Review: 5 stars for One Small Thing
When you read a lot, you begin to notice the little trends that occur. At the moment one of those trends is the single gay man unexpectedly becoming a father. Usually when this happens, it is because the guy is helping someone else become a parent and has to take responsibility after a tragedy occurred. Other times, it is because a sibling has pasted and the main character has to now raise his niece or nephew. One Small Thing takes a totally different path however. In this story main character, Rue Murray, ends up having a one night stand. When the girl ends up pregnant, with no desire to be a mother, Rue doesn’t hesitate to step up to the plate. I liked this new turn as it gives this new trend a fresh spin. The authors did a wonderful job showcasing the uncertainty and fear that Rue goes through during this time in his life, which allowed the story to come across realistically.
The other main character in this story is Erik Van Nuys. Erik is a science fiction writer who suffers from a variety of phobias. These phobias have caused a number of problems in his life. When he’s forced to move into a new apartment, he becomes Rue’s new neighbor, which leads to more than he can handle. I really loved Erik. The way he works around his issues made me laugh, especially after he starts babysitting little Alice. Another area which will keep the reader entertained is watching Erik as he shifts from straight science fiction to gay romance science fiction.
Erik and Rue are two vastly different characters. That the authors kept this in mind and allowed the men to move from total strangers to friends, and then to lovers, made their relationship more believable. Due to their differences, however, the men have many stumbling blocks to overcome and when misunderstandings occur it looks as if those differences may just end up keeping them apart. I liked watching as these two become, along with baby Alice, a family. The authors brought the connection between these two across wonderfully, as well as showed the men’s growing maturity as they dealt with being parents.
Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea make a great writing duo. Their books are always entertaining and keep the reader’s attention. After reading one of their stories I always find myself looking for more. If you have yet to try one of their stories I would say give One Small Thing a try, you won’t be sorry.