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A broody billionaire mets his match when he hires a nanny to care for his bundle of joy.My life was ordered. Smooth and neat like my scotch. I had arranged relationships with a beginning and end. No romantic attachments was my motto.Then I met Maggie. A beautiful, young woman trying to find her place in the gritty world of Manhattan. She deserved more than a jaded man like A broody billionaire mets his match when he hires a nanny to care for his bundle of joy.My life was ordered. Smooth and neat like my scotch. I had arranged relationships with a beginning and end. No romantic attachments was my motto.Then I met Maggie. A beautiful, young woman trying to find her place in the gritty world of Manhattan. She deserved more than a jaded man like me, so I let her walk away.But fate stepped in. I discovered I was a father to child I didn't know existed. Desperate I hired a well-recommended nanny sight unseen. When she knocked at the door of my penthouse, I opened it to find Maggie standing on the other side..I watched Maggie lovingly care for my child and wanted to learn to be a father to my daughter. But having Maggie so close was dangerous. She was a terrifying ray of sunshine that threatened to thaw my frozen heart.I needed her for my childAt least that’s what I told myself.Until it was too late.


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A broody billionaire mets his match when he hires a nanny to care for his bundle of joy.My life was ordered. Smooth and neat like my scotch. I had arranged relationships with a beginning and end. No romantic attachments was my motto.Then I met Maggie. A beautiful, young woman trying to find her place in the gritty world of Manhattan. She deserved more than a jaded man like A broody billionaire mets his match when he hires a nanny to care for his bundle of joy.My life was ordered. Smooth and neat like my scotch. I had arranged relationships with a beginning and end. No romantic attachments was my motto.Then I met Maggie. A beautiful, young woman trying to find her place in the gritty world of Manhattan. She deserved more than a jaded man like me, so I let her walk away.But fate stepped in. I discovered I was a father to child I didn't know existed. Desperate I hired a well-recommended nanny sight unseen. When she knocked at the door of my penthouse, I opened it to find Maggie standing on the other side..I watched Maggie lovingly care for my child and wanted to learn to be a father to my daughter. But having Maggie so close was dangerous. She was a terrifying ray of sunshine that threatened to thaw my frozen heart.I needed her for my childAt least that’s what I told myself.Until it was too late.

30 review for Daddy Issues: A Single Dad Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Raine Miller

    A southern girl brings a Manhattan billionaire to his knees in this delightful tale by Liv Morris. I devoured this book! 5 Steel Magnolia Stars for Daddy Issues.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Roberts

    This was so so good we have a broken billionaire that has demons and a girl who is a breath of fresh air and the biggest heart with a great sense of humor and I loved Maggie her and Lucas could not be any different even though warned to stay away their connection is off the charts hot and she's were she wants to be. I loved the dialogue it keeps you on your toes so well written with humor, intensity we get it all in this one and I couldn't put it down. This was so so good we have a broken billionaire that has demons and a girl who is a breath of fresh air and the biggest heart with a great sense of humor and I loved Maggie her and Lucas could not be any different even though warned to stay away their connection is off the charts hot and she's were she wants to be. I loved the dialogue it keeps you on your toes so well written with humor, intensity we get it all in this one and I couldn't put it down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Daddy Issue by Liv Morris is the story of Lucas and Maggie. Maggie is looking for a job but has been helping to babysit while trying to find her dream job. Lucas doesn't do emotions especially toward women and prefers to have a business arrangement when he does need to have a women around. There was a accident when he was younger that changed his mother along with another women he thought he loved but she wasn't there for that. So when he happens to meet the Maggie who is a southern girl with he Daddy Issue by Liv Morris is the story of Lucas and Maggie. Maggie is looking for a job but has been helping to babysit while trying to find her dream job. Lucas doesn't do emotions especially toward women and prefers to have a business arrangement when he does need to have a women around. There was a accident when he was younger that changed his mother along with another women he thought he loved but she wasn't there for that. So when he happens to meet the Maggie who is a southern girl with her heart on her sleeve he knows he needs to walk away from her. Maggie tells him if they happen to meet again than it is Serendipity. A few weeks later Lucas ends up having something to change his life that he ends up needing someones help. Lucas's friend calls on Maggie to help him which leads to them meeting again. Enjoyed their story and kept reading until the end of it in one sitting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    What's that they say about opposites attract? That's exactly what happens when a cold, controlled (on the outside) billionaire meets a cheerful, attention wandering sweetheart of a young woman. There's an instant attraction on both their parts, and Maggie's (Magnolia) all for pursuing it, but she walks away instead. But then circumstances force her back into his life and they go from there. Where do they go? Well, more of the same. Lucas trying to restrain himself from falling for the free sp What's that they say about opposites attract? That's exactly what happens when a cold, controlled (on the outside) billionaire meets a cheerful, attention wandering sweetheart of a young woman. There's an instant attraction on both their parts, and Maggie's (Magnolia) all for pursuing it, but she walks away instead. But then circumstances force her back into his life and they go from there. Where do they go? Well, more of the same. Lucas trying to restrain himself from falling for the free spirited Maggie, and failing miserably. And Maggie reveling in her new relationship even as she tries her best to help Lucas heal from the singular incident in his past that has frozen his emotional maturity and his heart in a case of ice. I mostly really enjoyed Daddy Issues. Maggie in particular, is a joy to read, with her big heart and cheerful, compassionate nature. Lucas is a bit too surly for my tastes, but considering his past, he has every right to be stunted emotionally. The opposites attract theme certainly worked well here. ARC via Social Butterfly PR for an honest review. Review/Blog Tour: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Liv Morris has a way of taking tried and true tropes and spinning them into something so delightful, fresh and infectious I'm always looking forward to her next release. Daddy Issues delivers on all counts. Lucas and Maggie are so much more that a single dad - nanny fling. Maggie is an impetuous small town girl chasing her dreams in Manhattan when she crosses paths with a hot, suited mystery man in a coffee shop. The dream chasing isn't panning out, so Maggie has fallen back on her skills as a t Liv Morris has a way of taking tried and true tropes and spinning them into something so delightful, fresh and infectious I'm always looking forward to her next release. Daddy Issues delivers on all counts. Lucas and Maggie are so much more that a single dad - nanny fling. Maggie is an impetuous small town girl chasing her dreams in Manhattan when she crosses paths with a hot, suited mystery man in a coffee shop. The dream chasing isn't panning out, so Maggie has fallen back on her skills as a toddler whisperer. The next thing you know she's enlisted to save the day when her roomie asks her to help when a baby lands in the lap of a bad boy bachelor, and you guessed it. Lucas is her mystery man from the coffee shop. Sparks fly and Ms. Morris builds up this delicious tension between them. The kind of sweet, angsty tension that makes this book so hard to put down. It's a must read if you love grumpy, brittle billionaires turned into marshmallows by the love of a good woman as they discover the real meaning of fatherhood. 5 overy exploding stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Lazaridou

