Anthony (Single Dads of Gaynor Beach) by Gabbi Grey

'I wasn't falling for him, right? He was the opposite of everything I wanted in a partner. Preferences change' - Scott, Anthony.

From the blurb:


During my seven years as a social worker in Gaynor Beach, California, delivering orphaned twins to their unsuspecting father is the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. These babies lost their mother and they need a loving parent, but is adorable Scott Wexler up to that challenge? Transferring custody is one thing—walking away is something entirely different, especially with the stress of Christmas bearing down on Scott too.


After escaping a miserable childhood, I’ve made a fresh start in California. I’m in charge at the Gaynor Beach Public Library, I love helping people, and I'm feeling like an actual functional human being. Then social worker Anthony Rodrigues shows up on my doorstep with twins I fathered through a sperm donation, and suddenly I'm responsible for two tiny lives. Accepting help from the gorgeous social worker is a no brainer—admitting I want him to stay is going to take a lot more courage.

This 74k word gay romance is a slow burn, mid-angst, instalove with a geeky librarian, a by-the-book social worker, adorable twin-toddler terrors, and a beleaguered cat named Crumpy.

Laora's Review:

Anthony, CPS social worker who we met before and Scott, as well, are the main characters in this multi-author universe of 'The Single dads of Gaynor Beach'. 

If you have read more books in this universe, you know that Anthony has not made the best decisions at times. In this book, he starts off with a doozy as well; bringing twins Zayden and Alicia to their bio dad, Scott, completely out of the blue but with the best intentions. Not the beat to do to someone who is has anxiety. Scott discovers that his former best friend made some strange decisions in her wish to become a parent and which she now feels she can no longer be.

I enjoyed how they, Anthony and Scott,  stuck together and helped each other in doing the best for the twins together with the amazing Lacy which we previously met. I appreciated that there is more background explaining Anthony and his vehemence in the earlier book. 

Overall, I found that these wonderfully flawed and realistic human beings experience personal growth when they take care of the twins, in their work and personal life. They discover that there is more than friendship between them is a very nice surprise on which they work hard as well to let it succeed. 

I am hoping we see them again in future books when they have their foster daughter in the mix . Also like that we meet up with characters from the earlier books.

This book, to me, was low on heat but very high on care and support.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Anthony has been a recurring character since we met him in Hugh's story and it was good (and somewhat sad) to get his backstory and understand where he comes from in his zealous need to protect children...

Anthony's heart was stolen by three people in this story - Scott, Alicia and Zayden - and while the story is low on steam, it's long on watching two men become first time parents to twins and develop a relationship fanned by instant attraction during the surprise initial meeting... when Anthony introduces Scott to biological children he knew nothing about...

The story was sweet, moved along well and was pretty realistic as far as parenting goes - it's a slow burn with lots of family interest... it was a lovely story and something different from my usual reads.

Rating: 4 Stars

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