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Monday, June 7, 2021

Single Dad's Romance Series: THEN I SAW YOU by Kate Stacy - REVIEW!

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Today, we're taking a closer look at the latest title released in the Single Dad's Romance series; a first encounter for myself, but I don't think it will be my last!  Here's more about the series...

Seven single dads, all from different walks of life and doing the best they can to raise their children - are ready to make you fall in love. 

From the celebrity dad just trying to protect the ones he loves from the the silver fox who's out to prove it's never too late to have a family of your own - this single dads collection guarantees to bring you a whole lot of love and of course, a happily ever after. 

Look no further, your next book boyfriend is here!

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So, with seven different single dads to choose from, it sounds like there's a little something for everyone.  This time around, it's an "off limits romance", but from the word GO, you won't be able to hold on to your heart.  Trust me on this...and, if you don't, we're about to dive between the pages of today's featured title, so KEEP'll understand soon enough!

Then I Saw You
Single Dad's Romance series
Kate Stacy

About the book...

Firefighter Marshall Knight is more than happy living the single life and working toward his next promotion with the fire department until his world is flipped upside down when he finds out that he has a child. Abandoned by his own mother as a small boy, he’s determined to do the right thing and take care of his son, stepping right into the role of a single father and leaving no time for things like a relationship and romance. 

One trip to the ER with his baby boy changes all that and he finds himself instantly enamoured with Kaitlynn - the compassionate nurse who’s been assigned to them. 

Kaitlynn Bennett made herself a vow a long time ago to never date a firefighter. Between her father’s job as Fire Captain and losing her own mother in a fire when she was twelve, she knows all too well the heartache that comes along with all of it. 

Which is exactly why she had no clue that the sexy single dad in the ER was actually a firefighter. Their attraction is undeniable and with a little nudge from a friend the two find themselves in an inferno of their own. That is, until Kaitlynn discovers he’s a firefighter and Marshall realizes that Kaitlynn is his Captain’s daughter. It’s the perfect excuse for both of them to give in to their own insecurities and put plenty of distance in their already complex relationship. 

But when a fire strikes and they both end up in harm's way, will they finally realize that building a life together is far better than a lifetime apart?


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Copyright 2021 Kate Stacy

“Oh my god.”

Her knees buckle, but Captain is close enough to keep her from hitting the floor.

“Please let me hold you. I can’t stand seeing you like this.”

She shakes her head and presses herself closer to her father.

“I can’t. I... I need…” She’s damn near hyperventilating. Ignoring my pain, I sit up and swing my legs over the side of the bed, ready to go to her, but she stops me. “I need to sit down for a minute. Please.”

My eyes meet Captain’s, and he nods again, silently telling me to stay put. I fucking hate it, but I listen. He leads Kaitlynn to the nearest chair while I settle back onto the uncomfortable hospital bed.

I watch as Captain squats down next to her. He wraps an arm around her back and murmurs quietly in her ear. I don’t know what he’s saying to her, but I can see it’s working. She’s starting to calm down, but it pisses me off that I’m not the one comforting her.

“Now,” Captain says sternly, “which one of you wants to tell me how long you’ve been together?”

I look to Kaitlynn, not wanting to break my promise to her, even though there’s no longer a secret to keep.

“Since a few days after we had that late-night conversation on the phone,” she admits.

I expected him to be angry when he learned the truth, when he found out we were both lying to him. He’s not angry. He’s disappointed, and honestly, I think that’s worse. I’d rather deal with his anger.

“Did you have any plans to tell me?” he asks, but the question is directed at me.

“Yes, sir. When Kaitlynn was comfortable with me sharing our relationship.”

“When Kaitlynn was comfortable?”

“Yes, Dad. I asked Marshall not to tell you.”

He pins me with a cold stare. “I thought you had more respect for me than that.”

My mouth opens and closes repeatedly, but no sound comes out.

“Don’t get mad at him. It’s my fault.”

“He still should have told me.”

It’s Kaitlynn’s turn to be offended. She cocks her eyebrow and pins her father with the same glare he just gave me. “You’re saying if you made a promise to me, you would turn right around and break it?”

“Of course not!” he sputters.

“Then why would Marshall?”

Properly chastised, Captain drops into the other chair and leans forward on his elbows. “I wish one of you would have been honest with me. I don’t like being kept in the dark.”

