Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review: 'Instant Family' by Aiden Bates


Oregon author Aiden Bates began his writing career in journalism (his degrees are in both journalism and creative writing) but his fascination/passion for writing romance erotica won him over and we are the grateful recipients of that decision. ‘ With a fun and playful outlook in his writing, he's committed to bring back quality works with a twist only he can bring to the table. In his free time he enjoys reading smut, going to Bartini and writing in the third person.’ He now has over 50 novels and short stories to his credit.

And now Aiden continues his new series THE SILVER OAK MEDICAL CENTER for which this is Book 4 – and a very fine follow-up for an exceptional series. He demonstrates a fine grasp of medical lingo and hospital atmosphere. Another aspect that makes Aiden a special author is his willingness to share the insights of his stories with his readers. Sometimes the author’s quotes in their communication add immensely to the enjoyment of a book. Such is the case with Aidan’s statement about this fine book – ‘The first important takeaway from Instant Family should probably be, "Don't try this at home." Gottlieb and Parris are clearly operating outside the rules by which ICE operate, and it is neither easy nor advisable to commit fraud in this way. The idea for Instant Family came from real life, as do many of the stories from the Silver Oak Medical Center series. I have a friend in England who works with LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers. One of the challenges that her clients face is in proving they really do meet the criteria for a grant of asylum – they really are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or other – and that they face persecution because of that identity. At the end of the day, Instant Family is a book about overcoming fear. Brantley and Allen come from vastly different worlds, but the same thing keeps them apart – fear. They can't come together until they can work through their fears, and overcome any obstacles that lead to their love.'

Aidan supplies a fine synopsis for the story – ‘He finds his true love, but can an instant family really be what he wants? Just as oncologist, Dr. Allen delivers a baby girl into the world, the mother dies, dimming Allen's typical sunny disposition. Desperate and determined to do something to help just one person, Allen agrees to help Brantley. He's in danger of having his asylum revoked, which will send him right back to an unsafe situation. But when Allen agrees to "fake it," and pretend that Brantley is his lover, he has no idea what he's in for. As feelings grow deeper between them, the two men cannot resist the passion that ignites them. However, the timing just couldn't be worse. Allen's fighting to adopt his late patient's daughter, while the sword of ICE threatens to destroy them. Can the two men turn something fake into the real love they've both always wanted? Two men discover that happily-ever-afters aren't just for fairytales. When one man is asked to pretend to love another, he learns firsthand what true love is all about. With steamy scenes and loyal, intelligent, and sexy men, this novel will have you begging for a physical of your own. And when one man discovers he's pregnant, you'll see just how "playing house" can turn into making a home.’

Aiden has that ability to make a new relationship fun, keep it realistic, and then manages to toss some hurdles in the way to show how most anything cannot overcome real love. Another solid winner for Aiden Bates, Grady Harp, June 17




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