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Single Dads, Book 2
By: RJ Scott
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Series: Single Dads, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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When the world labels a man and judges them blindly, is it possible to ever find love?

Firefighter Eric is on the front line, battling the threat of nature’s destruction in the California grasslands alongside his CalFire team. Focused and calm, even in the direst of situations, he has a strong affection for his fire truck, loves his career, and has best friends he can rely on. All he needs now is love, but that seems to be impossible to find. At his friend’s wedding. Eric falls in lust at first sight with the shy, slim, and sexy Brady, even if Brady isn’t the type of guy he usually goes for. What Eric longs for is an equal in his bed, not a smaller guy who might want Eric to role-play big strong firefighter every time they have sex. He wants to find someone he can be vulnerable with, someone who will love him for his soft heart and quiet ways. 

Brady’s life plans grind to a halt when his niece and nephew lose their parents in a tragic accident, and he becomes a dad overnight. His Developmental Coordination Disorder rules his life, but he fights both DCD and the fears that chase him every day, to give Maddie and Lucas a home. Agreeing to go to a friend’s wedding is a decision he regrets long before he even gets there. But, he refuses to give in to his fear, even if he might do something that makes him a target for people’s comments and laughter. Meeting Eric, a huge man with a gentle voice and a flair for chivalry, he falls hard. Now, if only he can let himself get past his panic that Eric would never want someone like him, then maybe he could fall in love for real. 

Word Count: 55,000

©2019 RJ Scott (P)2019 RJ Scott

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Low angst, good follow up, good vocal performance

I read the book when it came out but as Mr. Crisden never disappoints, I couldn’t turn down listening to this one! The vocal performance is as good as always from him!
This is a good follow up to book one, low on angst and high on feels albeit a bit predictable.

This book essentially picks up where book one left off so it’s safe to say it’s not a standalone. Brady and Eric are pretty enamored with each other right away. Brady is understandably gun shy due to his disorder, dyslexia, lack of self-esteem and anxiety. They both have pretty bad track records with relationships but their chemistry if off the charts, so they don’t really hold back when they get together. Eric bumbles a little trying to make sure he gets things right with Brady and they’re pretty adorable together. After the initial resistance from Brady, their relationship develops quickly…things just seem to fall into place for them.

While Sean and Ash are probably still my favorite, I do like Brady and Eric together. We meet a new character that is intriguing and going to be in book three…apparently as Leo’s love interest. That is definitely an interesting match-up that I’m excited to see!

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Pretty good!

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I really liked Eric, he was really dreamy and sweet and very supportive of Brady. I liked Brady, but man, he made me want to shake him because he was such a doormat with his nephew and niece. Still, it's undeniable that there was chemistry between Eric and Brady and I loved the progression of their relationship.

I loved catching up with Eric's friends and Mia was a delight. The ones I didn't like all that much were Maddie and Lucas, they were such brats, especially considering all that Brady had given up to adopt them. They got better after Eric and Brady started a relationship, but I still found it difficult to care much about them. 

Overall, other than Maddie and Lucas, I enjoyed the story and the narration, Sean Crisden is a great narrator and he always brings a lot of emotion into his performance and Today was not the exception. 

Recommendable! 

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  • kp
  • 11-30-19

Loved It!

A great addition to the Single Dads series. I just loved Eric and Brady. Eric is such as teddy bear of a guy. His heart is so big and open. I loved how he saw beyond the quick impression of Brady and looked deeper into the character and heart of him.

These two just clicked right off the bat and the chemistry jumps off the page. I liked how even though the relationship happens quickly nothing is swept under the rugs. We see the reality of dealing with health issues, instant family and so much more. This is done with such love and dignity. Sean Crisden as always does a wonderful job of giving voice to these characters.
I can't wait for the next book in this series!

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Awesome story & great series addition

Audiobook Review November 2019:
I think this is the fastest I've ever listened to a book after first reading the story so I'll admit I wasn't sure if my attention would be able to be kept(I tend to zone out and concentrate on what I'm doing while listening anyway which is why 99% of the audiobooks I listen to are books I've read so I won't be lost when I "re-zone in"). There was nothing to worry about because I loved Brady and Eric's story just as much now as I did a couple of months ago. There's really nothing to add that I didn't say in September: I loved Brady, loved Eric, still wanted to spank Lucas, but when it all comes together I just wanted to wrap them all up in a giant Mama Bear hug. AND it goes without saying that Sean Crisden brings life to RJ Scott's characters as he always does, with a flair of realism that you feel like you are witnessing the story in your living room instead of just listening to it.

