By: Sean Michael | Other books by Sean Michael
Published By: Torquere Press
Published: Dec 19, 2012
ISBN # 9781610404105
Published By: Torquere Press
Published: Dec 19, 2012
ISBN # 9781610404105
Word Count: 56,600
Available in: Epub, HTML, Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.prc)
DescriptionSlayde's got the best job on earth: he's a nanny to Army nurse and widow Mindy's three kids. He's been with the family since the oldest was born and is Uncle Slayde to all three children. When Mindy's deployed, things aren't easy, but he manages just fine. At least he does until Mindy's big brother Drake shows up unexpectedly, announcing he's there to help while Mindy is gone.
Drake is almost a stranger to the kids, hot as hell, especially in his motorcycling leathers, and straighter than straight. On top of that, Drake's not used to dealing with kids, with things like gluten free, recycling and not eating fast food and soon has Slayde's tight routine in shambles.
Slayde thinks Drake is far more of a hindrance than a help, at least at the start, but he tries to get along for Mindy's sake and eventually, having Drake around is easier than not. But what's he supposed to do when the straight, sexy leather wearing ex-cop makes a pass at him one night? Maybe there's more to Drake than Slayde assumed.
Reader Rating: (37 Ratings)
"Yes, Christian?" God, he had a headache.
"The baby colored on the table."
"Well, good thing it washes, huh?" He ruffled Christian's -- not Chris, his name was not Chris, thank you very much -- hair and headed into the kitchen. Maggie sat her booster seat coloring away while Jenny busily ate her blue crayon. It was a good thing they were non-toxic, too. "Out of your mouth, Jenny girl. Maggie, on the paper, not the table. Christian, do you want to color, too?"
"Coloring's for girls."
"It is? Nonsense. Art is amazing. Your other options at the moment are reading at the table, Play-Doh, or practicing your writing. I need to clean up the kitchen and start lunch."
Then they were all taking a nap so Slayde could sit for five minutes and go through all the mail, the bills. Good thing he loved Mindy and her kids, or he'd run screaming into the night.
A racket sounded outside. Maybe a motorcycle. After it stopped, there was a knock at the door.
"Christian, can you please keep an eye on your sisters? I need to answer the door."
"Yes, Uncle Slayde."
He went to the door, opening it to a stud in leather. "Can I help you?" Lick you all over? Direct you to Austin?
"It's Slayde, right?"
"Yes, sir." He held firm to the door. No way was he letting this guy in, no matter how hot the man was.
The guy put his hands on his hips. Shit, he was amazing. "Drake Baltimore. Mindy's big brother. Are you going to let me in?"
"Nope. Do you have any ID?" He'd never met Drake, somehow. The man tended to visit when he was on vacation.
"ID. Identification. Driver's license. Military ID. Something with your picture and your name and some way to prove you are you." Slayde wouldn't risk these babies.
The guy stared at him for a long moment before pulling out a wallet from his back pocket, opening it, and holding it up to his face. "Happy now?"
"Well, no, but you're Drake. How can I help you?"
"You can let me in." Drake was starting to growl now.
"What's wrong?" He backed up, frowning. "Mindy didn't mention you were coming."
"I told her it would be okay, that I'd take care of everything. So I'm here to take care of the kids." Drake stepped over the threshold, and Slayde noticed for the first time Drake had a bag over his shoulder. "So where're the rugrats?"
"Take care of the kids?" Oh, he didn't think so. "They're having art time and waiting for lunch. You are not disrupting them before naptime." Who the fuck was this asshole?
"I'm not going to…" Drake snorted and headed for the kitchen. "Hey, Christian! Come say hi to your Uncle Drake."
The kids stared, all of them, then Jenny started to cry.
"Great." The kids all looked at Slayde, eyes wide. "You have company, how neat is that? Momma must have forgotten to email and remind us!" He was going to kill someone.
"Christian? I know Jenny's too little to remember me, but you and Maggie must."
"Do you remember your uncle? Momma's brother? He came last summer and you went to San Antonio to see the dolphins?"
"We had cotton candy and alligator on a stick?" For the first time since Slayde had answered the door, Drake looked disconcerted.
Christian came to him, took his hand, and Slayde knelt down. "He's the one with the motorcycle."
"Oh…" Christian's eyes lit up.
"Your Mom called me to let me know she was going away and I came as soon as I could."
But why? And why didn't she let Slayde know?
Drake stepped from foot to foot. "So uh. It's lunch time, huh?"
"It is." Slayde sighed, went to Maggie, who looked stunned. "Peanut butter sandwich, Mags? Or spaghetti?"
"We could go to McDonald's. My treat."
"No. No, we can't." He shook his head, eyes wide. "Maggie is gluten-free, Uncle Drake, and Jenny is terrified of Ronald. Like hysterical."
"But I like McDonald's!" Christian whined.
"Gluten-free? What the hell is that?" Drake grinned at Christian. "I like McDonald's too."
"Gluten-free. No wheat. No barley. No buns. No wheat-soaked French fries. No McDonald's." Oh, God. What was the son of a bitch doing here?
"Seriously?" Drake gave him a wide-eyed look. "What does that leave?"
"Food." He bit the word out. "Peanut butter and jelly, guys?"
Maggie nodded, Jenny threw a crayon, and Christian burst into tears.
Drake turned to him. "You call this taking care of the kids?"
Reader Reviews (9)
Submitted By: craft13 on Jan 31, 2014Really enjoyed this story. Slayde's organization and schedule being thrown off by the unexpected arrival of an well-meaning but rash Drake was great. At times it's almost like having to explain everything to another child. Great read and highly recommend it.
Submitted By: roula on Jan 17, 2014it was ok. maybe the timing was wrong as i didn't seem to liked it as much as others from what i see from reviews. it had some nice scenes, some cute and romantic, the characters weren't so likable to me, though.
Submitted By: hooked on Jan 1, 2014Sweet emotional read. Loved it
Submitted By: mommakat49 on Feb 4, 2013This was a great read that I almost did not buy because of some of the reviews. The editing was not that bad and did not take away from the story nearly as much as some people said. I really enjoyed this story and would recomend.
Submitted By: Deblet on Jan 9, 2013A sweet, sexy story with my fav a HEA. There was 1 aspect of the book that I did find annoying & that was the lack of proof reading there was quite a few instances where the wrong word was used. Even a couple of times where the name of the character in the book was changed for instance on pg.119 Drake is called Drew and on pg.226 Travis is called Trevor. This sort of mistake can be distracting when you’re in the middle of reading a really good scene in a book. So please proof read better.
Submitted By: janice on Jan 8, 2013Great book! I just love books like this one. Funny and well written.
Submitted By: keara on Jan 7, 2013WOW!!!! I have never laughed or cried so much through a book. All I can say is WOW! Thank you Sean Michael!
Submitted By: mommag on Jan 1, 2013I loved this book. My only wish is that they would be proof read better. So many times in his books the words are misspelled or the wrong word is used. Even using the wrong name for one of his characters has happened more than once. For instance at the end of this book Travis was referred to as Trevor. It becomes confusing sometimes.
Submitted By: jbrooks on Dec 24, 2012Generally, Sean Michael is the go-to author for fantastic sex scenes, and those are still to be found in this book. But there was even more sweet romance happening here, and I loved it! As always, Michael is gifted with character development and the relationship was warm and funny - would have enjoyed getting to know the group of friends even more. Looking forward to more installments in this series!