Monday, September 24, 2012

Daddio


Title: Daddio
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61372-621-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Lil Lampert and Grier Dilorio have been together for six months and their relationship keeps getting better. Like any new couple they have issues but Grier never imagined the problems he’d continue to have with his ex, Jillian, over their son, Luca. She’s fighting him and Lil at every turn and hates that Luca calls his lover Daddio. It makes him nuts but with Lil behind him, Grier knows he can parent Luca, pursue a career in interior design and make their relationship work.

Moving from sunny California to snowy Chicago is hard for Lil, especially when they’re stuffed into a small apartment that doesn’t have room for his home office. Then there’s learning to be an instant parent to Luca and dealing with the ever-unpleasant Jillian, who’d like Lil to disappear. To make matters worse, Lil and Grier are forced to deal with Luca being unsafe at his school when they learn he’s been bullied. To make their new family work, Lil and Grier need to come to a mutual understanding to ensure their future happiness.

Daddio is the latest release in Mickie B. Ashling’s Horizon series. It starts six months after Taste left off. It’s a fun and entertaining look into the lives of an established couple as they deal with their new relationship, all while raising a child together. Their friends from Horizons have prominent roles, so the books should be read in order.

There’s a lot going on in this book but it’s all related to relationships Lil and Grier are involved in. That means the story moves forward at a believable pace I enjoyed, but nothing truly dramatic happens. Yes, there are several interesting twist and turns, just like in real life, but that doesn’t mean anything earth shattering occurs either. One thing I want to mention that isn’t noted in the publisher’s blurb is the need for a kink warning. I wasn’t expecting so much time to be devoted solely to Jody and Clark but both they and Lil and Grier have some pretty hot, detailed and inventive fantasy scenes going on. So be aware.

Now back to Lil and Grier. They’re interesting guys, with well developed personalities and they’re great as a couple and as co-parents. There’s plenty of snappy dialogue and the fun scenes cracked me up, but there are serious issues occurring as well, such as learning to communicate, Grier controlling his temper and both men dealing with an un-pleasant Jillian. Luca is a consistent scene-stealer. The kid’s just too cute and the bullying scenes were all too real. Even with my niggles, I found the book enjoyable and hope there’s another to follow. 

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