Book Review: Anthony by Gabbi Grey

Anthony

Author: Gabbi Grey
Series: Single Dads of Gaynor Beach
Publisher: Independent (December 6, 2022)
Kindle edition, 291 pages
Romance, Adult contemporary M/M romance
Goodreads

Summary

Anthony

During my seven years as a social worker in Gaynor Beach, California, delivering orphaned twins to their unsuspecting father is the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. These babies lost their mother and they need a loving parent, but is adorable Scott Wexler up to that challenge? Transferring custody is one thing—walking away is something entirely different, especially with the stress of Christmas bearing down on Scott too.

Scott

After escaping a miserable childhood, I’ve made a fresh start in California. I’m in charge at the Gaynor Beach Public Library, I love helping people, and I’m feeling like an actual functional human being. Then social worker Anthony Rodrigues shows up on my doorstep with twins I fathered through a sperm donation, and suddenly I’m responsible for two tiny lives. Accepting help from the gorgeous social worker is a no brainer—admitting I want him to stay is going to take a lot more courage.

This 74k word gay romance is a slow burn, mid-angst, instalove with a geeky librarian, a by-the-book social worker, adorable twin-toddler terrors, and a beleaguered cat named Crumpy.

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Something just fell a little flat for me with this book. It was still a totally fine read – I didn’t want to throw it across the room or anything, haha! – but it also didn’t inspire me to go seeking out other books in the series.

Both Scott and Anthony didn’t seem fully developed to me. Maybe it’s because from chapter 1 they’re being overwhelmed with suddenly caring for nine month old twins, but I feel like who they ARE as PEOPLE could have been shown better on the page. I also found it weird that Anthony comes to Scott’s house to drop off these twins and then just… sort of… stays. And a lot of the romantic tension is around them both realizing they don’t want Anthony to leave, that they both want him to stay, but they’re too scared to actually talk to each other about it. Meanwhile they’re both falling in love with these amazing babies – and each other, oops.

I don’t normally love books with single parents, but I did find it entertaining watching Scott (and Anthony) suddenly be thrown into parenting a pair of nine month old twins. I fell in love with Alicia and Zayden (who even though they can’t talk yet still seemed to have more fully formed, interesting personalities than Scott and Anthony!!). Mostly, I really loved the descriptions of two formerly single men suddenly parenting these two handfuls, and was less enamored of the romantic storyline.

This is part of the Single Dads of Gaynor Beach multi-author series. While it can be read as a stand-alone, there’s another book by Gabbi Grey in the series, Hugh, which seems to come before this one and Anthony’s actions in that book have big repercussions on some of his relationships with the side-characters in Anthony, so it might be best to read Hugh first. I didn’t, and I did feel like I was sometimes missing things.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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