I received this book for free from Gay Romance Reviews in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.First by Casey Cox
Series: 99 Daddies #1
Genres: Fiction, LGBTQ+, M M Romance, Romance
Source: Gay Romance Reviews
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a: before another in time, space, or importance.
b: for the first time.
See also: Stirling "First-Time Daddy" Bishop.
A boy who can't find what he wants.
A Daddy who doesn't know what he needs.
With his big blue eyes, lean frame, and propensity for adorkable clumsiness, Mikey Harrison is a Daddy magnet...for the wrong type of Daddy. Those who mistake his desire to serve as an open invitation to mistreat him and abuse his trust.
But all of that changes when he lays his eyes on Stirling Bishop. Sure, the strong, silent (and irresistibly sexy) type ticks all of his boxes, but it's the tenderness underlying Stirling’s strength that makes him achingly irresistible.
For Mikey, it's insta-love.
For Stirling, it's insta-huh?
Despite looking like he was put on this earth to be the Daddy of every boy's dreams, the thought of dating a younger guy has never even crossed Stirling's mind, much less the idea of being a Daddy.
But there's no denying that Mikey awakens something deep within him—the desire to dominate, the need to care. It's been dormant, yet bubbling under the surface within him for his entire life.
Can Mikey help Stirling find the strength he needs to be the Daddy he was meant to be...and become the Daddy of Mikey's dreams?
First is a Daddy-lite gay romance featuring a strong, silent, first-time Daddy, and an eager boy who can show him the way. Come along for the ride and enjoy some crazy/sexy/cool shenanigans including: impromptu foot rubs, naked butlers, a crew of sassy friends, lots of LOLs, and all the feels on the way to a heartwarming HEA.
First is the first book in the 99 Daddies series. Each book in the series will contain overlapping characters and storylines, so you may enjoy them more by reading them in order.
99 Daddies is a hilarious, entertaining, and heartwarming contemporary/new adult Daddy-lite MM romance series.
Escape to Daylesford, the (fictional) Daddy capital of America. If you love steamy and complex Daddy/boy dynamics, May-December gay romances with a twist, sweet and sassy MM age-gap romances, and chasing those guaranteed HEAs, you’ll love it here.
First caught my attention immediately and kept it the entire time I was reading. The whole daddy/boy dynamic really fit Stirling and Mikey and it was well explained throughout the book. Of course, not everything goes as planned but that just adds to the enjoyability of the book as a whole.
The amount of kink and sex was very light in First which makes the book become more available to a wider audience. But there was enough there that added to the plot without going overboard and actually made sense as to why it was added. Mikey is all about being a boy while Sterling has never been a daddy before and for him it is a big dynamic switch.
The differences between Sterling and Mikey are abundant. As seen in Mikey’s chapters he does love to talk and does a lot of thinking. Sterling is more along the quieter side. This shows a lot throughout his chapters of the book.
Both Mikey and Sterling’s characters are very well developed. They act and most importantly feel real. Everything about the setting of the scenes enriches each part of the plot instead of distracting from it. This all showed that the author wanted to draw more to Mike and Sterling instead of adding “background noise”.
Overall I really enjoyed reading First. It was a quick read for me and like I mentioned earlier kept my attention. I liked that Mikey and Sterling have to work to start a relationship instead of instantly becoming a couple. That really added to the real-life aspect of the book. This was the first book in a new series and I look forward to seeing what other books are going to be added in the future.