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Top Ten: Single Dads

With Father’s Day around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to show our appreciation for all the fictional daddies that we have fallen in love with. Is there anything sexier than a hot single dad playing tea party with his little princess? Or playing catch with his little man? All he needs is a puppy and I think our ovaries would actually overload. If you, like us, find this irresistible take a look at our Top Ten Dads and let us know if we have missed any of your favourites.

Montana Mornings by Kim Law

Kim Law played her hands well in this third installment of The Wildes of Birch Bay.  She portrays a realistic story of a single dad finding love after divorce, including all the ups and downs that come with it.  Gabe and Erica’s story made me laugh, tear up, and fall in love with all the characters in this small town.  If you like small town reads with stand up heroes, this series is worth taking a chance with.

Top Ten: Single Dads
Montana Mornings
Book Info

Released: February 28th 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Wildes of Birch Bay #3
Published by Montlake Romance
Pages: 320
 

Gabe Wilde has never been more ready for a change. Thirty-three and in the midst of a divorce, he’s packed up his second-grade daughter and come home to Birch Bay, Montana. New house, new career, new life. Only, with changes come stress. His daughter is struggling with the transition to their new norm—and Gabe is out of ideas as to how to help.

Erica Bird is mired in her own worries. After impulsively leaving the teaching job she loved, she may finally be free from her cheating ex, but separated from her family and everything she’s ever known, second guesses linger. Substitute teaching in Birch Bay is fine for the time being, but what will her future hold?

When Gabe’s daughter winds up in Erica’s class, the two meet—or rather, reunite. Neither has forgotten their college romance or the tender feelings they once shared, but will their complicated pasts destroy their second chance? Or will old desire lead to a new love when each needs it most?

Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds

I think this book with the abundance of adorableness needs to come with a big flashing warning sign saying: MAY INDUCE BABY MAKING FEVER. It’s hard not to get a bit broody after reading about little Jax and his sexy daddy Cash Mayson, and then seeing him reunite with his little daughter Ashlyn. THE FEELS! It’s crazy, but you can’t help but fall in love with this little family. P.S. sorry for all the caps!

Top Ten: Single Dads
Until Lilly
Book Info

Released: February 27, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Until #3
Published by Self Published
Pages: 259
 

When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.

When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved wasn’t who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was.
What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?

Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?

Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved Until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children.

The power of love is a beautiful thing.

THE HIGHLANDER by Kerrigan Byrne

This series features bad boys and unlikely heroes, and there is something alluring about the way that Kerrigan Byrne presents them.  The Demon Highlander is ruthless and blood thirsty in battle and has a couple of hellions at home as well that need to be tamed just as much as him.  Approach both him and his offspring with care!  One 17 and one 12, he’s left them much to their own devices while he battled as Laird of Clan Mackenzie.  Did I mention the accent?  😉  Now he’s retired and wants to make amends for the time he’s lost with them.  Enter Mena who has just the spine to handle all three of them!

Top Ten: Single Dads
The Highlander
Book Info

Released: August 2nd 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Victorian Rebels #3
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 368
 

Can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman’s heart?

They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent. . . in the game of love.

Defying all expectations, Miss Philomena is no plain-faced spinster but a ravishing beauty with voluptuous curves and haughty full lips that rattle the Laird to his core. Unintimidated by her master’s raw masculinity and savage ways, the headstrong lass manages to tame not only his wild children but the beast in his soul. With each passing day, Liam grows fonder of Miss Mena--and more suspicious. What secret is she hiding behind those emerald eyes? What darkness brought her to his keep? And how can he conquer this magnificent woman’s heart . . . without surrendering his own?

MERCY THOMPSON SERIES by Patricia Briggs

Adam Hauptman. Werewolf. Alpha. Hot. Dad. The first three are what normally get people’s attention and they certainly capture ours. However, it’s the last one that we want to celebrate today. Because Adam maybe an alpha werewolf and love his pack, but that’s nothing to how fierce his love is for his daughter. Raising Jesse with only minimal input from her mother, he is a devoted father and you can’t help loving him even more after seeing this softer side of him. However, any future boyfriends better beware and treat his girl right, otherwise you might find yourself looking at the eyes of an enraged werewolf.

Top Ten: Single Dads
Moon Called
Book Info

Released: January 31st 2006
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Published by Ace
Pages: 288
 

THE FIRST MERCY THOMPSON NOVEL!

Moon Called is the novel that introduced Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson to the world and launched a #1 bestselling phenomenon...

Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.

But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf—on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance.

But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her...

STAY by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

Matt’s marriage fell apart but his love for his daughters never diminished.  They are still one of the most important parts of his life.  Adding another woman to that mix was not necessarily in his cards until he couldn’t stay away from his anonymous virtual assistant, Hailey.  Loved him!  I’m crushing on him so much!  Whether with his kids, with his teammates or his woman, Matt Erickson is the guy to sweep you off your feet.  Romantic, sexy AND will make you pancakes in the morning!

