Review: Play Dates by Maggie Wells

Play Dates
by Maggie Wells

For single parents, life is often more diapers and daycare dilemmas than dating. But for three dads going solo, a little flirting can lead to a whole lot more than a fling . . .

Colm Cleary lost his wife just moments after his son Aiden’s birth, and it’s been just the two of them ever since. Dating is his very last priority—until he spots gorgeous Monica Rayburn on the playground with her little girl. Suddenly finding a woman sympathetic to the demands of single parenthood seems like a great idea—especially if they agree to a no-pressure, no-strings date . . .

Dazzled by the hot “Saturdaddy” who asks her out, Monica doesn’t get around to mentioning that little Emma is her niece. She’s in commodities, not children. A gambler to the bone, she’s going to take a chance on an adult evening with Colm—and worry about the details later. But when their casual connection deepens into something more solid, the truth will have to come out—and both Colm and Monica will have to throw caution to the wind to hold on to a future together .

Monica babysits her niece Emma at the park when she meets Colm and his son Aiden. He sure is a great catch, a single parent, a doting father and a super dad, if you think about it. Monica is captivated. When Colm assumed she was Emma’s mom, she doesn’t correct him, instead she continues dance around him, leading him on until she gets him to her bed. A trip to the dentist soon breaks Monica’s happy dance and she is never the same mighty snarky Monica again.

This was a good read, preferably while watching your kids play at home or in front of the TV. I read this while I was with my youngest son, him playing his Pokemon cards and yours truly had set my automatic washing machine and decided to read while waiting. In just a couple of hours, everything was finished and I was done reading Play Dates. Monica and Colm sure were a complicated couple, but I’m glad it ended quite differently.

It was hard to like Monica though. I understand how she lied at first to Colm and his son, but dragging the story because of her reluctance made me weary of her. Because of that, I didn’t think she’d grow some balls and own up to her mistakes. I much preferred Pablo and Carita actually, the owners of a Mexican restaurant that catered to the dating couple. Now, Colm on the other hand, was a little too stubborn for my taste. While I understand how hurt he’s been, first by his late wife and now, Monica, I frowned when he repeatedly ignored Monica’s calls and apologies. I thought he was a hard man to please.

In the end though, I was the one pleased because both parties cleared the air and succumbed to their true feelings. While I may not have been thrilled with Colm, I liked Aiden a lot. That kid easily wormed his way to my heart through his cuteness and kissing tendencies. Now, if I can get my hands on Mike’s story soon, I would certainly be more than willing to babysit the Saturdaddies. LOL.

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