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Swann's Revenge by Shira Anthony
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A sweet take on the Ugly Duckling tale. Jimmy Zebulon—short, chubby, gay boy—has a crush on Danny Parker—tall, athletic, straight boy. High school’s not the place to be when you are like Jimmy, who wears his heart on his sleeve. After one verbal gay-bashing too many by the football team, which includes Danny, Jimmy knows he can’t go on like this, so when his new stepfather is transferred to Tennessee, Jimmy takes on his last name and uses his own middle name, becoming J. Graham Swann. It also helped that he grew eight inches over the next year as he created a persona that was totally unlike “Zebby.”

In the present time, the new attorney Graham’s partner, Terri, has hired for their North Carolina law firm is none other than Dan Parker. But imagine Graham’s shock when he discovers that the woman in Dan’s life is his four-year-old daughter, Lacey, and not a wife. In fact, Lacey was adopted by Dan and his husband, Benn, who passed away two years before.

Over time, against Graham’s instincts, the two become friendly. The few times Graham tries to tell Dan about the past are cut off by kisses from the handsome man who is attempting to storm the gateway to Graham’s heart, so he decides to withhold the information. Unfortunately, it all blows up in his face down the road when old resentments bubble to the surface.

I enjoyed this tale of the dorky kid who became a handsome man. He was difficult to like, however, since he constantly held himself so aloof. On the other hand, Dan was a very likeable character right from the beginning—smart, personable, and a great daddy to Lacey. The tale of how they came together and what happens to mend the rift created by Graham’s temper tantrum is heartwarming and, thankfully, there’s a sweet HEA well worth waiting for.

If you enjoy these “fluffy” Dreamspun Desires stories as much as I do, this should be a good one to pick up. I’m a sucker for reinvented fairy tales and Shira Anthony hit a homerun with this.

Note: A copy of this book was given to me through Hearts on Fire Reviews in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 3, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 4, 2018 – Shelved
January 4, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 4, 2018 – Shelved as: for-review
January 28, 2018 – Shelved as: favorites
January 28, 2018 – Shelved as: geeks-nerds
January 28, 2018 – Shelved as: men-w-children
January 28, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018

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