A Family for Keeps
After being thrust into unexpected fatherhood four years ago by the tragic loss of his sister, Tristan discovers the baby he's fallen for was accidentally switched at birth.
As soon as he meets the father of the other child, he realizes parenthood wasn't the only surprise Fate had in store for him.
Nathaniel is everything Tristan always wanted in a partner, b...more
This book was all kinds of terrible:
- Cookie-cutter characters whose points of view were interchangeable. The two MCs sounded so much alike, I kept forgetting who was narrating and had to go through mental acrobatics to keep it straight: "Wait, so Tristan is the baker, right?"
- Random POV shifts; a couple times, the third-person POV became first-person for a paragraph or two.
- Editing issues galore, including random repetition of the same phrase at the beginning and end of a sentence (hin ...more
(¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤4 1/2 stars for making a family...¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★
"You cannot be Emma's biological father. Blood Type B and Type O cannot equal A."
Just one sentence was enough to send Nathaniel's life in a turmoil. As a single father, he had made the conscious decision to have children on his own. Now with those words, and a sick child, he had no choice but to do two things. Find the parents of the child he had raised as his own and meet the one that should have been his.
As a result I can also say that despite my (many) problems with thi ...more
I’m not a big fan of angst, but I’m a sucker for a hot guy with a kid…. Throw in two hot guys with their kids, and I’m a goner. So, I was confused by the vague blurb, I didn’t understand how these two would be so forced together to raise their children together, and I say children, but really the focus on the two girls.. I felt really sorry for the younger boy… I don’t even remember his name, that’s how little he was mentioned. When the girls got to go swimming in the pool ...more
Well this was just one of those tugging at your heart type story. So much grief and pain but yet equal amounts of beauty and love. I really liked this story and the emotions that it illicit. Having the support of family that can be made up of friends is a beautiful thing. The main characters were both adorable and so were the kids. Really liked Nate and enjoyed this story.
Nathaniel has it all, wealth, happiness, two children. Emma and Wyatt are his children through surrogates. He wants for nothing. He has no other family to speak of. He is a little lonely but other than that his life is perfect, until it isn't.
Together they have to try to figure out what to do next and how to move forward under the circumstances. Both men are confused and torn about the decisions they need to make.
"And now, somehow, two people who had ju ...more
Where I had some frustrations was in the writing itself. There were times where I had difficulty determining who was sp ...more
But yes, I'll start with I LOVED IT! It is in my top 3 best books I've read this year.
I've had the chance and luck to beta read this and it intrigued me from the moment I read the description. I haven't read anything like this before and it was a breath of fresh air to be able to r ...more
From page one I had tears. That was the beginning of Tristan's story.
He lost the only family he loved, but ended up being the best dad his sister could ask for.
Four years later Nathaniel's daughter is sick and he cannot help her.
Because he is not the biological father. The worst news your kid was switched at birth.
This part of the story was handled so well . I felt the different emotions going through each parent.
The love story however could use some help. Instead of talki ...more
This book was really good for the authors first book! I always love MM romances that have kids. This story was also unique. They only thing I would say is the author needs to get a bit more creative. Like the intimate senses were all strict top bottom, no versatility. I also loved the supporting characters. I’m hoping for a second book.
You can tell it's a debut author's book. It's not that bad, but it could be better.
The book is in need of editing. I often couldn't tell whose chapter POV I was reading, there are also a few random switch POV that threw me out of the story.
The children don't act like children at all. They are perfect little plant. Do what they are suppose to. Be where they are suppose to..
Can't talk about the medical aspect because I don't know much about i ...more
This is a sweet family reunion story with a heartbreaking background. I loved the idea of a not usual plot like this, I also likes that both MCs not instantly fall in love for each other, but think of their kids first.
I enjoyed this one, the kids are adorable, the relationship is close to reality.
Some details about medical 'things' was kinda annoyed me. But that's okay. ...more
A Family For Keeps is ultimately a sweet, feel good romance.
Tristan has been raising his niece, Sammy, since his sister and her husband died. Sammy has become his entire world. Nathaniel has been raising his daughter since his wife died.
Tristan and Nathaniel are brought together under unthinkable circumstances. Neither are happy with the other, full of fear and resentment, with two innocent little girls caught in the middle. It takes a lot of courage to do the right thing, which will end up com ...more
The majority of this book is contained inside the characters heads, giving the reader very ...more
Parts of this book, the idea of the story and some of the action was really beautiful and I loved it.
Unfortunately other parts were a disaster and as often, the negatives have a tendency to stay on your mind.
First of all, both main characters were so insecure, I thought I was dealing with college kids, not adults.
How Nate was supposed to be a successful business owner is beyond me, he wasn't even able to hold a normal conversation, luckily his ...more
This book is centred around two single dad families that are brought together through a mix up at the hospital on the day their children are born, this being only discovered around 4 years later, when one of the children needs a organ transplant and the biological father is not a match!
It’s a story that I’d never come across before and was filled with a fathers love for his children, how protective the fathers are essentially about children they are not biologically rela ...more
Nathaniel is another single dad. He paid for surrogates to get his beloved daughter and son. When his daughter gets sick, she needs a transplant, and it turns out that she isn't his biological daught ...more
I was so glad that even though both main characters, Tristan and Nathaniel, had so many things thrown at them in a very short time frame, both were able to ...more
Richmond has many elements that should make a good love story but even though I really like the characters, we need more falling in love than the situation.
Nathanial needs therapy for him to really heal from his childhood. I want to see more connection.
The grief on Tristan's part for his sisters and the real dilemma for both heroes as they discover their babies were switched is well done.
I like the circle of friends and Tristen's abilit ...more
This was a terrific debut novel by Richmond. The background story of the swapped babies and therefore the two main characters, Tristan and Nathaniel, having to meet due to one of them being ill made the novel stand out in the crowd. It was definitely a slow burn romance which normally isn’t my scene but it was definitely what was needed for this novel. The focus was on them getting to know each other while also supporting the children. My only criti ...more
Tristan and Nathani ...more
When an unexpected bomb is thrown at them they have no choice but to work together. Each will do whatever it takes to provide what is needed for the children. Along the way Tristan and Nathanial find more than they bargained for.
This is a slow burn, sweet and sexy ...more
Tristan is raising his niece after losing his sister. One day Tristan learns that his niece and another little girl were switched at birth. This is where Tristan and Nathaniel meet. Neither want to lose the child they have cared for but wants to have a connection with their rightful child too. There are so many obstacles in their way so how can these two strangers come up with ...more
There is: two men (Nathaniel & Tristan) are brought together by unexpected circumstances involving their daughters (Emma & Sammy aka Samantha), caring friends, drama, twists & turns, intrigue, mystery, devastating news, investigations, disbelief, confrontations, aggression, verba ...more
For as long as she can remember Rheland had her nose stuck in a book, getting lost in the world of someone else's creation (She still does). Her love for writing came from her love for reading. She could never have one without the other.
Writing was always a hobby and a cathartic experience for her. There are many stories lost to the never to be completed or pu ...more