Goodreads ~ When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief - and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.
Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian - something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.
As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined.
Josh and Grace are living together and raising Grace’s eight-year-old son, Logan. Josh has been in Logan’s life since he was two years old and considers him his son (Logan’s biological father was a apparently a one night stand and is not in their lives). When Grace suddenly passes away in a freak accident, Josh realizes he has to start the process of formally adopting Logan so he can keep them together. To do this, he needs Logan’s birth certificate and other documentation. If Josh can’t prove that he has any legal right to Logan, he’s concerned they will take him from him. Grace was estranged from her parents and has no other family. When Josh can’t find anything, he requests it from the state Grace said Logan was born in … but there is no record of Logan’s birth. Grace liked living under the radar … paying cash for everything, not wanting to get a mortgage, not wanting to get married, etc. In hindsight, this gets Josh wondering who Grace really was and was Logan really hers? Josh becomes determined to find out who Logan really is, even it if means losing him.
I’ve read a few books by this author and liked this one. It took a weird turn towards the end that seemed unrealistic to me but I guess it had to happen to have the ending make sense. I was satisfied with the “why” thinks had happened. It is written in first person perspective in Josh’s voice. As a head’s up, there is swearing.