Single father Jack Jones is in dire need of a new nanny. His five year old son Nathan is legally blind, he has twin baby girls arriving in less than two months and the girl currently working for him is leaving at Thanksgiving to go home and continue her higher education. If Mannies Incorporated doesn’t come up with a viable candidate soon, he’s not sure what he’s going to do.
Dan Miller is on the hunt for a new job. He’s had some great placements with Mannies Incorporated, many as Manny to multiple birth families to get them over the hump. He even has experience with special needs children, so the job he’s interviewing for looks like it’s right up his alley.
When Dan arrives at Jack’s house, he discovers that this Jack Jones is his Jack Jones, the man he was in love with during college, and who broke up with Dan because Dan wanted children. Will Dan and Jack be able to put the past behind them and work together, or will their past keep them from having a future together?
This was such a sweet story. I really enjoyed watching Dan grow to be a part of the family. Nathan was a total sweetheart and you couldn’t help but love him. Jack was a wonderful dad and took such good care of Nathan. He showed Nathan he could do things and was perfectly “normal” the way he is. But Nathan blossomed under Dan’s constant care. He showed Nathan he could truly do anything just a tiny bit of help.
I really loved that Jack and Dan built up to a relationship slowly and took their time with each other. Despite them being exes it wouldn’t have made sense if they jumped into bed together right away. The way the story progressed really flowed and worked well. It made the characters more believable and the emotions that much more intense.
Jack’s mom seemed to be unsupportive which shocked me. I wasn’t really a fan of hers in the story. She frankly came off as a bitch. Though the reasoning behind why just wasn’t there.
The last scene at the end where there’s suddenly some drama was a bit too contrived. It didn’t really add anything to the story and didn’t show Dan’s feelings the way it should have. I feel like if the story ended before that phone call it would have been perfect.
Sean was nice enough to let Dan stop by. Dan shares two fabulous recipes. They’re both for peanut butter cookies, but one is extremely easy. I can’t wait to try the super easy one with my own little one to see if they’re as delicious as they sound in the book. Read and enjoy!
Thank you for having me (and Dan!) to help celebrate the release of Three to Get Ready, a Mannies Incorporated novel.
Dan: I enjoy cooking a fair bit and as a nanny, I’ve gotten pretty good at things that need to fall into three main categories – easy to make, inexpensive, and will be eaten by kids. So when I met my new kid, Nathan, I was ready to start cooking for and with him. I’ve always found having kids help cook a meal makes them more invested in eating it. Because Nathan’s diet had been so limited to a few fried finger foods, I decided cookies, which he loves, were the way to get the cooking experience started. The very first thing we made together was peanut butter cookies. The recipe we used is below, along with a really quick and easy version that only has three ingredients. I hope you like them as much as Nathan and I do.
Peanut Butter Cookies
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup Extra Creamy Peanut Butter
1 cup each granulated sugar and packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350°F.
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter, peanut butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well after each addition.
Drop tablespoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each, in criss-cross pattern, with tines of fork.
Bake 8 to 10 min. or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 5 min.; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.
Super easy peanut butter cookie recipe:
1 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 cup sugar
Heat oven to 325°F.
Mix all ingredients with large spoon until well blended.
Roll into 24 balls; place, 4 inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with fork.
Bake 20 min. or until lightly browned. (Do not overbake.) Cool 5 min. on baking sheets; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.
Smut fixes everything
Dan Miller followed the instructions on his GPS to one Jack Jones’ house for his interview. He was trying to decide if it was a good or bad omen that he’d dated a Jack Jones. It had ended, so maybe bad. On the other hand, they’d ended because Jack didn’t want kids and he did, which was better to learn early on, before they’d invested a lot of time in each other, right? So good sign.
Chuckling at himself, he went over what Drake at Mannies Inc had told him about the family.
Single gay dad, one special needs son – the boy was nearly six and clinically blind. Apparently he could see general shapes if they were high contrast and he could see lights and light contrast. There were twin girls on their way. In a couple of weeks in a few weeks in fact.
Newborns were Dan’s favorite. He loved that new baby smell. He loved their chubby little cheeks and limbs, their fat bellies and how quickly they changed.
After reading the file, he’d had to agree with Drake that he seemed like a really good fit for the family.
The position was live-in, so he paid close attention as the condo came into view. Not far from the beach, it was a decent size, not too big, but not tiny. The front was neat and he could see the backyard was fenced in.
Pulling into the drive, he turned off the engine and took a deep breath. Okay. Interview time. He climbed out of the car, with his best ‘I’m the perfect man to look after your kids’ face on.
He knocked on the front door.
“Daddy! Maddie, someone is here!”
“I’ll get it, man. Hopefully this one will work for your daddy, Mr. Picky. I have to leave the week of Thanksgiving. I have to.”
The door opened and a lovely dark-skinned young woman stood there with a skinny little boy in thick glasses. “Hey there. Can I help you?”
“Hi, Dan Miller. I’m here to see Mr. Jones?”
“Sure. Come on in. I’m Maddie, Nathan’s personal assistant.” She winked at him.
“Very nice to meet you.” He shook her hand.
Then he turned his attention to the little boy. “Hey there, You must be Nathan.”
“Uh-huh. Nathan James Jones.” One hand was held out. “Pleased meeting you.”
Dan took Nathan’s hand and shook it solemnly. “Pleased to meet you, too.”
“Hey there. Sorry, man. I was paying some bills. Crazy life.”
Dan looked up at the familiar voice and blinked. Strong jaw, blond curls, and the bluest eyes in the history of the earth — that was Jack. His Jack.
Dan felt like he’d been poleaxed.
His Jack who didn’t want kids, no way no how was he fucking crazy for even suggesting it.
“Jack?” Oh, smooth, Dan. Clearly it was Jack. Hell, even if he couldn’t believe his eyes, the folder he’d gotten from Drake had said the guy’s name was Jack.
“Dan? Danny? Oh, my God!” Jack’s eyes went wide. “Look at you. You look amazing.”
He kind of hated the way Jack’s words made him stand a little taller, a little straighter. “So do you. The years have been good to you.” Twelve years. Shit, things had changed in that time, that much was obvious, but not how just a glance from those devastating eyes could make his cock perk up. That hadn’t changed a damn bit.
Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
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