    Daddy Issues is a stand-alone single dad romance by Liv Morris. This review will be called Sofia's issues and it's a part of a series called "Once again my pet peeve ruined the day (and the book)." As some people know, my second most hated thing in a book is reading about other women/men. Well, the book began with Lucas seeing the sins of last night still sleeping in his bed. Was that necessary? Or to know that he had a bought and paid relationship with her? As if that wasn't enough at some point Daddy Issues is a stand-alone single dad romance by Liv Morris. This review will be called Sofia's issues and it's a part of a series called "Once again my pet peeve ruined the day (and the book)." As some people know, my second most hated thing in a book is reading about other women/men. Well, the book began with Lucas seeing the sins of last night still sleeping in his bed. Was that necessary? Or to know that he had a bought and paid relationship with her? As if that wasn't enough at some point we get to read a brief summary of how the baby was made and it was another strike for me. The baby itself took come time to come into the picture and no, I am not talking about the 9 months it needed to be born. I was not a fan of the story and it might be because I was expecting something different from the book. It's my fault, but doesn't almost every reader do that? The book was not my cup of tea and I would not recommend it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    3.5 stars. Hey Maggie! I remember you, Magnolia best friend of Tessa. I loved her and her pinkness. Maggie, she’s quirky, she’s funny, she’s gorgeous, she just needs a job. What better way to get over a crappy job interview than spend a few pounds on a mochachocalatte with whipped cream, marshmallows and a dusting of cinnamon on top? And if you happen to meet a hunk of a man in the coffee queue - you are winning at life. I adored the early interactions of Lucas and Maggie aka Peaches and Herb. I c 3.5 stars. Hey Maggie! I remember you, Magnolia best friend of Tessa. I loved her and her pinkness. Maggie, she’s quirky, she’s funny, she’s gorgeous, she just needs a job. What better way to get over a crappy job interview than spend a few pounds on a mochachocalatte with whipped cream, marshmallows and a dusting of cinnamon on top? And if you happen to meet a hunk of a man in the coffee queue - you are winning at life. I adored the early interactions of Lucas and Maggie aka Peaches and Herb. I could sense the possibility. It simmered. It smouldered. I could tell there was some fire to come. There’s sub plots of mummy/daddy issues and the surprise baby (not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb). I would have really liked more daddy baby bonding. If the book theme is a single dad, I want single dad who is smitten. Give me more baby daddy stuff that I can ooooohhhhh and aaaahhhh to. I love babies. And daddies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    My first read by this author and it was very sweet. Poor Lucas is just a broke down mess! He happens to catch our sweet heroine Maggie in a coffee shop one morning. It was serendipity 😍 This was just a sweet not sexy low angst read. There were problems but nothing major. You have the single dad and the nanny and it was love at first sight. Not a whole lot is steamy scenes but the plot drove this book not the sex. Angst⭐️ Cheating None Sexy Time ⭐️⭐️ Epilogue ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot⭐️⭐️⭐️

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    I liked thar Maggie knew how to crack the whip with Lucas, “um, no.” Maggie’s green eyes blazed, making me stand taller. “Your first lesson is in bottle feeding, not downing a bottle. There’s your baby doll. Use it.” I liked this book, I liked Lucas.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michele McMullen

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  11. 5 out of 5

    The Bookish Soaper

    I didn’t quite feel the connection I was hoping to with this book. It was instalovey and way to sugar sweet for me. I didn’t feel the sexual tension I would expect with a nanny romance. This one just didn’t work for me all that much.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Claypot_Reads

