Title: Daddy Needs a Date
Author: Sean Michael
Narrator: Steve Balderson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 5 hours and 53 minutes
At a Glance: Steve Balderson has a way of performing stories that take you right into them. You don’t need to be lured in. There is a quality about his voice that puts you at ease, helps you suspend disbelief, and puts you right into the action.
Reviewed By: Mike
Blurb: With four girls, single dad Ryan Withers has his hands too full to look for romance. He’s not complaining—he loves his daughter and the three nieces he adopted when their parents died, and he would do anything for them. He’s caught off guard when his mother and daughter decide to play matchmaker.
Alex Bernot works in disaster relief, his job taking him all over the world, helping others, for extended periods of time. He’s staying with his aunt while he’s home, and she sets him up on a blind date. Finding a special someone isn’t really on his mind, but he goes to make his aunt happy.
Ryan and Alex enjoy each other’s company more than either of them expected, and they soon make a second date. Their lives are complicated, though, in very different ways, and soon family needs and their jobs conspire to pull them apart. They’ll need to figure out how to work through the things keeping them apart, but first they’ll have to decide if they even want to….
Review: Single dad Ryan Withers has not been on a date since forever. Four girls ranging from a teen to preschool aged have kept him busy and off the market. His oldest, who came to Ryan due to his teen experimentation with a girl not yet ready for parenthood, and the younger girls, who arrived through tragedy (is there any other way to make a ready-made family in Romancelandia?), conspire with their grandmother to finally get Daddy a date.
Alex Burnot has a heart of gold. He’s a disaster relief coordinator who travels the globe picking up the broken pieces of nations and people and putting them on the road to recovery. He also has not dated in a good long while, and his aunt and Ryan’s mother think they will be a good match.
This is a romance novel and the ordinary rules of reality do not apply here. The two men meet and, despite not wanting to be, are immediately attracted to each other. When an accident with Ryan’s girls ends the date prematurely, the two men can think of nothing else but being together again.
Steve Balderson has a way of performing stories that take you right into them. You don’t need to be lured in. There is a quality about his voice that puts you at ease, helps you suspend disbelief, and puts you right into the action. His smooth tones, even when voicing young girls, put the listener into a space that allows them to hear the words and enjoy the story. Frequent buyers of audiobooks should be looking for Balderson’s name. While I have only heard him do romance, the quality of his performance really adds depth to a sweet, fluffy romance. The fact that he can do female voices so well, from young to grandmotherly, marks his ability as one of the best doing so in M/M romance.
Buy the book because the story is sweet and fun. Buy the audiobook because the narration is superb, and buy it because good performances should be heard by as many people as possible.
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