I did enjoy this book, and I really did feel sorry for Todd. He was the baby of his family, a late baby and he seems to have been forgotten a lot of the time. When he first saw Richard, I think it was mostly lust at first sight!! However, as Richard rarely said anything, I think Todd believed that they just had a friends with benefits arrangement.
Now Richard longs to have a family, but he believes that Todd is too young, and I guess in some ways has decided that he knows what is best for Todd, and just makes the decisions without speaking to Todd - like three years ago when he cut off all contact.
Now things are set to change, when an obligation necessitates Todd temporarily moving into Richards house. In some ways I think Richard is excited to have Todd back in his house, but then again I think he is wary of sharing his home again, and his life. Todd actually comes across as happy but wary of the move, as he has no idea what happened three years ago.
Now is the time for Richard to see Todd, and actually see the real Todd, not who he thinks he is, and also the time to talk properly, and not just assume. he knows best for Todd.