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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Her Two Dads by Ariel Tachna

Her Two Dads by Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (192 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Sweet Pea

Srikkanth Bhattacharya is a quintessential gay bachelor and perfectly happy about it—until he gets a call from the local hospital telling him his best friend died in childbirth. Sri had agreed to provide the sperm to make Jill's dream of motherhood come true, but he'd never expected to have to make decisions for a baby girl. He intends to place her with an adoptive family, but once he sees her, Sri can’t bring himself to do it, so now he’s struggling to learn how to deal with a newborn.

His housemate and friend, Jaime Frias, volunteers to help, never guessing he’ll fall in love with both the baby and Sri. Everything seems perfect until a visit from Social Services sends Sri into a tailspin, feeling like he has to choose between his daughter and a relationship with the man he’s coming to love.

Srikkanth Bhattacharya is a gay man living in a straight world, trying to make his way. But one phone call from a social worker turns his world upside down. Now not only does he face a life of fatherhood he wasn’t expecting, he fights for the family that was pushed on him, but that he never wants to let go of.

Jamie Frais jumps into the fray to help his roommate. What he wasn’t expecting was the feeling of love for both Sri and his daughter Sophie. Though everything happened backwards he struggles to make this relationship the one that lasts forever. Because he can’t picture a world where both of them are not in it.

This book was one of the best I have read so far this year. It plays at your heartstrings with every word and uses a wide array of sadness, anger, and happiness. I was in tears when Sri was talking the first time with Sophie about her mom. As a mom I can imagine the range of emotions that are going through Sri. And I respect him for keeping her and raising her without any knowledge of what he was doing. I love the depth that this author went into to describe the process of bringing a baby home and how little new parents actually know about taking care of a baby.

Sri and Jamie make the perfect couple. Not only by their love do they overcome the hate of those ignorant of love no matter what, but they also make a great parental unit. When the social service people came and knocked on the door I felt empathy for Sri. And that is a great thing to feel when reading. That any author can put that down on paper is a great achievement in my book. This story had me hooked from the first chapter to the end and kept me on my toes in between. It is well worth the 4.5 cherries. I would recommend this to anyone who loves M/M with a good plot and even better love scenes.

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