Dads of Stillwater #1
Genre: Contemporary, Series
One artist. One attorney. Two single dads.
Meeting at a bachelor auction for charity had trouble written all over it as far as I was concerned, especially when the guy that won the bid for me seemed to be after only one thing…a good time between the sheets.
Refusing Fletcher’s advances was easy the first time round. After all, we weren’t meant to see each other again.
Except I’ve just moved to Stillwater where Fletcher lives.
Except both our kids are in the same class.
Now the kids are fighting and I’m ready to throw my own punches.
If only Fletcher wasn’t as goddamn irresistible as he is irritating.
When the fight moves from the playground to the bedroom, who will come out on top?
Antagonist is book 1 in Ana Ashley’s new series, Dads of Stillwater.
Single dads, sassy kids, Ana’s usual cast of intriguing secondary characters, Stillwater has it all.
I love stories about single dads, and this sweet read hit the spot, especially with the added bonus of a small town setting and opposites attract. I enjoyed getting to know Fletcher, Harrison, and the people of Stillwater. I’m looking forward to more in the series.
Fletcher and Harrison’s first meeting is full of misunderstandings and comments that shouldn’t have been made. But, given their histories, I thought their initial reactions and their relationship of a step forward and two back were realistic. I liked both men, and enjoyed them getting to know each other, and slowly lower the barriers they’ve made to keep their hearts safe. I also liked that as things progress, Fletcher has Harrison sussed, although he still needs to learn a few things about himself.
I liked how Fletcher and Harrison’s ex’s are part of the story yet are totally different. Stella totally rocks and deserves her own HEA. She’s a great friend, and I liked how she and Harrison are still raising Megan together although they’re no longer a couple. Fran, on the other hand, is a total piece of work. I liked how her part in the story played out, and how Fletcher finally figures things out.
I loved their group of friends, and how they look out for each other. I want their stories too, and am very pleased that Ellis gets his book next. I get the feeling we haven’t seen the last of Karina either, unfortunately. I loved Pete, the cop, and his reaction to events. Nicely done. Arlo’s a great friend, and I liked how he tells Fletcher what he needs to hear about Fran.
Megan and George both have strong personalities, and I thought their actions very much reflected their ages. I loved the strong family vibe, with Fletcher’s parents playing a part too. The scenes with Harrison, Fletcher, and the children having a weekend away at the lake are sweet, and a lovely preview of them as a family.
I loved the epilogue catching up with them three months later with its mix of a HEA for these guys, and a hint of what’s to come.
5 out of 5 stars.