Thursday, May 24, 2012

One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn & M.J. O'Shea

Title:  One Small Thing
Author: Piper Vaughn & M.J. O'Shea
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Rue and Erik
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: 9781613724965
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
"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.

My Review:
I challenge you to find a more unlikely love story than this one, but it is so incredibly sweet and endearing. I loved these characters and I adored their really incredible love story.

This book is about Rue and Erik. Rue is most definitely a gay guy in all the stereotypical ways you think. He's flamboyant. He's going to cosmetology school. At nights, he works as bartender in a gay bar where he usually has to wear tiny, outrageous costumes. One night when he was drunk, he decided to experiment and nine months later, got Alice. He loves her and most definitely wants her, but up until she's living with him, he doesn't accept how hard it's going to be as a single father especially with his schedule and income level.

Erik has lived next door to Rue for six months, but in that time Rue has never even seen him. The landlord told him that Erik is a nice guy who's a writer. Rue is desperate when he asks Erik to watch Alice while he's at school. The problem is, Erik has HUGE anxiety the point where he doesn't leave the apt. or ever interact with people, but he's also desperate for money because his book royalties have slowed down and his latest works haven't been contracted. Then, a magical thing happens...he starts taking care of Alice and begins to come out of his shell. He becomes friends with Rue and Rue's friend Dusty. The four of them form a pseudo-family.

I cannot tell you how heart-warming this book is. Both Rue and Erik are such extreme characters, I really worried at first that I would be able to relate to them, but I quickly changed my mind. The book is told in 1st person POV and switches from Erik to Rue and back again every other chapter. It's so sweet watching their story and characters develop. Rue has been promiscuous, but has never really ever had a true romantic relationship. Erik has never ever even kissed another person before. They are complete opposites, but they are so good together in this little family unit they've all formed. Their friend Dusty is just the perfect addition. I loved everything about this book. The story. The characters. Little baby Alice who brings them all together. The romance. It was all just perfectly constructed and put together.

1 comment:

RowanS said...

I loved this story. It was so nice to read about guys who aren't so macho, as too many m/m stories tend to be. And the easy sweetness of the story--no sekrit plots, no real angst--was refreshing.

Definitely on my reread list!!