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review 2018-10-10 16:02
Review of 'All My Life by Prescott Lane'

This book kept me up all night because once I started reading I just didn't want to put it down. It's a bitter-sweet story of love and loyalty. It's told from multiple points of views and is very well-written. It's funny, sad, romantic, and heartwarming all at the same time. It's a story of father-daughter love, love between friends, and romantic love all rolled up in one tale.

 


Mia is all grown-up and is looking forward to going off to college. However, his father's loneliness still weighs her down and she wants him to settle down with some nice lady. That's when this whole thing starts. She makes a speech and suddenly women are vying to be with Garrett. He hates it. Dating is simply not something he is good at. He has devoted all his life to Mia. Mis is the only woman who truly matters to him, no one comes before her and that is a big issue while he dates. So now that he has given up on happily-ever-after suddenly he finds himself rethinking it. Maybe the right woman is here somewhere and he just hasn't noticed her yet.
Devlyn loves Mia as much as she loves Garrett. Those two have been a big part of her life. They are both important to her and she simply can't lose them. That is why she gave up on her love. It just wasn't worth it. As long as she can be friends with Garrett and be in Mia's life she is happy. But then something changed, he changed, and now things are far more complicated than they should ever be. WIll she finally find her happiness or is she in for another heartbreak?
All the characters are great. I loved Mia, Garrett, and Devlyn. I enjoyed the story. I loved the small town setting. I loved pretty much everything about it. The only thing that I didn't like much was the unrealistic feel of it. I know that this is fiction but still it's difficult for me to digest the fact that someone can love you all their life without you loving them back. I don't think that anyone can do that. One sided love just doesn't last 30+ years (as Devlyn fell in love when they were both just kids). That's kind of hard to believe. I guess all is allowed in fiction though so who really cares. Also, let's not forget that she wasn't exactly waiting for Garrett to fall for her, she had actually moved on and was being a friend, she was still in love with him but wasn't looking for romance anymore. So, I think that's something. In any case, overall, it's a great read and I'd definitely recommend it to all sweet, sappy, romance lovers.
P.S. I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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review 2018-06-22 02:16
The Little Things by Jay Northcote Review
The Little Things - Jay Northcote

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make you appreciate what you have.

There are lots of things that brighten Joel’s life. His three-year-old daughter Evie is one. His close relationship with her mother, his best friend from university, is another. Joel’s boyfriend, Dan, adds spice to his child-free nights, and Joel is pretty happy with how things are.
Then one cold and rainy night, everything changes. Joel’s life is turned upside down when he becomes a full-time dad to Evie, and his previously carefree relationship with Dan cracks under the strain.
Meeting Liam, who acts as if getting hurt isn’t a foregone conclusion, shakes Joel to the core. Their attraction is mutual, and Liam makes no secret of how serious he is about Joel. But Joel is wary. He tells himself he’s keeping Liam at a distance for Evie’s sake, when really he’s protecting his own heart. Taking a chance on this new relationship with Liam may seem a small step—a little thing—but is it one Joel can take after losing so much already?

 

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This is lovely book in so many ways especially how it address how hard parenting really is especially by yourself. 

For me, the book started in the wrong place or it needed to keep going. We get Dan and the shared custody for a long time. And then when things change, we get a middle section and then Liam coming in but we don't get enough time in the romance. 

So, not my favorite of Northcote's but a tender tale.

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review 2015-03-05 23:57
David's Selfie by Daisy Harris
David's Selfie - Daisy Harris

I remember buying David's Selfie because the excerpt was somehow sweet despite starting with a dick pic. I also remember having to contact customer service to get the file to work, because, just like my previous few orders, the file was corrupt upon download. I took an extended break from the site after buying this novella, but, happily, I just did a test and it looks like Samhain may have finally fixed the problem. Now I can go back to haunting their “bargain bin” page on a weekly basis.

Anyway, David's Selfie stars David, a doctor and single father, and Craig, a student and go-go dancer. David is a widower who wants to get back into dating and having sex. He's bisexual and seems to be pretty open about it, although he hasn't been with anyone but his wife since college. His first foray into maybe having sex again involves sending his best attempt at a dick pic to a guy he met online. The two of them arrange to meet at a bar, but David panics when he sees his date in person. Thankfully, the guy didn't see him, and David escapes and resigns himself to not getting laid anytime soon. Except that David forgot his cellphone, with his dick pic still on it, in the bar's bathroom.

Craig is a dancer at the bar and finds the phone during one of his breaks. He's intrigued by both the dick pic and the many pictures of David's three-year-old daughter Maia (it feels weird just typing this). When David calls, Craig offers to return the phone in person, and the two (plus Maia) meet at a coffee shop the next day. Things click between them, and, despite the enormous amount of effort it takes to mesh their two schedules and find someone to look after Maia, they continue to meet, go on dates, and soon have sex. Unfortunately, Craig has a secret: he hasn't mentioned that he was the go-go dancer David was ogling that night at the bar. All David knows is that he's a student who plans to one day open his own Zumba studio.

David's Selfie probably benefited from me starting it right after finishing a badly-written book – it was a breeze to read, by comparison. And the beginning really was as oddly sweet as I'd remembered. Yes, David was the parent of a three-year-old, but he was also a man who was still interested in sex. I laughed at the awkwardness of him struggling to take a decent dick pic while his daughter waited outside the bathroom door. Nearly every time he wanted to meet with Craig, he needed to find someone to take care of Maia. David was lucky that his sister-in-law was so supportive. Now that I think about it, she was basically the device that allowed their relationship to happen – David didn't have any other sitters lined up.

