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My name is yours to give, I’m a new father, whose best friend in the world just died and took with her all the magic of being an uncle, leaving only the harsh reality of being a father with no idea how to do that, AT ALL. Thing is, I’m looking for a nanny, my child is a colicky baby trying to wake the dead screaming, I haven’t slept in a while, and this handsome stranger who’s knocking on my door seems to be the answer to my desperate pleas… Only, he seems to know an awful lot of things about me and my baby that even I don’t know, can I trust him? Should I let him near my child?
A man holds his sleeping newborn. The baby clutches a set of dog tags while resting his chin on the man’s shoulder. The word “family” is tattooed across the father’s back.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
This is a sweet short but full story about Mark, an ex-military man who helped his friend with her pregnancy when she found herself unexpectedly pregnant. There is no “father” in the picture and when she dies in childbirth, he finds himself as the best suited candidate for the job.
Though he loved his friend and knows he wants to be the best dad he can, he’s overwhelmed and not at all prepared to be a father.
Luckily, he finds Ian, a nanny with loads of experience and hires him to help him with the newborn, Leo.
Ian has the patience of a saint and never takes anything personally, though Mark is more often than not, kind of a jerk.
Over time, the two develop deep feelings for one another and we get our HEA.
JH Knight is one of my favorite authors out there. She is amazingly talented and has a way of tugging at your heartstrings like no other.
This short story is a great example of her talent.
Though, there is only a small amount of sex in this book, there are lots of wonderful feels. Ian’s family is amazing, and has a vaguely sixth-sense which helps them to know when to do the right thing… just a feeling they call it.
I loved the growth Mark experienced it and my only wish was that we could have seen the couple in action for more than a little bit at the end.
4.5 of 5 hearts