Book Reviews

Summer Son by Anna Martin at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-April-2018

Book Blurb

Ellis Broad never imagined he would end up a single father before he turned twenty-nine. Then again, most of his expectations for the future evaporated when his husband of three years filed for divorce, leaving Ellis as their six-month-old son Harrison's only parent. After the divorce Ellis hides, working from home on his small graphic design business so he can be a full-time dad. He succeeds until Zane Hadlin stumbles into his life.

Zane is everything Ellis desires and everything he fears at the same time. A former gang member from the wrong side of the tracks, Zane turned his life around after his older brother was killed in a shooting. Now an artist, Zane shows Ellis a path back into the world and all he's been missing out on.

The only problem is, Ellis's ex-husband hasn't quite gone for good, and his digging into Zane's past could drag up secrets no one is prepared to deal with.


Book Review

I’m kind of a sucker for a single dad with a baby story and since I’ve enjoyed several other works by this author I read the description for ‘Summer Son’ and decided to jump right in. I was looking forward to meeting Ellis and Zane and seeing what kind of relationship these two men would make.

Ellis has only been divorced for three months and it wasn’t a pretty one. Apparently it was Oliver who was all about having a family right off the bat and they both agreed they didn’t care whose sperm created the child so they mixed it… well, until Oliver filed for divorce and insisted on a paternity test. Once he found out Ellis was Harrison’s biological parent then Oliver really was prepared to wash his hands of the whole situation. Oliver is pretty much every horrid story you’ve ever heard about the other parent – he doesn’t stick to the custody agreement, never keeping Harrison for his full weekend, and getting child support has been a battle. Regardless, Ellis has carved out a wonderful life for his son even if Ellis is exhausted more often than not.

Zane is a young college student who also works part-time with special needs children teaching art at the community center. He had a bit of a traumatic childhood that ended when he saw his brother killed in a drive-by shooting. Zane was the only witness at the age of twelve and then his mother moved them away from New York City. He and Ellis meet when Ellis is dragged out of his hermitage by his best friend to go out with the group. Zane is a new member to the group, the majority of them having known each other since college, and he and Ellis really hit it off. In some ways it was a tad too insta for me, but I can’t dispute that these two men were really fabulous together. Not to mention that Zane is wonderful with Harrison and the baby adores this new figure in his world.

In my opinion the drama surrounding Ellis’s ex-husband was fairly predictable but I still enjoyed the story. Overall this wasn’t what I thought it would be but that isn’t a bad thing. Zane and Ellis’s romance may have been kind of insta but it was still quite lovely to watch. I’m glad I picked this up to enjoy.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/62333 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-August-2014
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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