first. These two are more than just their relationship. They’re a team. They fight together for what they believe. Jerry is a person who stands up for what’s right regardless of who is involved. Even if he wouldn’t have been in a relationship with John, he still would have fought for John’s family. He is very selfless.
I have to say, I am a fan of this book all around, but the love scenes… the love scenes are so spectacular. Even the first few times when Jerry and John are alone, the kissing raises the room temperature. When the clothes start coming off, the author has a way of creating an inferno. But their relationship doesn’t revolve around sex, as hot as it is. Their relationship, their commitment to each other, and their love-making are so all beautiful.
One of the big points that this story makes – and one of my very favorites – is that there are two types of family, the family you’re born into and the family you choose. Jerry’s family turned their backs on him and there were times that he mourned that loss, but throughout this story he was creating his own family. Before he realized it, Jerry had a family that loved him and supported him – his two friends who acted as surrogate parents, Peter and Leonard; his other employee and friend, Bryce; John’s niece and nephew; of course, John; and even John’s mother and extended family. It’s a wonderful example to show that family is more than just the people we’re bound to by DNA.
The Good Fight by Andrew Grey is a great tale of two men from two different worlds who find that love can be strong enough to break down barriers in more ways than one. I adore this book and highly recommend it.