Author: Leta Blake
Publication date: January 9, 2020
Length: 209 pages
Reviewed by Michael
A second chance to build the family of their dreams…
Dr. Grant Anderson long ago gave up on a relationship with Leo Garner. After all Leo left him for a movie star, and who can compete with that? But now, Leo’s back with his adorable, genius daughter in tow, leaving Grant consumed by three important questions:
1)Did Leo come home without the movie star because he’s looking for a fresh start?
2)Does he want a do-over with Grant too?
3)Why else would Leo be hanging around Grant’s hospital so much anyway?
The attraction between Grant and Leo is undeniable, and soon their affection reignites as well. But will their luck hold out through health scares and family drama so they can find their happy ending at last?
This book is a single dad, opposites attract, second chance, hurt/comfort, medical romance by Smoky Mountain Dreams author Leta Blake, featuring over 60,000 words of an emotional, moving m/m romance with a happy ending you’ll love!
*Originally published in 2018 under the same title using the pen-name, Halsey Harlow.
I don’t know what it is with me lately. The last couple of books I’ve read have featured grumpy MC’s, and I’ve loved it.
Of course, you’d be grumpy too (and a little sarcastic) if the love of your life decided to up and leave to be with a high school sweetheart/soon-to-be movie star. But when Leo returns six years later, with a child, Grant’s curiosity is piqued.
Things didn’t go as planned for Leo after he left. Leo’s relationship with Craig hit the skids early on. His sister got pregnant and, unable to care for the baby, gave her to him. He contracted a disease that caused so much damage to his heart that he required a transplant. And the stress to his body caused kidney damage requiring a transplant as well. However, that doesn’t seem likely anytime soon. So, he returns home with his niece/daughter, Lucky, for help from his parents while he waits for a new kidney.
While it was nice to see Grant deal with his issues of abandonment from Leo (and there are plenty), the real prize is his developing relationship with Lucky. He treats her like an adult (partially because he doesn’t know how to deal with kids), doing things like teaching her chess instead of something more childlike. She responds to him in a very mature way. And it’s through Grant’s relationship with Lucky that he developed a relationship with Leo again. But leave it a kid to be the real scene stealer!
I also liked the fact that Grant never changed his personality with Leo as the latter’s health began to deteriorate. He never coddled his boyfriend, instead remaining just as sarcastic as he had always been. Because, I think, he understood that if he treated Leo any differently, it would be a disservice to their relationship. A sarcastic, pushy doctor was who Leo knew, and that was who Leo was going to get. In the long run, that was what would help Leo get better.
Books like this show that you can have character growth without drastically changing who the character is. Even while Grant wrestled with his growing feelings for the man who had left him six year before, he never changed who he was at his core. Proof positive that you shouldn’t change who you are because you’re in love. And Leo accepted Grant, sarcasm and all. Which is how it should be.
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