Monday, December 18, 2017

Release Day Review ~ Daddy Needs a Date by Sean Michael

 Release Day Review ~ Daddy Needs a Date by Sean Michael

Title: Daddy Needs a Date

Author: Sean Michael
Release Date: December 18, 2017
Category: Contemporary, Holiday
Pages: 200

With four girls, single dad Ryan Withers has his hands too full to look for romance. He’s not complaining—he loves his daughter and the three nieces he adopted when their parents died, and he would do anything for them. He’s caught off guard when his mother and daughter decide to play matchmaker.
Alex Bernot works in disaster relief, his job taking him all over the world, helping others, for extended periods of time. He’s staying with his aunt while he’s home, and she sets him up on a blind date. Finding a special someone isn’t really on his mind, but he goes to make his aunt happy.
Ryan and Alex enjoy each other’s company more than either of them expected, and they soon make a second date. Their lives are complicated, though, in very different ways, and soon family needs and their jobs conspire to pull them apart. They’ll need to figure out how to work through the things keeping them apart, but first they’ll have to decide if they even want to…

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Daddy Needs a Date is a standalone by Sean Michael. Ryan is a single dad with four daughters, who hasn't had time for dating all of his adult life. His life is about providing for his girls and raising them. He's an even keel man who seems to be able to easily handle the craziness of four daughters varying in age from 5 to 15. Throughout this story, we get to see a little bit about the man, but mostly it's just focused on him as a parent and being a parent. Alex and Ryan are set up on a blind date, and though Alex is shocked by Ryan's daughter's situation, he's enjoying the dinner enough to continue. Alex doesn't spend a lot of time in the U.S and has little roots tying him anywhere. He's using his inheritance doing missionary work abroad and will just leave the country at a moment's notice to help with the latest disaster.

I liked both Ryan and Alex. This book did a great job of showing what a single parent dating looks like but if you don't like kids in your story, I'd strongly suggest you avoid this one. After 1 1/2 dates, Ryan and Alex's time together involves Ryan's daughters so they are a big part of the story. Alex jumps in to help when Ryan needs it and they become a family. Neither man had any terrible character flaw and seemed to fit together well. There's a point when Alex has to head to a country in need that causes issue with Ryan and his daughter, and I think it was well done showing how someone without any ties doesn't have to worry about how his actions affect anyone else.

I wasn't a fan of how quickly Ryan and Alex moved in together. I mean, Ryan is a parent of four girls and he ended up moving a man in with them after two dates. This story was really an instalove story between Ryan and Alex, with their dates, meeting kids and moving in together happening within a short time. Though I would have liked for Ryan's character to be more detailed, I think many parents can relate to the same issue of losing their individual identity and instead being someone's parent. Overall, this was a good book with likable characters, well-behaved children and a HEA. I enjoyed the epilogue that gave insight into what their lives looked like now and the work Alex was involved in.

Rating: 4 stars

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