    This was a great twist on the single dad romance. There’s plenty of layers to the story of why Lucas is such a closed off guy and the ending was adorable. I have to say Lucas and Maggie’s “meet cute” was so fantastic! Had me smiling & swooning away. Loved catching up with Jess and Barclay too. I received an arc of this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Avidez Literaria

    “She was a delectable temptation wrapped up in a beautiful young package, and I needed to get the hell away from her.” The first time Lucas and Maggie meet, it can be said that fate was on a moody day. With a scene that looks like a slapstick movie, Lucas watches a beautiful woman in line to buy a coffee, but the attraction soon disappears when she photographs him. And everything gets worse when she trips, almost falls, he supports her and a shoe goes flying to a hitherto unknown whereabouts. Luc “She was a delectable temptation wrapped up in a beautiful young package, and I needed to get the hell away from her.” The first time Lucas and Maggie meet, it can be said that fate was on a moody day. With a scene that looks like a slapstick movie, Lucas watches a beautiful woman in line to buy a coffee, but the attraction soon disappears when she photographs him. And everything gets worse when she trips, almost falls, he supports her and a shoe goes flying to a hitherto unknown whereabouts. Lucas just wanted to buy a coffee, a single task of his own, on his first day off. But this different, bold, and clearly outsider woman managed to lock him into a conversation. Obviously under false names. And so, Peaches meets Herb. A different afternoon, but one that will leave its mark on both. Lucas is in fact a billionaire businessman, a bachelor whose affairs are scheduled and paid for, who protects his privacy at all costs, has no good relationship with his father, and is plagued by personal demons. Maggie is in the big city looking for a job. But her loving, laid-back, sincere nature contrasts with the cold, barren metropolis. The stranger she met in the cafeteria catches her attention, after all she can see behind the mask he shows the world. But she will never see him again, or so she thought. In answering a phone call and agreeing to a date, Lucas had no idea of ​​the change that would happen in his life. The balance of the night? A note, a baby and a lot of confusion. And with a child in his arms and no idea how to take care of her, a nanny is needed. But when he opens the door, he comes across the cafeteria girl, none other than the best friend of his friend's girlfriend. While trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the baby while dealing with personal and professional problems, resisting the temptation Maggie arouses will be harder than he imagined. With a good guy full of conflict, fighting guilt over a past mistake, at times he is arrogant and cold, but as the reading develops the reader can see that everything is a facade and self-imposed penance. A well written and developed character. Maggie is irreverent, unfiltered, fearless, strong, the perfect contrast to Lucas's gray world. Baby Esmé is cute and a great addition to the narrative. The plot presents a bit of drama and tension, but nothing that weighs the narrative. Personal conflicts are part of the narrative, present in Lucas's actions and attitudes throughout his life. A good read, with an interesting story, a perfect couple for each other, and attention-grabbing secondary characters. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest Review * https://avidezliteraria.wordpress.com/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I ADORED this book! Liv Morris made me swoon and sigh, as she also delivered the quiver. Lucas is one of those guys who doesn't believe in happily-ever-afters because he hasn't seen one, for one thing, and he also doesn't think he deserves one. He's so closed off that when he meets Maggie in a coffee shop, his immediate connection upends him. He wants her, but he's convinced he shouldn't have her. The good news is that Maggie SEES him. She recognizes his vulnerabilities, and she believes in him. I ADORED this book! Liv Morris made me swoon and sigh, as she also delivered the quiver. Lucas is one of those guys who doesn't believe in happily-ever-afters because he hasn't seen one, for one thing, and he also doesn't think he deserves one. He's so closed off that when he meets Maggie in a coffee shop, his immediate connection upends him. He wants her, but he's convinced he shouldn't have her. The good news is that Maggie SEES him. She recognizes his vulnerabilities, and she believes in him. The problem, as Liv Morris shows so well, is getting him to believe in himself. There is a third party to this romance who is an utter delight. Watching Lucas get to know this person is even more glorious than watching him get to know Maggie. He goes from "I absolutely cannot" to "I don't know about this" to "Maybe?" to "Mine." I loved it. Liv Morris makes you wait for the sexy times, but BOY OH BOY does she also make it worth it. Lucas ... well ... he's delicious. I love him. I want more of him in that way where I just want to imagine him in various--ahem--situations, but I don't want to see him suffer any inevitable crises that come from a sequel. I'm new to Liv Morris's books, and I feel the need to go read her backlist. If Lucas is any indication, I'm missing out on some Hot Heroes. Blog ● Facebook ● Twitter ● Instagram

