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"Daddy" is not a title Rue Murray wanted, but he never thought he’d have sex with a woman either. Now he’s the unwitting father of a newborn named Alice. Between bartending and cosmetology school, Rue doesn’t have time for babies, but he can’t give her up. What Rue needs is a babysitter, and he’s running out of options. He’s on the verge of quitting school to watch Alice h ...more
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Published May 4th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 3rd 2012)
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Written January 17, 2014

4 1/2 Stars - just lovely.. tender, sweet and baby cute

In December; Maybe a short review later...

There was never any review written (I swam around in the warm sea far away in Asia instead..) when I finished One Small Thing. But I need and MUST write a few words about my thoughts, because I enjoyed this great romance so much and I want a lot more M/M lovers to read it. ~ A small unique gem as my friend Macky recommended me to read.


Rue is a party-g
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
Another book that's been on my TBR list forever! I've been trying to conquer it slowly but surely!

This was one of those books that just put a smile on my face. It was sweet. Not fussy. A bit spicy!

The perfect Sunday afternoon read!
5 Satisfying Stars! Beautiful heart-warming LOVE story! This one definitely lived up to the hype.

The first few pages into this book I thought I was going to read about "Club Kids" and didn't think the read was for me, but I kept at it and boy am I glad I did. Rue does work in a dance club and is somewhat flamboyant, but he's also hard-working, devoted, loving and when life dealt him an unexpected hand, he was up to the challenge! Without a moment of hesitation…yes, he wanted his baby! He embrac
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Jul 22, 2013 Heather K (dentist in my spare time) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather K (dentist in my spare time) by: Ann
**3.5 stars**

Well, I loved most of this book and I am totally hooked on Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea's writing styles, but I had a few issues with that kept it from being a solid 4 stars.

First, the stuff that I loved. I think that these two authors have such a sweet, genuine way of writing that really speaks to me as a reader. I connect so easily with the characters that they create. I easily fell in love with Erik and Dusty and Rue and Alice. I loved that this book is unapologetically sweet an
Jul 28, 2015 Alvin rated it it was amazing

Sigh...this was really really good.

I want to start with my criticisms first so I can get it out of the way. The plot was a little all over the place. I really really loved the prologue. After that, the story went this. And then it went that. It even turned to a little love triangle. It was almost messy.

Rue & Erik

I loved the characters. But, there was so much going on with them. Erik, I love him. But, he's a writer, sci-fi nerd, OC, junk food junkie, gardener, hated
I suppose to believe that somebody as gay as Rue would actually want to experiment with a girl and then get her pregnant is a bit hard to swallow but once you get past that and accept it as a bit of poetic license then you'll hopefully, like me, sit back and enjoy this fab story. It's just pure entertainment, filled with endearing quirky characters, humour, emotion and a baby who is über cute but doesn't steal the show or make it a sickly sweet concoction. Erik and Rue are complete opposites but ...more
May 05, 2012 Ami rated it really liked it
This is a story of three men and a baby ...

Rue is a bartender slash part-time cosmetology student who one day got the shocking news of his life -- that one time he tried with a girl had resulted in pregnancy. An unlikely candidate for fatherhood, nevertheless Rue decided that he would keep the baby. With a help of his best friend, Dusty, and his reclusive neighbor, Erik, a writer with anxiety issues, Rue faces the journey of becoming a father. The three men are making their own little family, an
Apr 10, 2014 .Lili. rated it it was amazing
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There's two types of reviews that are really hard to write. Three star reviews and reviews of books you absolutely fell in love with. This book falls in the second category. I always feel like I won't be able to do them justice (which I know I won't). This was such a heartwarming story and I had a smile on my face almost the entire time I was reading it. My daughter even turned to me at one point to ask me what I was smiling about. I took my time reading it because I never wanted it to end.

Oh, the warm and fuzziness of it all! I loved this book and it was definitely the right story to pull me out of my reading slump. I'm jumping into Dusty's story right away! Simply delightful!
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jun 12, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
5 Stars

I wish I could give “infinity” stars. I feel like a kid, “I love you infinity much, mom!” This book is that good.

It is a beautiful story about just how perfect love is, even if the people who are doing the loving are so not perfect. It reminds me that sometimes we try to be very arrogant about our concepts and ideals. But, who are we really, to define for another. We all have our own paradigm’s to deal with. For me, this story was refreshing, uplifting, a reminder that love isn’t perfect
*This review contains mild spoilers*

One Small Thing was a sweet and undemanding story.

