on May 4th, 2012
Pages: 214 pages
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"Daddy" is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he'd have sex with a woman either. Now he's the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn't have time for babies, but he can't give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he's running out of options. He's on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.
Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn't like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of manny-and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father. Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he's forced to choose: the future he's always wanted, or the family he thought he never did
Rue Murray’s goal is to become a licensed hairstylist and just life, hanging out with his best friend Dusty. One night of drunken experiment (trying to make sure he really doesn’t desire women) ends up bring a package 9 months later. Rue grew up unwanted, so there was no way he would give up his baby girl Alice. Rue stepped up to the plate and became Alice’s sole guardian since the lady wanted nothing to do with the baby.
But being a dad, going to cosmetology school and paying the bills as a bartender made juggling his daddy duties very difficult. Dusty helped, but Rue needed someone to keep Alice a couple of days when Dusty wasn’t available. He posted signs around his apartment complex until a neighbor, Erik Van Nuys, answered the ad. Erik is a struggling sci-fi writer and lately, all his book proposals were being shot down by publishers. He needed the extra money, so he took on the job of being a many to Alice.
Alice becomes a bridge for Erik entering into Rue and Dusty’s lives and a sort of family bond is established where they take care of each other. Then Erik and Rue start developing feelings for each other and decide to try a relationship. This happiness is threatened when Rue gets offered his dream job in California, which means he would have to leave Delaware and Erik behind. What’s more important.
I really enjoyed this one. I chuckled a lot because the nicknames “underoo”, “dustpan” etc were just funny. There was such a camaraderie that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters. Rue’s flamboyance was a start contrast to Erik’s shyness. It was nice to see them work through that part of their personalities. Dusty was a great BFF and I hope he gets an HEA too.