Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: Unexpected Daddy by Brenna Lyons

Unexpected Daddy
Brenna Lyons
Phaze Books
December, 2014

Buy: AMZ / ARE / BN

Rating: 3/5

About the Book

When twenty-six-year-old Joey Beirs is summoned to the emergency room one evening, the last thing he expects to find is that his twin brother and Jeremy's wife have both been killed in a car accident, leaving him an unexpected daddy to his newborn niece, Abby. Closing in on the end of his leave from work, Joey has to find suitable childcare for Abby. After yet another interview turns south, Joey is accosted by homophobic bigots and saved by Geoff Allread. 

Geoff is in his forties, an out-of-work carpenter whose unemployment is running out, soon to be faced with working in fast food or retail to keep food on the table in the recession. He's also late to come out of the closet, a wounded man who has lost everything by admitting what he is... including his daughter from his ill-fated marriage. Geoff is good with kids and adores Abby. It's a match made in heaven. At forty-three, Geoff needs a job that doesn't mean asking if someone wants fries, and Joey needs someone who's good with Abby.

But can both of them overcome their hurts and accept that the age difference doesn't matter as much as finding what they've both lost... a stable family?


Following a tragic accident, Joey assumes guardianship of his infant niece. A fruitless search for daycare leads him to Geoff, an unemployed blue-collar man who appears gruff yet has a soft spot for children. The arrangement, first borne out of necessity on both parts (one needs a sitter, one needs a job) grows into a relationship one tries to fight but cannot.

Daddy is short, just under 15,000 and offers a peek into a sweet, budding relationship between a man unexpectedly in charge of a family and another mourning the loss of his due to divorce. I would like to have seen it lengthened with a deeper exploration of the two heroes - particularly Geoff. I haven't read many M/M stories featuring older men, particularly those acknowledging their sexuality later in life. Daddy is a nice diversion, nonetheless, if you want a lunch hour read.

3 Stars

Leigh Ellwood is the author of "Love's Dominion" in the WTRAFSOG 9 box set (AMZ ~ BN ~ Kobo) and "A Different Class" in the Box of 1Night Stands, Vol. 2 (All Romance ~ Kindle ~ NOOK).

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