Anderson (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach Book #5) by Quell T. Fox #LGBTQ+ #DuoReview #MMRomance

Dana and Erryn review ‘Anderson (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach Book #5)’ by Quell T. Fox.  The book was self-published on August 12, 2022 and is 197 pages.  

Why Dana read: I liked the previous books in the series, so I wanted to keep reading.

Why Erryn read: I’m invested in this new series.

It’s never too late to find yourself.

Recently divorced Anderson Michaels is discovering a whole new life, not only for him but for his two kids, Zachary and Delilah.
Finding his wife of fourteen years cheating on him is not how he expected his marriage to end. Though, he did know it would end—eventually.

Anderson has been harboring a secret for a long, long time. One that wasn’t easy to come to terms with.
Now, after all that’s happened, being honest with himself and everyone else is the only thing that makes sense.
But Anderson soon finds that accepting his truth is the easy part; acting on it is what’s difficult.

Will the change of scenery be enough to help Anderson and his kids through this tough time? Or was uprooting their entire life the biggest mistake he’s ever made?

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Erryn’s review:

The end of Anderson’s marriage devastated him, as well as his children.  Knowing his wife wouldn’t return, and needing to get out of the repressive and intolerant part of Nebraska where he lives, he follows a friend’s advice and heads to Gaynor Beach, California.  His friends greet him warmly and even start to integrate their kids as friends.

So that’s all good. He also meets a handsome guy on the sidewalk and suddenly they’re talking.  Then, as the friendship develops, Jack becomes more important in Anderson’s life.  This was a slow burn relationship which suited a man who’s never been with another man.  Anderson’s cautious.  And he has his kids to consider – the most important people in his world.

I enjoyed the book, although I would’ve liked to see a bit more of Gaynor Beach in the story – but the book stands on its own.  I can’t wait for more books in the series – especially the next one, Kaje Harper’s Alec.

Erryn’s Rating:

8.5/10 Points of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars

Dana’s review: 

I have been enjoying the Single Dads of Gaynor Beach series so far and seeing different perspectives of the town that is almost a character in itself. Quell T. Fox is a new to me author and I was interested in seeing her writing style.

We start this story back in Nebraska as Anderson/Andy’s marriage is falling apart which eventually leads to him leaving his small, intolerant town and moving to Gaynor Beach. Andy is very much a peacekeeper, someone who prefers not to make waves. He stayed in his marriage to a woman even though he is gay. He even stayed faithful but when she decided to leave, she left him and their two kids.

Andy moves to Gaynor Beach where an online friend lives with his partner, so he isn’t starting out completely alone there. It isn’t long, though, before he meets Jack. Jack is kind of a jack of all trades. He helps his Grandma with her business, creates window art for small businesses and works at least two other jobs. Jack is fun loving and seems to be a genuinely nice guy. 

I really like both of the characters. They’re not exactly perfect, but they are likable. Andy is a good father and he wants to take things slow, which Jack understands. They are a good couple, but if I’m being honest, I didn’t feel their chemistry as much as I would have liked. The kids and Andy’s friend couple are good side characters in the book, and there is a slight villain whose appearance in the story who I felt was more a filler or distraction more than anything. 

Ultimately, this was an easy book to read. It flowed smoothly and I read through it at a good pace. It was a good addition to the series and I can’t wait for the next one.

Dana’s Rating: 

8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars

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When she isn’t dreaming up hot and spicy love stories she can be found laughing with her nice-bootied husband, mothering, and creating anything and everything from resin crafts to crocheting and painting. 

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