Broke and overstressed, Orlando is doing everything he can to get his life and mental health back on track--and score a date with shy-but-sexy Geoff before the new year. But when the biggest mistake of Orlando's life reappears on his doorstep with the daughter he never knew he had, he has to drop his plans of romance and focus on what's important: the eight-month-old baby now depending on him.
"It's not every day someone has to learn to be a dad literally overnight."
But Geoff isn't giving up on that date he was promised, baby or no baby, and his adorably dorky charm is enough to sweep Orlando off his feet. Geoff seems too good to be true--patient, generous, smart, funny...he even adores the baby who's suddenly become the center of Orlando's world, and his sure and steady hand helps ease the new dad through the panic-inducing trials of parenthood. All that can't come without a catch.
"Nothing good ever happens this fast."
Even as their lives intertwine, Orlando is convinced Geoff is way out of his league, and Geoff has his own reservations. Falling too hard, too fast is a recipe for disaster, but neither man can help getting a little carried away. If they want to truly turn their ragtag group into a family, both of them will have to face their insecurities in this sweet and steamy holiday romance.
Wow, this book was a very pleasant surprise! I'm not always a fan of books with kids in them (mainly because they never seem to actually represent life with kids!) but I really enjoyed this.
Orlando had just started to get his life on track and set up a date with Geoff when his world is turned upside down and he is left with the baby daughter he had no idea existed. And it wasn't easy for him. I liked this! Geoff was still keen to see Orlando and accepted Noelle was part of his life but Orlando was a man with no parental experience and really was winging it. It was hard for him but he was determined to do the best for his daughter.
I think Casey Cameron got a great balance between things going realistically wrong and being difficult with still being able to move on and improve his life. Having a boyfriend didn't make things instantly easy, but it did help - sometimes. It also made things harder at times. Imagine those first days of a relationship when things are precarious and you're trying to get to know your partner. Imagine doing that when you were also learning how to a father, a shock for the most prepared, but for Orlando there was no warning it really was instant family. And he stepped up to the mark.
This story portrayed a romance developing under less than ideal circumstances, it also portrayed three wonderful characters working together to make a family. Was it plain sailing? No, of course not! Was there lots of extra added angst, unnecessary to the plot? Thank goodness no (I hate that kind of plot device). Was it a well told romance and sweet family story ? Yes! Do I recommend this book? Yes, most definitely! Treat yourself this Christmas. :)
Talking of which - season's greetings to all our blog readers from me and all the unicorns. Eat, drink and read plenty!
A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
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