Series: Single Dad Collection #1
Published by Selfpublished on October 12, 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Dear Internet: Am I a horrible person for wanting to sabotage my work assignment—completely wreck a dating contest—because I hate the idea of love?
I know it sounds bad, but just hear me out, okay?
I (33F) work at a local paper, and two months ago, my editor assigned me a huge project—run the upcoming, highly anticipated Bachelor Anonymous contest.
In essence, I’m supposed to help a reader-nominated bachelor find his special someone, and while I should be excited to handle something of this magnitude solo, I can’t help but get queasy over how gross it feels.
Like, how cheesy could this thing get?
Not to mention, I’m the last person who should be involved in this—my dating and relationship history is a cluster. Generally, the person in charge of these things shouldn’t fantasize about lighting the whole three-ring dating circus on fire.
Anyway, men from all over Southern California, vying for the coveted bachelor role, submitted their personal ads to my paper. The readers voted, and Single Dad Seeks Juliet won by a landslide.
Enter Mr. Bachelor Anonymous (40M), the single dad Romeo seeking his Juliet.
Blah, blah, blah, right? Wrong.
You guys—and I cannot stress this enough—this guy is the ultimate man in a six-foot-three, chiseled-muscle, freaking Adonis package with aquamarine eyes that would haunt the dreams of an insomniac.
He’s a former Navy SEAL, successful business owner, motocross-riding, charming, supportive, funny-as-heck single dad, and the more time I spend with him, the more I want to bring this contest thing crumbling to the ground for an entirely different reason.
Real talk: I think I’m falling for him.
Me, the woman who despises love, might be falling for the completely off-limits Bachelor who I’m ironically assigned to help find love, while five other women think they’re the only contestants competing for his heart.
So, Internet. Am I scum? Or is all fair in love and war?
I picked up Single Dad Seeks Juliet at Book Bonanza back in July at Berls’ urging. So it only made sense she’d recommend it for COYER’s Recommend Me a Book Readathon. Having read and enjoyed Max Monroe’s Billionaire series, I was excited to jump into this one. I mean, there’s not much sexier than a single dad. Amiright?
Single Dad Seeks Juliet pulled me in immediately. First, there’s Chloe, who’s writing into this newspaper bachelor contest for her dad. That says a lot about him right there. It meant he’d raised a compassionate kid. One who loves him enough to want him with someone and happy when she goes off to college. Then we have Jake. He was already off the charts hot in my book simply being a single dad who dedicated his life to raising her. Add to that he’s a former Navy SEAL who also is witty and fun to be around. Yum. And then there’s Holly. Holly who has given up on love. I found it ironic she’d been raised by her dad. Holly is smart, funny, super klutzy, and just what Jake and Chloe need in their lives. Unfortunately, Holly has to watch and write about all of Jake’s bachelor dates.
I was so completely invested in these characters. I loved the time Holly spent essentially having dates with Jake as they planned the dates he’d have for the contest. Throw in Chloe and how well they all fit together, it was delightful.
Holly’s dad was a hoot! Oh goodness! I adored how he disseminated his advice and threatened pickle punishment for being late. He loved his daughter with all he had. And he made her perfect for Jake and Chloe.
Single Dad Seeks Juliet was fantastic. It was a slow-burn, where Jake and Holly became friends who realized hey felt more. The setup – the newspaper Bachelor contest – was well-done and realistic. Honestly, there wasn’t a thing I didn’t find gratifying. And I’m more than a little eager to immerse myself in the next book in this series featuring Jake’s best friend.
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