Review: The Drawback of Single Dads by Piper Rayne (Lake Starlight #4)

Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors via Valentine PR.

The writing duo of Piper and Rayne, aka Piper Rayne, take readers back to Lake Starlight, Alaska with the fourth novel in their Lake Starlight series, The Drawback of Single Dads. This is twenty-eight-year-old Palmer Ferguson's story, one that she shares with Hudson Fisher, her best friend and the father of their three-year-old daughter, Adley. For long time readers of Piper Rayne, you may recall that Palmer is the eldest child of Sedona (née Bailey) and Jamison Ferguson, whose own happily ever after played out in Rules for Dating Your Ex (The Baileys #9). Now, Palmer and Hudson need to figure out if they want to cross that line. Not the line they crossed when they were inebriated and ended up becoming parents to Adley. Nope, this line is all about L-O-V-E. If they do go from best friends to non-accidental lovers, how will it change the dynamic within their unconventional family unit? After years of saying they loved--but were not in love with--each other, can risking friendship and co-parenting end up with them falling out of love?

There's friends-to-lovers, and there's Piper and Rayne's friends-to-lovers with a twist! Palmer and Hudson were best friends who got drunk one night and ended up sleeping together. That led to Palmer becoming pregnant and Hudson moving to Lake Starlight with her and them having their daughter Adley. The romance author and the pro snowboarder turned ski instructor had such a close-knit relationship as co-parents and the closest of friends. They were platonic for so long, that I did wonder how they suddenly realized they wanted to go from there to a romantic relationship. But I guess jealousy truly can stir things up and make you take a more pointed and honest look at what you really want in life. I did feel a wee bit bad for Theresa and Matt, and while I know these are fictional characters, I still find myself hoping she finds a guy who will appreciate and love her and he finds a woman who will knock him off his feet. Overall, The Drawback of Single Dads gets kudos on the romance and hard of hearing representation and bonus points for family feels and an adorable Adley. It snags 4.5 stars.


Read my reviews for the Lake Starlight series:

The Problem with Second Chances (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

The Issue with Bad Boy Roommates (book two) - five stars - My Review

The Trouble with Runaway Brides (book three) - four stars - My Review

The Drawback of Single Dads (book four) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)


Release Date: 26 March 2024

Date Read: 19 March 2024

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