Craig's situation added a few more obstacles. He didn't have a place of his own where he and David could go for privacy, and he wanted to avoid having David find out about his job for as long as possible. His greatest wish was for safety, security, and family, three things he hadn't had in a long time. David and Maia looked like they could be the answer, but he couldn't shake his fear that he'd be abandoned at any moment.

I liked that David and Craig were both vulnerable in their own ways, and I enjoyed their early conversations and attempts to get to know each other. Unfortunately, I'm not generally a fan of stories with a lot of sex, and Craig and David spent a huge amount of time either having sex, arranging things so they could have sex, or thinking about having sex.

It seemed like David got turned on at the drop of a hat. When Craig was sick but couldn't go home for a while because the guy he was renting from was being a jerk, David told him he could take a hot bath at his place. Then he ogled Craig a bit and they had sex, because the story couldn't even wait for Craig to feel 100% better before having another sex scene. It also bugged me that, at the end, David started to get turned on while Craig was trying to explain the general lack of security in his life and his embarrassment about his job. David couldn’t keep his mind off sex long enough to make it through that one serious conversation, and it made me realize that I liked Craig a lot more than I liked him.

All in all, this was a decent read with a strong first half. I just wish there had been fewer sex scenes and more "Craig and David getting to know each other." Preferably with David's mind focused on the conversation, rather than on what was going on in his pants.

Additional Comments:

I really hope that this novella's working title was David's Dick Pic. Alliteration is fun.

 

(Original review, with read-alikes, posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2014-06-15 17:39
Best Single Father Heroes of Category Romance
Sawyer - Lori Foster
Mackenzie's Mountain - Linda Howard
Frisco's Kid - Suzanne Brockmann
A Man To Trust - Justine Davis
His Son's Teacher - Kay Stockham
Sweetbriar Summit - Christine Rimmer
Home for the Holidays - Sarah Mayberry
Divinely Ruined - Diane Alberts
Falling for Mr. Wrong - Inara Scott
The Pirate - Jayne Ann Krentz

Happy Father's Day! The Father's Day List Party rages on!!! 

 

The Category Romance (Mills and Boon, Loveswept, Entangled) is a treasure trove of Single Father Heroes. 

 

Here are some of my favorites!

 

1. Sawyer by Lori Foster 

2. Mackenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard 

3. Frisco's Kid by Suzanne Brockmann 

4. A Man To Trust by Justine Davis

5. Sweetbriar Summit  by Christine Rimmer 

6. His Son's Teacher by Kay Stockham 

7. Home for the Holidays by Sarah Mayberry 

8. Falling for Mr. Wrong by Inara Scott

9. Divinely Ruined  by Diane Alberts

10 The Pirate by Jayne Ann Krentz 

 

Do you have a favorite I missed? Let me know!

 

To vote for the best of the best, go to the Goodreads list: Best Single Fathers of Category Romance

 

To check out some simply gorgeous fathers and get more recommendations for Great Father Heroes of all kinds in Romance Novels, visit my Pinterest Boards: Family Man: More of the Best Father Heroes in Romance and Father Love: Best Father Heroes in Romance.

 

If you missed any of the party yesterday, click away and get caught up! 

 

Best Single Father Heroes of Historical Romance

 

Doorstep Baby: Best Romance Hero Discovers He has a Child

Best Surrogate Fathers in Romance

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text 2014-02-23 16:43
Great Family Men: Father Heroes of Romance
Welcome to Temptation (Dempseys #1) - Jennifer Crusie
Murphy's Child - Judith Duncan
The Very Virile Viking - Sandra Hill
Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story A Black Dagger Brotherhood Novella - J. R. Ward
Slightly Married - Mary Balogh
September Moon - Candice Proctor
Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5) - Jennifer Ashley
Sawyer - Lori Foster
Soul Kissed - Erin Kellison
To Sir Phillip, With Love - Julia Quinn

There is nothing sexier on a man than fatherhood done well.  

 

The exhaustion, love, worry, humor, all while shirtless in the night. The fierce protective love  and anger of the teenage years. 

 

Good Dads are hot. 

 

Here are some great fathers from Romanceland...

 

Contemporary 

 

1. Sawyer by Lori Foster

2. Sweet Dreams, Law Man,  Motorcycle Man  by Kristen Ashley 

3. Mackenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard 

4. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

5. Murphy's Child by Judith  Duncan

6. Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis

7. Frisco's Kid by Suzanne Brockmann

 

Paranormal 
1.  The Very Virile Viking
 by Sandra Hill

2. Wild Invitation by  Nalini Singh

3.  Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story by J.R. Ward

4. Shifter Made by Jennifer Ashley

5. Soul Kissed by Erin Kellison

6. The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

 

 

Historical

1. To Sir Phillip, With Love by  Julia Quinn

2. Slightly Married by Mary Balogh

3. September Moon and Night in Eden by Candice Proctor 

4. Romancing Olive by Holly Bush

5.  Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros 

 

Who are your favorite father heroes?

 

Check out my Pinterest Board: Family Man: Great Father Heroes in Romance which combines great images with book recommendations.

 

If you want to vote for the best of the best, go to this Goodreads List: Single Fathers of Romance: Great Family Men

 

 

 

 

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