Top Ten: Single Dads
Stay
Book Info

Released: June 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: WAGs #2
Published by Self Published
 

Can you fall for someone you've never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch--an anonymous virtual assistant service--is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it's against the rules for her to check his file, she's 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting...until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He's still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth--that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won't show her pretty face.

But it's nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can't fix. Hailey can't resist the offer. Matt can't resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn't have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.

To Sir Phillip, with Love by Julia Quinn

This book. So damn adorable. It’s the fifth book in the Bridgerton series and I feel it largely gets overlooked. So, I am here today to advocate for it and get everyone to give it a second look. Phillip has some rather unruly children, who he loves dearly…he just doesn’t really know how to show it. This book, it plays violins on the heartstrings. Not only are you getting a rather smashing romance between Phillip and Eloise Bridgerton but you also get to see the story of them all coming together as a little family. It’s a touching and emotional ride and if you haven’t read it, I recommend you give it a chance.

Top Ten: Single Dads
To Sir Phillip, with Love
Book Info

Released: August 25th 2009
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Bridgertons #5
Published by Avon
Pages: 372
 

Sir Phillip knew from his correspondence with his dead wife's distant cousin that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her...

Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking... and wondering... and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except... he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered. And he certainly should have mentioned that he had two young - and decidedly unruly - children, as much in need of a mother as Phillip is in need of a wife.

EGOMANIAC by Vi Keeland

Success and swagger in a perfectly wrapped package.  Drew Jagger is smooth perfection.  But there’s so much more than meets the eye with this guy.  Don’t let his carefree persona fool you because he is a deeply caring man and when he falls, he falls hard.  Especially when it comes to a little bundle of joy.  Prepare your ovaries!

Egomaniac
Author: Vi Keeland
Published by Self Published
Released: January 15th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
 

A new standalone novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vi Keeland

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office.
I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.
He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.
Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated.
Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent.
I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place.
I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.
I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages.
The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.
And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

Nuts by Alice Clayton

Mah baby!  Farmer Leo Maxwell is one of my favorite Alice Clayton heroes.  There, I said it.  Take that Simon!  Plus one of my favorite heroes in 2015.  He’s that good boy next door, protective of family, friendly, funny and devastatingly charming.  With a heart of gold and moves that will have your heart skipping a beat. 😉  But when it comes to his daughter… you will simply melt at the sweetness.  Plus did I mention the beard?  I just can’t resist him.

Top Ten: Single Dads
Nuts
Book Info

Released: October 20th 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Published by Gallery Books
Pages: 320
 

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Forever and a Day from Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis

The Lucky Harbor series is no stranger to sweetness and humour but there isn’t actually much of it in Josh’s life. As a doctor and a single dad, he doesn’t have much time to relax. That’s why this happily ever after was so important for him. Josh is as selfless as can be and reading his story will not only make you laugh and cry, but I’m sure he will win over your heart too.

Top Ten: Single Dads
Forever and a Day
Book Info

Released: July 31st 2012
Series: Lucky Harbor #6
Published by Forever
 

LOVE CAN HAPPEN IN A HEARTBEAT.

Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh’s loveable mutt to caring for his rambunctious kids. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad…

With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family–until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good bedside manner.” Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day…

SWEET DREAMS by Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley likes to make her heroes dads, which is why I had a hard time of choosing which one I wanted to put on this list. So, in the end I decided to use my all time favourite KA read, I adore this book, I don’t know what it is about it but I love it more each time I reread it. One of the things I love? The hero, the sexy as hell alpha male Tatum Jackson is an adorable dad. I mean, all KA heroes are great dads, but I have such a soft spot for Tate and Jonas.

Top Ten: Single Dads
Sweet Dreams
Book Info

Released: April 23rd 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Colorado Mountain #2
Published by Forever
Pages: 562
 

When you lose everything, anything is possible.

Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she'd been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . .

Lauren's fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She'll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda.

However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they're not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.

Did you favorite single dad make our list?
What other single dads do you love?

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Chris Alexander

I’ve read a couple and couple are on my TBR. The Alice Clayton series is one I’ve been eyeing. Lani Lynn Vale’s CENTER MASS is one I really enjoyed. She’s got a couple of others with single dads. I love Ryker in Sawyer Bennett’s RYKER. And, we can’t forget KA’s THE WILL and SOARING. *sighs*

Gokce G.

I loved Forever and A Day! Definitely taking a note of all these titles for the future, I love the single dad theme! Thanks for the great list!

Amy R

I love Sweet Dreams, Tate Jackson is my favorite. I’ve also read 9,7,3 and 2. I want to read can’t wait to read Stay.

Kathleen Bylsma

Perfect!

Kathy Valentine

Great top 10!! Great list!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth

Adam and sir phillip!

Sophia Rose

Adam from Moon Called is definitely a favorite. I know I have several other books I read because of the father or step-dad aspect, but for the life of me I can’t remember. 🙂

Lori

Phin from Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie.

Darynda

What a fantastic list!!! I have read a few but am adding new ones to my TBR pile. Thanks!

Timitra

Thanks for the list!

Kathleen Bylsma

Oh my…you named so many of my favs!