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Okay, I like this book...a LOT. So much, that I am really shocked at all the mediocre reviews of it (at the time I wrote this review which is still a few weeks before release so maybe they will go up). But for me, this book was awesome! There is a ton of heart and emotion built into it.
Kyle and Adam are an interesting pairing. Kyle is the 'hot mess' single father. His partner, Olivia, died seven months ago, so he and his daughter, Emily, are still trying to find a new normal. He's had to move back home to live with his father just to survive, something that he hates just because it's humiliating. He spends his days as a virtual personal assistant and constantly on the phone. But it's his dialogue with his first grade daughter early in the book that stole my heart. I loved how amazing he was with her, even when he was in the middle of breaking inside. And he definitely wasn't the perfect dad...he makes mistakes, but gah...I loved him so much. The fact that he's still going through the stages of mourning is really moving, too. Everything about his character worked for me...most especially that he is a bit of a hot mess, especially compared to the very contained Adam.
Adam is Emily's teacher. Two years ago he had to leave another teaching job he loved because he got involved with the wrong man. As a result, he really fights hard against his attraction to Kyle, who as a parent is definitely off-limits. Adam is more reserved and conservative. On the other hand, Kyle visibly flails when he gets nervous...and rambles a lot. It's really kind of funny.
But at first, despite the attraction on both their sides, these guys are really developing a friendship, not a romance. In fact, neither of them realize that a relationship might be on the table. Adam isn't out, and Kyle's partner was female. They both just assume the other is straight.
This is a very slow burn build up, but I think that's needed with the details of what Kyle is going through. It really worked for me and made it so that the two are friends first...which I loved.
There are some truly sweet moments throughout the book, too, especially when Emily is involved in the story. I thought she added a lot, and I loved how Kyle's emotions would seesaw when dealing with her...which is very apropos.
Overall, I just thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was a great start to the series...and I think it was a first novel for Allison Temple. That predicts good things to come in this series. I'm definitely looking forward to more!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Kyle is back home, with his six-year-old daughter after a tragedy and is living with his father again. He had his life planned and now it is going the way he thought it would. He lost his best friend and now he can see he needs help after trying to get by and raise her. He able to work from home for the most part being a sort of personal assistant, though had big plans to be an event planner.
Adam is the teacher of Kyle’s daughter. He studious and sexy and not at all what I thought he would be. Adam is very private not wanting to mix professional with personal. He has been burned and doesn’t want to go down that road again. It cost him his heart so now he is very guarded.
Adam “Mr. Hathaway” meets Kyle when he comes to pick up his daughter from school, in the rain and he is late no less. Kyle gets a nice lesson being scolded when he gets a lesson on being punctual and what will happens if he is late again. From that point on there is a love-hate on the part of Adam. He doesn’t want to admit he is attracted to his student widowed father.
The banter between these men was so good. The people are great and I loved Kyle’s father. Kyle’s daughter Bean (not really her name. Caroline is) was a cutie bug as well. He has called her bean since her ultrasound and I find it fitting and it warms your heart. What else is really great is him as a father and how he is with her. He puts her first and foremost in his mind. He is also very domesticated. Then other players like Adam’ sister. I adored her as well.
Looking forward to the next book in the series because I will jump in with both feet.
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