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The Family Man by Kelly Eadon

The Family Man by Kelly Eadon

Today I have a lovely and sweet contemporary romance from Kelly Eadon.  We all love second chance stories – and when you add in a bit of instant attraction and a hero as swoon-worthy as Griffin… you get ALL the warm fuzzies. Please read on for my review and excerpt, then check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of

The Family Man

Oh what a sweet story – and to see a single parent struggling with dating and relationships from a different perspective was wonderful.  Kelly Eadon has set a sweet and heartwarming story in this little town. Both Beth and Griffin are instantly attracted and everything feels just ‘right’ so the quick connection didn’t bother me overmuch.

Griffin is readjusting and realigning his life from the hard party-boy, and for a very good reason.  May is adorable and full of life, cuddles and happy to be Daddy’s Little Girl.  From the cuddles and bedtime stories to small moments where she steals his heart, Griffin can’t help but find new joy every day.

Beth is starting over with 3 part time jobs, a passion for baking sweet treats and a massive crush on Griffin. She’s got a quirky and optimistic view of life, and one that is just perfectly in tune with the very young May. But, dating and relationships with a child in the mix always require careful thought, and both Beth and Griffin have their own moments of angst.

A quick connection with plenty of spice do highlight this story, and there are moments of strong language, although never in front of the kiddo. Even as the story was fast-paced, and there was a bit of insta-love, it worked on all levels: I felt their connection, and the care they took with the kiddo.  I did wish for more story, as I whipped through this in only a few hours, never a bad thing for a book.  Great for fans of romance who want something just a bit different.

The Family Man by Kelly Eadon

Title: The Family Man
Author: Kelly Eadon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Forever Yours
ISBN: 1455593990
Published on: 5 July 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 256
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

TEMPTATION NEVER TASTED SO SWEET...

When life hands lemons to Beth Beverley, she makes mouthwatering lemon squares. Mostly because they're coveted by the sexy single dad who owns Belmont's most popular coffee shop. But that's where her crush on Griffin has to end. Her sweet treats are selling like crazy cakes in his shop, and she doesn't mix business with pleasure. Too bad his sinful smile has her flirting with the idea of forever.

Griffin Hall definitely needs to keep his eyes--and his hands--off Beth. Since he's traded in late-night gigs and partying for bedtime stories with his little girl in his arms, he doesn't have time for anything else. So why does Beth's big heart and easy way with his daughter make him finally feel alive again? But there's a little secret Beth doesn't know, something he can't bear to tell her . . .

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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He lifted a few containers out of a picnic basket and opened them on the blanket. “But you remind me of this town in Italy. I know that seems like a weird thing to say, that you remind me of a town. But it’s full of all these paths that take you to completely unexpected places. Everywhere you turn, someone is trying to feed you. Everyone smiles all the time, and they have a little street theater with puppets that the kids gather around to watch.”

He lifted his eyes to her and grinned. “If you were a place, Beth, you would be this place. We played a concert in a city nearby, but we had a day off and I explored the town by myself. The whole time I kept thinking how great it would be to share it with someone. The other night it came to me: I had to have lunch with you in Urbino.”

Her breath caught. Wow.

He gestured to the food he’d laid out on the blanket. Olives, figs, cheese, bread, dried fruit. Her mouth watered just looking at it. “So here you go. Lunch in Urbino.”

Her eyes stung and she blinked hard. This could not be happening. This could not be real.

“Wow.”

The corners of his mouth dropped and his eyebrows furrowed. “Do you like it?” He dropped his gaze to his lap, where his hands fidgeted. “Is it too much?”

She threw herself at him, covering his face with kisses, not caring if she knocked anything over. “It’s the most incredible thing anyone has ever done for me.”

His fingers closed around her waist and he tugged her into his lap. He pressed his mouth to hers and used the tip of his tongue to trace the seam of her lips.

A high-pitched whistle pierced the air. She raised her head and found a group of teenage boys giving them the thumbs-up.

Her face heated and she crawled back to her spot on the other side of the blanket.

She reached for the container of olives and spooned a few onto her plate. “I feel like I should warn you that dessert is entirely off-theme.”

He raised an eyebrow and popped a fig into his mouth. “Oh yeah?”

She nodded. “Oh yeah.”

Then she reached for the plastic bag in her purse and plopped it onto the blanket, so that one of the cookies was faceup inside the package.

He leaned toward it, his eyes narrowing. “What kind of cookie is that?”

She’d iced them pink and then used magenta piping to create little curlicues. “Pig butt.”

His gaze jerked to hers and he blinked a few times. “A pig butt cookie?”

The tickle in her throat became too much, she burst into giggles. “Just the decoration, not the flavoring. I found them on Pinterest. Nailed it, right?”

He threw his head back and laughed. “Yup. You nailed it. That is most definitely a pig’s ass. Martha Stewart, the person not the van, would be impressed.”

With a giggle, she tipped her head back to let the sunshine warm her face.

It was as near to perfect as a date could be.

 

About Kelly Eadon

Kelly Eadon is a romance writer living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and a house full of rescue animals, aka "the kraken". She swears like a sailor and says whatever pops into her head. In order to counteract her big mouth, she wears high heels whenever possible. In her spare time she spins, kick boxes and attempts to renovate her farmhouse. She hates sanding drywall, loves to cook, drinks lots of wine, gets scary competitive at trivia, and enjoys time spent exploring with her rescued beagle mixes.

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