Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New Release Review: Dancing With Daddy by Susan Hawke #Review #Giveaway

Title: Dancing With Daddy
Author: Susan Hawke
Self Published
Publication Date: May 16, 2020
Length: 206 pages

Reviewed by Sammy


I love my daughter, but finding out she wasn’t biologically mine is the best news ever.

I’m a widower who is too scared to have the stupid test that would tell me whether or not I even have the gene that would mean dealing with a horrible illness and certain death. A gene that could’ve also been passed to my child, had she been mine.

She’ll need her father, if something ever does happen to me…That’s why I search for Maddie’s biological father, and when I find him, ask him to become part of her life.

What I didn’t expect is for him to become my best friend. Shane is fun and easygoing, the exact opposite of me. He makes me laugh. He’s the perfect antidote for my neurotic existence. And he’s bi, like me.

But am I courageous enough to take the leap into falling in love with him?

Dancing with Daddy is a super sweet, full-length, standalone, feel good mm romance. There’s no angst, just two very opposite men who befriend each other super fast then slowly find their way to love…all while parenting the precocious five-year-old who belongs to both of them.


Bradley Weston knows that it is very possible he carries a death sentence around with him every day. His father died when he was only fourteen from a genetic disease that it is very likely Bradley has inherited. While his wife lived it was a concern but not like it is now that she has passed away leaving him alone to care for their five year old daughter, Maddie. He loves his little girl more than life and raises her with an almost OCD like regimen that still allows them to have fun. Safety first is Brad’s motto. When Maddie is rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy Brad discovers that her blood type indicates he is not her biological father-rather than being upset he is relieved and determined to discover who that man is and contact him. Little does he know that in doing so he is about to change his life forever.

Shane doesn’t do commitments—his heart is off limits since the day the love of his life dumped him and shattered it. Since then he dates who he pleases and flirts with everyone but never trusts anyone enough to take the next step with them. When he gets the Facebook notice that he is potentially a father and the mother is none other than the woman that messed him up for good he is shocked and yet eager to meet the little girl and the man who is so openly welcoming to him—a stranger. Without hesitation he moves lock, stock and barrel and meets Brad and little Maddie who steals his heart right away.

Susan Hawke has released a slow burn romance, Dancing with Daddy, that rocks both the cuteness factor with little Maddie and the sweetness quotient when it comes to falling in love. Shane and Brad are lovely together and the little dance they do in their collective heads while trying to keep their friendship intact and not mess it up with giving in to their mutual attraction is really adorable. There is no real angst in this novel, in fact, everything goes so smoothly it is a bit unrealistic but still a very nice story.

Brad is certain he carries the gene that will mean an early death. His fear is that Maddie will have no one other than his late wife’s less than savory relatives to go to when it happens. So when he discovers he can’t possibly be her biological father he is actually relieved and decides to try and find the man who is. If the guy is a good man he will invite him to be a part of Maddie’s life—hoping he will be okay with playing the part of an “Uncle” to her and becoming a friend to Brad—something he desperately needs. He hits the jackpot in Shane. Before long these two guys have set up house with one another and are fighting off an attraction deeming it something that will end their fast developed harmony.

The slow building feelings both Shane and Brad develop are the second best part of this novel because, in my opinion, Maddie is the first. She is not only cute but so sassy and lovable you just want to squeeze her. Honestly the three of them together make for a gorgeous family. I enjoyed this novel very much but the one issue I had stems from the fact that Brad not only trusted Shane so quickly but moved him into his and Maddie’s life without any hesitation whatsoever. It just didn’t jibe with the OCD way he moved through life and the overthinking he normally did when it came to keeping Maddie safe. I understood that he was relieved that there was someone out there who he could trust his daughter to should he get ill but still it happened so quickly that it just didn’t ring true or was in keeping with every other facet of Brad’s personality. Still when you overlook this idea the story itself is just a real feel good novel and one that I think many will enjoy as I did.

If you are a fan of slow burn romances with no angst and some really lovely characters than Dancing with Daddy is definitely the novel for you. It’s a sweet story that celebrates family and love.


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  1. Lovely review, sounds like a great story. I'm actually looking forward to catching up on some series that I have been falling behind on.

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