Book Reviews

Daddy, Daddy, and Me by Sean Michael at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-February-2018

Book Blurb

When Jeff agreed to be the sperm donor to his best friend Beth, he never expected a tragedy to leave his newborn and three-year-old motherless. Beth’s loss has totally thrown his life into chaos: his lover has left him, his house isn’t anywhere near childproof, and his boss feels the restaurant has been patient enough with Jeff’s time off.

 

Donny has always known he wanted to work with kids, and he just finished his degree in early childhood education. He didn’t count on the prejudice he’d face as not only a male nanny, but a gay one at that. Job-hunting has been frustrating to say the least, so when he knocks on Jeff's door and is greeted by the sounds of things breaking and a pair of screaming children, he thinks maybe he can begin this particular interview with a trial by fire.

 

Becoming the nanny to Jeff's children might be a dream come true for Danny and exactly what Jeff needs, but are either of them ready to really be a family?

 

 

 

First Edition published by TOP SHELF: An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, December 2011.


Book Review

What a sweet and adorable read, just right if you’re looking for a heartwarming story, a lack of horrible villains (the one there is was bad enough but not over the top), and a family coming together. The fact that Donny starts out as the manny is of no consequence in how he and Jeff move forward. This would work well as a Christmas story, or can be read as a romantic fairy tale. It definitely has the kind of “magic” that just makes me smile.

Danny is desperate for a job – but as a gay man who wants to be a manny, he’s having a very hard time. His “interview” with Jeff, one of many that Danny has endured, is very different from the standard version of doing things, and had the effect of dropping me right into the middle of the child-caused chaos and action this book excels at picturing. I also loved how Danny took over and made sure the kids were safe – without being bossy. He sort of snakes his way into Jeff’s and the kids’ hearts – and mine as well! Danny knows exactly what he wants, gets it done, and is a supportive friend and lover to boot. Who wouldn’t want to hug him and keep him around?

Jeff has had a bit of a shock to his system – he suddenly has his best friend’s kids to take care of, but since he was the sperm donor and she wanted him to have them when she died, he never questions this. He is totally overwhelmed but he does his best. I loved that his struggle was realistic – he’s had a total lifestyle change and even though his ex (a total a**hat, by the way) keeps intruding, Jeff stays the new course. And when he falls in love with Danny, he only becomes more determined to make things work, even if he needs help to figure some stuff out.

This is one of those very sweet stories with lots of loving, very few real threats, and adorable kids that you’re either going to love or hate. Personally, I loved it. If you need to get away from it all for a little while, this is a great book to make you smile and help you relax.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 162 pages/51163 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-February-2018
Price $5.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/daddy-daddy-and-me-by-sean-michael-9371-b