I think over the course of all my posts here on CRC I’ve made my stance on swoon pretty clear: give it to me or take a hike. And while I love the wounded souls, the animal lovers, the plain old nice guys that all give it in spades, there is something undeniably swoon-worthy about a single dad.
I might go as far as to say that you put a baby in the arms of a man and his attractiveness instantly shoots off the charts. I think it’s because there is just something about seeing these too-large men with their too-large hands and their too-large personalities being so gentle with a baby or so kind with a little girl or so playful with a little boy.
And when an author gives me a hero who’s hands-on with a kid? Forget it. I’m done.
There was Jack in Smooth Talking Stranger from Lisa Kleypas, who swooped in so lovingly and with all the confidence and composure that only an alpha male can give you. And it wasn’t even his kid! Let that settle in your brains for a minute. He was this loving, caring, attentive man with a child he didn’t even create!
Then there was Josh in Forever and a Day who was a single dad just trying to keep his head above water, but wanting only the best for his son.
I’d love to give you a list of about four more, but I just realized if I did that, I’d spoil all those books and, well, I’m not that person, so I’ll just leave it at those two and let you go on the hunt for the ever elusive hot alpha dad yourself.
While I love reading about these dads, I also have a soft spot for writing them. In my upcoming novella, Season of Second Chances, my hero, whom I’ve referred to from the beginning as Hot Single Dad, was a no-brainer for me to write. Angela James posted the call for the anthology and this idea of a dad raising his daughter jointly with a (non-evil!) ex-girlfriend just sort of exploded in my mind. And before I knew it, I had this whole persona created for him that was only that much hotter because he had this little girl he loved more than anything.
As I’m always on the look-out for good daddy swoons, give me your recs! I’d love to hear what the last book was that gave you the daddy-swoons.