I usually steer away from books that feature babies or small kids, mostly because I don't exactly have a close relationship with them in real life. They mind their business and I mind mine. So I normally wouldn't pick this up but I recently read a couple of stories by Piper Vaughn (Wanting and An Oral Fixation) and liked them so I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't regret it.

Rue, the jazzy twink who works as a
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
Jan 15, 2013 Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: m/m romance, first time m/m

**Mild Spoilers

Funny and fresh. Warm and fulfilling. Surprisingly sexy.

Dual POV


A baby changes everything. In this initially light-hearted and humorously written story, a young gay man has to figure out how to bartend, go to beauty school and make sure his daughter has the best possible care.


Rue, is a young "club boy" who decides to keep his baby. His decision creates havoc in his already hectic life, but caused me to instantly like him. His humor and outlook mad
FOUR & A HALF STARS-- So when a flamboyant aspiring hairdresser needs a nanny for his newborn baby girl (Yes, that's right...he had a baby...the old fashioned way) he asks his neighbor, his panic attack having, socially awkward, Jedi loving virgin neighbor. A funny story happens in between their initial meeting all the way into the end, with some drama and sugary sweetness thrown in. It's a really great story. I loved Erik to pieces. A great couple, Erik and Rue did make.

Heather C
This was such a cutsie, aww-dorable story...and I don't even like babies!

Okay, to be perfectly honest, Alice didn't exactly play a huge role in the story other than she is the whole reason for Rue and Erik becoming friends and falling in love.

The MCs were so endearing! I just loved Erik with his cute little stutter, geeky tees and his agoraphobia; and how Rue was completely opposite, outgoing, and stylish. There are so many more adorable differences between them that I refuse to spoiler any more
Oct 24, 2012 Deeze rated it liked it
Shelves: pick-me-up
This was a pretty safe easy read. The cast were interesting and entertaining. I loved that we got a slow build up to Rue and Erik’s romance. Erik’s issues were interesting and at times he pulled my heart strings tight. Alice, while a major player in the story was kept to a minimum interaction wise. A real baby and not a super baby lol. But Erik’s initial interaction with her was one of my favourite bits lol.

Dusty has already captured my interest and I’m looking forward to reading his HEA in th
Rue is bar tending to earn money while attending cosmetology school, when he gets a visit from Natalie ,a woman he spent one drunken night with, telling him he is going to be a daddy. Erik is a sci fi writer and a Star Wars fanatic who is on the verge of becoming a total recluse. To supplement his income , Erik agrees to watch baby Alice for Rue. Rue , Erik and baby Alice are just getting settled into a routine and maybe the start of a life together , when Rue gets the job offer of his dreams, a ...more
May 21, 2014 Jennifer☠Pher☠ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
How is it that a book you avoided like the plague becomes a 5 read?? It is an amazing feeling when it happens though, yeah? I can't find anything negative to say about this one. It started with one of my least favorite storylines but ended up not even making a difference. Seriously though, the gay guy sleeping with a girl just to see if he is wrong is just wrong normally, but this one, well, this one worked. (view spoiler) ...more
Elsa Bravante
Apr 04, 2016 Elsa Bravante rated it liked it
Pareja dulce, niños por medio, bonita historia llena de clichés. Conflictos con soluciones perfectas.
No está mal escrita, pero sin más. Para un rato.
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN

This was a supercute and supersweet read.

Eric's character intrigued me from the first moment it was introduced. He has some anxiety issues, doesn't feel well in crowded places, hates to be touched and has never had someone he cares for, let alone someone to love. Everything he experiences with Rue is new to him. Sometimes he feels overwhelmed. He rarely leaves home and constantly watches Star Wars(yay, my kind of guy), or drinks Gatorade. I adored his naivety and the fact that he experiences th
Kaje Harper
May 07, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
A sweet story about a flamboyant guy and a shy nerd who come together in the care of an infant. I had a tough time believing the initial premise, that reclusive Erik would ever touch the baby. I've been around nerds with no child experience and I think they would rather have their fingernails ripped out. But once I let that go the rest of the book was wonderful. Great characters, nice progression, sweet not saccharine. The baby wasn't old enough to cause undesirable levels of cuteness. And I ach ...more
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
May 10, 2012 ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a family story
Sweet and Simple

I had to sleep on my rating for this one to really get a feel for what I thought of the story. One thing was for certain; this book is sweet, sweet and cute.

