Single Dad to the Rescue: A Clean Romance

Single Dad to the Rescue: A Clean Romance

by Cari Lynn Webb

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He offered her help

And he found love

Her home destroyed by a wildfire, Brooke Ellis finds temporary shelter at the home of paramedic Dan Sawyer and his young son, Ben. With the addition of Brooke and her lively fur family, Dan finds his carefully planned routine delightfully turned upside down. And his carefully guarded heart daring to trust in love again. When his ex-wife suddenly reappears, will it be Brooke to the rescue?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488039843
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Series: City by the Bay Stories
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 181,498
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She's been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent's 70 year marriage and her parent's marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn't always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers.

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Single Dad to the Rescue: A Clean Romance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MeezCarrie 6 days ago
4.5 stars I’ve enjoyed all the books so far in the City by the Bay Stories series but I think Single Dad to the Rescue is my favorite! Adorable little boy + adorable puppies (and yeah, some cats too lol) = my kind of book. Add in good-hearted paramedic Dan & wounded-but-courageous Brooke plus a delightful mix of supporting characters and I’m fully on board! Brooke’s losses are staggering, and the forest fire that’s wiped out her safe haven is just one more hit. With her ragtag and endearing family of rescued pets, she herself is rescued and watching all of them (including that adorable boy and his wary dad) begin to thrive once again is truly heartwarming. The romance is just the right blend of friendship and attraction, and its progression is sweet and well-paced. As we fall in love with Dan and Ben and Brooke, there are a few secondary characters whose stories I hope we get to watch unfold in the future as well. Valerie. Jason. Nichole. Even Rick. They tugged at my heart (except for Valerie… who I wanted to purse whomp for most of the book… she grows on you though) and each seems like they’ve got a compelling backstory to grip my attention as well. Bottom Line: A Single Dad to the Rescue is – true to its imprint – heartwarming and sweet. It’s the kind of story that leaves you sighing contentedly after you turn the last page, the kind that shows you that good-hearted people who put others first do still exist, the kind that reminds you that second chances sometimes show up when – and with whom – we least expect. The characters are equal parts layered, real, and compelling, and you’ll enjoy revisiting friends from previous books in the series if you’ve read those. If not, it works just as well as a standalone. A great read for animal lovers, rescuers-at-heart, and fans of sweet romance. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
Andrea_C 7 days ago
I really liked this book. I didn't realize at first that it was the fourth book in a series, though I felt like a couple of the characters seemed a bit familiar. I then realized that I had read one of the other books in the series. But it completely works as a standalone story, because it is so focused on Dan and Brooke. I do want to go back and read the rest of the series, though, just to learn more about some of the other characters who hang out in the story. Though it takes place in the city, the story reminds me of those small town romances that I do love so much, thanks to the closeness and intertwined lives of the friends and family in the community. I fell in love with Brooke from her first vulnerable introduction. She had already lost everything once when her husband was killed in an accident. And now she has lost her home to the wildfires. All she has left are her memories and her animals. Her vulnerability helps her to be a magnet for other people, and animals, and just jumps off of the pages to also attract the reader to her. And despite all of the tragedy in her life, she is still a warm and kind person who wants to do whatever she can to help everyone and is able to mediate difficult situations with an amazing objectivity and fairness to attempt to appease both sides. Dan is also quite likable because of his need to help people. He is also quite vulnerable because of protecting his heart and his son after his wife abandoned them some years ago. He has been working hard at rebuilding his own life and now relies almost too much on structure for control. And of course his 10-year-old son is completely charismatic and totally a kid I would love to hang out with. As it should be in any great romance, the two are drawn to each other via a slow burning ember that has the potential to be fanned into a steady flame. It also has the potential to be easily snuffed out. And both of their pasts threaten to do just that. The return of Dan's ex Valerie and his brother Jason are the most tangible threats. Valerie is very misguided and spoiled. I am not a fan of hers at all, but would probably tolerate her in social situations as I kept her at arm's length. She does seem to have the potential to become a better person at some point down the road. I like Jason, in spite of what he did to his brother. I did take pity on him when we got a peek at his backstory. I am expecting some good out of him, possibly in future installments of the story. This is an easygoing romance that truly warms your heart and is easy to read. I did it in one sitting. It's totally worth checking out. 4.5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of reviewing. I was not obligated to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
ibjoy1953 8 days ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Brooke Ellis has only her 3 furry friends, that’s it. That’s her family, and when a forest fire took her home and most of her belongings. Brooke was blessed that she came in contact with a retired fire fighter, who offered the small apartment at his sons house for Brooke and her animals. This is a sweet Romance, but the beginning and how Brooke and Dan met was a not so pleasant time. Author Cari Lynn Webb does a really good job of weaving all of the past hurts and heartaches in both Brooke and Dan’s lives taking them on a journey that will finally give them the love and life they deserve. I enjoyed the animals, and it made me realize juzy how much fires and other disasters traumatizes the lives of our fur babies. The author does a good job with discussing the pets and their feelings. As well as Dan’s son Ben and his medical issues. The entire book was very well written, and I will look for more books from this author. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
