Review: The Family Man by Kelly Eadon

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☆☆➹⁀☆3.5-4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆


What it’s about:


When life hands lemons to Beth Beverley, she makes mouthwatering lemon squares. Mostly because they’re coveted by the sexy single dad who owns Belmont’s most popular coffee shop. But that’s where her crush on Griffin has to end. Her sweet treats are selling like crazy cakes in his shop, and she doesn’t mix business with pleasure. Too bad his sinful smile has her flirting with the idea of forever.

Griffin Hall definitely needs to keep his eyes–and his hands–off Beth. Since he’s traded in late-night gigs and partying for bedtime stories with his little girl in his arms, he doesn’t have time for anything else. So why does Beth’s big heart and easy way with his daughter make him finally feel alive again? But there’s a little secret Beth doesn’t know, something he can’t bear to tell her.

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The Family Man by Kelly Eadon is a contemporary romance. This standalone is a spin-off from her prior book, The Wedding Date. I enjoy Eadon’s fun, flirtatious writing style. Her stories are engaging, and her characters are realistic and relatable.

Griffin Hall, one-time rock star and single dad, owns a thriving but understaffed coffee shop in Belmont. For his little girl, Griffin has become a solid, practical guy who is focused on providing his daughter with the best life possible. His coffee is famous, and the muffins he serves at Little Ray of Sunshine are legendary.

Beth Beverly, failed entrepreneur, is a jack-of-many trades. Cute-as-a-button Beth is spirited and driven even though her unsuccessful business venture has shaken her confidence. She teaches drama, she’s a seamstress, and she is a baker; her muffins are the talk of the town.

Beth and Griffin are each struggling with their past and their secrets on their own. They both think that their interest in the other is unrequited. They also don’t believe they have room in their already crazy lives for going out with friends let alone dating. Fate (AKA Mabel, Griffin’s adorable daughter) keeps throwing these two together, and with their mutual friends’ encouragement, they a relationship a try.

I loved Beth and Griffin together. They are thoughtful and caring toward one another. The banter and dialogue between the two shows off the character chemistry. Their growing relationship is heart-warming. I have to admit that I wanted to slap some sense into Griffin for keeping his past from Beth, but it does provide what little angst there is in the story. Unshared secrets/pasts are predictable angst catalysts, but it is not overplayed in The Family Man.

The Family Man is a feel good read. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Beth, Griffin and Mabel as well as the “when a door closes, a window opens” message. The positive message about not being defeated by a failure does not take over the story; it is more subtly delivered than a bumblebee costumed baker delivering muffins and lemon bars to the most popular coffee shop in town.


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