Title: Daddio (Horizons #3)
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon.com;
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Length: 243 pages
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A guest review by Barb
Summary: Daddio is a great read with some easy-on-the-eye guys involved in a hot but sweet romance. This one gets 5 stars without a doubt!
Sequel to Taste
Horizons Series: Book Three
Six months after meeting at the Taste of Chicago, Lil Lampert and Grier Dilorio are living together. Their physical bond glows brighter than ever, but the couple soon realizes that it takes more than three magic words and outstanding sex to make a partnership work.
Like any fledgling, Grier is learning how to navigate his new life. His problems should have ended when Jillian signed the papers acknowledging him as Luca’s biological father and he got the opportunity to pursue a career in interior design. Instead, he’s hampered by old fears and bad habits that are hard to let go.
Adjusting to a small apartment in a four-season state—with a much younger man sporting a stubborn streak—is a challenge for Lil. His position as Luca’s “Daddio” is a delicate balancing act between doing what he thinks is right and deferring to Grier’s eight years of experience.
Life is stressed enough, but now Lil and Grier also face an unexpected complication from a powerful, far-reaching ruling body. Suddenly Luca’s safety—and their happiness as an emerging family—depends on Lil’s keen understanding of human nature and Grier’s willingness to learn.
Daddio by Mickie B Ashling takes up where Taste, book two of the Horizon series ended. It’s six month later, and architect Lil Lampert and wannabe interior designer, Grier Dilorio are living in Chicago and trying to make their life together work. This is an entertaining and delightful read. Lil and Grier are a sweet couple and some of the scenes between them are steamy hot.
In Daddio, Ashling addresses the mechanics of making a loving relationship work. How does a couple deal with the daily crises that come up in the course of joining one life to another? How do you keep the passion burning under the onslaught of daily routine?
It has only been six months since Lil and Grier met, so they are still working out the kinks of their relationship. Ashling is genuine in her relationship-building. Watching Lil and Grier come to terms with the obstacles facing them in Chicago is great fun. These are two very fine guys. Grier is the bad boy with the tattoos, leather and jeans, while Lil is a California sophisticate with the penchant for fine clothes and sleek cars. Seeing them interact with each other as they confront the issues that a gay couple raising a young child faces is heartening.
Grier’s young son, Luca is an engaging secondary character. He has good insights for a boy so young and precocious. Luca serves as a foil in some of the tense moments in Daddio, particularly between his two sets of parents. Daddio focuses on the family-life of Lil, Grier and Luca. At the same time Ashling is forging ties between Lil and Grier, she reintroduces Clark and Jody, the main characters from Horizon and their efforts to keep their sexual relationship fresh. Clark and Jody have been together for five years. While they love each other and share a commitment, their love life is suffering. The inspired bedroom antics Clark and Jody get involved in—with some prompting from Grier and Lil—are fun and sexy.
Ashling is not afraid of confronting important issues. In Daddio, the main characters run head-on into religious opposition to homosexuality. While this issue could have overwhelmed< em>Daddio, Grier and Lil deal with the situation with honesty, some righteous anger and even humor, the same way they deal with other troubling situations that arise in their life.
I like Ashling’s writing style and her focus on character building and plot. Daddio, like her other novels, is not a series of sex scenes loosely connected by a skeletal plot. There’s some thought behind the story and some understanding of what makes an entertaining tale. I loved Taste and Daddio is a nice continuation of the Horizon series.