Wendy reviews ‘Daddy Issues’ by Seth King. Self published April 10, 2018, 311 pages.
Ten years ago, a desperate and confused Robert Glazer briefly married a woman before confronting his sexuality and starting his life as an out gay man. They divorced and lost contact – until now.
Today, a sudden family death throws Robert and his ex-wife back together for the first time. That’s where Robert meets her son Eliot, who was raised with his own father and is now a gorgeous – and openly gay – adult. And to Robert and Eliot’s surprise, sparks fly.
Passion ignites, then threatens to explode. Soon Eliot knows three things. One: Robert is not his father figure, and never was – in fact, he barely remembers him. Two: news of their union would still rock his whole world. And three: he craves Robert more than anything he has ever wanted. And as suspicions arise, their attraction only grows…
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Please welcome Seth King, who was kind enough to do an interview for us.
What inspired this story?
A few different things. Recently I dated a much older guy for a while, and that really got me thinking about the May/December aspect. I knew I was going to write about this, and then I saw Clueless and was struck by the dynamic between Cher and her onetime stepbrother. The two merged and had a baby called Daddy Issues.
Tell us about the characters in ‘Daddy Issues’.
The plot of the story is that a young gay man meets his estranged mom’s former husband, whom he never really knew, and falls in love with him. Cue fireworks.
Which one of them was your favorite to write?
Both. They both came very easily.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’ve never plotted anything in my life. I sit down and start writing. Usually I’m done in a few weeks, but there are exceptions. That’s how I work.
Can you talk a bit about your writing process?
It’s madness with no method. I do have some superstitions, though. I must write facing the east, and I have to write with gifts from my readers and family surrounding me.
If I told you, I’d have to kill you. The characters in Daddy Issues never stopped living inside my head, though.
Where can fans find you? (*Twitter, Fb, website, etc…)
I’m SethKingBooks everywhere!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions! We wish you every success!
This is the first book I’ve read by Seth King, but it won’t be the last! Seth is a natural story teller.
The story and the characters are engaging and if you like men with enough emotional baggage and angst to keep you hopping from one drama to another then you will most certainly enjoy this book. One of the things that I enjoyed most about the story was the slow build towards a relationship. There was romance almost from the very beginning. It was along the lines of chemistry between Robert and Elliot, being aware and present of the attraction and letting that simmer and grow.
All the characters are beautifully broken from Elliot’s mother, who at the time the story takes place, is on her third marriage. A more accurate description might be that she’s at the end of her third marriage. She really isn’t very good ‘mom’ material, being childish and selfish and stuck in her own head to the point of Elliot being more parent than child. I found myself being angry at her on more than one occasion, but don’t completely give up on her because she may make an attempt or two to warrant a small amount of redemption. And hey, if Elliot can be forgiving and continue to give her chances, then we readers can too right?
Now Elliot, is an especially sweet young man. Even though he’s a very intelligent young man and makes some wise observations about his life and the lives of the people around him he’s full of angst and creates drama at every turn. He hasn’t had an easy life and he is young so it’s easy to see why he questions himself and everyone around him. There are times when he’s confident and sure and others where he wonders if he’s worthy of love and making that choice. I felt for him because he didn’t have an easy relationship with his mother and then to be attracted to the man she was briefly married to isn’t a situation that anyone would choose.
He and Robert go back and forth a lot about the taboo nature of their budding relationship. It makes for some very interesting situations. I felt especially sad for Robert’s having hidden his sexuality until he was well into the first year of his marriage to Elliot’s mother. He is, IMO at the same emotional age as Elliot even though he’s several years older. He is successful and attractive and once he embraced his sexuality he really never looked back, but he’s missed out on many of the things that he sees Elliot experiencing and it’s kind of heartbreaking when he realizes it.
I won’t spoil the story by giving any more away. I won’t tell you if they can make their relationship work or even if they decide to try. I will tell you that I was a blubbering, ugly crying mess by the time I got to the end of the book.
9/10 pots of gold or 90% recommended