  15. 4 out of 5

    April Symes

    Daddy Issue by Liv Morris is the story of Lucas and Maggie. Lucas is this rich, sexy yet closed off billionaire. Maggie is a sweet, beautiful young woman who is trying to make it big in NYC. Lucas is a broken soul and how he goes about getting his temporary piece isn't my cup of tea. His life gets turned upside down when he finds out that he is a father. The baby mama left the baby literally behind...that's when Maggie and Lucas are brought together (again). She's a nanny while trying to get her Daddy Issue by Liv Morris is the story of Lucas and Maggie. Lucas is this rich, sexy yet closed off billionaire. Maggie is a sweet, beautiful young woman who is trying to make it big in NYC. Lucas is a broken soul and how he goes about getting his temporary piece isn't my cup of tea. His life gets turned upside down when he finds out that he is a father. The baby mama left the baby literally behind...that's when Maggie and Lucas are brought together (again). She's a nanny while trying to get her foot in the door in the actual job she wants. So her friends recommend her as a nanny and this story comes brilliantly together. Love the message..the chemistry between Lucas and Maggie... the plot is great and the story is sweet and funny. Enjoyed the cast of secondary characters plus the heat generated by Maggie & Lucas, makes for a fantastic read!! Great Ending! My Rating: 4.5 stars *******

  16. 5 out of 5

    Devon Ann

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was another pleasant surprise for me. I had heard about this book on Instagram and thought “why not?” I kind of went in expecting one thing but got another thing instead. I absolutely loved the dynamic of Maggie and Lucas and Maggie as a character was so loveable and fun, she just had this great energy that really popped off the page. The whole storyline involving Lucas becoming a father was interesting to read since I haven’t really read a lot of books focused on single parents but this was a This was another pleasant surprise for me. I had heard about this book on Instagram and thought “why not?” I kind of went in expecting one thing but got another thing instead. I absolutely loved the dynamic of Maggie and Lucas and Maggie as a character was so loveable and fun, she just had this great energy that really popped off the page. The whole storyline involving Lucas becoming a father was interesting to read since I haven’t really read a lot of books focused on single parents but this was a lovely story to start out with. I do feel like the last bit of the book was rushed and I really wish there could have been a wedding for Maggie and Lucas(potentially with more little ones) but overall this was a really nice read and so heartwarming and funny to read

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Hahn

    Daddy Issues by Liv Morris was fantastic. Lucas is a total womanizer, but it’s his defense mechanism. He doesn’t feel he deserves to be happy, and it’s his way to punish himself. For 20 years this is what he’s done, until a chance meeting at a coffee shop was just the beginning. His life takes a bigger turn when his past comes back with more than he bargained for. I don’t want to say much more except this book will keep you glued to the pages. Lucas is a maddeningly hot jerk that you’ll fall in Daddy Issues by Liv Morris was fantastic. Lucas is a total womanizer, but it’s his defense mechanism. He doesn’t feel he deserves to be happy, and it’s his way to punish himself. For 20 years this is what he’s done, until a chance meeting at a coffee shop was just the beginning. His life takes a bigger turn when his past comes back with more than he bargained for. I don’t want to say much more except this book will keep you glued to the pages. Lucas is a maddeningly hot jerk that you’ll fall in love with.

  18. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Andersen

    I knew just from the blurb that this was a story that I needed to read, and I was right! Lucas... oh Lucas. My favorite kind of hero! Troubled, self-loathing and so, so very sweet under all the angst. Maggie was wonderful! Patient and good, with so much love to give to Lucas, if only he would let her. This is a love story that shouldn't be missed! I could hardly put it down once I started reading. 5/5 beautiful, amazing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I knew just from the blurb that this was a story that I needed to read, and I was right! Lucas... oh Lucas. My favorite kind of hero! Troubled, self-loathing and so, so very sweet under all the angst. Maggie was wonderful! Patient and good, with so much love to give to Lucas, if only he would let her. This is a love story that shouldn't be missed! I could hardly put it down once I started reading. 5/5 beautiful, amazing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    This is a Fantastic read by Liv Morris, A single Dad romance that read like a fairytale,and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I Loved the chemistry between Moody,broody Lucas and the delightful sweet Maggie,it was hot steamy and romantic...Esssentially these two have not very much in common but come together to take care of a surprise bundle that lands in Lucas's life.I was completely entertained by their journey and it was a pleasure to read this book. I highly recommend it. This is a Fantastic read by Liv Morris, A single Dad romance that read like a fairytale,and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I Loved the chemistry between Moody,broody Lucas and the delightful sweet Maggie,it was hot steamy and romantic...Esssentially these two have not very much in common but come together to take care of a surprise bundle that lands in Lucas's life.I was completely entertained by their journey and it was a pleasure to read this book. I highly recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Pollock

    QueenZany 4.5 Star Review Daddy Issue by Liv Morris Daddy Issue is a fun, heavenly sweet love story! One, where you want to believe in fate and the crazy instances that bring you to where you need to be in life. Which Liv executed brilliantly with a sense of humor and wit.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Sullivan

    I really wanted to like this book. I skimmed a lot because it’s a lot of internal dialogue and I missed their connection. It’s a different way to spin the single dad romance and I liked the way she did it. A little confused on the mom thing but wasn’t that big of a deal. The beginning of this book is great! The meet and the banter is amazing. I liked that Tessa was in the story a little to help bring the connection of the friends.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I was super happy when I found out this book would feature Tessa's friend Maggie - and she did not disappoint - fun and sassy and certainly not a pushover - a girl after my own heart.... Lucas is an absolute ass-- one of those guys you just can't wait to see cut down to size! Add in the most adorable baby and you can't put this book down!! I was super happy when I found out this book would feature Tessa's friend Maggie - and she did not disappoint - fun and sassy and certainly not a pushover - a girl after my own heart.... Lucas is an absolute ass-- one of those guys you just can't wait to see cut down to size! Add in the most adorable baby and you can't put this book down!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dickinson

    Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There are some romantic tropes that act like candy; they sweeten our romantic soul. For me, sub-tropes such as rich billionaire and his nanny romance feed my “sweet tooth” for titillating stories. Usually, with this trope, the billionaire knocks up his nanny, and there’s an issue with propriety and ethics. Liv Morris’s Daddy Issues isn’t THAT type of billionaire/nanny story. Instead, this is a story about a broken man forgoing the richness of happiness in his world because Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There are some romantic tropes that act like candy; they sweeten our romantic soul. For me, sub-tropes such as rich billionaire and his nanny romance feed my “sweet tooth” for titillating stories. Usually, with this trope, the billionaire knocks up his nanny, and there’s an issue with propriety and ethics. Liv Morris’s Daddy Issues isn’t THAT type of billionaire/nanny story. Instead, this is a story about a broken man forgoing the richness of happiness in his world because he made a horrific mistake in his youth. A baby from an arranged, but temporary $exual relationship and a beautiful, strong nanny help save him from himself. Lucas is a man with a controlled life. He controls his work, he controls his bedroom liaisons, and he controls his relationships with his family. He believes that this control protects him from the reward of happiness and love. In his youth, Lucas makes a huge mistake, and it costs him dearly. As such, he believes he is warranted little in terms of personal happiness. Magnolia “Maggie” enters his life one day in a coffee shop. He saves her from falling, and they feel instant chemistry. However, given Lucas’s control, he lets her leave without the promise of any future connection. Two weeks later, he finds he is a father from one of his temporary, controlled connections. Adrift, his friend finds him a nanny, only to realize it’s Maggie. As Maggie infiltrates his controlled world, his interest in her grows, and it challenges his previous control. Will Maggie help him drop his entrenched walls of protection? Or is Lucas destined to live a lonely, unfulfilled life? There is quite a bit that I enjoyed about this story. I am always a fan of a controlled, seemingly mean-spirited billionaire being brought to his knees by a strong, willful heroine who is emotionally more mature than him. And that’s the case here in Morris’s Daddy Issues. Of the two, Maggie is more insightful and self-reflective. When Lucas’s sister insinuates that he stopped growing emotionally after the incident that changed his family, she isn’t lying. This means that someone must aid Lucas on his journey of self-discovery. Morris has crafted Maggie is such a way that her influence on his life makes sense. I will say that her constant reminding of her bachelor’s in psychology was a bit too obvious for the storytelling; however, beyond that, Maggie is likable in a way that she endears herself to Morris’s audience, and her influence on Lucas feels believable. Additionally, I appreciated that little Esme, Lucas’s daughter, is precious. Sometimes, authors love to create tyrant children who put the nanny through horrors. This isn’t the case with Morris’s story. Esme plays as big a part as Maggie in pushing Lucas through his emotional maturation. She’s sweet in a way that touches her father’s heart, allowing him to grow into happiness and love, both of which he had previously spurned. What I tended to struggle with for this book is the “bipolar-esque” nature of Lucas. For most of the story, he fights his connection to Maggie, but it’s done in a way that feels inconsistent. I didn’t believe him. I also struggled with his interest in writing as a career because Morris didn’t show us, fully, his attachment to it. It’s mentioned twice, but it doesn’t seem organic to Lucas’s character. Since Lucas spends much of the story pushing Maggie away and then getting close to her, it confused me at times. When he finally makes his choice, I was still confused. They have a moment in a dance club in a private room where he lays out his decision, and I found myself re-reading the passage because their agreement bewildered me. Even more, I wanted to feel a greater emotional attachment between Lucas and Maggie. Some times, it felt like there connection was purely physical, but then, Maggie would say she “loved” him. Their physical interest is clear, but the emotional and mental attachments seem invisible, at least until the end. In my opinion, the last quarter of the book is the most consistent, and it’s the best part. However, to realize that, you must read the first part to understand its strength. I love a billionaire/nanny story. It’s enough to create my romantic diabetes. Liv Morris’s Daddy Issues has some of the qualities you love in that trope. More importantly, though, this story holds the message of loving yourself, even those parts of you that are broken. Lucas’s journey shows us the need to let go of mistakes and allow love to fill in all of your cracks.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dickinson

    Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There are some romantic tropes that act like candy; they sweeten our romantic soul. For me, sub-tropes such as rich billionaire and his nanny romance feed my “sweet tooth” for titillating stories. Usually, with this trope, the billionaire knocks up his nanny, and there’s an issue with propriety and ethics. Liv Morris’s Daddy Issues isn’t THAT type of billionaire/nanny story. Instead, this is a story about a broken man forgoing the richness of happiness in his world because Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There are some romantic tropes that act like candy; they sweeten our romantic soul. For me, sub-tropes such as rich billionaire and his nanny romance feed my “sweet tooth” for titillating stories. Usually, with this trope, the billionaire knocks up his nanny, and there’s an issue with propriety and ethics. Liv Morris’s Daddy Issues isn’t THAT type of billionaire/nanny story. Instead, this is a story about a broken man forgoing the richness of happiness in his world because he made a horrific mistake in his youth. A baby from an arranged, but temporary $exual relationship and a beautiful, strong nanny help save him from himself. Lucas is a man with a controlled life. He controls his work, he controls his bedroom liaisons, and he controls his relationships with his family. He believes that this control protects him from the reward of happiness and love. In his youth, Lucas makes a huge mistake, and it costs him dearly. As such, he believes he is warranted little in terms of personal happiness. Magnolia “Maggie” enters his life one day in a coffee shop. He saves her from falling, and they feel instant chemistry. However, given Lucas’s control, he lets her leave without the promise of any future connection. Two weeks later, he finds he is a father from one of his temporary, controlled connections. Adrift, his friend finds him a nanny, only to realize it’s Maggie. As Maggie infiltrates his controlled world, his interest in her grows, and it challenges his previous control. Will Maggie help him drop his entrenched walls of protection? Or is Lucas destined to live a lonely, unfulfilled life? There is quite a bit that I enjoyed about this story. I am always a fan of a controlled, seemingly mean-spirited billionaire being brought to his knees by a strong, willful heroine who is emotionally more mature than him. And that’s the case here in Morris’s Daddy Issues. Of the two, Maggie is more insightful and self-reflective. When Lucas’s sister insinuates that he stopped growing emotionally after the incident that changed his family, she isn’t lying. This means that someone must aid Lucas on his journey of self-discovery. Morris has crafted Maggie is such a way that her influence on his life makes sense. I will say that her constant reminding of her bachelor’s in psychology was a bit too obvious for the storytelling; however, beyond that, Maggie is likable in a way that she endears herself to Morris’s audience, and her influence on Lucas feels believable. Additionally, I appreciated that little Esme, Lucas’s daughter, is precious. Sometimes, authors love to create tyrant children who put the nanny through horrors. This isn’t the case with Morris’s story. Esme plays as big a part as Maggie in pushing Lucas through his emotional maturation. She’s sweet in a way that touches her father’s heart, allowing him to grow into happiness and love, both of which he had previously spurned. What I tended to struggle with for this book is the “bipolar-esque” nature of Lucas. For most of the story, he fights his connection to Maggie, but it’s done in a way that feels inconsistent. I didn’t believe him. I also struggled with his interest in writing as a career because Morris didn’t show us, fully, his attachment to it. It’s mentioned twice, but it doesn’t seem organic to Lucas’s character. Since Lucas spends much of the story pushing Maggie away and then getting close to her, it confused me at times. When he finally makes his choice, I was still confused. They have a moment in a dance club in a private room where he lays out his decision, and I found myself re-reading the passage because their agreement bewildered me. Even more, I wanted to feel a greater emotional attachment between Lucas and Maggie. Some times, it felt like there connection was purely physical, but then, Maggie would say she “loved” him. Their physical interest is clear, but the emotional and mental attachments seem invisible, at least until the end. In my opinion, the last quarter of the book is the most consistent, and it’s the best part. However, to realize that, you must read the first part to understand its strength. I love a billionaire/nanny story. It’s enough to create my romantic diabetes. Liv Morris’s Daddy Issues has some of the qualities you love in that trope. More importantly, though, this story holds the message of loving yourself, even those parts of you that are broken. Lucas’s journey shows us the need to let go of mistakes and allow love to fill in all of your cracks.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dora Harvey

    I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was an amazing and beautiful love story. This book was extremely entertaining, captivating, interesting, and humorous at times. I could not put it down. This story is about Lucas Shaw and Magnolia (Maggie) Talbot. New York’s most eligible billionaire bachelor (Lucas Shaw) is about to get some news that will change his world! Lucas is so swoon-worthy, tall, and handsome, but he did not do romantic relationships so to keep it simple, I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was an amazing and beautiful love story. This book was extremely entertaining, captivating, interesting, and humorous at times. I could not put it down. This story is about Lucas Shaw and Magnolia (Maggie) Talbot. New York’s most eligible billionaire bachelor (Lucas Shaw) is about to get some news that will change his world! Lucas is so swoon-worthy, tall, and handsome, but he did not do romantic relationships so to keep it simple, he arranged relationships with escorts for a couple months—then moved on to another. One problem he has, Lucas does not like dealing with the fallout from old family secrets. But as much as Lucas wants to avoid drama with his father, he maintains his silence because of his mother. Maggie is a free spirited person who majored in psychology from an Alabama college. Maggie wanted to understand human reactions to certain situations. When Maggie met Lucas in the lobby of his building after leaving an interview, he caught her before she fell to the floor—and she literally mesmerized him by her beauty. Lucas finds that he like the feisty, sassy, and obstinate beautiful woman, but he is afraid to open up because of his dark secrets. Everything known to be true is questioned. The past is once again unearthed and this time, secrets lurk between dreams and reality—between the past and the present. Find out if Maggie will unearth Lucas’ past and secrets. Opposites don’t always attract—or does it! Destiny seems to have brought them together or serendipity—and their story is one you will want to read about! The chemistry between Lucas and Maggie was swift, hot, and palpable. Maggie would do anything for Lucas, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself? This is the first time I read a book by Liv Morris, but I assure you, it will not be the last. Liv Morris you did it! You delivered an addictive, intriguing love story. This story is fervent, with a dash of dreams coming true. The storyline is fluid, and the characters are extremely well developed. You won’t regret reading Daddy Issues: A Single Dad Romance!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reviews from the Heart

