Unexpected Family by Nate Tanner ~ Book Review by Zane

f6920f08564b6cdfbdc86117c976aa349e627a3f Title: Unexpected Family

Author: Nate Tanner

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

With a crappy job, an overstressed checkbook, and a ten-year-old son who’s growing up entirely too fast, Will’s lucky to find time to sleep – let alone socialize. So Will’s more than pleased to make friends with another single dad – a handsome, soft-spoken contractor named Tom. But after their two sons turn out to be sworn enemies at school, things between them get complicated fast… and their growing feelings for each other sure aren’t helping!

Will always knew being a single dad wouldn’t be easy – but when two single dads fall in love with each other, troubles really start piling up. And to merge their two imperfect families into one, Will and Tom will have to push their relationship – and themselves – beyond limits they never thought possible.

Hard-edged and humorous, cynical and tender, this story of real love between real guys is Nate Tanner’s first romance novel.

Zane’s View:

If I had to sum up this book in a single word, I think I’d go with “disappointing.” It wasn’t a bad book and is far from the worst thing I’ve ever read, but in the end, it didn’t stand up to the expectations I had going in. Despite my penchant for the naughtiest erotica you can find, I love gay romances with families. I enjoy watching how two separate families can grow into one. It adds another layer beyond “let’s fuck!”

So I went into this book, not expecting a hot quickie, but a sweet, sensual tale of two single fathers building a life together. I did get that story, but it wasn’t nearly as polished as it could’ve been. There were a few things that really pulled me out of the book.

The first is the overly anti-religious theme. I’m not a religious person; I never have been. But at the same time, I respect the beliefs of others, so long as they don’t try to shove those beliefs down my throat. This book took the religion-bashing too far for my liking. I found whenever they got onto the subject of religion, I ended up rolling my eyes and being pulled out of the story.

The second major problem I had with the book were the kids didn’t feel like kids. They were too mature, too well spoken, and too set in their ways for children their age. They didn’t have that air of innocence or childhood. They felt like mini-adults.

Overall, the book seemed very professional. There weren’t many typos, spelling errors, or grammatical mistakes. The cover art was about middle of the road, nothing amazing but not a horrible cover either. The blurb definite drew me in and made me want to read the book.

This book had a lot of promise, and I think, with some time, Nate will end up a fabulous romance author. I would definitely read more of him in the future, even though I doubt I’ll reread this one.

Buy Links

Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Barnes & Noble

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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