Leo by Meredith Spies (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach Multi-Author Series)

I've had the chance to read several of the Single Dads of Gaynor Beach stories this year, and each one comes from such a different place.  Meredith Spies brings together an opposites attract, age gap romance with both a single dad raising a neurodivergent child and a brother raising his teenage sister after they were both orphaned in Leo

From the blurb:

The funeral business is burying me. Entrusted with Morris Funeral Home and Crematorium, the company that has been in my family for four generations, I fear it’s going to go belly up under the growing pile of bills. But the troubles haunting me don’t end there. My son’s teachers don't seem to understand how to work with a kid like Eddie, leaving me zero time for myself.

Then there’s Ambrose Jennings. The quirky baker is catering Delia Dennis' wake, and I can't seem to get him out of my head.

The last thing I need right now is any kind of romantic complications in my life. Still, Ambrose is boisterous fun and chaos wrapped up in a sexy, tempting package. Maybe one little taste of the baker's goods wouldn’t be the end of the world..?

When Ambrose gives me a sample of the sweet treats he has on offer, both of us ache for this to become more than a taste test. I don't know if it's enough to let go of my reservations, or if circumstances close the coffin in their chances for any future together.

Leo is a single-dad romance in the shared world of Gaynor Beach. It's low-angst, opposites attract with the grumpy one soft for the sunshiney one featuring goth teen dance parties with way more glitter than expected, adorable kids who think piracy is a perfectly legitimate life goal, adults who need a reminder that life isn't all about work, and steamy Grumpy and Sunshiney scenes.

Heather's Review:

I think I was drawn to both Leo and Ambrose, not only for their characters, but for their ongoing struggles to deal with a less than friendly school environment for their kids... as the mom of kids with both neurodivergent and learning issues, I know the struggle of trying to get teachers to actually follow the IEP and learning plans we work hard to create...

Beyond that jolt of reality, Leo is a truly sweet, steamy love story about taking time for yourselves as adults and still having good family balance.  It was well paced, well written and truly heartwarming!

Rating: 5 Stars

Leo is available in paperback and e-book form.