Original Review September Book of the Month 2019:
I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is nothing sexier or heart-grabbing than a man who cares for children, whether it's as a dad, uncle, brother, grandfather, friend, or a dozen other roles. So what better series title than Single Dads and it's written by one of my all-time favorite authors: RJ Scottj! YAY!!!

We first met Eric when he stumbled drunk onto Ash's doorstep yelling for his housemates to let him in and Ash furious having just put his little girl, Mia to bed. Well, Eric isn't drunk here and we learned in Single that he is a firefighter, giving us insight as to how and why he landed on the wrong doorstep. In Today he gets his own story, with even more insight and inner monologue to his life as a firefighter and that it is more than just a job or career, it truly is who he is. He first sees Brady when Ash asks him to keep an eye on him and Eric is only too happy to do so😉.

Brady on the other hand is a mess, or at least that is how he sees himself, personally I think he just hasn't found that one last piece of the puzzle that brings everything together. Is Eric that piece or does he just help bring a little focus and encouragement into Brady's life that he has been lacking OR is it the encouragement that is the last piece? So many possibilities and so little spoilers from me. One thing I loved about Brady was his DCD, Developmental Coordination Disorder, honestly I'd never heard of it before and though it may not get the coverage some would like in the story I found it to be balanced perfectly within the overall journey. RJ Scott doesn't by any means "gloss over it" but she also isn't writing a medical journal either so the scales are evenly tipped between informative and entertaining. Brady's head is all over the place at times which can be hard to read but it is the author's way of showing us how he's coping with his DCD instead of just telling us.

As for Brady's nephew and niece, Lucas and Maddie, who he has since adopted after he got guardianship when his sister and her husband died, they appear as a bit of a handful. No one likes spoiled children who show little to no respect for their elders so yes, I wanted to give them a good spanking at first, Lucas especially but later on we get to have some insight into him as well, not through Lucas' inner monologue but with interaction on a not-so-sick-sick-day home from school.

We all know Today will end in a HEA and that is not a spoiler, life is about the journey not the destination and in Today that journey belongs to not only Brady and Eric but also Lucas and Maddie. I said above that perhaps Eric is the missing piece that helps bring focus to Brady's life coping with DCD, the kids, and himself but I think Brady is also the missing piece to bring focus to Eric's life as well. Having said that, I feel like I'm implying Brady needs a partner to bring his parenting side out but I'm not. Yes Brady and Eric complete each others' hearts and Eric wins the kids over but I think what makes them complete each other is their ability to help the other sit down, take a breath, and focus their energy. Maybe I'm not making much sense but what I'm really trying to say is Brady and Eric are perfectly matched at just the right point in time. Today is no walk-in-the-park-unicorns-and-roses kind of romance because there is drama but it will make you smile and warm your heart, I can't ask for more.

Is Today as good as Single? Well, no but in all honesty that rarely happens for me especially in a series that centers around a different pairing in each entry. But the difference on my entertainment-meter between Brady and Eric's journey and Ash and Sean's is so minor that it's barely worth mentioning. Do you need to read Single first? Perhaps not as they are different couples but considering Today opens at an event featuring Ash and Sean I would highly recommend reading Single Dads in order. You won't be lost by any means but the relationship and connection between Eric, Sean, and Leo(who will be getting his own story in the future third entry, Promise) will be more understanding and powerful if you read Single first, as well as have a full grasp of the friendship between Brady and Ash. But again, you won't be lost if you start with Today.

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A wonderful and touching story.

I loved Today when I read it back in August and I loved it even more now, thanks to Sean Crisden's wonderful performance of the story. His vocal inflections are always just right and the different voices he does for each character helped me to visualize them while I was listening. I can never get enough of the stories that Sean Crisden brings to life for me.

Below is a copy of my review from August 2019:

Today is the second book in RJ Scott's Single Dad series. You could read this as a standalone story but characters from book one, Single, appear in Today and Single also gives you background on the two MC's (main characters) in this new story. So, for best enjoyment of Today I really recommend that you read Single first.

