We’re celebrating all sexy dads today! Single dad romance is a favorite trope for many readers for good reason. In romance books, you'll find one or two dads trying to find their better half although some of them might be reluctant at first but when they find the one, it’s a done deal for them.
Don’t even ask me why but there's something about single dads that's sexy. For me this is especially true if the kid is a baby. Just picture it, a sexy man lovingly holding their baby in their arms? I melt on the floor, my heart is trying not to combust with the image right now.
All of the single dads in here have children that are a bit older than a baby, but it’s still heartwarming to see their relationship in the book. I love seeing the love interest enter their little circle, before the arrival of the love interest, it was only him and their kid, but now this new person is going to be part of their lives and change everything for the better. It’s so interesting to see how authors write the development of the new family dynamic and I love seeing families grow in size. SO MUCH LOVE!
The One Who Loves You by Pippa Grant
If you wanna read a small-town romance with a single dad and an heiress heroine, do check outThe One Who Loves You. It’s a fun story about an It Girl who lives in New York, but when her grandmother has a sudden near-death experience, she moves to Tickled Pink, Wisconsin.
All of this is because her grandmother swears that if they die right now, they wouldn’t reach heaven. So, she moves the whole family to this little town in the middle of nowhere to become “good.” Phoebe definitely isn’t sold on the idea at first, but slowly she starts to learn that maybe her previous life wasn’t that real and fulfilling for her. Of course in Tickled Pink, she meets a sexy single dad who loves to hate her.
You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
A sexy single dad who happens to be a veteran actor?! Jasmine is not ready for Ashton.You Had Me at Hola is a celebrity romance featuring an actress who just got the lead role of her life. She gets to be the leading lady of this new bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service. Her leading man? None other than Ashton Suárez, a telenovela darling.
He doesn’t want to be in the spotlight and Jasmine is all about the spotlight, more so than ever after a very public breakup with her ex. But when he starts to fall for her, what will happen next?
Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
We don’t see a lot of single parents in historical romance, so I’m happy to highlight one that left me swooning from the very first page.Tempest follows Regan who is on the way to meet her new husband.
You see, she answered a mail-order bride ad! Her newest husband-to-be is Colton and he has a daughter of his own. He buried his heart when his first wife died, so really, this marriage is only really to have someone to take care of his daughter. Though their first meeting didn’t start on the right foot (she accidentally shot him!), he can’t help but be drawn to her more and more every day.
How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder
How to Fake It in Hollywood is a newly-released romance that can only be described as sad and horny. It gave EMOTIONS. I had my heart in my throat for the better part of the book, but I don’t regret reading it, at all.
In this novel, a talented Hollywood star and a reclusive A-lister start fake dating in order for their careers to get back on track. Grey Brooks just finished a role that took years of her life and now she wants to book something new.
On the other side, Ethan Atkins hasn’t been seen in years, preferring to stay behind his closed doors. After the death of his best friend, he rather just wants to be alone. But fake dating each other literally changes their lives and they could never go back to what they were before.
The Christmas Fix by Lucy Score
And lastly, I wanted to add another small-town romance, because you know me; I’m a huge fan of that trope! The Christmas Fix tells the story of Catalina King, a reality TV star who, after a hurricane comes through Merry, Connecticut, decides to help them renovate the town before the Christmas Festival arrives. But the one person on her way is nine other than city manager and single dad Noah Yates.
What's your favorite Single Dad romance? Let me know in the comments!
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It’s fascinating and entertaining to read a sports romance because you not only get to follow the romance plot, but also the sport itself. Personally, I do love it whenever the characters are playing their sport and as a reader, you get to experience it with them. The highs and lows! Don’t you love when the character who does the sport loses and the other one takes care of them and is there for them in the sad moments in their life? It makes me swoon so much.
Even though sunshine girls are written in romance books every single time, let’s not forget about the grumpy girls. The girls who answer in monosyllabic words, grunts, or not at all. The girls who have a hard shell but a soft inside. The girls who are scared to let their walls down and protect themselves in their own way. Grumpy girls are my heart and soul, so I decided to mention a few that have stuck with me even after finishing reading their books.
When we’re talking about romance books, sometimes we can have either a slow-burn romance or an instant-love one. But personally, I feel like we can also find the slow burn aspect in instant-love romances. For example, we can have a book with two characters who get it on early in the novel, but in terms of their romantic feelings for each other, they are not yet there. I call that an emotional slow burn because we do have them interacting a lot in these swoony moments, but they are not yet there in the “I fell in love with them” part of the story. The most common way you’ll see a slow-burn romance book is, probably, when two people take most of the book to finally be together.