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“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.
Well, this was actually a nice, and very enjoyable audio book. The narrator was good, but I didn’t love him.
About the narration: The narrator, Finn Sterling does a good job by using different and fun voices for the characters. I think he captured them quite well, especially Rue. There was a nice pace in the reading and the emotions came through well, so that was good. It seemed like a bit story telling-ish at times, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
About the story: I think it was an enjoyable one. This one is mostly an easy, sweet read, with a nice relationship build up – the story of three men and a baby. No, there´s no threesome here, or ménage, but the part that each one of these three men play in the story, each other´s lives, and the baby´s life, are all important.
The story starts with Rue, a flamboyant bartender and cosmetologist, who, in my opinion, was captured quite well by the narrator. Rue is gay, but he decided that he should experiment with women at least once, and that´s how he met Natalie. The thing with Natalie was a casual, one time thing, and it was, except that that one time thing had consequences – Natalie is pregnant, but she doesn`t want the baby, so she decides to contact Rue to see if he would like to keep the baby, to which he agrees. Rue´s first reaction to the news is call his best friend, Dusty. Dusty is super supportive of Rue´s decision.
Alice, the baby girl, is born, and Rue is having a hard time finding a nanny for the baby, this is how he turns to his neighbor, Erick.
Erick is a sci-fi writer. He´s got OCD traits and he finds refuge in Star Wars and eating junk food. He rarely leaves the house. He has a stutter, and is very shy. He`s been recently contacted by his editor who broke the news that, well, sci-fi is not selling as good as it used to, but there´s something he may do to change that: add a romance, as a side plot. A gay romance side plot. Erick is baffled, since he has no clue about gay… well, anything.
I don´t think either Erick or Rue were attracted to each other in the beginning – Hell, I don´t think they really liked each other in the beginning. Rue needed a nanny, and Erick needed the money, that´s the extent of the reality of how their relationship started. This was actually lovely because I had the chance to enjoy a romance that really started with two men that started to fall for each other somewhere along the friendship they had first built. At the same time that Erick and Rue get closer and start falling for each other, Dusty and Erick grow to be close friends, too. Seeing Erick with Dusty, and how supportive of him he was, and how fiercely he defended him was really sweet. Now, I think that Dusty developed a hard crush on Erick, and I confess that seeing him backing off was a bit sad… O.O I know! I know! The thing was between Rue and Erick… but, man, Dusty! I liked him very much.
When Rue and Erick finally get to act on their feelings it was super sweet. It was a first for Erick, and it was sweet to listen to. It was sexy, in the way that a first time between two people who have wanted something for some long can only be. I enjoyed seeing Erick and Rue falling into a nice pace in their relationship.
It wasn´t always sweet and easy, and shit hits the fan. When the opportunity for Rue to take the job of his dream arises things cool down between them, mainly because of misunderstandings and reluctance to communicate. They, however, work it out, and in the end we get our happy ending.
My only niggles with this story were a few things that seemed a bit like inconsistencies, or maybe too convenient. For example the fact that Rue forgets to use a condom when he has sex with Natalie. I think he wore a condom every time he had sex with a guy, so why would a girl be an exception?
Rue and Erick spent what it seemed (it really wasn´t) like a long time apart and not talking to each other either because they were assuming things on behalf of the other, or because they were too stubborn to take things as they came and talk. I did a bit of yelling at my ipad as I listened to those things. While I enjoyed it, I do wish they had solved their issues sooner.