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The Teddy Bear Club (Dreamspun Desires) Paperback – August 1, 2017
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Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. A longtime writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys. Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
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Which it was...at first.
Then it got boring fast. There's two interesting plot points that were established with both families. But we don't get a lot of interaction between anyone else BUT Dev and Aiden. That shouldn't be an issue, right? Wrong. It's all babies and getting along and happiness and sugar sweet and cutsie talk and perfection and did I fall asleep? There're two conflicts, both with Dev's mom. But they're both brief and don't really serve to give much tension. Then there's Dev's sister...that we never get a chance to even see an interaction between the siblings.
I normally dislike a lot of drama, but...I at least want some sort of conflict. These two were just so perfect. We don't even get to see Dev interact with Logan over the legal stuff. There is barely any interaction that wasn't Dev, Aiden, Babies and Linds. I don't even think we get to see much interaction from the other kids of Zack and Logan.
Yes, I find issue with this. It was boring, drab and a chore to get through. There isn't much satisfaction in the payoff at all. Heck, there really isn't any sort of resolution with Dev's mother.
Read if you need something to help you sleep.
This is part of the Dreamspun Desires series. I have never read any of them but I will have to rectify that. It is quick and easy and I really liked the premise and set-up. Who doesn’t love sexy men and their babies? It makes my heart flutter and melt. It's an easy going book about a bunch of men that get together with their kids at a coffee shop owned by one of the men. They come from all walks of life but have at least some things in common but mostly…. kids. Whether they are biologically by them or by circumstance. It is sexy, sassy, fun and sweet. So sweet at times you may get a toothache. Yet, I really liked it.
Aiden has custody of his sister's kids. She isn’t a bad mom, she just has some issues that she needs to deal with. Now, these are some pretty bad issues. Hearing Aiden talk or think about it was horrid. Now, let me say Linds the 3-year-old of Aiden will keep you on your toes. I loved her. Then there is Bee she is roughly the same age as U. He got her little and she is a sweetheart as well. These two girls will melt your heart along with Daddy.
We have Devon who is new to the group. He gets invited to hang out with the men and feel connected to adults. Now, Devon “Dev” got his baby U short for Unicorn, yes his sister named him Unicorn. She is sixteen and left him with Dev and said she would be back. Dev has some issues with his family as he got kicked out of it for being gay and coming out. This is something the men have in common...being gay. His mom is homophobic and Deb is afraid his mom will try and take U before he can have all legal rights or his sister will come and take him.
The friendship is platonic at first between Aiden and Dev and loved watching it grow. It wasn't love at first sight or instant love we get sometimes. All of these men are good friends and will do what they have to in order to support each other. I was waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop and when it does it is sort of what I thought. I loved how these band of men and their little group are everything to each other. Their friendships are important.
Dev and Aiden are great together and their kids get along well. I loved the bond that all three kids had together as well as their fathers. At times I think that Dev is a little high strung and lets things get to him. Other than that the only issue I have is there wasn't a lot of romance it was mostly baby feedings, and diaper changes with baths to be given. I wanted more romance for these two. It is a realistic take on a new relationship when it comes to romance and kids and you need to take it when you can. When all these men get together their kids all get along as well.
I recommend this story for anyone looking for sweet and sassy, with men who love their kids that is easy to read.
The basis of this series is a group of single gay dads who meet twice a week at a local café, desperate for a bit of adult interaction, some shared advice, and a shoulder they can cry on when single parenthood becomes too much. Aiden has single parenting down to an art. He’s organized, scheduled and most importantly – he has children who actually sleep! Devon, on the other hand, is still struggling to deal with his nephew, who he was asked to babysit three months ago. By this point, he’s accepted that his sister isn’t going to come back, which means he is suddenly thrust into the role of father to a colicky four month old. Named Unicorn.
Oh my god. I absolutely laughed myself silly when he shared the baby’s name with the fathers group. I could totally imagine an immature sixteen-year-old girl calling her baby Unicorn! Never fear, Devon makes it his mission to rename the child!
This book has basically zero angst and an avalanche of sweetness. The two men don’t even get together until further through the book than I expected. But I didn’t mind that. I enjoyed reading about the two men getting to be friends and also dealing with raising their children. The blurb mentions the evil, homophobic mother who tries to cause trouble for Devon, but that was all rather anti climatic and didn’t really amount to any drama at all.
I would recommend this book to lovers of stories that focus heavily on the children. Because that really is all that this story is about. Even the romance felt kind of secondary. The two men fall in love, but it starts off more about convenience than passion. Which again, I didn’t mind because it suited the story. While I totally enjoyed this story, I don’t think it will appeal to the majority of readers. But if, like me, you devoured the Mannies, Inc. series, then this is likely exactly what you’re looking for.
Original review posted at Love Bytes Reviews
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