Never Met A Stranger by J.M. Snyder ~ Review by Caroline

This is a very easy and simple story about how opposites truly attract.

Never Met a strangerTitle: Never Met A Stranger

Author: J.M. Snyder

Publisher: JMS Books

My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

English professor Gavin Dozier hasn’t had much luck when it comes to love. When his last boyfriend cheated on him, he was driven to experiment with women. Sex with Marian, though, had its own dangers, and before he knew it, he was a father. Now estranged, the only thing Gavin and Marian have in common is their daughter Evie, a precocious seven-year-old who stays with Gavin every other weekend.

While out with her daddy, Evie meets the heavily-tattooed Brody Phelps, a sketch artist with serious talent who still dresses like a brooding punk rocker, even though he’s in his thirties. Brody is instantly attracted to the sexy college professor, but knows Gavin is out of his league — the man has a kid, which probably means he isn’t gay, and besides, Brody never even graduated from high school. Guys like Gavin don’t go for guys like him.

But when Evie leaves Gavin’s cell phone behind, Brody has the perfect excuse to meet up with them again. To his surprise they hit it off, and when he asks Gavin out, the professor accepts.

Even though Evie brought them together, will her demanding personality pull them apart? Is Gavin ready to trust his heart to someone else again? Can Brody overcome his own fears of inadequacy and let Gavin in? And what will Marian have to say when the father of her child starts dating again?

My View

English Professor Gavin Dozier was left hurting when his last boyfriend cheated on him. Experimentation led him to women and this just further complicated his life. Marian filled a gap in his life when he was horny and now he has a 7 year old daughter.

7 year old Evie is the funniest character in the book. She is outgoing, sassy and has tantrums constantly. I was tired just reading about her antics. Due to the fact that she is such a handful there have never been many arguements between her parents over custody. Marian seemed only too pleased to let spend every other weekend with her father just to recharge her batteries.

Evie is the catalyst that brings together her father and Brody Phelps when the very forward young lady starts quizzing him about his artwork.   Outwardly Brody is nothing like Gavin. Dressed all in black, pierced and covered in tattoos, at first glance you would think neither man has anything in common with the other. But Brody is a gentle soul whose biggest desire in life is to bring people happiness with his art. Brodys self deprecation tells him someone like Gavin would never be interested in anyone like him, but takes the chance and reaches out anyway.

Gavin immediately sees past the outward persona that frightens off so many people and a slow romance blooms between the two, when Evie will give them any peace. The other side this story gives you is just how difficult being a single parent can be. Not just the constant exhaustion we all experience raising children but the way it impacts on all areas of your life.

The only real interference to their new relationship comes from Marian.  A lonely and sometimes bitter woman who finds it difficult to meet new people and lives with the mindset that being with Gavin even though he doesn’t love her, is better than being by herself.  Gavin and Brody tread carefully through all these minefields and are hopeful they will come out stronger and together at the end.

 

Buy Links:

JMS Books
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank JMS Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

Farewell Giveaway
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