A man isn’t defined by the worst moments in his past, but they can be hard as hell to leave behind.
Fresh starts are overrated. I’ve lived in Gaynor Beach my whole life, and I’m damn proud of it. I miss my wife like hell, and a grumpy mechanic may not make the best single dad, but the kids and I are doing okay right here. They’re not complaining—maybe because they’re never home. Teenagers.
Then a fresh start falls into my lap when the hottest man I’ve ever seen has his car quit on him. And if I can’t forget the feel of his arms around me when he rode on the back of my bike…well, nobody needs to know that except me.
But now Micah’s introducing me to worlds I’ve never been a part of before, or even imagined I could be. Worlds with ropes and explosive chemistry and adventures much bigger than our rides in the Southern California sunshine. Being with him feels like the biggest risk I’ve ever taken—and not everyone in town wants us to take this chance together.
I hope we can hang on when the ride gets bumpy.
JAKE is an angsty opposites-attract Romance in the Single Dads of Gaynor Beach world with a grumpy mechanic, a sunshiny high school teacher with a secret, size difference and a few first times, and three teenagers who are more perceptive than their parents bargained for.
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Siiiigh, hot dads… I’m a sucker for em.
In this one, we have Jake… a single bi widow who is trying to juggle working full time and being a full-time single dad for the last seven years to his now teenagers and realizing that something is missing from his life. Something he doesn’t even notice until a broken down Camry on the side of the road, puts him face to face with a flirty younger man that pushes all of his buttons.
Micah is back in Gaynor Beach for his sister and the son they share. It isn’t as weird as it sounds, he was the donor for her and her wife, and I just adore their relationship. All of them. Normalizing mixed-matched families in all the ways, I loved it. Micah is also the new teacher at Gaynor Beach High, and the broody mechanic that picked him up off the side of the road is a little more than he can handle thinking about, even if everything about him pushes every button he has, especially the one’s he’s kept hidden for a good long time. An openly gay high school teacher with a porny past? That isn’t something you want to get out, especially in a small town like Gaynor Beach.
Now, I’m not usually a fan of BDSM but that part was a surprise to me and one I found myself actually enjoying. Of course, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, there is a little angst thrown in for good measure, but it was handled realistically and though I wanted to smack Micah around a time or two, with his stubbornness and pride, I fell in love with him about as quickly as Jake did.
I’m also always pleased when the bad guy doesn’t get away with being the bad guy and though I’d have liked to have made him eat his words and get as humiliated as he liked to make others, I’m happy he wasn’t more of a problem than he was.
Overall though, I thought Jake and Micah were very cute together and their relationship, though wasn’t always easy, always felt real and genuine and I enjoyed watching them both let their guards down enough to let someone worthy in. I’m interested in maybe seeing we get to know Ripley a little better and hey, maybe there’s still time to get a little karmic justice on those bullies that have been reining a little too long for my liking. I’m excited to see who’s next!
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