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“I said I would advocate for Teegan, and I meant it.”
I needed to suck this up, prove that I was going to be a good dad, show him I was already a good day, maybe even explain about the mess that had led me to losing my cool with him.
“Now, do me a favor, stop signing where people can see you, because you need some serious help.”
“You can do that? Could you show me some things now?”
“Here in the café that you think has a hundred cameras pointing at you?”
He glanced around him again, then hurried over the counter, leaning on it and chatting to the barista, before coming back with a key dangling from his fingers and more coffee.
“Stock room,” he announced. “I’ll take the tray.” He piled everything back on the tray, and added the new coffee and then he headed down the corridor to the bathrooms, stopping at the end and staring back at me expectantly. “Coming?”
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He only wanted to make the best home for his new daughter; he never meant to fall in love with the man who might steal her away.
Nick and his husband had always wanted a big family, but when cancer took Danny six years ago, Nick was left a single dad of three. He never considered his broken heart would heal enough to add to his family, but as soon as he meets Teegan he knows he wants to adopt the little girl. Born profoundly deaf, Teegan has been rejected twice already in the adoption process and hasn't found her forever home. Nick wants to be her hero—her dad—and create a world that is safe and happy for her. He knows he wants to make her life perfect—he doesn't know how to go about it or understand the best thing to do for his family, and he needs help. Enter Elliot, and Nick finds himself falling for the frustrating, sexy, inspiring, and caring teacher who can make things right.
Elliot is wary of helping the man who appears more interested in public opinion than the needs of his own family. But, learning that Nick, wealthy and entitled, is now adopting a deaf child, Elliot knows this is a step too far and strides into battle. As the child of deaf adults, Elliot knows he is the best person to advocate for little Teegan and, if needed, he is determined to intervene and halt the adoption. Nothing and no one will get in Elliot's way when it falls on him to protect Teegan.
This single dad story features a widower struggling to make things right, a teacher battling for a child's wellbeing, an adorable toddler, three loving siblings, a home with a view of the ocean, and families standing behind them both.More info →