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The Daddy Project

The Daddy Project, December 2012
by Lee McKenzie

Harlequin American Romance
Featuring: Kristi Callahan; Nate McTavish
224 pages
ISBN: 0373754361
EAN: 9780373754366
Kindle: B0092MLC4A
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"Nate hired Kristi to stage his house, but she ends up redesigning his heart....."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Daddy Project
Lee McKenzie

Reviewed by Cheryl Beal
Posted October 31, 2012

Romance | Romance Series

Kristi Callahan is a single mom raising a teenage daughter. She's an interior designer and owns a home staging company, Ready Set Sold, along with her two best friends. Kristi was raised by a young single mom and she repeated the pattern by becoming a teenage mother herself. Her daughter Jenna's dad didn't stick around after Kristi became pregnant, and Kristi made the decision to stay single until Jenna graduates high school rather than expose her daughter to any more dead-beat men.

Nate McTavish is a single dad raising twin 4 year old daughters. Nate is a botany professor and has been raising his daughters since his wife died two years ago. In an attempt to escape from meddling in-laws and try to get a fresh start, Nate has decided to put his house on the market and look for something smaller and closer to the university where he teaches. Nate's entire life is consumed by raising his daughters and teaching, he doesn't have time to even think about dating, let alone starting a relationship.

Kristi and Nate feel an instant attraction for each other and sparks fly while she works at staging his home for sale. They end up going on a couple of "fake" dates in an attempt to thwart match-making attempts by both of their families, but those fake dates lead to some very real kisses. After one night of passion, Kristi runs away; but Nate is not ready to give up on the magic they've found.

THE DADDY PROJECT is a sweet romance with a great family dynamic and steamy, erotic tension. Lee McKenzie had me laughing out loud while reading this book with her descriptions of the twins and Jenna. Ms. McKenzie has a knack for writing about family dynamics and it made this a very enjoyable read.

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SUMMARY

Her Problem

As a busy single mom to her teenage daughter, Kristi Callahan doesn't have time for a man. But it sure would be nice if her mother believed that, too. She keeps setting Kristi up on disastrous blind dates, determined to find her "the one."

His Problem

After Nate McTavish's wife died, he was faced with raising his twin little girls alone. Making it up as he goes along and sometimes questioning his daddy skills, he also has to fend off women his well-meaning family keep throwing at him.

Their Solution

When Nate hires Kristi to stage his house before selling it, they instantly realize they've found the perfect answer to their problem: be fake dates for each other! It's a great plan—until they start to wonder if the real thing might not be even better….


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