June 13: Favorite Fathers/Father Figures — In honor of Father’s Day (in America at least), discuss some of your favorite fictional dads.
I love this topic because I have no problem admitting I’m a daddy’s girl and I’ve always been close to my father. He’s one of the best men I know and he truly showed me what it means to be a father.
The Quinn brothers (Chesapeake Bay #1-3) by Nora Roberts
I cheated a little with this one by picking a series rather than a single book. Cameron, Ethan, and Phillip all came from troubled childhoods until they were adopted by a loving couple. Now, years later, these three brothers-by-choice must come together to take care of another young boy who has only known abuse. I adore this series and watching these three single men learn to conquer fatherhood was beautiful. Since they really have no idea what they’re doing there’s plenty of ups and downs but the bond that forms between them is written so well.
Texture of Intimacy (Psy-Changeling #10.5) by Nalini Singh
Walker starts out as a secondary character in the Psy-Changeling series but he eventually gets his own novella and a second chance at love. A father of three, Walker comes from a race of people that have suppressed their emotions in an attempt to control their powerful physic abilities. Walker has taken his family into hiding in order to protect them and even with a stranglehold on his emotions it’s so clear how much Walker loves his children. He’d do anything for them and his quiet love supports them in a world that’s quickly changing.
Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett
This urban fantasy/paranormal romance series features the sexy hero, Lon Butler, who has sole custody of his teenage son, Jupe. It’s clear how great a father Lon is because Jupe is confident, friendly, and goofy and he has no problem butting into his father’s love life. There’s no doubt how much Lon loves his son and he’s fiercely protective of him. But even with a teenage son, Lon is one sexy father and I loved watching Lon and Jupe find a new normal with Cadi in their life.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
I read this book a long time ago but I’ve always remembered how wonderful Jase’s father is. When it comes to young adult books, parents are often a side note in the story or they’re the stereotypical intrusive parent who the teen can’t wait to move away from. Mr. Garrett was loving, energetic, and involved in his kids lives in all the best ways. He easily folds Jase’s new girlfriend into the family and he’s everything you could want in a father.
Squared Away (Out of Uniform #5) by Annabeth Albert
When tragedy strikes and leaves three young children orphaned, Isaiah steps in to take care of his brother’s children. Considering Isaiah is only in his early 20’s he’s incredibly competent and responsible when it comes to raising young children. Even with his own grief over losing his brother, Isaiah is there every step of the way as he fights for custody of the children. Of course he gets some help along the way when he begins to fall for the kid’s uncle (on the mother’s side) but he’s devotion and love to the kids is never in question.