Jun 12 2014 12:00pm

Awkward! Top Cringe-Worthy Dad Moments in Romance Novels

Simply Irresistible by Rachel GibsonFather’s Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate it than by counting down with awkwardly funny dad moments?

While dads usually have to enforce the rules, they are oftentimes turned to putty in their children's hands. These are some cringe-worthy moments that turned into laughs and great fatherhood memories for these men.

Pet Shop Meltdown:

In Rachel Gibson’s Simply Irresistible, John discovers he has a six-year-old daughter. He attempts various ways to try to form a relationship with her.

While on a father-daughter date, the two pass a pet store, where John unknowingly allows his daughter to “window shop.“

The dog’s little pink tongue darted out and licked Lexie’s chin. “He likes me, “ she laughed.

John looked at his watch, anxious to have Lexie and the dog part company. “The movie is going to start. We have to go now.”

“I’ve already seen it three times,” she said without taking her eyes from the dog. “You’re precious darlin’," she drawled, sounding amazingly like her mother. “Give me some sugar.”

“No.” John shook his head, suddenly feeling like a pilot trying to land an airplane on one engine. “Don’t exchange sugar.”

His plan for a quick stop turns into an epic meltdown. John scrambles to assuage his daughter’s tears, leading to a hilarious moment in the book. This full-blown meltdown is complete with puppy eyes, promises, love declarations, jubilation, and fear for John’s safety when Georgie (Lexie's mother) finds out.

“He doesn’t have a mommy, and if I leave him here, he’ll miss me really bad.”

Her tears spilled over her bottom lashes and she sobbed. “Please, Daddy, let me keep Pongo.”

…He was a sucker. She’d called him “Daddy.” He reached for his wallet and surrendered his Visa to the happy saleslady.

Daddy Confusion:

Room for More by Beth EhemannRoom for More is the second book of Beth Ehemann's Cranberry Inn series. It continues the story of Brody and Kacie. Kacie is a single mom and is in a new relationship with Brody; Brody is hilarious, awesome, and a famous hockey player. He’s really helped Kacie with her twin daughters and is a positive addition to their lives. But the biological father finds Kacie now she has the duty of explaining to her twin daughters that they, technically, have two fathers. As part of this new addition, all three of the grownups decide to take the “Twinkies” trick o’ treating. While going door to door, someone asks if that was “Brody Murphy, the hockey player,” with them. The Twinkies explained their answer to the adults:

“Yes, we have two dads and Brody is one of them.”

”Yeah, lots of people asked about Brody and we told all of them that he was one of our two dads.”

After that uproarious response, the adults are left speechless. This marks one of my favorite moments in the story.

Fun Times:

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec has so many amazing father moments that had me in stitches. This father-son duo had some awesome moments, including this one: While trying to maneuver a new relationship, Gavin, a precocious child, always gives as good as he gets.

Who are you, I asked the kid with my eyes when I finally found my voice.

I’m Gavin Morgan, who the hells are you?

Those “Um...” Moments:

Toni Aleo is the author of my favorite hockey series, The Assassins. In Trying to Score, Lucas is out attempting to bond with the son whom he’s recently discovered is his. He’s also trying to begin a romantic relationship with his son’s mother. Aiden, his son, wants his mother and father back together so that they could give him a brother. Lucas’s response to how babies are made cracked me up:

Trying to Score by Toni Aleo“Get her pregnant, what’s that?“

Lucas blinked twice as he looked out onto the road. Shit, he thought the kid knew about babies and stuff. “Like Mrs. Adler. She has a baby in her belly.”

“Oh! I thought she went to the store and bought the baby and was growing it in her belly. Is that what you mean?”

Lucas nodded. “Yup, exactly what I meant.”

”Oh, okay. So I have to wait?”

“Yup, we both do.”

“Well, darn.”

“The Talk”

The “talk” is always a hilarious moment whether it is in books, movies, or reality. Whether this topic is approached as a child or teenager it usually leaves someone feeling extremely uncomfortable. In Eclipse, the third book of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, Bella’s stoic father tries to address how intimate Edward and Bella have become in their relationship. He tries working up to it and Bella guesses where it’s going.

“Oh, please, please no!” I begged, jumping to my feet. “Please tell me you are not trying to have a sex talk with me, Charlie.”

He glared at the floor. “ I am your father. I have responsibilities. Remember, I’m just as embarrassed as you are.”

Charlie continues to reason with her while the ever-awkward Bella is forced to admit some truths.

“Ugh!” I groaned. “ I really wish you were not forcing me to say this out loud, Dad. Really. But . . . I am a . . . virgin, and I have no immediate plans to change that status.”

We both cringed, but then Charlie’s face smoothed out. He seemed to believe me.

These are some of my favorite quirky father moments. Feel free to share some of yours!


Jessica spends her time daydreaming about a life within the pages of her favorite books, hoping to meet her own alpha male in an amazing meet cute. Living in Miami, she breaks the stereotype of the tanned appearance; being the palest amongst her friends takes a lot of work and it's all owed to the aforementioned books. She works all day but dreams of the day she can get paid to devour romance books all day and night. An avid reader since she could sound out words, you can find her reviewing at where she lets her reading freak flag fly!

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Jennifer Ruiz
1. Jennifer Ruiz
Such a cute list!! Dads are the best, and are so funny when they have an awkward moment!
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
I'm going to second what a fun and sweet post! I haven't read any of the other picks in here, but I remember the moment you talked about in Simply Irresistible. Broke my heart!
3. lauralee1912
I agree. Fun post! I thought of one. In Jessica Scott's Back to You, an army captain comes back to his family after a number of deployments and must adjust to family life with his wife and two kids. There are a number of heartbreaking moments and there are some cringe-worthy moments including a discussion between Dad and his kids over "showering protocol" for hamsters.
Jennifer Ruiz
4. JessicaMoro
I loved reading all these moments in the books! I love those awkward moments for characters, it makes them more realistic and they're extremely funny to read. Thank you. @Lauralee1912 That's on my TBR! I'm going to move it up.
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