In The Billionaire Single Dad by Mandy Baxter, Carter Christensen takes a much-needed break after a less-than-stellar season as a Dallas Cowboy. He’s ready to go to his cabin with his twin daughters and get a little peace and quiet. But what he doesn’t count on is meeting a woman who will rile him up completely.
Tess Adams is still loving her decision to escape bustling New York-and her cheating boyfriend-behind, and live in a sleepy Texas town. But when a single dad with twins moves in to the cabin across the way, Tess feels anything but peaceful. The more she gets to know the oh-so-sexy Carter Christensen, the more Tess starts to think that she should give up her quiet, safe life, and give into passion.
I thoroughly enjoy Baxter’s various Billionaire’s Club series. They’re quick reads with plenty of romance and steam with leading men who are down-to-earth despite their wealth and leading ladies who are sassy and not afraid to speak their minds. The Billionaire Single Dad was no different in this aspect as Carter and Tess navigate one another’s landmines as they come to terms with the attraction between them.
While I was initially hesitant about the single dad angle, Carter’s daughters played an integral part in how Carter and Tess come to meet. It made for a rather entertaining first encounter (at least for the reader) and despite their less than stellar beginning, it made for a good foundation upon which to build a friendship and more – genuine concern for Carter’s daughters. As this is a novella, the attraction and relationship unfold rather quickly, but with Carter being on a vacation of sorts and Tess just starting to build a new life in Texas, they spend enough time together that it doesn’t feel as rushed because we get to spend time with them as they get to know one another. Where the single dad aspect really came into play was when Carter’s brother takes the girls for an outing and overnight stay. This child-free time gave Carter and Tess the time they needed to investigate their physical attraction, and they were quite thorough in their endeavor. Wowser!
Yet despite their obvious compatibility both in bed and out, Carter won’t even entertain the idea of a relationship with Tess beyond their marathon bedroom session. It was as if he didn’t believe that the first woman he’d had any interest in since his wife’s death could be anything more than just a rebound. That he used his girls as an excuse for distance infuriated me on Tess’s behalf and made me want to smack Carter upside the back of the head. Now if you’ve read any of Baxter’s Billionaire’s Club books, then you know that everything works out in the end. But you’ll have to read The Billionaire Single Dad for yourself to find out what Carter must do to fix Tess’s broken heart and give them their happily ever after, and if you enjoy quick and steamy romances, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I’m already looking forward to reading the next book in The Billionaire’s Club: Texas Heartthrobs series because I can’t wait to see what Baxter has in store for The Billionaire Heartbreaker, Travis.