SINGLE DAD'S BRIDE

SINGLE DAD'S BRIDE                            MELINDA MINX

I have one month to find a bride or I lose my daughter.
They say a tattoo artist with a dirty mouth can’t be a kickass father.
Bullsh*t. But my lawyer says I need a wholesome bride to convince the judge.
I know just the perfect girl—hell—I think she might even be a virgin.
Only problem? She’s my sister’s best friend, and she hates my guts.
 

When my best friend's brother asks me to marry him, I nearly slap him in the face. I’m pretty sure he’s teasing me—just like he always has—but marriage isn’t something to joke about. Not when I’m pushing thirty with no hope in sight. And not when I’ve always had a huge, stupid crush on him. 

Then he tells me he’s serious. He needs me to do it so he can keep his daughter. 

I have to refuse. He’s always treated me like crap, which makes my feelings toward him even more sad and pathetic. 

How can I not have a crush on him though? He’s always wearing a thin, tight undershirt that shows off his cut abs and broad shoulders, and despite what some people say about his chops as a father, he’s as sweet to his daughter as he is mean to me. 

Maybe I can say “yes.” I’d be doing it for his daughter, not for him. And I certainly wouldn’t be doing it with the sad hope that he’d look at me as anything other than his sister’s dorky friend—that he’d touch me and make me—no, definitely not that. 

**This is a full-length, standalone fake marriage romance. No cheating or cliffhangers, and a Happily Ever After is guaranteed!**

MY REVIEW:

     This was a surprisingly good short story with a lot of heart and strings that tug at your heart.  If you have ever been in the middle of a child custody fight, you can never really know one hundred percent how it feels to have your heart cut out.  No matter which party you are in this case the child, the parent, or the grandparent.  It is a monster all of its own.
     In this case, Deacon Shepard a widower of three years, raising his six-year-old daughter, Elsie.  After his wife, Stacy passed his sister, Anna moved in to help him.  Being a tattoo artist, he does very well for himself, so he was able to have a shop that was connected to his large home.  Which gives him greater time to spend with Elsie.  Being it’s just him he can make his own hours and pick and choose his own clients.
     Most of all he can provide the best for his daughter as well as a safe environment.  But Stacy’s parents weren’t satisfied with the normal grandparent time.  They are appalled by the profession, Deacon is in. 
     They feel that he is raising Elsie like a boy because she wears shorts and tee shirts and not dresses.  That they need to have her so they can get her into beauty pageants, so she knows how to be a young lady.
     Hence a court battle where they start a ruthless effort to prove him an unfit parent.  Where his lawyer tells him to find a wife quick, fake or otherwise.  Just not one of his tattooed chicks.  After a discussion with his sister, Anna an ER nurse, and she tells him no single friends on the job sorry.
     He asks her to think.  The only one she can think of is the one woman that hates his guts, Rita Riela, her childhood friend.  This is the girl Deacon had always teased and made her feel uncomfortable and unwelcome.  But he was desperate, and he was prepared to gravel for the sake of his daughter.
     Rita deep down had always secretly crushed on, Deacon.  He had not cared about Rita at all.  Not even as Anna’s friend.  He had always made hurtful digs at her to make her feel less than or uncomfortable.  It worked then.  Now, not so much.  She may appear meek and mild and the good Christian girl, but Deacon has another think coming.
     This turned out to be a much better book than I thought it was going to be.  The characters were fun and caring.  As well as funny.  You could also feel their vulnerability and pain.
     The author had me all the way until Texas.  The road trip idea made no sense whatsoever to me.  It was like she ran out of ideas and like throw it in.  The epilogue tried to wrap things up just a little to fast with no real lead-in for the reader as to the time lapse.  But I did not count off for these things since the rest was so solid of a story.  (Side note: Sexually charged read.)
     I give this: 5 stars.  Free on Amazon.  
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