Thursday, June 28, 2012

REVIEW: "One Small Thing" by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea

One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea
(One Thing #1)

Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
For Ages 18+
Steam Level: Hot 

Dreamspinner Press -- May 2012
Ebook, 214 pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars


“Daddy” is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he’d have sex with a woman either. Now he’s the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn’t have time for babies, but he can’t give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he’s running out of options. He’s on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice himself when he remembers his reclusive new neighbor, Erik.

Erik Van Nuys is a sci-fi novelist with anxiety issues to spare. He doesn’t like people in general, and he likes babies even less. Still, with his royalties dwindling, he could use the extra cash. Reluctantly, he takes on the role of manny—and even more reluctantly, he finds himself falling for Alice and her flamboyant father.

Rue and Erik are as different as two people can be, and Alice is the unlikeliest of babies, but Rue has never been happier than when Alice and Erik are by his side. At least, not until he receives an offer that puts all his dreams within reach and he’s forced to choose: the future he’s always wanted, or the family he thought he never did.

 I had read one of Piper Vaughn's short stories, Wanted, through Goodreads and really liked her voice.  Her style is highly reminiscient of popular M/M writers like Marie Sexton and Z.A. Maxfield.  So I was excited to see one of her book available on Netgalley.   One Small Thing is a unique book that provided me with a fun premise, plenty of awesome characters, and a very sweet love story. 

The story is told through alternating points of view between our two heroes which provides readers with insight into what the guys are thinking and feeling.  This is a writing style that is becoming more and more popular especially in M/M romance and I really enjoy it.  Both heroes are well-written and have plenty of depth beyond their initial impressions. 

Rue is a flashy, sometimes overdramatic hairstylist in training who works as a bartender/eye candy for a local gay bar while Erik is an anxiety-stricken, struggling novelist who has an obsession with Star Wars and junk food.    When Rue becomes a father after a drunken escapade, he meets up with Erik while searching for an appropriate babysitter for his little Alice.  Together these two opposites try to raise a baby while battling their growing feelings for each other.

I loved how Vaughn and O'Shea took some cliched characters and gave them depth.  Behind the flash, Rue is very devoted to those he cares about and really wants to do a good job raising Alice.  Rue is also anxious for his life to really take off once he is done with cosmetology school.  Erik takes a huge step in becoming associated with Rue, and his best friend Dusty, and starts to get over some of his worst anxieties. As a couple, these two were a joy to read.  There was alot of getting to know you and then close friendship before romance entered the scene.  I thought this gave it a realistic plotline and kept reading late into the night to finally see them admit their attraction to each other. 

I also have to mention how much I enjoyed reading about Rue's friend, Dusty.  He is an essential part of this little makeshift family and watching the drama of his personal life unfold was almost as riveting as the main storyline.  Dusty was a nice medium between over-the-top Rue and shy Erik which gave them both a sounding board at different parts in their relationship.  Apparently, Dusty will get his love story later this year in Vaughn and O'Shea's next book, One True Thing and I can't wait to check it out.

Overall, I thought this was a nice, lengthy romance that showed that opposites really do attract and how important family is to almost everyone.  All the main characters were searching for something to live for and they found it through Alice's unexpected arrival and their friendship.  I definitely recommend this for readers who enjoy well-written contemporary romance with characters that go beyond the stereotypes. 

**Thanks to Netgalley and Dreamspinner Press for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**


One Thing
1. One Small Thing
2. One True Thing (To Be Released November 2012)

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