Sweat Connection (Hot Under the Collar Book 1) by Katherine McIntyre; Narrated by Dylan Rockwell rel 8/16/23

Sweat Connection is a high heat, low angst M/M single dad romance with trivia nights, Star Wars rants, and light primal kink that reads as a standalone

From the blurb:

One disaster bi single dad. One sexy plumber on a house call. One hot-as-hell romance.


If I was a hot mess before becoming a single dad, my life’s pretty much an on-fire garbage can now. Okay, maybe that’s a tad melodramatic—my bestie/baby momma/ex-girlfriend is still awesome, currently in the throuple of her dreams. And my kiddo Sammy’s amazing, albeit exhausting. I’m the one who’s too intense and rambling, too obsessed with random trivia, too liable to set dinner on fire. Essentially, too much for any relationship.

However, when a hottie plumber drops by to fix our toilet—thanks, Sammy—and gives me his number? My luck might just be turning around.


After my dad moved to a retirement community, he left me with the big, old house I grew up in and a whole lot of loneliness. I thought by now I’d be settled down, but no one’s looking for the guy who likes long hikes with his dog, stargazing, and fixing shit around the house. They want fun, entertaining, flashy—not me.

Except when I give Rhys my private line for an emergency house call, I show up for the job to discover it’s a date. It seems like I might’ve met the one man on earth who’s just as interested as I am—if only we can find the guts to admit it.

Lesetiger's review:

Rhys has an adorable little son who made Rhys have to call a plumber. That's how he met Cole. I thought their getting to know each other and their first date was pretty sweet.

The author has a wonderful writing style because I could immediately empathize with the protagonists. She has described the family's everyday life in a wonderfully realistic way.

Rhys and Cole are very different, but both have some insecurities. I loved how their relationship developed and how they supported each other to bring out the best in each other.

Overall, Rhys and Cole are adorable together and they have explosive chemistry! What I also liked were the side characters.

If you're in the mood for an angst-free romance with a single dad, an emergency plumber and a cute toddler, this is the book for you.

The narrator, Dylan Rockwell, was new to me and he basically did a good job bringing the story to life. However, I would have liked him to give the characters a bit more individuality. Then I would have found it easier to distinguish which character he was speaking. Nevertheless, he conveyed the emotions and insecurities well.

Sweat Connection is currently available as an audiobook, e-book, paperback and hardback, and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription