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The Pick Up (Up Red Creek #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Kyle’s life is going backwards. He wanted to build a bigger life for himself than Red Creek could give him, but a family crisis has forced him to return to his hometown with his six-year-old daughter. Now he’s standing in the rain at his old elementary school, and his daughter’s teacher, Mr. Hathaway, is lecturing him about punctuality.

Adam Hathaway is not looking for lov
ebook, 337 pages
Published March 5th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2018
This story had a lot of funny passages. It made me laugh more than once.
Kyle is somewhat a boyish guy.. a lot of humor is coming out of his mouth...
Recently, because of urgent family matters, he lives with his daughter 'Beans' with and at his fathers house in a very small town called Red Creek.
When he runs late to pick up his daughter from school he gets a reprimand from her teacher... Mr Hathaway. Impressed by this hot teacher he can't get him out of his head and he doesn't know Mr Hathaway ha
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, primarily because of the snarky, sarcastic back and forth between Kyle and Adam.

This book is enemies to lovers and hot for (your kid's) teacher and returning home and finding exactly what you never knew you always wanted.

With sharp and snappy dialogue, lots of giggle-snorts, a slow-burn romance, and a good chunk of character growth for both MCs, I simply flew through the pages.

The characters are complex and flawed, and felt realistic to me. One small nig
3.25 stars

Kyle Fenton returns home to Red Creek with his six-year-old daughter, Caroline, after the death of Caroline's mother. He temporarily lives with his Dad, working from home, while trying to do his best raising his daughter. Adam Hathaway is Caroline's first grade teacher, who is trying to keep his personal live private after a bad situation at a private school that also forces him to move to Red Creek. Both are tentatively working on their issues while figuring out how to deal with being
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After the death of Kyle Fenton's best friend Olivia in an accident he finds himself raising their six year old daughter Caroline alone. Not really able to make ends meet, when his father extends an offer of help, Kyle moves from Seattle back home to Red Creek - a place he'd much sooner have never returned to.

Adam Hathaway teaches grade school and keeps his private life very private, especially after a relationship gone bad cost him his job at private Newcastle Academy.

After clashing with Kyle s
Erica Jividen
This was a cute story. There were somethings I wish would of been put into the story. There were unanswered questions about Olivia and why Kyle chose to be with her (of course I know for his daughter) but I’m more on the lines of his attraction to men and wondering how the relationship worked. I love that the story wasn’t
So fast paced. The author took their time in letting you get to know each of their personalities. I feel that Kyle and Adam fit well together. I was secretly hoping that In the
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. The writing style was fresh, the way the story was told was captivating. Nevertheless, the whole time I read it I was waiting for something. Some big surprise, something revealing about his past, something more about him and Olivia? The whole time I felt as if there was something important missing. Therefore I stick to 4 stars.

Well, I'm still looking forward to reading the next books in this series, although I'm quite pessimistic right now after reading on the author's b
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

There is nothing I love more than discovering a new author that I adore. The Pick Up is Allison Temple's debut novel and it was everything I hoped it would be. It's funny and sweet, with awesome characterizations and one of the absolute best kid portrayals I've read in a novel.

Kyle and Adam both come to Red Creek looking for a place that will let them get back on their feet after life beats them down. Kyle brings his daughter back to his hometown after the death of his partner and Caro
This was really enjoyable! I see that this is the first book for the author so it's a new author and a new to me author, and I have to say she did will for her debut novel.

"The Pick Up" is about Adam, Caroline's first grade teacher and her father, Kyle, who only has his own father to help out since Caroline's mother passed away. They meet when Adam is on pick up duty after school, and Kyle is a little late picking Caroline up. Adam is a little short with Kyle, but there's an attraction there an
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, m-m
This is a 3.75 star book for me - there were some things I didn't like or that could have been better, but overall I quite enjoyed it.

Adam is a primary school teacher in a small town, and after a bad experience in the past he's determined to keep his private life separate from his job. And when he meets Kyle for the first time, he isn't exactly impressed by him, either - he's late to pick up his daughter from school and everything about him just seems to irritate Adam - apart from the fact that
L.J. Hayward
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. While it's sweet, cute and funny, as well as touching and serious, it is quite simply just lovely.

Kyle is totes adorks (short for adorkable and Temple Approved ;)) and Adam is definitely my kind of grumpy. Between Kyle's nervous motor mouth and Adam's awkward silences, these pair are perfect for each other, even if it does take them a while to realise it. The development of their friendship and eventual relationship was natural and the journeys both of them take to
Joyfully Jay
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars

I liked this one. It’s very methodical in building the friendship and then the romance between Adam and Kyle. There’s a bit of sweet sexytimes, but that’s secondary to the romance. Kyle grew a lot in this, recognizing that his ideas/ideals got in the way of his reality. Adam had to loosen up and let someone in again, which wasn’t easy for him to do. There are some really nice secondary characters, including Kyle’s father and best friend, and Adam’s sister. The sm
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This is a seriously sweet family romance. Set in a small town, it is the story of a single dad who falls for his daughter’s first grade teacher. Kyle’s attraction to Adam is complicated by the fact that he and his daughter are still grieving the loss of her mother and by Kyle’s struggle to readjust to life back in his hometown after years away in Seattle.

There are a couple of steamy scenes in this book but it is mo
I thought this book was totally adorable.
6 year old Caroline was a spunky little thing that you just couldn't help not loving.

Adam was kind of a prick in the beginning, but while you were in his POV it was kind of funny. He seems to be a man of few words (which is kind of odd for a first grade teacher, but maybe not a relationship stunted one). I don't think he quite knew how to take Kyle and Caroline's energy.

