Author: Sean Michael
Book: Daddy Needs a Date
Page/Word Count: 200 pages, 59K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Release Date: December 18, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
4✨s – Okay, so for all who follow my reviews, we know Jen is a SUCKER for a hot dad. So, even though this author is sometimes hit and miss with me…. I judged by the cover and did the grabby hands until I got it. In saying that… this one was a big HIT. It was incredibly cute and there wasn’t the incessant calling each other “lover”, and “man” as endearments, which I was incredibly thankful for because I just can’t handle it…
So, first, we have Ryan, who has one biological daughter that he had incredibly young and his sisters three kids that he claimed when his sister and her husband passed away when they were all just babies. They’ve got a good routine going; Ryan works from home and the oldest one helps out a lot. I enjoyed the kids being older in this one, I’m used to mannies with new babies or toddlers and while they’re cute and I adore those too, I really liked the different personalities with these girls and how big of a role they played in the story. Supes cute!
Then, we have Alex, who works overseas a lot, with disaster relief. Wherever he’s needed, he goes, sometimes with literally minutes notice, he’s gone for weeks, months and at one point a year at a time. While it’s noble and incredibly selfless…..”ain’t nobody got time for that!”
So, with the help of Ryan’s oldest daughter and his mother, and Alex’s aunt Ada, these two studs are set up on a blind date. It starts out really well but hits a rough patch, but there’s no denying that these two have incredible chemistry and their banter and overall way they get along is very cute. Both men have been single for a very long time, but everything seems so easy with them. When one date turns into another one, Ryan has to cut the date short because….as a parent, stuff happens… Alex was amazing help and for someone who was iffy about the kid thing, he jumped right in with both feet and it was supes cute too!
However…. My only problem with this, was… even though they had incredible chemistry and Alex was without a doubt a trustworthy guy… second date and your letting your daughters sleep in a bed with him? Now, I’m not saying this because he’s a gay man or because he’s a man period…. I’m saying it because you literally met him a few days ago and your daughters had never met him at that point… As a mother of two… I took pause at that… Not enough to pull me out of the story, because I felt like as a reader, we see Alex really….I don’t wanna say grow, but he did kind of…to me at least. He was just amazing with Ryan and the girls and they all took to him right away.
However again…. The job thing has him up and leaving and for the small family, they had just been getting used to him being around and you can’t do that to kids… get them used to someone and then have them disappear… Especially ones that don’t understand the why’s and for how long’s. I thought it was handled well and realistically, especially when feelings get hurt with the kids it’s a whole big thing, I don’t wanna give it away, but I liked how it was done. It felt real. And of course, with this author, by the end everyone is happy and healthy and together and it’s a big ol’ happily ever after that you can feel good about. It’s a tough road for these two and their cute little girls, with Alex’s job and stuff, but we get there in the end, as usual. If you like hot dads with little angst and very cute little people, you’ll love this story. I know I did! 4 stars from me!
About Sean Michael:
Bestselling author Sean Michael is a maple-leaf-loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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