Going Down Easy by Erin Nicholas
Series: Boys of the Big Easy #1
Published by Montlake Romance on August 28, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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As far as flings go, single dad Gabe Trahan is pretty sure that Addison Sloan is his best bet. Once a month, Addison comes to New Orleans and then…It. Is. On. Until Addison returns to New York, it’s just hot, happily-no-strings-attached sex. And beignets. And jazz. But lately for Gabe, it isn’t nearly enough.
Sure, maybe Addison’s gotten a bit hooked on Gabe. After all, who can resist a guy who’s so sexy, so charming, and so…available? But maybe he’s too available for her right now. Addison’s just moved to New Orleans, and relationships are definitely off the table. Besides, guys always bail when they learn her secret: she’s a single mom.
Only Gabe’s not running. Worse, he’s thrilled. But Addison never signed up for ever-after romance, and Gabe won’t settle for anything less. Now it’s a battle of wills—and when it comes to the woman he’s falling for, Gabe isn’t above playing a little dirty.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Going Down Easy was a very pleasant surprise for me as it was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it tremendously. I’m a big sucker for a single parent romance, and this has both a single mom and a single dad getting together.
Gabe and Addison met at Gabe’s pub in New Orleans when Addison was in town for a work weekend. Since then, every time she flies in, they spend a scorching hot weekend together. Gabe ends up more than a bit smitten with Addison but there’s not much he can do about it with her living so far away. That is, until he realizes that Addison is moving to town so that won’t be an issue anymore. Now all he has to do is convince Addison to give them a chance to build something real… but he’ll have his work cut out for it.
Addison is a very independent single mom and is used to men running away as fast as they can when she tells them she has a 5-year-old little girl. Now that she’s moved to a new city, she needs to focus on work and settling her baby girl, Stella. Unfortunately for her, when she uses her singlemomdom card to push Gabe away, not only does he not leave running for the hills, he tells her he is also a single dad to 5-year-old Cooper and is ecstatic at the prospect of their kids becoming friends.
Gabe was charming, sexy and fun. I loved how he was all in at being a dad and didn’t hesitate to ask for help and rely on people. I also liked how he was also all in regarding Addison and little Stella. I had a bit more difficulty connecting to Addison. She was very self-contained bordering on closed off and came off as a bit uptight in the beginning. Luckily, Gabe makes it possible for her to relax, and a much more likable, sweet and caring side of her comes out and shine.
I greatly enjoyed witnessing these four becoming a family. I loved how much weight little Stella and Cooper had in the overall story, though while reading the progression of their relationship seemed believable, when you take the kids into consideration it’s not something that could happen as fast in reality. Still, I had one heck of a fabulous time reading this.
With great chemistry, fun banter, precious little people and a great cast of secondary characters I can’t wait to know more of, I loved Going Down Easy from beginning to end and I’m thrilled to have found a new to me author.
Rating: 4 “Awwwwww-moments galore” Stars
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