The book's blurb is great so I'm not going to rehash it. Eric is a big burly firefighter but he's also a teddy bear. This guy is so sweet; he just wants to help everyone. When his friend asks him to watch over Brady at the friend's wedding, he's happy to do so. But when Eric meets Brady, he knows that he wants to do more than just watch over him for the day.

Brady suffers from a condition that I've never heard of before: Developmental Coordination Disorder. This affects his coordination, his self-confidence and how he interacts with others; he also has dyslexia. Brady didn't really want to come to his friend's wedding but he promised he would. He and Eric made this really great, hot, connection at the wedding and then Brady found out why Eric was with him and his confidence was shaken.

Eric and Brady are really hot together and I felt their connection right from the get-go. Brady is a single dad to his niece and nephew but Eric likes kids so that's not a problem. The biggest obstacle to their relationship is Brady and his lack of confidence in himself. It was wonderful to watch him evolve over the course of the story. RJ did a great job without making the evolution too quick or unbelievable.

I loved the first book in this series but I think this one was even better. RJ Scott is in no danger of leaving my top ten list of favorite authors. 😊 ♥

A review copy of this audio book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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  • DJ Brown
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-23-19

This series just keeps getting better

I loved the first book and was so excited to start the second. From to characters and building on what we learned from the first book to the new characters in the second - made me fall in love with them even more. The narrator is amazing. You knew right away which character was speaking-great vocal work. Had me in tears a few times. Hurry up fir the third book.

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Power team Scott & Crisden create another winner

This book is amazing and I loved it in print. I adore the story, the drama of first responders and appearances by Cap the dog. But once again Sean Crisden has taken Ms. Scott’s writing to an entirely different level. He infuses each character with so much warmth and personality; his voice talent is awe-inspiring.

This book re-introduces us to Eric whom we met in the first Single Dads book, and follows his story as he meets Ash’s online friend Brady at Sean and Ash’s wedding. Their story is hot and sweet and full of understanding. I love that the author chose to write about a character with Developmental coordination disorder and that she did so with compassion and love. Brady is a fighter, and though he may struggle more than others with day to day minutiae, he does everything he can for Maddie and Lucas, his adopted kids.

The story has everything: defiant pre-teens, fires, fantastic friends, a frisbee-obsessed dog and love. Lots and lots of love.

The third book in the Single Dads series releases soon in print and I hope Mr. Crisden will again provide the voice talent when it goes audio as he amazes with his skill in bringing these fantastic characters to life.

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Getting hot in here

At the wedding of his two good friends Eric is given the task to watch over Brady who is not always comfortable in group settings. But when Eric finds himself having more than just friendly thoughts about Brady, Brady's anxiety makes him walk away. Can the unlikely pair find their own path to love and acceptance? Will Brady's father role in his niece and nephews life be the only relationship he can handle? Will Eric's job be too much for Brady to bear? I loved these characters form the opening lines and Sean Crisden was the perfect narrator. Although both characters had a lot of personal issues, RJ Scott wrote them in such a way that the reader can connect and understand but never once feel pity. Beautifully written, beautifully narrated and a wonderful addition to the series.

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OmGosh. I hope I can finish.😩

I have never done this in only 4 chapters into listening to a story. But I had to stop and post this. What was RJ Scott thinking in writing this Brady character. I'm sorry but he is the most fragile, low self esteem character I listened to. So much so, he makes you not want to continue to listen to this story. You start out feeling for this guy, then he just becomes pathetic, and I stopped listening at chapter 4. The first book in this series was good even though I did have a couple of issues, but this one, Brady is to depressing and weak. Sean Crisden, as always is doing a wonderful job with his narration. I am going to take a break, decompress from this character, and later try and finish listening to this story. I will UPDATE if this is possible, and maybe be able to change my rating review. Hopefully it will not take several more chapters for things to turn around and improvement.😒

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Ok

This book was ok it took me a while to finish but I did I hope the next one is a little bit better

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  • choccygrl
  • 12-04-19

So lovely

Super cute.
I think I loved this one even more than the first. Eric is absolutely adorable and Brady well, my heart just broke for him on so many occasions. And I learnt plenty about a condition I was previously unaware of.
I really appreciate how well written the kids are in this series.
I cried at several points during the audio where I hadn't when I'd been reading. So, excellent job there, Mr C.