Inestimable Blessings by Amanda Young


Title: Inestimable Blessings
Author: Amanda Young
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (149 pages)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lily


Review Summary:

A sweet and engaging story of a man looking forward to a lifelong dream coming true finding he’s been doubly blessed.

BLURB

Lee Calder’s life is right on track. He has a small circle of close friends, a career he loves, and a baby on the way via a surrogate. Mr. Right is nowhere to be found, but Lee isn’t about to let that little tidbit rain on his parade. He’s more than willing to thrust his other needs aside and focus on fulfilling his lifelong dream of being a father.

With his love life in the gutter, Lee turns to fantasies of his hunky neighbor, Finn Alexander. His daydreaming is merely a harmless diversion until Finn comes to Lee’s rescue on a dark and stormy night.

To Lee’s surprise, the chemistry they shared in his imagination is nothing compared to the real thing. Finn is as hot between the sheets as Lee always envisioned. Better still, they get along famously outside the bedroom. The only things standing in the way of Lee having it all are the bundle of joy due any minute and Finn’s apparent aversion to children.

REVIEW

Lee is a really nice guy looking forward to the most important day of his life, the birth of his baby via a surrogate. He’s got some great friends, a nice job and home and despite the lack of a Mr. Right he’s happy. Things get even better though when he meets his sexy neighbor Finn. As they start to spend time together the attraction between them grows and soon feelings deepen. As the weeks pass and the baby’s arrival date grows closer Lee has to figure out how to break the news to Finn. When he finally does will his dreams of a family with Finn and the baby come true or will it be over before it ever really began?

This latest book from Amanda Young is a sweet uncomplicated story. I enjoyed reading it and both Lee and Finn are well developed and likable protagonists. There is a bit of angst in the story, not too much though, as Finn’s last relationship ended badly and is something he is still dealing with throughout the story. That does lead to a couple of painful bumps in their road to happiness but the guys are able to work through them.

There is a nice set of supporting characters in the book as well as a very unsympathetic character but the focus is on the relationship between Lee and Finn and the arrival of the baby. I liked that the story didn’t become all about the baby once it came which is something I’ve seen before.

This book has a simple plot and a good flow throughout. The characters are well drawn and interesting, the writing is solid and when it comes to the sex scenes they are quite hot. Overall an easy read with a really nice ending.

9 comments

  • Just curious if the baby makes a showing or if it’s all pre-baby? I’ll certainly give this one a go either way, just wondered based on your review it was mostly about the lead-up rather than poopy diapers, sleepless nights and colic. 🙂 Oh yeah and snuggles and kisses and hugs.

    • Tam, the baby does make an appearance about 2/3 of the way through the story. It’s a cute story which I think you’d like.

  • Lily
    I was waiting for your review to see how this one turned out. Great job.

    Sometimes sweet and uncomplicated is a treat because all of the angst filled books are a real drain on the emotions.

    This should be a terrific Sunday read. 🙂

  • Hi, Lily! This sounds interesting. We don’t often get much about families and kids in our m/m fiction — especially not guys who want children, as in birth of a baby via a surrogate. And talk about a big complication if the love interest doesn’t like kids! Great review. 🙂

    • Thanks, Val 🙂

      I really liked the baby theme and it was great that Amanda never let the baby take over the story. I think you’ll enjoy it if you read it.

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