Review: One Small Thing (One Thing #1) by Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea

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Review: One Small Thing (One Thing #1) by Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’SheaOne Small Thing on May 4th 2012
Genres: Romance, Gay, Contemporary
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“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.

Karla’s Review

5 Satisfying Stars! Beautiful, heart-warming LOVE story!

The first few pages into this book I thought I was going to read about “Club Kids” and didn’t think the read was for me, but I kept at it and boy am I glad I did.

Rue works in a dance club and is a somewhat flamboyant character, but he’s also hard-working, devoted, loving and when life dealt him an unexpected hand he was up to the challenge! Without a moment of hesitation…yes, he wanted his baby! He embraced fatherhood and was an exceptional dad! That in itself made for a beautiful story, but then bring the sheltered, quirky, anxious, owl-eyed Erik into the mix and the love that ensues…oh, my, my…it made me smile, laugh, cry and love these two as much as they loved each other.

Dusty was an endearing character, a delightful, devoted friend and a caring, loving uncle to Alice, Rue’s adorable baby. She was what brought Rue and Erik together and allowed them to explore a relationship, dig down inside themselves and find what they were both made of and what they could become; partners, a couple, men who could love and be loved.

”I didn’t even really know if I was gay. I suppose society would assign me that label. I was in love with a man, and he made me hot and hard, his kisses made me shiver, and there’d never been anything more perfect than the feel of his body inside mine. So maybe it was the right word. But I honestly didn’t think my attraction to Rue had anything to do with his gender. I didn’t love Rue for what he did or didn’t have. I loved him because he was Rue. Nothing else mattered.”

Love knows no boundaries and the person who understood that the most was Erik’s mother. She loved her son, and now he loved, and her son’s happiness was all that mattered. I cried right along with her when she realized that her son had found someone. Acceptance is a something more people in this world should practice. Sexual orientation does not make a person and should have no bearing on how we judge someone or who they fall in love with.

This is a beautifully written LOVE story! Not a romance…at least that’s not how it read to me…this is a love story, love that comes in all forms, and at times it overwhelmed me. This was a joint effort by two amazing authors and it read as if it was written by one. It’s told from Rue and Erik’s first person point-of-views, and I loved reading how each one interpreted the situation at hand. The ending will leave you smiling and immensely satisfied.


About M. J. O’Shea

M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

About Piper Vaughn

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

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