Kyle doesn't quite have a filter so the things that come out of his mouth can be qu
Ije the Devourer of Books
Kyle is a single dad and a widower. He has returned home to Red Creek to try and rebuild his life and recover from a devastating bereavement which has left him bringing up his six-year-old daughter on his own. Life has not worked out the way he thought it would and he has come home realising that, not only is he bereaved and single, he also hasn't made the kind of progress that he wants. Instead he drives a battered old van, lives at home with his dad and takes care of his little daughter Caroli ...more
Jules Lovestoread
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Sweet story, likeable characters (I loooved Kyle) - I enjoyed this one alot. <3 Full review coming to
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

“I need you. I need you to tell me when I’m being an idiot, and when my pickup lines cross the cheese threshold.”

Every few months I go to NetGalley and request some soon-to-be-available titles that have cute covers and interesting stories. Every few months I get turned down for most but the few I get approved rarely disappoint me. The Pick Up had a super cute cover and a story that got me questioning how the two main characters could make things work. I was in for the happy end
Christi Snow
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Okay, I like this book...a LOT. So much, that I am really shocked at all the mediocre reviews of it (at the time I wrote this review which is still a few weeks before release so maybe they will go up). But for me, this book was awesome! There is a ton of heart and emotion built into it.

Kyle and Adam are an interesting pairing. Kyle is the 'hot mess' single father. His partner, Olivia, died seven months ago, so he and his daughter, Emily, are still trying to find a new normal. He's had
The Novel Approach Reviews
~ 3.5 Stars ~

The Pick Up, by Allison Temple, delivered just what I hoped the adorable cover was advertising: a cute, low-angst, fun read. The story wasn’t perfect, but that’s ok. I was able to brush off the few little issues I had and enjoy it for the parts that worked so well. There are plenty of reasons to like this book—small-town setting, an adorable kid, good bisexual representation, great characters (I’m looking at you, Fenton clan), and humor to name a handful.

Kyle was my favorite. The a
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Pick Up is a sweet romance that will make you feel good after reading. Who doesn't love single dads and sassy six-year-olds?

Kyle doesn't plan to be in his hometown forever, just long enough to get some help with his daughter and to get his life back on track. And then he meets Mr. Adam Hathaway. Who teaches not only Caroline about the food groups, but Kyle about love.

After a bad experience Adam doesn't want to take the chance again. But Super Dad Kyle with his nerdy T-shirts and his cheesy
Angie Elle
ARC from Netgalley

DNF @ 63%, so no rating.

I really wanted to like this book - the setup was so sweet and cute. Unfortunately, I think this book was going for adorkable but really missed the mark. Things were awkward in a cringe-worthy way, and there was too much flip-flopping between we can and we can't. And to be honest, at 63%, this book was still way too long.

I won't be continuing with the series.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: man-on-man-luvin
Better than I expected.
Funny with a few very hot scenes, with an excellent depiction of the pros and cons of small town life.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked this novel.

This is a cute story (and great first effort for a new writer) -- opposites attract with all the stresses of a newly single parent in a new town thrown in. Kyle with too many words, Adam with not enough, they get off to a rocky start and their relationship seems to nearly die as often as the van.

I really enjoyed Caroline -- she wasn't a brat, didn't hog the story but still made some of the scenes between the men work. Ditto Dad. I laughed at the whole bit about fami
JoAnna G
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I love those forbidden romance things. I really enjoyed this read and the premise about a teacher falling for the student's father. It was an easy read with a great pace and the writing was was great as well. The author sucked me with the single father trope first then the forbidden.

Kyle is back home, with his six-year-old daughter after a tragedy and is living with his father again. He had his life planned and now it is going the way he thought it would. He lost his be
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I love the cover. It's so bright and cheerful. I expected this book to make me smile, and it did. 

Let me start by saying, this is a MM romance and I thoroughly reading it. It was a fun, light read. I had a smile on my face when it ended. And, the steamy scenes in the middle might have made me blush. Exactly what I look for in a weeknight read. Plus, the book takes place in a small town and I love small towns. 

My absolute favorite part of this book was six-year-old Caroline. She was such a refres
Roberta Blablanski
4.5 out 5 stars

Hot for teacher! Cute single dad! Stoic love interest!

Guys, I didn't want this story to end. Blabbermouth Kyle is too cute to dislike. He's had a rough time when the story opens, raising his six year old daughter as a single dad. Adam, his daughter's hot teacher, doesn't have the time or patience for any of Kyle's excuses.

I love how Kyle endears himself to Adam, and gets Adam to open up the teeniest bit. Adam has his own his issues he's working through, though.

As a mother of a f
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review**

So, you have super adorable hipster Kyle, who is Single Dad Extraordinaire and currently working a multitude of jobs to make ends meet. He and his daughter Caroline have recently moved back to his hometown where he’s living with his father to help get him back on his feet. Shortly after the move, he’s late to pick up Caroline, when Adam, Caroline’s hot, stern teacher, is working the pick-up line. The two meet and initially sparks fly based
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Effy J. Roan
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, quick, well-written romance

I'm not usually a reader of romances, but I enjoyed this book even more than I expected to. The pacing, dialogue, description, and characters, were all amazingly well put together. It was a quick, easy, but very satisfying read. I'd recommend this to any romance reader and even to those who aren't and just want a good group of characters to root for. It had just the right amount of heart and comedic relief.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked it enough to look forward too the next.
but not enough for a higher rating.
A love story in a small town.
It is sweet,sometimes funny.but nothing more.
both guys are lovely,Carolyne cute.
no angst,no great drama,just nice and sweet
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