ARS8 8 days ago
Whenever I hear on the news about wildfires and the losses of homes and property of these poor people, I just want to weep. Brooke Ellis is a woman who has suffered much and does not quite know how to deal with it. Before the loss of her home, she lost her loving husband and places and what ifs still haunt her from that tragic circumstance. Her love of pets was admirable and so heartwarming. I really wanted to see this broken shell of a woman get a second chance of love and a life worthy of her person. Enter Dan Sawyer who is a paramedic and comes from a family of men who go beyond duty to help others. He and his little boy are just the ones to help Brooke start over, maybe even with a new found love and family. I liked Dan’s protective side of his son and how he wanted to take care of Brooke. He wasn’t pushy and when he realized he should have been more sensitive in other areas he was quick to make things right. Dan was an all around nice guy. Ben was cute and a smart kid. The animals added a nice extension for the humans to show their love. I could see just how big Brooke’s heart was. I enjoyed this second chance at love despite life’s circumstances story. I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Ourpugs 11 days ago
Single dad to the Rescue This is a wonderful story. I especially loved all the dogs and cats in the book. Also the little boy. Ben has diabetes. His mother left when he was young but now is back. Brooke loses her home because of fires. She ends up staying by Dan’s house. She has pets but he doesn’t want his son to know. That will be a impossible task. This is my first book by the author. I enjoyed her writing very much. I definitely will read more of her books. I loved all the characters in the book so much. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Prism book tours. This review is my own opinion.
LynnB888 12 days ago
4 1/2 STARS! An emotional journey of life, love and growth! Cari Lynn Webb pulls at our heartstrings time and again with the latest in her City by the Bay Stories series. Brooke meets the kindhearted Sawyer family just when she needs them most, and it turns out they need her too. The story is sweet with a punch of sadness and held my attention throughout. Really enjoyed the richness of the characters and the connection they shared. Highly recommend! Brooke Ellis finds herself homeless and in need when a wildfire ravages her home. She basically has the clothes on her back and her collection of pets but nowhere to turn. The goodness of a stranger graces her when she meets a retired fireman who takes her to shelter. Paramedic Dan Sawyer isn't thrilled to have the upheaval of pets in his home, but he's happy to help the displaced woman his father brings home. His young son is quite taken with her and her animals, bringing a warmth to their life that has been missing. When his flighty ex-wife returns, it's Brooke who helps pave the way to a cohesive life ... but who is going to ease Brooke's way back into living in the city that terrifies her if she can't bring herself to tell her secret?
gdsnv 13 days ago
The one thing I can tell you about this book is that it went straight to my heart. Both the main characters (Brooke Ellis and Dan Sawyer) have such tragedy in their pasts that they are broken…broken and just trying to deal with everyday life. IMHO, this is the best book I have read from this author. It truly speaks to your soul. Brooke is still trying to deal with the death of her husband. No details from me; you will have to read the story. And the book opens with a horrific event in her life. Dan is a single dad and he thinks he has dealt with his wife leaving him and their young son (Ben), but… This man is strung tighter than a newly tuned piano! Both are such wonderful people that their learning and discovery, about themselves and each other, makes a perfect heartwarming story. Throw in secondary characters that will make you laugh, make you cah-razee, and make you wanna scream and you have this book. I loved Ben, too, as he is such a little man in a kid’s body. So cute! The setting was fun for me, too, as I know San Francisco pretty well and I felt like I was walking around the city, right alongside Brooke and Dan. I recommend this story if you are looking for wonderful friends, adorable kids, “lost” animals, and two characters who will surprise you when they work at rising above it all. I loved Single Dad to the Rescue.
ytcruz 17 days ago
I discovered this author by chance and decided to give this book a try. The story centers around Brooke Ellis and single dad, Dan Sawyer. Brooke has just lost her home in the California fires, and needs a shelter not only for herself, but also for her four legged family. A generous man offers a cottage next to the home he shares with his son and grandson. A boy that has type 1 diabetes and a mother that has been absent most of his life. A “mother” more interested in a life of travel and adventure and show up unexpectedly. While Brooke keeps to herself and has suffered great losses in her life, Dan is very protective of his son. It took me a while to get into the story, mostly because a great deal of the story was mostly internal dialogue expressed by both characters. Not the usual style of the books I read, but still very well written. That said, it was a very good story. A story that at times was heartbreaking. A story about family dynamic and interactions or lack thereof. A story about taking chances and living a life without regrets. As well as a story about second chances in life and love. While some might disagree and say this was a stand alone, and one didn’t need to have read the previous books, I disagree. I felt I missed something by not understanding all the relationships of the multiple secondary characters in the story as well as trying to keep track of all of them. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.