4.5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Dee Gay Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

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Blurb: At Pearl’s Hair and Nails, no one questions Tate Robinson about his high heels, crop tops, and lipstick, because he’s the boss and he can wear what he damn well pleases. The shop is his life, and he doesn’t need anything more. Until a man walks in with his adorable daughter, and Tate has to untangle her helmet-hair…and his growing feelings for the single dad.

Reece Evans has been on his job for years, has his own place, and now has custody of his eight-year-old daughter. But he doesn’t trust himself to avoid screwing up. Adulting is not his strong suit—or so he’s been told. And now a sexy beautician, who also happens to be his new downstairs neighbor, has Reece wanting and reaching for more than he thinks he’s capable of.

As Tate and Reece move past their own fears about relationships, Reece’s ex issues a threat that could destroy everything. Will Reece’s worries about other people judging him undermine his budding romance? And will Tate’s fear of rejection make him push Reece away? Or have the sweet single dad and his precocious daughter curled too tightly around his heart to give them up?
***Please be aware that this book contains references to drug addiction.***

Review: I generally like light-hearted, fun stories, but I decided to broaden my reading horizons and try a story with a bit more like real-life. I am glad to say that this was a very good choice.
This is a story of 2 men – a little broken by their families, trying to rise above expectations and how they find love and strength in each other.
Reece is a single dad, trying to raise his daughter (LJ) the best way he can. He meets Tate (a hair stylist/salon owner) when LJ needs her hair done for a photo shoot.
There is an instant awareness (attraction) between the 2 men, but they dance around each other until LJ points out their mutual attraction, (even then, they still take their sweet time to start dating).
But their lives are not without issues. Tate deals with a family that refuses to accept that he likes to wear feminine clothing and, to a lesser extent, that he’s gay. He’s not disowned, just not made to feel welcome at family gatherings. Reece is dealing with an unsupportive mother who believes that he’s not reliable (after a youthful indiscretion) and definitely not suited to raise his daughter. He’s also dealing with a junkie ex-girlfriend and her family wanting to get custody of LJ. Phew!
You’d think this would be an angst-ridden read, but it isn’t. Yes, there is some drama between the 2 MC’s and with their respective families, but there is humour, sass, heart and a good story. The story takes place over the span of 2 years, so you get to see the progress made by the characters.
If you’re looking for a well-developed story, this is a good one.

4.5 stars out of 5

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