The Pick Up
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The Pick Up – Allison Temple – Book Review

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In The Pick Up we meet Kyle, the recently widowed father to a six year old, and Adam, said six year olds teacher. Let’s watch them work through their hesitations and fall in love.

The Pick Up

THE PICK UP by Allison Temple

Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
Length: 337 Pages
Purchase: Amazon 
Story Rating: 4/ 5
Romance Rating: 4/5

I recieved an copy of this book from the author/ publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Kyle’s life is going backwards. He wanted to build a bigger life for himself than Red Creek could give him, but a family crisis has forced him to return to his hometown with his six-year-old daughter. Now he’s standing in the rain at his old elementary school, and his daughter’s teacher, Mr. Hathaway, is lecturing him about punctuality.

Adam Hathaway is not looking for love. He’s learned the hard way to keep his personal and professional life separate. But Kyle is struggling and needs a friend, and Adam wants to be that friend. He just needs to ignore his growing attraction to Kyle’s goofy charm, because acting on it would mean breaking all the rules that protect his heart.

Putting down roots in this town again is not Kyle’s plan. As soon as he can, he’s taking his daughter and her princess costumes and moving on. The more time he spends with Adam, though, the more he thinks the quiet teacher might give him a reason to stay. Now he just has to convince Adam to take a chance on a bigger future than either of them could have planned.


I love the cover. It’s so bright and cheerful. I expected this book to make me smile, and it did.

Let me start by saying, The Pick Up is a MM romance and I thoroughly reading it. It was a fun, light read. I had a smile on my face when it ended. And, the steamy scenes in the middle might have made me blush. Exactly what I look for in a weeknight read. Plus, the book takes place in a small town and I love small towns.

My absolute favorite part of this book was six-year-old Caroline. She was such a refreshing addition to the story and had such a big personality. I shy away from books where children are involved, because I have a hard time relating, and because they often seem like an afterthought. Not here though, with her princess costumes and negotiations, Caroline was the star of the book. I thought it was amazing to see a child added to a MM romance story in a respectful and appropriate way.

Reading about Kyle with Caroline, my goodness. I couldn’t take the smile off my face. It was wonderful how the author made sure the child was front and center in every decision that was made.

I cringed watching Kyle and Adam become friends. There were times I wanted to shove them both and tell them they were being idiots. Then I swooned and fell in love with them both. Sometimes I laughed, sometimes I blushed. I was right there with them as they realized just being friends wasn’t an option. Kyle and Adam were so cute together.

Overall, The Pick Up was a sweet book (with a couple steamy bits). It left me so happy and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a mid-week pick me up.

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The Matchup Cover

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Have you read any of these books? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts. I’m sure you all know the struggle of picking out a good book, so help a woman out and give me some suggestions. What books have you enjoyed lately?  As always,  it would mean the world to me if you would like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. The buttons should just be on the right side of the page.

If you enjoyed reading this review, you might also enjoy my review of Master Cole by Marie Tuhart.


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