‘Hugh’ (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach: Book 4) by Gabbi Grey #LGBT #DuoReview #AgeGap #Interracial #MM Romance #ReleaseDay #Spotlight

Wendy and Dana review ‘Hugh’ (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach: Book 4) Published July 19, 2022, 326 pages.  

Hugh

Having spent more than twenty years as an emergency medicine physician in war zones around the world, I barely have a home to speak of. A daughter I didn’t know about has died and left a child behind, so I must get to Gaynor Beach, California to claim my granddaughter. Her temporary guardian is the first man to spark my interest in a very long time, but it would be inappropriate for me to have a relationship with this much-younger man.

Oscar

Gutted by my best friend’s death, I take solace in the daughter she left in my guardianship. I’ll protect this precious baby with all I have, and no one is going to take her away from me—least of all the man who turns up on our doorstep claiming to be her grandfather. Despite the resemblance, I plan to keep him at arm’s length. I’m going to show him how capable I am. But I might also lose my heart in the process.

This is an 85k word, hurt/comfort, interracial, age-gap, MM romance novel with a moderate amount of angst.

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Yeah, I got it. I really did. If this guy was my daughter’s grandfather, he deserved the right to get to know her. And, for the record, what did that make me in relation to him? Was he my father-in-law?

Ew. Ick. Gross.

I’d never anticipated being in this predicament. After rehab, I’d sworn off any attachments. And until Patti’d entered my life, I’d kept that promise.

I bounced Marilee in my arms. “Whatever it takes,” I whispered fiercely. “I’ll do whatever it takes to protect you. You are mine.” And she was—in every way that mattered. Blood might trump everything in this fucked up world we lived in, but my bond to her meant so much more than the random stranger who thought he’d barge in and take over.

Well, he had another thought coming.

Wendy:

I haven’t read the previous books in this series, but I totally plan to remedy that immediately. Especially since the characters in the previous books seem so interesting as they make their cameo appearances in Hugh. I don’t think it took anything away from this book as a stand alone, but it would definitely enhance the experience. 

On that note, I can’t wait to chat with everyone about this book. I’ll do my very best to not give away spoilers, but I can’t wait for someone I know to read this so we can talk about all my feels. 

Hugh and Oscar come together fairly quickly, but in an emotional and not physical way. They are both dealt with a huge loss and are reeling in the aftermath of trying to put their lives back together. Lives that are now intertwined in the form of darling Marilee who’s had a rough start to her little life. There are a few things that could make waves for these guys from the get go… a significant age gap that is addressed but doesn’t make a huge difference in the relationship and being in an interracial relationship, but again, those aren’t the big issues in this story. I feel the emotions they both go through and how they have to reevaluate their lives play the bigger part. 

I think that because they came into their new relationship so wounded, it left them wary but wide open for love, so the almost insta-love factor makes total sense to me. And it really didn’t feel like it happened as fast as the timeline, which is all due to some fantastic writing by Ms. Grey. 

I hope you will take a chance on this book and I hope you feel the love build between these two men like I did. I think you will enjoy the experience. 

10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended

Dana: 

I have been reviewing the previous books in this series and have enjoyed them. So far, this one has been a standout. The author took care to have cameos from other books’ characters or at least made mention of a lot of them. It brought a cohesiveness to the series for me. There were familiar businesses that popped up in this story and I feel like the town and it’s different neighborhoods was described really well. I hadn’t realized that there were such different areas until this book, actually. 

Those details were great, but of course the chemistry between the characters and their path towards becoming a couple is why we read m/m romance. When Hugh finds out he has a granddaughter, he feels obligated to make sure she is safe and he leaves his job as an emergency medical doctor in a dangerous and foreign country. When he arrives in Gaynor Beach, California, that is also a little foreign to him, since he is Canadian, but obviously not a stretch. He meets Oscar, who was given custody of Marilee by his best friend in her will, even if a particular social worker doesn’t think he deserves to. 

Both characters are likable. Oscar was an older brother to five siblings he helped take care of growing up. He is a responsible and caring man who slipped up in his early adult years and the guilt seems to be hanging on him a little, and he hasn’t made any close friendships except Marilee’s mother. Hugh has also remained unattached from others because of the nature of his work. But he immediately takes to being a caregiver, that it surprises me that his behavior is something new to who he is. When Hugh moves into the house where Oscar and Marilee live, things are sort of awkward. Though both men feel attraction to each other, their behavior around each other is very unsure and stilted. It is a slow burn for sure, but it felt like a very realistic move by the author to not have them jumping into bed together right away. Especially since Oscar has his worries about Hugh taking Marilee away, or just taking off after Oscar gets used to having a helping hand. 

Eventually decisions have to be made, the house is too small for all three of them, and Hugh isn’t an citizen of the country. I am quite pleased with how things happened. It felt organic. Hugh took things in hand and it is easy to see how Oscar couldn’t help falling for him; age gap and all. Another great part of this book was all the side characters. Oscar’s co-workers, to the other books visiting characters, to Miss Agnes, the nanny, and Oscar’s family, especially his sister Lucy, really brought life to the story and support to the main characters. Not to mention that there was a good amount of representation of characters of color and characters in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. 

All in all, it was an easy read with little angst, just a tear or two for my sentimental self, and a great addition to the Single Dads of Gaynor Beach series.

9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars


USA Today Bestselling author Gabbi Grey lives in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin-poo keeps her safe from the nasty neighborhood squirrels. Working for the government by day, she spends her early mornings writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances. While she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love. She also writes m/f romances as Gabbi Black and Gabbi Powell.

Website: https://gabbigrey.com/

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