Tyson Falls is ready to get married. After being disowned by his parents, his adorably grumpy boyfriend has made cautiously optimistic Tyson embrace the concept of family again. Armed with a ring and the newest video game, Tyson has plans for the nerdiest proposal.Goodreads
Life throws a wrench in Tyson’s plans when he meets someone online during a multiplayer match. Someone that makes him rethink if he’s ready to start a family—the half-sister he never knew he had.
With the harsh reminder of how messy families can be, Tyson plunges headfirst into despair. Phil doesn’t deserve to be dragged into such a terrible bond. As Tyson wades through trauma and tries to push away the concept of family, he keeps turning to the man he loves most—the person who challenges him to redefine family.
I am friends with the author and read this book while I was formatting it for publication. It’s still an honest review.
Team Phison Forever was heartbreaking, honest and beautiful. It was a perfect sequel to Verity’s Team Phison, which I reviewed in miniature last year.
Per the author, Team Phison Forever needs content warnings for detailed references to mental and emotional abuse, estranged family, attempted reconciliation, emotional fallout from discovering a hidden family member, abuse toward a mentally ill person for being mentally ill, brief references to physical abuse, homophobia, transphobia, and racism, references to deaths of parents/caregivers, alcohol consumption as a way to deal with bad feelings, sexually explicit scenes, and excessive swearing from Phil.
Where Team Phison was entirely from Phil’s perspective, Team Phison Forever is from Tyson’s. Normally, Tyson is very positive, but in this story, he’s much more serious.
In this story, we get to see more of Tyson and Phil’s beautiful relationship and how they grow together into a family, defining for themselves what that means.
Tyson, in particular, has to define family for himself because his home life was never very good. He’s estranged from his parents because they suck as people, but in this book, he finds out he has a half-sister he never knew about.
He struggles with learning about her happy life with the father that never seemed to want him but loves her. She also attempts to get him and his father to reconcile, which goes very badly. Tyson’s very conflicted about his family and Verity wrote it in a way that was absolutely honest and beautiful.
I loved how their friends stepped in to help Tyson figure things out, even when he wasn’t sure what he was trying to figure out. His bar friends, both in Connecticut and in Georgia, and Phil did their best to support him in every way possible and it was beautiful.
I loved the impromptu proposal and the real proposal that Tyson had planned. Everything about their romance just made me happy. After reading this novel, you will also be on Team Phison Forever, just like I am. You should definitely pick up a copy on Amazon!