    Uhh, I don't know what is in the water these days, but this is the second book this week that wasn't really doing it for me. Daddy Issues was just blah to me. I am fairly certain I will forget all about it in a day or two. I caught myself more than once thinking of anything but this book. I felt like there was so much unneccesary dialogue that my mind just wondered off. I just don't understand why so much dialogue was included, when in my opinion less would have been more. I wasn't a fan of the Uhh, I don't know what is in the water these days, but this is the second book this week that wasn't really doing it for me. Daddy Issues was just blah to me. I am fairly certain I will forget all about it in a day or two. I caught myself more than once thinking of anything but this book. I felt like there was so much unneccesary dialogue that my mind just wondered off. I just don't understand why so much dialogue was included, when in my opinion less would have been more. I wasn't a fan of the Hero either. He was arrogant and rude and in my book, he never really redeemed himself. I understand having Daddy Issues, I really do, but it made Lucas appear as if daddy controlled everything, when that wasn't the case. As for the plot literally falling in his lap, I was shocked to find that consequences wasn't even issued for what this character had done. Like, everything was literally just thrown under the rug. I understand people deserve second chances, but for crying out loud, this character didn't even have to prove herself to gain access again. Now on to what I thought was supposed to be a romance book, how in the heck could I even consider this to be a romance when I felt ZERO chemistry between the Hero and Heroine? Yes there was a meet cute that made it seem more in the beginning but to have actual chemistry throughout the entirety of book between the H and h? Nope negative. To me, it also seemed as if there was a lot of unresolved things that I still have questions on because it felt like the ending was rushed. With all that I have said, I am sure you can tell how disappointed I am in Daddy Issues. Hopefully this author's next release suits me more. *REVIEWED FOR REVIEWS FROM THE HEART ~ Ashley Follow the blog: Instagram: http://bit.ly/RftHInstagram Blog: http://bit.ly/RftHBlog Facebook: http://bit.ly/RftHFacebook Twitter: http://bit.ly/RftHTwitter Bookbub: http://bit.ly/RftHBookBub Goodreads: http://bit.ly/RftHGoodreads MeWe: http://bit.ly/RfthBlogMeWe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Pierson

    Daddy Issues is only the second book that I've read by Liv Morris, and I have to say, I've become a BIG fan of her talented self! This is the story of Lucas, a billionaire, who battles serious past demons, so he does his utmost best to be as cold as possible so no one gets past his walls. Maggie is a sunshine kind of girl, who cracked me up completely from the moment she came on the scene. She's a firm believer in Serendipity (going as far as talking about the movie of this name which I loved), Daddy Issues is only the second book that I've read by Liv Morris, and I have to say, I've become a BIG fan of her talented self! This is the story of Lucas, a billionaire, who battles serious past demons, so he does his utmost best to be as cold as possible so no one gets past his walls. Maggie is a sunshine kind of girl, who cracked me up completely from the moment she came on the scene. She's a firm believer in Serendipity (going as far as talking about the movie of this name which I loved), and after meeting Herb at a coffee shop, she can't get him out of her head. Lucas, aka Herb, can't get the sexy Maggie aka Peaches, out of his head either, but he won't go there since he has such a strong attraction to her, preferring to keep thinking she's too good for his dark & twisty self. Now, he decides to go out to meet a former bed partner for a drink, and his life will never be the same. See, Lucas has a super cute tiny human, and he's panicking since he doesn't know what to do with her, or how to handle it all. He's never been around any tiny humans, so he calls his best friend, who recommends a nanny named Maggie. However, there's one hitch, Lucas has to make a deal not to touch her. So, when Maggie goes over to her Herb's place, her faith in serendipity is over the top, but he's not very happy, and treats her coldly. The only reason that Maggie stays, is for the super cute tiny human, whose mother left her like she did. I can tell you right now, the push & pull is crazy intense, because every time Maggie gets close, Lucas does something to make her back away, and usually it's just mean. Slowly but surely, his little girl is starting to thaw his heart, and so is Maggie. They have insane chemistry, but this doesn't end in a quick hookup, nope, those sparks take their time before they won't be denied any longer. The question is though, will Maggie get past Lucas' steel walls?! Or will she finally throw in the towel. Please please hit that one click button to find out, as this is such a great story that I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!

