Published by Dreamspinner Press
Released on May 3, 2012
Ah, this was one of the most adorable sweetest reads between the most unlikely of couples. The importance of fatherhood, friendship, life dreams, and knowing what is most important are things explored in this story.
Rue (or Rufus, but don’t EVER call him that) is an out of the closet guy who grew up unwanted, lived a wild clubbing lifestyle, and now is working the club scene most nights to put himself through styling school with dreams of being a top stylist. His life hits a speed bump in the form of a little baby girl- his, as a result of a drunken evening experimenting with what it was like to be with a girl. At first he is terrified when he makes the decision to keep his baby when he discovers the mother doesn’t want the child and then he is more terrified when its time to do the daddy thing. But the big kicker is how to juggle a child with work and school. He has tried everything to find decent affordable child care and is looking at having to drop out of school when he thinks to ask his reclusive neighbor to babysit.
Erik is a guy who has severe anxiety issues. He cannot handle change of any sort, crowds, being touched, or much of anything for that manner. He is a Sci-Fi geek and he is a struggling professional writer of Sci-Fi. First the landlord is selling off his properties and forces Erik to leave his home for an apartment and then his flamboyant new neighbor is asking him to watch a baby. Erik shudders and says a definitive ‘No’ at first until he looks at his stack of bills and the lack of calls from his agent.
From the moment Erik starts watching baby Alice, Erik and Rue’s lives are changed for good. Alice is just the therapy Erik needs and Erik’s solid friendship is just the healing balm that Rue needs. Only problem for Rue? Erik isn’t gay. Erik isn’t anything really because of his anxiety issues. He’s a perfect innocent who doesn’t judge a book by its cover, but by its contents.
The plot was a gentle flowing story of discovery between two very different individuals who are brought together by a small baby and learn to be friends and then family. It is an emotional more than action based plot. And they have some real issues to work through so at times my heart felt for both of them. It is told from both Rue and Erik’s perspectives. The switchovers are a little rough at times, but not something that distracted me much.
The characters were so well written. I was given such a strong descriptive glimpse into both characters’ worlds and then the world they made together. I enjoyed the character of Rue’s friend Dusty who also became Erik’s friend. At times, Dusty was like a foreign language translator because he seemed to understand both Rue and Erik when they had communication breakdowns and were unable to read each other well.
I found it an overall very satisfying read and I was rooting very hard for the relationship to succeed. Pick this one up if you prefer your romance more on the sweet than the steamy side (though there is some of that too).