The last thing Joel Morgan wants is to fall in love again. Scarred by his failed marriage, Joel’s determined to keep his life emotionally stable—which means taking a job teaching fourth grade, fixing up his house on weekends, and avoiding absolutely all romantic entanglements. And he’s doing great.
Until he meets sweet but struggling single dad, Ollie Snow.
Following the tragic death of his sister and her husband two years earlier, Ollie became the legal guardian of their two young sons—much to the horror of the boys’ conservative grandparents. They think Ollie’s too young and too gay to raise their grandsons. So to prove them wrong, Ollie’s determined to parent the boys without anyone’s help.
Until he meets reserved but caring teacher, Joel Morgan.
As the only two men in the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Joel and Ollie are thrown together over a series of fundraising events and somewhere between the Beach Fun Run and the Christmas Market they fall in love. But Ollie has another reason for moving to New Milton—a reason he’s keeping close to his chest—and Joel’s wounded heart won’t trust a man with secrets.
Dare they hope for a future together, or will their past hurts keep them apart forever?
Length: 88,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Sally Malcolm
Book #1 – Perfect Day – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #1.5 – Love Around The Corner – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Between The Lines – Amazon US | Amazon UK
So, I’m comin into this one late, but I saw single dad and of course I jumped at it. I haven’t read the other two in the series first. I should probably do that, but only because I wanna see how the others got together, it didn’t take me away from the story at all.
In this one, we have Ollie, who fought hard for custody of his niece and nephew after the death of his sister and brother-in-law. Fighting his conservative brother-in-laws parents was hard, but he’s determined to prove to everyone that he can be what the kids need him to be, even if it is proving harder than he’d ever thought possible. He’s kind of faking it until he makes it, which is hard to do since he’d had to give up his schooling, an internship and basically his life to take on two kids. He does it though, without complaint because he loves the two and five year old more than anything. Moving to the area, he hoped to connect with a long-lost-brother that had no idea he existed, he didn’t realize he’d meet a guy and fall for him too.
Joel is a teacher at the school where Ollie’s five year old nephew goes. He, along with Ollie get roped into the PTA and it’s there where they get to know each other. Joel is single, bi, though definitely not out at school, which makes his attraction to Ollie something he fears, especially after being royally screwed over by his wife some years ago. He’s not gotten over it and though I do think he goes a bit overboard with his overreactions sometimes, I know how long a bad relationship, deception and betrayal can have an effect on a person. I’ve lived it, myself. So, where I can see where he’s coming from a bit, my heart did hurt for Ollie because I can’t imagine how it would be for him.
So, things are rocky and Joel needs his relationship to stay a secret and Ollie is doing everything he can to keep the kids happy and healthy and together, sometimes getting by, by the skin of his teeth, and all the while, he tries to not fall for Joel, while Joel works on and fails more often than not, tries to learn to trust again. It’s a bumpy road, a slow burn and it takes a while to get there…but they do alright in the end. Nothing worth having is easy, right?
This was a very sweet story and I adored both Joel and Ollie by the end, I really can’t wait to go back and read Theo and Luca’s story, and hopefully the mechanic guy and his bookish fiancé have a story too. Can’t wait to see!
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Sally Malcolm was bitten by the male/male romance bug in 2016 and hasn’t looked back.
Perfect Day was her first published male/male romance, with the follow-up (Between the Lines) out later in 2018 and a dozen other ideas bubbling away on the back burner. Her stories are emotional, sweetly angsty, and always have happy endings.
Sally also writes tie-in novels for the hit TV shows Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. To date she’s penned nine novels and novellas, and four audio dramas.
She lives in South West London with her American husband, two lovely children, and two lazy cats.