Simple Pleasures

Title: Simple Pleasures
Authors: Aiden Bates
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 20, 2017
Genre(s): Romance/Mpreg
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.13 stars out of 5

Have you ever thought that you found the love of your life? Planned your life together, began your life together? Then watched as it was torn away?

When Ellis Connelly moves to New York City for the job of his dreams, he can’t believe his luck. As the well-paid nanny for a wealthy young surgeon, his days are filled with worthwhile work and his nights are spent socializing with the greatest group of friends. He may not be rich, but he knows how to have a good time.

Dr. Jasper Flint doesn’t have time for a social life. Between his demanding career and being a single dad, his schedule is packed, and he’s still brokenhearted over a painful divorce. After meeting his beautiful new nanny, however, Jasper wonders if it might be time to get back out there.

When the two men finally come together, life truly begins for both of them. It looks like a future of companionship, romance, and hot sex is in front of them.

So when an unexpected blast from the past shows up, and their plans come to a screeching halt, both Ellis and Jasper must prove their love to themselves and each other… a task that ends up being harder than they ever thought possible.

This book contains sexually explicit content and not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. This book is approximately 70,000 words, has a happy ending, and does not end in a cliffhanger.

  • Manny…..check
  • 10 year age gap…..check
  • Mpreg…..check

The only thing missing that would have knock this out of the park for me is if it would have also had a GFY or virgin spin. Even so, this was a very quick and enjoyable read that sucked me in from the beginning.

The only hiccup for me, was how quickly Ellis and Jasper came to the thought of “I think I love him”. To me, there weren’t enough instances to back up their proclaimed feelings. No longing stares, or simple gestures; just all of a sudden…BOOM. Other than that, the flow was steady and to see Jasper’s and Ellis’s relationship develop over time was nicely done.

In addition, I really liked how the author integrated multiple POV’s into the story. Even though it wasn’t consistent, he did a great job knowing when to incorporate each character (besides the MC’s) to enhance the story.

In the end, you are left happy knowing that everything eventually worked out for Ellis and Jasper.

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I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.