Book Reviews

Temporary Dad (Bad Valentine 4) by Dev Bentham at Love is a Light Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-February-2019

Book Blurb

Nick Compton owns a small but mighty fashion magazine. He already has enough on his plate, between work and, well, work. There’s no room for a kid in his life but when his sister drops her seven-year-old daughter for an extended stay, he has to figure it out. Just before his niece arrives, Nick meets a blazing hot firefighter. They get on like a house a fire and the sex—scorching. Too bad the he disappeared in the morning. Like smoke. Now Nick’s stuck with a kid he doesn’t know how to manage and without the man he’d love to get his hands on again.

Dylan Gil wishes like hell he hadn’t taken his roommates advice and lied about who he was. He’s finally met someone he really likes and can’t stop thinking about. But now he’s too embarrassed to confess that he’s just a second-grade teacher, not a manly firefighter. Good thing that work gets distracting, particularly when one of his brightest students goes to stay with her uncle and all hell breaks loose. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to have kids.

If the term “dad pants” means anything it’s that taking care of children and fashion aren’t compatible. Does that mean these are two doomed? Or is this the beginning of forever?

Author's Note: Temporary Dad is part of the Bad Valentine collection, along with Hidden Hearts by Clare London, Quill Me Now by Jordan Castillo Price and Love Magic by Jesi Lea Ryan.

Book Review

This final book of the ‘Bad Valentine’ series stars two men who look at Valentine’s Day with a lot of skepticism based on past experience, but they are pleasantly surprised when they meet each other and follow up with a very hot one-night stand. Neither one really expects to see the other again – but Fate has other plans. Dylan’s assumed identity, he figures being a second-grade teacher isn’t exciting enough to generate much interest, and Nick’s position as a temporary dad for his seven-year-old niece, Ruby, are not exactly conducive to romance! But since they can’t avoid each other they have to face the music, and luckily that turns out much better than the “bad Valentine” they were expecting!

Nick loves his job running his own fashion magazine, he works hard and has no time for a social life (although he has convinced himself he is doing fine), and as a result of having no partner and no kids, he could be called self-centered. When his sister asks him to take care of Ruby while she and her husband go to Indonesia for work, Nick has no idea what he is in for. He is clearly not used to “negotiating” with a seven-year-old, nor does he really know what is appropriate for a girl that age. At the very least his ideas are very different from his sister’s – and Ruby makes brilliant use of that.

Dylan adores being a teacher, and even though he likes teaching second grade, he doesn’t think it’s a very exciting job. His roommate advises him to just pretend to be someone fascinating, but she has never had a second date, and Dylan really wants one with Nick. But he doesn’t want to admit he made up his profession, nor does he really have time for a social life. But then the two men run into each other again, Ruby is the point of contact, just like I suspected from the start, and things get just a little complicated.

If you like romantic comedy with mistaken identities and expectations based on stereotypes, if you think two men who got off on the wrong foot, at least in the honesty department, deserve a second chance, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that might just make you laugh at everyone’s antics, then you will probably like this novella. It’s got great secondary characters and some very funny situations.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 81 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-February-2019
Price $0.99 ebook
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