The Family Man

The Family Man

by Kelly Eadon


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A sexy single dad gets a second chance at love...


When life hands lemons to Beth Beverley, she makes mouthwatering lemon squares. Mostly because they're coveted by the sexy single dad who owns Belmont's most popular coffee shop. But that's where her crush on Griffin has to end. Her sweet treats are selling like crazy cakes in his shop, and she doesn't mix business with pleasure. Too bad his sinful smile has her flirting with the idea of forever.

Griffin Hall definitely needs to keep his eyes—and his hands—off Beth. Since he's traded in late-night gigs and partying for bedtime stories with his little girl in his arms, he doesn't have time for anything else. So why does Beth's big heart and easy way with his daughter make him finally feel alive again? But there's a little secret Beth doesn't know, something he can't bear to tell her . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455593996
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Belmont Beach Brides Series , #2
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Kelly Eadon is a romance writer living in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and a house full of rescue animals, aka "the kraken". She swears like a sailor and says whatever pops into her head. In order to counteract her big mouth, she wears high heels whenever possible. In her spare time she spins, kick boxes and attempts to renovate her farmhouse. She hates sanding drywall, loves to cook, drinks lots of wine, gets scary competitive at trivia, and enjoys time spent exploring with her rescued beagle mixes.

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The Family Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Oh what a sweet story – and to see a single parent struggling with dating and relationships from a different perspective was wonderful. Kelly Eadon has set a sweet and heartwarming story in this little town. Both Beth and Griffin are instantly attracted and everything feels just ‘right’ so the quick connection didn’t bother me overmuch. Griffin is readjusting and realigning his life from the hard party-boy, and for a very good reason. May is adorable and full of life, cuddles and happy to be Daddy’s Little Girl. From the cuddles and bedtime stories to small moments where she steals his heart, Griffin can’t help but find new joy every day. Beth is starting over with 3 part time jobs, a passion for baking sweet treats and a massive crush on Griffin. She’s got a quirky and optimistic view of life, and one that is just perfectly in tune with the very young May. But, dating and relationships with a child in the mix always require careful thought, and both Beth and Griffin have their own moments of angst. A quick connection with plenty of spice do highlight this story, and there are moments of strong language, although never in front of the kiddo. Even as the story was fast-paced, and there was a bit of insta-love, it worked on all levels: I felt their connection, and the care they took with the kiddo. I did wish for more story, as I whipped through this in only a few hours, never a bad thing for a book. Great for fans of romance who want something just a bit different. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I love that Eadon didn’t weigh her story down with a lot of extra drama. It’s a simple-ish story of two people who have been dancing around their attraction for a little bit and get to a point where they decide to act on it. They spend time together, getting their feet under them in regards to a new relationship, have a few bumps along the way, but figure it all out in the end. I just wish we’d gotten a little more of the after. I don’t want to give too much away but they have their big moment, the thing that could break them up, and then we jump to the epilogue. It is an important thing for Griffin and had been weighing heavily on him so I think it needed just a little more time. I did like how Beth and Griffin handled the resolution though. It shows their maturity and lack of drama, which is always refreshing. Beth looks at things logically and thinks through them before making a potentially life-altering decision. I also like how they find a way to make their worlds work together. How they find things that they are passionate about and weave them into a life that works for both of them, making them happy alone and together. While I have to admit to loving The Wedding Date a little more than The Family Man, I’m excited by what Eadon has delivered so far and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book. She’s got some great characters to work with, plus I’m sure she’ll introduce even more, so the potential is off the charts :) (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I've read Kelly Eadon. The cover of The Family Man just drew me. How could I not fall for the cover of a daddy with his daughter. Men who step-up and take care of their children are so sexy! I think it goes to the core of us as women wanting a man that will love and cherish the children we give them. Us mommy's stand strong for our children, or at least we always should. Right away I liked Griffin. You could tell that the most important thing or in this case, person in his life was his daughter. He'd do anything to make sure she's happy. I loved how much he worried about her and hoped he did the best by her all the time. As a parent I get that. As a romance reader it made me sigh! Now Beth I wasn't sure about. I liked her as a character, I wasn't sure if I liked her as a parent. Often in the book it talks about how good with kids she is and I felt 'sure as long as their parents take them home at night'. As the book progress I see more and more of Beth that I liked. And when poor little Mabel needs her, she's there for her and then I know for sure...mommy worthy! Let's talk Mabel. She stole the book for me. I just loved how cute and funny she is. The author did a great job of Mabel acting like the little girl she is. The Family Man is a enjoyable story with characters that you'll enjoy reading about.