Case Thomas is always in control whether its on the basketball court, the lab where he works, or in his love life. He thinks he has everything all figured out. All that changes when his parents pass away during his last year of college and Case is thrown into fatherhood when he becomes temporary guardian to two adorable twin toddlers. Weeks later, exhausted and running out of time, Case must decide if he's ready to become a father to these children, or give them up and move on with what's left of his life. Then he meets Gabbie Vaulst.
Gabbie is amazing with the kids, owns her own business, and has all the right curves in all the right places. She can tell Case is attracted to her, but does he really love her or is he just settling for a surrogate Mom who can wrangle his new kids? Knowing that she's falling in love with him, she chooses to push him away until his world straightens out. Can Case prove to Gabbie, and himself, that his feelings are real? Or is this sudden family too much for both of them to handle?
The odds, as well as members of their past who've come out of the woodwork, are against them, but when kids are involved, all bets are off.
A little part of her was praying for a kiss as his fingers wrapped around her loose hair, tucking it behind her ear. Gabbie began to tremble and licked her lips as Case took another step closer to her. Case leaned in when Charlie pulled on his pants.
“I just got cock blocked by a two year old.”
“I wouldn’t call it a full-on block.”
“This isn’t one sided?”
“Up…Bee,” Claire ordered.
“We need to leave now to get her to the doctor on time.”
“Life or death, huh?”
“It could be.”
Gabbie bent down to pick up Claire and saw a bulge in Case’s pants.
“You need a minute?”
“Yes please.”Flattered at Case’s reaction to her, she took Charlie’s hand, snagged Case’s keys from his finger and walked out to get the kids in the car. Once locked in their car seats, Case came to the car.
“You want to follow in your car?”
“I walked. I live around the corner. Just let me turn on the security system and we’re off.”
When Gabbie came back outside she could hear Case talking to the kids because Claire’s window wasn’t closed.
“All I’m saying is cut me a little slack. You know how long it’s been since a girl…made me feel good. If I’m close to Gabbie…find a toy.”
“Bee’s a toy?” Claire asked with her hands turned palm up in confusion. “Bee not a toy?”
“I didn’t say Gabbie’s a toy I said…never mind.”
This book has an unusual premise, with a male college senior being put in the position of raising his two younger siblings. I liked the different take on the whole “dating with kids” relationship.
Chase is a wonderful brother/dad. Even though he’s clueless about how to raise kids and he struggles, he isn’t willing to give them up and he won’t abandon them. He’s willing to sacrifice everything to help his family, a very admirable trait that just made me like him even more. Gabbie though is my favorite character by far. I love how she wasn’t afraid to jump in and help Chase out, plus she’s a very strong character. Yes, she has insecurities, but no, she doesn’t let them get in her way. And the way she interacts with the kids, like they’re actually rational, decision making people instead of little nuisances just endeared me to her more, seeing as how I also work with kids.
This was a very emotional read. It tugged at my heartstrings. The romance was sweet and yet complicated at times. Ms. Prince is a very good writer. The various emotions felt by Chase and Gabbie throughout their time together, all while trying to figure out how to be a parent are very well done and just make the story that much better. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone looking for a heartwarming read.
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Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling "It's my turn damn it!!!" She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel is a member of RWA Pro and Midwest Fiction Writers. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, cat and new puppy.
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