  28. 5 out of 5

    mary Baird

    I devoured Daddy Issues like it was a piece of my favorite kind of pie!! Delicious from the get-go and guaranteed to make you swoon!! Billionaire Lucas Shaw is NY most popular bachelor. Yet finding love is the last thing he wants. Actually, he lives his life so that he doesn’t give himself a chance for this to happen. All his relationships are arranged and come with an end date. He finds life easier that way, neat and organized. But his life is about to change!! Maggie Talbot was the exact opposi I devoured Daddy Issues like it was a piece of my favorite kind of pie!! Delicious from the get-go and guaranteed to make you swoon!! Billionaire Lucas Shaw is NY most popular bachelor. Yet finding love is the last thing he wants. Actually, he lives his life so that he doesn’t give himself a chance for this to happen. All his relationships are arranged and come with an end date. He finds life easier that way, neat and organized. But his life is about to change!! Maggie Talbot was the exact opposite of Lucas. Sweet, a bit quirky, full of life with a mouth that didn’t hold back. She had come to Manhattan to find her place in the work world. After a disastrous interview for a job she really needed, she ducks into a coffee shop seeking solace. It’s here that she and Lucas meet, when she falls into the arms of Lucas. For the first time in years there is something in Lucas that stirs him to life. It’s here where he overthinks things, making sure to not to allow anything to become between them. After all, why would this young woman want anything to do with him? But you know how life has a way of biting you in the a$$? When Lucas gets a call from an old liaison, he agrees to meet with her. It’s here that his carefully arranged life gets turned upside down. Not only does she run out on him, but she also has a little human waiting for him… hiding behind a plant. Yep, she just dumped the baby and took off. Leaving him alone with his daughter, a daughter he knew nothing about … all by himself!! What the hell is he going to do with this little one? PANIC!!! Needless to say, finding a nanny was the first things he did. And you’ll never believe who came to his rescue? None other than Maggie!! She marches right in and is such a natural taking care of the baby. How will she and Mr. clueless do? This couple will steal your heart!! Furthermore, Lucas will have you swooning so hard… Daddy Issues is one of those books that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. There is a lot of humor and so much heart that you want more of Maggie and Lucas!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacie R.

    Lucas is a no-nonsense kind of guy. His life is ordered and runs smoothly. He was firmly in the no relationship camp, until he met Maggie. Maggie is trying to find herself in the big city of Manhattan, failed interview after failed interview, she is trying to figure things out. When she runs into Lucas Shaw she can’t help but be intrigued by him. However Lucas knows he can never be what Maggie deserves and he lets her walk away. When Lucas gets the surprise of a life-time, he turns to his friend Lucas is a no-nonsense kind of guy. His life is ordered and runs smoothly. He was firmly in the no relationship camp, until he met Maggie. Maggie is trying to find herself in the big city of Manhattan, failed interview after failed interview, she is trying to figure things out. When she runs into Lucas Shaw she can’t help but be intrigued by him. However Lucas knows he can never be what Maggie deserves and he lets her walk away. When Lucas gets the surprise of a life-time, he turns to his friend to help him out, and his friend recommends a great nanny that Lucas has never met, or so he thought. When he opens the door there stands Maggie, Lucas has a strict rule that he doesn’t fraternize with employees, but Maggie makes it hard to stay away. Will Maggie be able to break down Lucas’ self-imposed walls, or will Lucas remain alone forever? Liv Morris is a new to me author, and I’m a sucker for single dad books. As a whole this was a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Maggie and Lucas and the way she didn’t put up with his crap. She may have been a single girl struggling in Manhattan but she was still a strong character. Lucas was super closed off at the beginning of the book and I really did like watching him open up. However I felt like the beginning of the book was so thought out and well written, granted there is a lot of internal monologue that happens, but I felt like the end was rushed. I wanted more of a buildup between Lucas and Maggie while she was taking care of Esme. I wasn’t disappointed by any means, but did feel like I wanted just a little bit more. All in all this was a quick read and full of surprises!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Linz Readz)

    *4.5 Stars* I absolutely loved the meet cute and the way opposites truly attracted in this book! I want more of these two! Maggie is quirky, funny, and just trying to find herself in the big world of Manhattan. When she runs into Lucas Shaw, she is immediately intrigued by him. He runs a very strict and smooth lifestyle which means no long-term relationships, ever. After their meet cute, he knows she deserves better and lets her walk away. When an old tryst of his, shows up with his daughter, he i *4.5 Stars* I absolutely loved the meet cute and the way opposites truly attracted in this book! I want more of these two! Maggie is quirky, funny, and just trying to find herself in the big world of Manhattan. When she runs into Lucas Shaw, she is immediately intrigued by him. He runs a very strict and smooth lifestyle which means no long-term relationships, ever. After their meet cute, he knows she deserves better and lets her walk away. When an old tryst of his, shows up with his daughter, he is immediately in over his head and needs help. His best friend recommends a nanny who is great with babies and Maggie is who shows up at his doorstep. My favorite part of this book was how strong Maggie is. Even though she’s struggling to find her place in the world, she is strong and refuses to put up with Lucas’s crap. She is determined to break down his walls and help him heal from the hurt of the past. Will she get through to him or will she end up just as hurt as he is? I’m a sucker for books with babies and single dads. This one hit me right in the feels and I enjoyed the ride so much! I also loved all of the pop culture references in this story, specifically all the oldies songs and artists that were mixed in. They fit these two characters so perfectly. This was my first book by this author and I don’t know where the heck I’ve been! I’m going to go back and dive into Jess and Barclay’s book as soon as I can and then check out the rest of her backlist! P.S. I hope we can get a story for J.J. in the future. I fell in love with him, especially the way he immediately took to Esme. Grateful to have received a complimentary ARC copy to honestly review.

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