“Mr. Torrente? You need to come down here.”
My receptionist isn’t one to make demands, so I hurry down the stairs to see what all the fuss is about. Little did I know, the moment I walk down those stairs, my life is going to change in ways I can’t begin to fathom.
The boy and girl seated in the lobby come as a surprise, but the man bursting through the front door moments later has me nearly swallowing my tongue. He’s beautiful, funny, and infuriating. He says he’s a dancer with a job lined up on a cruise ship, but he’s crazy if he thinks I’ll admit to being the father of these two adorable kids I’ve never seen before in my life. His name is Dexter Carrington.
What the hell is happening to my once serene life?
A call from my mother informs me that she has my niece and nephew for the summer because my sister, a mediocre hair stylist from Jersey City, has decided to take a job that requires her to travel.
The unexpected call a few weeks later telling me my mother passed away is devastating, and a social worker says my niece and nephew will have to go into foster care, which only compounds my problems. I’m able to work out a deal to take the kids until my sister is found or their father is identified. Should be easy since I have a photo of him, right?
The handsome man I meet claims to be a wedding photographer, but when I catch the flash of a gun holster while he’s kneeling down to talk to my niece and nephew—who he looks nothing like—I have the impression there’s a lot more to him than he’s letting on. He’s unlike any man I’ve ever met, and his name is Gabriele Torrente.
What the hell is happening to my once dull and peaceful life?
This book is approximately 103,000 words in length, and doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. It is the second book in the series entitled, “The Lonely Heroes Series.”
Okay, so I’m coming in on book 2 and didn’t read book one, but I hear of children and a single dad and I have to give it a shot, right? Hot dads, they’re kinda my thing… In saying that, I’ve got to say, I did not care for Gabe one bit and he never really redeemed himself for me. He was high handed and judgmental and there were a couple of times that I wanted to smack both him and Dexter for the way they treated the kids and each other… Gabe was very hot and cold, in my opinion and I understand that he was thrust into this situation that he wasn’t ready for and never planned for, but still.. sometimes it just didn’t sit right for me. I really felt for the kids and they were just adorable and sweet throughout the whole thing.
Now, when Dexter’s mom dies, he get saddled with his sisters kids and a work obligation means he can’t take them with him, so it’s either find their mother, who is who knows where, (she was a homophobic witch and I didn’t care at all if she was ever found)….or the kids’ dad, who they believe is Gabe. I will say that I did love how protective Gabe is with anyone he cares about and try as he may to not get roped in, he did….and he did care for the kids, and pretty quickly, for Dexter too. They had good chemistry most of the time, but when it wasn’t, it just really wasn.t
There is also so many people to remember, extended family and whatnot and so much going on. I feel like this could’ve been stretched for two or even three books and it would’ve been a more enjoyable read but everything was just so packed in and it was one thing after another and just when you thought things were going to be okay, something else gets thrown in and upends everything and it was just exhausting LOL I’m not a big fan of angst, I don’t feel like I’m emotionally stable enough to handle a whole lot, even with fictional people, but it definitely had me flippin pages almost faster than I could read them. If you like that sort of thing and fast-paced, action from beginning to end kind of reads, you’ll likely really like this one. It felt like it could’ve been a movie… though if it was, there’s no way it would’ve gotten everything in one movie. It was a lot.
The ending was cute and I was happy for the kids, who were my favorite part of the whole story, but I would’ve liked to have seen Gabe redeem himself a little more… I just never warmed up to him. He had amazing qualities, like he was very protective and his alpha-like personality would’ve been hot, if he wasn’t so high handed and cold… but, all was well that ended well. I’m happy the kids were happy.
3 pieces of eye candy