Countdown to Santa is the sequel to K-Lee's Father's Day story: Countdown to Daddies.
Gabe and Matteo have settled into the highs and lows of new fatherhood - exhaustion, dirty diapers, baby bottles and a whole lot of love. But as their first family Christmas looms on the horizon, Matteo is worried about how his partner is handling his new role as Papa Gabe.
There's no doubt Gabe adores the twins, but his libido, sense of proportion and perhaps his sanity seem to have disappeared under the strain. Matteo is determined to make their new family work, but it may take thinking outside the box to get back the calm, sensible Gabe he planned to share fatherhood and the rest of his life with.
Released Dec 16
Gabe and their sweet babies make up Matteo's whole world. If he was a twelve-year-old girl, he’d be scribbling his and Gabe's names in hot pink hearts all over his notebook.
He really loves Gabe and he absolutely adores his babies and though he had never imagined having the perfect family or any family for that matter, he can't fathom what he'd do without them now. Unfortunately, he had also never imagined that having a family would turn his easy-going partner into a baby-paranoid, shopping-obsessed lunatic.
To be fair, Matteo knew all about Gabe's obsessive-compulsive behaviors before they decided to have kids—the clean freak Gabe, the no-starch-or-maybe-just-a-tad Gabe, the did-you-take-your-shoes-off-and-check-the-bottom-of-your-socks Gabe. Matteo knew and loved them all, even the change-the-sheets-right-after-we-have-sex-no-matter-whether-it-was-fuck-o'clock-in-the-morning-or-not Gabe, but Papa-Gabe takes all those quirky and manageable other Gabes and crazily wipes the floor with them.
Matteo is the first to admit his heart melts at just how much Gabe adores Dominik and Megan, which he really, really does. Gabe's baby worship was obvious from the first moment he held Megan and she proceeded to wail until her face was the color of a strawberry fresh from the plant. And he still looked on her as the most beautiful baby girl in the whole world. It was obvious from the first time he changed Niki and received a little newborn golden shower—despite Matteo's warning—and still laughed.
So, yeah, Matteo is fully aware of how much Gabe loves him and their twins but if Gabe doesn't stop his over-indulgent, paranoid behavior, Matteo doesn't know what he'll do. Some days fleeing for Canada seems like the best option while other days the Witness Protection program sounds very, very good. He'd be doing it for the twins, of course, since Dominik, Niki, and Megan, Sweetpea, still have a chance of being normal, functioning, non-batshit-crazy children. But Gabe… Gabe seemed to be teetering precariously close to the deep end of the pool where the bottom suddenly falls out and drowning is the only option.
~~L-Lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She's a doting mother of three now grown kids and has had characters and plot bunnies running around her head for as long as she can remember. Though she's fairly new at throwing her original fiction out into the web universe, she hopes to substitute her passion for writing beautiful, emotional men for her previous jobs as a hockey Manager/coach, school band volunteer and overall chauffeur.
~~She lives with an overly-patient husband who totally does not get her thing for gay men, two spoiled but wonderful sons (who don't get it either), two also spoiled but beautiful cats, many phone calls with her daughter who has already left the nest, and an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small, bouncing off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories.
Even gay dads have pregnancy pains.
Matteo and Gabe have everything they could ever want out of life, except for a family all their own. When Gabe's twin sister offers to be their surrogate, it's a dream come true until she insists they be completely involved in the pregnancy. The new dads quickly realize they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
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