A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{June 27, 2012}   One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea

Plot: Rue has had many boyfriends but he has never had a real relationship. He is therefore shocked to find out that a woman he once spent a drunken night with is pregnant with his child. He decides to raise baby Alice but is unprepared for the challenges of single parenthood. When he asks his strange shut-in neighbour to babysit for him he has no idea that the three of them will become a family.

This review is based on an ARC provided by Netgalley.

One Small Thing is a very sweet story. I’m not much of a baby person and even I was charmed by little Alice and the family she formed around herself. The novel isn’t perfect – the narrative can be a little meandering and a 200 page novel shouldn’t feel like it has unnecessary scenes – but it’s a good, fun read.

I was afraid at first that Rue and Erik would be little more than stereotypes: the flamboyant club boy/hair dresser and the geeky, anxiety-ridden shut-in but they grew over the course of the novel and they grew on me. Their romance develops very slowly so if you are hoping to get right into the meat of things (so to speak ;)) you might be a bit disapointed (though there is plenty of action later to make up for it). Personally, I enjoyed watching them grow gradually closer and come to realize their feelings. If I had one problem with their romance it is how it was retroactively turned into love at first sight: I don’t see the point of  a “Now, that I think back on it, I must have loved him right from the start” epiphany.

Having said all that, however, my favorite character was their friend Dusty. Such a sweet man, he deserved a little love too, but I’m glad that their was a place for him in their little family.

If you are looking for a sweet, familial kind of m/m romance, you should definitely give One Small Thing a try.

2012 (#64)


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