Have you noticed how in books and movies single dads are completely hot? There’s something very sexy about a man who puts his child above everyone — and everything — else. No wonder it’s so easy to fall in love with them. So what’s the recipe for the perfect single father?
1. He’s Grown Up
There’s nothing attractive about a man who runs away from his responsibilities. But the single dads I’m talking about are ALL about their kids. They’re strong, reliable and will never let you down. Often they have very responsible jobs, too – the kind that will find them in a uniform or a sexy suit (or even better, wearing a stetson on the ranch). Either way, they’re mature AND gorgeous, and I LOVE THAT.
2. He’s Ready to Find The Right Woman
The kind of single dads I love to read about aren’t going to be introducing just anybody to their children. They want to make sure whoever comes into their lives is the right kind of woman. The sort who will love their child as much as they do, and understand that the children always come first. It doesn’t always happen right away — in fact most of the fun in reading a single dad romance is seeing him fight against it. But when it does…
3. When He Finds Her, He’s Going to Want to Keep Her
For me the best part of any romance novel featuring a single father is when he finally realises he can’t live without the woman he’s attracted to. Sometimes it happens near the beginning of the story, but often not until the middle or even the end. But when that realisation comes over him the fireworks always start. Because once that single father KNOWS what he wants, he’s not going to stop at anything to get it. And that kind of determination is always hot to read.
Now in real life we might be wondering WHY he’s a single dad. But this isn’t real life, it’s the book life and it’s infinitely better, right? So we know from the start that his single status isn’t a big red flag. It’s a delicious plot device to let the story unfold.
So with all that hawt-ness it’s no wonder I decided to write about a single dad in my latest book, By Virtue Fall. And Ryan Sutherland really is delicious. A travel photographer, he’s crossed the globe with his adorable six-year-old son, Charlie, and now he’s finally ready to stay in one place for a while. He chooses Shaw Haven, the small town he grew up in on the Chesapeake Bay. But then he meets the woman next door — Juliet Shakespeare, a single mother of one and he’s left wondering if he’ll ever want to leave again…
Juliet Shakespeare is done with love. With a growing floristry business and an adorable daughter to raise, life after separating from her husband is complicated enough – the last thing she needs is a man.
But when handsome single father, Ryan Sutherland, arrives in town, everything changes. As much as she tries to distract herself, Juliet can’t help but be drawn to the easy-going Romeo next door and the way he makes her feel.
Photographer Ryan is only back in his hometown for a few months so there’s no point falling for someone he’ll just have to say goodbye to. But he didn’t account for Juliet – the intriguing and beautiful, red-haired woman next door. And in her, he might just have found everything he ever wanted . . .