Title: Kiss Me, Daddy (Club 83 #1)
Author: Quinn Ward
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 28th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 70,000 words approx.
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Andy’s a recent college graduate with a mountain of debt and a load of regret over earning a degree he’ll never use. When he takes a job at a local gay bar, he doesn’t expect the first person to catch his eye to be the man he’s been dreaming about since a chance encounter.
Joshua’s comfortable in his life. He has an amazing son who’s wise beyond his years, an ex-wife who’s one of his best friends, and a great job. Now, if only those closest to him would quit hounding him to start dating again after the divorce.
Joshua finds what’s been missing with the other people he’s tried dating the first time Andy slips up and calls him Daddy. What starts as a slip of the tongue could lead to what both men really need and want.
I was quite surprised when I first started this book at how much I was instantly taken in by the writing and the characters.
Joshua is 37, lives in a home with his son and his ex-wife. He’s also a radio host, but his identity is private as he uses a fake on air persona. He’s created a life in which he’s content. Not happy, exactly, but good. When he explains his living situation to others, they tend to run, so he’s resigned to what he has.
Andy is graduating college and has no job, no job prospects, and has been living a life that borders on what he wants but more what his parents expect. He’s young and he’s unsure of the future. When he overhears a boy behind him in line for coffee talking to his parents, he turns around to see the Daddy he never knew he always wanted. It kicked at something inside of him.
When the story starts, there is a misunderstanding between them that is handled perfectly. Sweetly. It completely kicks off the heat between the two and starts off the dynamic that is themed throughout their relationship. And this is where things got dicey for me.
I’m certainly no expert on role play or kink, but I’m pretty sure there should be rules or some discussion about what each role is and what is expected. There was none of that. The timeline jumped so that we went from basically the first night together as a couple to a month or so later. I felt a little stunted. I wanted all the details of that time together. Where they are in each other’s pockets. Where they can’t stand to be away from the other. Missing the time for Andy to build a relationship with Joshua’s son was also skipped.
As much as I really enjoyed the story and the relationship between the MC’s, because there was no discussion about their place, I found it hard to understand the connection between them to be real. And after missing a large chunk of time it just didn’t give me the emotions I needed to connect the two as a solid unit in the end.
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