“Daddy” is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he’d have sex with a woman either. Now he’s the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn’t have time for babies, but he can’t give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he’s running out of options. He’s on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.
Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn’t like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of manny—and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father.
Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he’s forced to choose: the future he’s always wanted, or the family he thought he never did.
I love when two MCs who seem to have absolutely nothing in common end up making the best of connections. And that is exactly what this book was, an out and proud gay man (Rue) and a geeky man with OCD (Erik) who end up bonding over Rue's infant daughter. Add in a lovable best friend, Dusty, and this book really just worked on almost every level. The change that comes over each man during the months of getting to know each other was very believable and was forced in any way. Rue's life becomes focusing on raising his daughter while still trying to bring his dreams to reality. Erik learns that life gets a little messy and unpredictable when you least expect it. I thought they were a perfect fit for each other and hopefully Dusty will get his own HEA soon. I can't wait to read more from these two authors.