The recipe for cotton candy and fluffy clouds
One sarcastic, happy, flamboyant and toppy twink named Rue
One adorable geek with a stutter, some OCD and a problem with crowds named Erik
One sweet, charming best friend named Dusty aka Uncle Dustpan
One little newborn girl named Alice, unexpected but completely loved

Rue is a barte
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I put off reading this book for a while because of the big hype around it. A lot of my friends loved it and the last thing I wanted was to be disappointed by a book when it's been recommended so much to me. I can safely say, I really enjoyed the story. It was sweet with a lot of sexual tension and, of course, a cute baby.

Rue, I consider, a kind of wild child. At least he was. He's a bartender at a club, likes to shake what he's got but still goes to school to become a stylist. Until Alice comes
It was a very cute story. My first book by these authors, and I enjoyed it a lot! Won’t be the last one, that’s for sure ;) .

One of the facts I liked most was the MC personalities. They’re SO different! It’s in first person pov, and I could totally say which one was talking at the moment because of their way of thinking and their fears and their feelings. It was very easy to separate each one of them and I liked that A LOT.

Rue is a stylist wannabe who works in a bar for a living. All of a sudden
May 08, 2012 Lauraadriana rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, kids
3.5 Stars

I liked this book a lot. I love the baby books so this one I was really excited for and for the most part I really enjoyed it.

Rue who is bartenter/beauty school student, gets his world rocked when a girl he had a one night stand with (the ONE time he slept with a girl) comes to the bar he works at and tell him she's pregnant with his baby and it giving it up for adoption. Rue immidiately says he'll take the baby. He doesn't have much help with any of what being a dad will entail, other
May 12, 2012 Arthur rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I've been thinking recently about how life is for characters in the m/m books I read. Mostly fall into either end of the spectrum. They're either rich, or at least high middle class that they don't have to think twice to buy stuff, or very poor and they have to resort to sell their bodies to survive. Not many books deal with lower middle class that are shown to struggle with the every day challenges coming from financial constraints (Serena Yates' series on working class is an exceptio
3.5 Stars

Rue Murray never thought he'd be a dad. Cosmetology student by day and glittery-twink bartender by night, Rue was foot-loose and fancy-free. And happy to be that way. Now, he's the father and sole caretaker for his newborn daughter, Alice. And he badly needs a babysitter. Enter Erik Van Nuys, Rue's next door neighbor. A sci-fi novelist with a plethora of anxiety issues, Erik is one step away from being a total recluse. He doesn’t like people in general and likes babies even less but dwi
Jul 17, 2012 Heller rated it really liked it
This was adorable. I don't read a lot of baby stories but this was so sweet. I enjoyed the gentle build-up and it was just a wonderful little comfort read.
BWT (Belen)
Belens Audio Book Review

I thoroughly enjoyed Finn Sterling's narration. Though, personally, I would've switched the voices he does for Rue and Erik, but that's totally on me. I found it easy to slip into the story and he kept me engaged throughout.

Storywise, I liked the plot and loved the characters. Though it isn't said, I wouldn't be surprised to find out Erik is on the spectrum. He definitely seems like he has more than a touch of autism. I felt like the surprise of Rue finding out he's going to be a father was ha
I am going to join the masses and say "oooh! aaah! this is soooo sweet!" Which it is and sometimes too sweet. Still, it hit all the right buttons, made me smile, made me ...well, not cry, but definitely empathise with the characters and scream out loud: "You dork!" on more than one occasion.
4 solid stars.

However, considering how much I hate - yep, I confess, I do - to have little kids in a romance, sex and all, the little cherub in this book is just too precious not to count :)
5 stars...

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Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborho ...more
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“Toddlers were running the place like some miniature version of Lord of the Flies, complete with weapons made from blocks and tinker toys. One of them came at me, charging my knees and the pink pod that held my precious baby. I screamed and made a run for the front door, flip-flops sticking to squelchy dried puddles of juice. I let out a relieved sigh when we were outside breathing fresh air. The near-deafening roar of the highway was a lark song compared to the screeching we’d just escaped.” 16 likes
“No one else should see him like that, ever. Not my Rue. And he was mine, as much as I was his. I knew that now, just from the way he looked at me after I kissed him. Everything I felt for him, every ounce of yearning and desire and need, had shone out of his eyes as he stared up at me. And I knew right then, I knew… he belonged to me.” 13 likes
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