“I love you, Dad, but you and I are only recently mending the cracks in our relationship. I wasn’t ready for you to know.”

He hangs his head and sighs before lifting it to look at his daughter.

“You’re right, Kaitlynn. I have to earn back the privilege of knowing everything about your life. I’m sorry for the way I reacted.”

She leans in and hugs him, and almost instantly, the air in the room feels less stifling. Captain doesn’t offer me an apology, nor do I expect him to. Despite the promise I made Kaitlynn, I was never comfortable with keeping our relationship from him. He has the right to be angry with me. He deserves better from me.

A nurse pops in my room to check my vitals and leaves almost as quickly as she appeared. Captain excuses himself to get something to drink, disappearing when we both decline his offer to get us one as well.

“Can I hold you now?”

It’s all I’ve wanted from the moment she rushed into the room, but the expression on her face tells me I’m not going to get what I want.

She stands, wrapping her arms around herself. She looks at me again, but whatever I saw in her expression before is gone, replaced with steely resolve.

“I think I’m going to head home. It’s been an emotional day... I... I think I need some time.”

I can’t say I’m not disappointed, but I understand. This has to be hard on her.

“Okay, beautiful. Will I see you in the morning before I’m discharged? They’re only keeping me for observation, so I’ll be sprung first thing tomorrow.”

She chews her bottom lip, then shakes her head.

“I don’t think so, Marshall.”

Her tone makes my blood run cold.

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Marshall and Kaitlynn.
Two hearts that weren't looking for love...
...but Cupid found them anyway...
...with a BIG FLAMING ARROW...
...and a bundle to boot!

Okay, so it doesn't sound like the recipe for a true romance, but THIS BOOK ROCKED!  Marshall was a man's man, but not a complete butt.  Despite his natural bachelor ways, he knew how to treat a woman, and his friends, while still having the respect of his Captain come morning.  One night out with the guys and his one-night-stands catch up with him in a BIG way...or rather a little way that's recently made his way into the world.  That's right...a baby...and the circumstances of his birth, as well as his reunion with the man that might be his father, are heartbreaking to say the least...but man, you've got to respect Marshall for how he's so prepared to step in!  I mean there's none of this frantic see-sawing or bowing out even though the option was given.  NO, if he's his son, he won't see him with anyone but himself, and he'll handle it from there.  *melt*  A frantic run to the ER introduces the intended target of dear old Cupid...

Kaitlynn just happened to be working in the ER the night of Marshall's "midnight run", and yes she's taken aback by his good lucks, and obvious love for AJ (the little bundle!), she's also spun round by the fact that he doesn't seem to notice or mind at the very least the scars she carries from her past.  Those scars are both physical and emotional, running much deeper than you'd ever imagine, but for someone to look past those and see who she not the norm.  Of course, little AJ plays a big part in getting her attention because he's' beyond adorable and she's a NICU nurse, so it's her natural territory.  One things leads to another and...they spend time together outside the hospital.  

What? You thought something was going to happen right there?  Mind out of the gutter because while there's plenty of heat, the fire is very much controlled...meaning if you're not looking for full page disclosure, you're in the right book.  The story deals with their pasts, and their potential future, but the road to that chance at happiness is paved in anything but an easy ride.  No, there will be bumps, there will be hiccups, there will be downright heartbreaking moments, and times when it looks more than bleak, but if you hold on, stay strong, keep your fingers crossed, and let Derrick and AJ work their magic, things may just come up roses in the end.

In the end, I loved the characters, the meet cute, the back stories, and the future that wasn't promised.  There was so much to work through, but so much to look forward to that I was glued to the epages as I continued moving deeper into the story.  It's not quite a novella, not exactly a short story, and the style makes the pages burn quicker as it's more what I get when I skim a book...the main story without all the fleshed details...but it works, and I've no regrets having picked it up in the least.

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About Kate Stacy

Kate Stacy lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, and her extremely sassy cat. After nearly a decade of being a stay-at-home mama, Kate decided to use her love of books to bring readers steamy romances full of emotion and angst. She stays up too late, swears too much, and loves hard. When she's not nose-deep in her next manuscript, or spending time with her family, you can usually find her with her Kindle in hand.

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