Nobody’s Son is Book Three in Shae Connor’s Sons series. I haven’t read the previous two books, but this can be read as a standalone. Characters from previous stories turn up, but the reader gets a quick recap of their backstory.
Nobody’s Son centers around Shaun Rogers, a young black man in his twenties who works at a gay clothing optional resort. Sounds fun, right? I wish I had read the previous book, Wayward Son because there’s some M/M/M threesome action happening up in there! Alright, alright, alright! This resort sounds like fire! Anyhow back to the current book, Shaun is a pretty low key guy who lives with his grandmother. Not typical for someone his age but he’s lived with her since the death of his mother, and he doesn’t feel right leaving her alone considering she’s the only family he has.
The thing is, Shaun has been suppressing some pretty naughty thoughts about men. He’s not sure if he’s gay or bisexual but he’s never truly had the opportunity to explore except for drunken hookups. While working at the resort, Shaun meets Conrad Brooks, who’s been hired to upgrade the computer system at the resort. Cue the sexual tension and flurry of confused thoughts. There’s conflict considering Shaun has no clue how to feel about Con; he wants him, but he’s not certain if he wants to cross over into that territory. There’s also conflict because Shaun’s grandmother is religious and he doesn’t want to upset her with his sexuality if it turns out he is gay.
Okay, my feelings on this book? I give it a 3.5, but I’m rounding up to 4 stars.
What I loved about this book: Two black protagonists. I LOVED the diversity. Rarely if ever do you see two black male characters where one questions his sexuality and the other is openly gay. Kudos to Ms. Connor for that. Thank you!
The premise was cool. It was simple and not convoluted.
What irritated me a bit about the book: Some of the secondary storyline didn’t make sense to me. Erwin for one. The guy appears out of the blue waving around the “I’m your father” flag, leaving Shaun confused, and then he goes off and does something ridiculous not once but twice, and Shaun is left with a series of questions he’s not sure he wants the answer to. That entire story arc bothered me.
Darnell and Kate. I felt the scene with Darnell meeting Kate was unnecessary. I get why the author put it in, but it didn’t do much in my opinion to move the story forward. Overall, this was an entertaining read that dragged a bit in some places but it was well-written. I think Ms. Connor did a good job. If you’re looking for an M/M romance, you might want to give this one a shot.