Diamond Rose Gantry hates her name. She has not had a good life, having spent most of it in multiple foster homes. As the story begins she is being shuffled off to yet another foster dad. Jason is an Army vet who needs help around the house while he tries to get his late grandfather’s vehicle repair shop in order, and Di’s current foster mom is pushing her at him. Jason is unsure of his new ward, and Di informs him that he won’t be messing with her.
From this inauspicious beginning grows the most tender and heartwarming romance I have read at SoL. She is giddy about having her own bathroom with the privacy she didn’t enjoy in her former home. He is glad to have someone to take over the burden of keeping house. Very gradually each becomes aware of the other as more than a foster dad/child. Jason is most conflicted about his feelings, because she is somewhat younger than he.
It wouldn’t be a great story without some conflict and anxiety thanks to a bitchy girlfriend and a very disagreeable social worker. Along the way they uncover an evil conspiracy that nearly gets Jason killed.
I found very few technical errors in this story. Fortunately, they are too minor to detract from the enjoyment of the tale. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a pure story of love and devotion, mixed with a little suspense. I have read this story several times in the past, and will read it again.