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story. I just adored the characters especially Beth and Mabel. I liked the close friendships the characters in the book have. I want to live in that town. Beth is one of my favorite heroines. I just loved her creative mind and her personality is just awesome. I want to be friends with her. Griffin is a great dad though he doubt's himself all the time. I liked how Beth brings out a more confident Griffin. A great story I know you will fall in love with this book as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Family Man is a sweet book that leaves you happy after you close it. I read a lot of heavy mystery, thrillers and suspense books. After reading 2 very heavy ones I wasn't not in the mood for any more. So I grabbed my e-reader and sat down to read a bit of The Family Man. I'm not a big sappy romance novel gal. However The Family Man hooked me. This book is what I think of when I think of light hearted reading. This book has the right mixture of sweet romance, great characters that you will be cheering on and just a sweet story line.The Family Man would be a great way to spend an afternoon just reading a sweet book that leaves you with a smile on your face.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Sweet, Feel-Good Romance The Family Man by Kelly Eadon is a contemporary romance. This standalone is a spin-off from her prior book, The Wedding Date. I enjoy Eadon’s fun, flirtatious writing style. Her stories are engaging, and her characters are realistic and relatable. Griffin Hall, one-time rock star and single dad, owns a thriving but understaffed coffee shop in Belmont. For his little girl, Griffin has become a solid, practical guy who is focused on providing his daughter with the best life possible. His coffee is famous, and the muffins he serves at Little Ray of Sunshine are legendary. Beth Beverly, failed entrepreneur, is a jack-of-many trades. Cute-as-a-button Beth is spirited and driven even though her unsuccessful business venture has shaken her confidence. She teaches drama, she’s a seamstress, and she is a baker; her muffins are the talk of the town. Beth and Griffin are each struggling with their past and their secrets on their own. They both think that their interest in the other is unrequited. They also don’t believe they have room in their already crazy lives for going out with friends let alone dating. Fate (AKA Mabel, Griffin’s adorable daughter) keeps throwing these two together, and with their mutual friends’ encouragement, they a relationship a try. I loved Beth and Griffin together. They are thoughtful and caring toward one another. The banter and dialogue between the two shows off the character chemistry. Their growing relationship is heart-warming. I have to admit that I wanted to slap some sense into Griffin for keeping his past from Beth, but it does provide what little angst there is in the story. Unshared secrets/pasts are predictable angst catalysts, but it is not overplayed in The Family Man. The Family Man is a feel good read. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Beth, Griffin and Mabel as well as the “when a door closes, a window opens” message. The positive message about not being defeated by a failure does not take over the story; it is more subtly delivered than a bumblebee costumed baker delivering muffins and lemon bars to the most popular coffee shop in town.
Amers86 More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books. *I received a copy of the story from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.* This is book two for author Kelly Eadon. It is just as great as book one was! This is also book two of her series and features a different couple but of course still has the same supporting characters from the first book. It’s a great way to follow the characters and see how they are growing and becoming their “own” person. The same holds true as it did for her first book, I didn’t want to put it down. I started reading this story during my lunch break and I surely didn’t want to put the story down, nor did I want to stop reading it. This story, to me, is more of a “feel good” story. I think this is because there is a child involved and attached to the main male character. That changes the dynamic in a book slightly and I think the author took great care in remembering it wasn’t just about a man and a woman but that a child was involved. Your emotions will still be a wreck, so be prepared. You’ll smile, you’ll giggle, you will sigh, and you might become kind of angry. The emotions feel natural in the story, they don’t feel forced and don’t feel fake. This story brings light a character by the name of Angela. She is a “minor” character of sorts but there is a mystery that surrounds her and the circumstances that bring her into the story. I hope that we can expect a story from the author about her character, even a novella would be great! All in all, I absolutely loved this story, and didn’t want to put it down. It held my attention from start to finish and can’t wait for the next story, which happens to be Ryan’s story. I promise, you won’t be disappointed with checking out this book and the series. They are great reads and allow you to escape from reality for a little bit.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The beautiful artwork on the cover attracted my attention. The book description drew me in and Kelly Eadon's story captured my heart. There is something refreshingly sweet about a man like Griffin. Sacrificing in every way imaginable in order for his little girl to have the love and security that she needs and deserves. He's one of the good ones. What's ironic is that he does not see how much of a good father he actually is. It takes the hands of fate, small town living and the love of a good woman to open his eyes. Beth has a big heart, a love of baking and an attraction to one of her most profitable clients. The problem is the baggage that they both carry is heavier than either realizes. It will take a precocious child, a fiery attraction and a whole lot of faith to convince her to take a chance. I received an ARC of The Family Man for an honest review. The adorable romance, charming town and heartwarming themes are an addictive combination.