Jun 12 2017 2:00pm

Do You Want Dad to Give Romance a Try? Give Him One of These 11 Books

Giving Romance for Father’s Day,
Or How To Embarrass the Men in Your Life This June

It’s almost the middle of June, which means graduations, barbecues, and that awkward holiday you dread shopping for every year: Father’s Day. If you don’t dread it, or don’t have a father in your life (spouse, bio-dad, whatevs), you can repurpose this list for any time you feel compelled to make a man feel awkward. Unless you’re lucky enough to have men in your life who read romance, that is. I’ve compiled a list of the Stereotypical Dad categories to make your gift-giving a success!

The Techie Dad

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Disclaimer: my own SO is a systems engineer, so I’m relying on his opinions pretty heavily here. (Apparently, tech romance can be hard to read if you work in the industry.) I’m going to assume this dad is a giant geek and include a fantasy rec here, too.

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) has everything he’d expect from an epic fantasy (Game of Thrones), but without the rape and misogynist overtones. It’s got a kickass hero and heroine, plus a big cast, horses, a road trip with monsters, and magic.

Love on My Mind by Tracey Livesay (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is an opposites-attract romance with a neuro-atypical hero who happens to be a tech billionaire, and a PR specialist heroine who has to get him camera ready before a product launch. Secrets and nerdery aplenty.

The Dapper Dad

Hold Me by Courtney Milan

This dad probably works in an office and has been gifted 15-500 ties in his life. Instead of getting him yet another set of stylish socks, consider these reads.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is a funny, smart, workplace romance set in a publishing house. These rival assistants even go so far as to subtly change their wardrobes just to see if the other person notices.

Hold Me by Courtney Milan (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) could probably have gone into the “techie” category, but I’m putting it here because of the relentlessly-driven hero and the “distracting” heroine he doesn’t want to want. In a story with a trans heroine and a bisexual hero, you might say that a dapper dude could learn a bit about how clothes and presentation can affect your life.

The King of the Barbecue Dad

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

This dude likes to entertain, and show off his skills at flipping burgers while chatting and drinking beer. He’s always up for a laugh and wants you to feel at home.

Whether it's Wallbanger (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) or Nuts (Amazon | B&N | Kobo), this dude should read something by Alice Clayton. Like, anything. Her books are funny, sexy, and usually have something to do with booze or food.

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is centered around a bunch of kick ass immortal women who like to party. There’s a dog and magic and lots of battle. This rec comes to you 100% because of my own husband giggling repeatedly while reading it.

The DIY Dad

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

This father likes to fix things, tinker, and maybe even teach you to do the same.

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) features an apple farmer in Vermont, working his butt off to save his family, and a city girl who worms her way into his heart. (I had to, sorrynotsorry.)

Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) has a cover he’s gonna want you to hide. I did tell you this was a chance to win the Awkward Gift of the Year prize, though. This one has a heroine who owns a greenhouse and a single-dad contractor hero. It’s my favorite in Reisz’s “Men at Work” series, but the whole series is excellent.

The Sporty Dad

Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole

This dad bikes, hikes, and plays ball with his buddies. I suggest giving him a sports romance and one that’s kind of cheating but I don’t care.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (Amazon | B&N) has been recommended again and again to the ladies, but I think the dudes can read a football romance, too. Show him why we’re willing to sit with him and watch hours of football on a Sunday night.

Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) is my cheat because it’s not about sports. Our heroine is fleeing with her best friend and, after a harrowing journey, they’re rescued by his brother (who happens to be rather hot). I’m giving this one to the sporty dads because inside every hiker and Boy Scout lives the soul of a man who wants to be able to kick ass during the apocalypse.

There you have it! My highly-scientific list of recommendations picked just for the stereotypical man you want to romance or embarrass this June.

In case you were wondering, my own husband is getting a couple of books I cannot name because he reads all of my posts because he is a supportive guy. My dad will not be getting any of the books I have listed because he can buy his own dirty westerns TYVM.

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When not reading All of the Things, Suzanne is raising two small valkyries and trying to open a bookstore. Book, comic, and assorted other tweets at @cerestheories.

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Jen Wattley
1. JenWattley
I really loved Love on My Mind. I thought it was such a good mixture of tech-y stuff and romance and misunderstanding and love. Sigh. Great list!
Matt K
2. Matt K
my own husband is getting a couple of books I cannot name because he reads all of my posts
Ha! That I do!
3. flmom1957
What about the James Rollins' Sigma Force series...great action and great romance! Kat and Monk, Steichen and Gray, Lisa and Painter!!!
Heather Waters
4. HeatherWaters
@Matt K @cerestheories -- Well, this is the sweetest exchange I've seen in a while!

@flmom1957 -- Oooh, more recs, thanks!
5. Cerestheories
Aw, thanks, Heather! Matt is a great cheerleader (and person in general). I'll keep him.
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