Unexpected Daddy by Brenna Lyons

Story: 7
Presentation: 7
Total: 14
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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Blurb: After a car accident destroys his family, Joey is left the sole caretaker of his newborn niece, Abby. The overprotective UNEXPECTED DADDY needs childcare. When bigots set their sights on Joey, in walks the answer to his prayers, Geoff.
When twenty-six-year-old Joey Beirs is summoned to the emergency room one evening, the last thing he expects to find is that his twin brother and Jeremy’s wife have both been killed in a car accident, leaving him an UNEXPECTED DADDY to his newborn niece, Abby. Closing in on the end of his leave from work, Joey has to find suitable childcare for Abby. After yet another interview turns south, Joey is accosted by homophobic bigots and saved by Geoff Allread.
Geoff is in his forties, an out-of-work carpenter whose unemployment is running out, soon to be faced with working in fast food or retail to keep food on the table in the recession. He’s also late to come out of the closet, a wounded man that has lost everything by admitting what he is... including his daughter from his ill-fated marriage. Geoff is good with kids and adores Abby. It’s a match made in heaven. At forty-three, Geoff needs a job that doesn’t mean asking if someone wants fries, and Joey needs someone that’s good with Abby. But can both of them overcome their hurts and accept that the age difference doesn’t matter as much as finding what they’ve both lost... a stable family?

Review: This was a sweet little story about a gay uncle left to raise his niece. It ends happily, but the beginning is a little sad. Joey is the overprotective uncle, and meets Graham when he is looking for a day care to put Abby in once he has to return to work. Graham saves Joey and Abby both from some neighborhood bullies who give Joey a hard time about being gay and having a baby. Joey ends up asking Graham to be Abby's nanny, when he see's how good he is with babies and how much Abby likes him as well. As with most all of Brenna Lyons' work, I read this in one sitting, not just because it was short, but because it was good.

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