Simple Man by Lydia Michaels

Simple Man - Lydia Michaels

"Months after Shane Martin’s sister vanishes, life crashes down and he finds himself the guardian of a nephew he never knew existed. Blissfully ignorant, Shane trades in his musician status, full of late nights and fast women, for midnight feedings and lullabies. But when Kate McAlister, his prissy, stuck up caseworker, arrives unexpectedly, he realizes he could lose everything..."




This was a nice surprise. At first, I wasn't sure it would work for me because Shane's initial immaturity grated on my nerves a bit. However, it didn't take long for him to win me over, and by the end I was completely in love with him. Shane is quite possibly one of the best Heroes of a romance that I've ever read. 


The best part of this novel was Shane's journey as he tried to navigate his world with this newfound child. I adored the relationship he developed with his nephew Logan. I also adored Shane's character growth, which I thought was extremely well done. I also appreciated the realism of Shane's financial circumstances. I thought that was handled with honesty and care.


The weakest part of the story was the romance. It took a while for me to warm up to Kate, the Heroine, and their relationship. It lacked depth for a large part of the story. I finally started to warm up to it, and their relationship began to feel deeper, during the last third of the book. However, that did not diminish my enjoyment.


In truth, the relationship with Kate, while important, really felt like just one piece of Shane's journey. Told solely from Shane's POV, this truly was Shane's story. And I loved it. I loved it so much that it has found a place on my re-read shelf.


A special thank you goes out to Jessica for recommending this story to me. 


Final rating: 5 stars