Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.
Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.
But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process.
The Teddy Bear Club is a sweet, mostly angst free story about men, their kids and the guys who love them both. The Roasty Bean, a local coffee cafe, plays host to gay dads and their kids once a week. It gives the kids a place to play, the dads a needed respite and place to socialize away from home with others who understand what they are going through. Each man there has come to fatherhood or guardians of the babies/children in their lives in a different ways. In this story (this is book one of a new series), the men each have their sister’s children. Aiden’s sister has been institutionalized and her children turned over to him, Devon’s sister left her baby with him and disappeared. Now each is coping with being a dad and having a family who depends upon them.
It’s mostly about Devon and Aiden learning to lean and trust each other as their relationship grows. Devon learning to be a dad to the baby he’s grown to love and all of them forming a family. The romance is intermingled with babies and kids, the balance seems just right. It’s a lovely story with the family drama coming in late in the novel. Its dealt with swiftly, almost too swiftly for my tastes given the buildup. Almost boom, mother dealt with, drama over. However, it’s still a very satisfactory ending.
The name of the story comes in at the ending of the book. There at a gathering (with more characters sure to get their own story), the men decide what to name their weekly get together….what else to call it but The Teddy Bear Club. What else indeed. I’ll be there for the rest of the tales to be sure.
Cover Artist: Bree Archer. Adorable cover, works wonderfully with that backdrop and model. Loved it!
ebook, 208 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesThe Teddy Bear Club #1