Tuesday, 15 November 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #224
The Billionaire's Baby Arrangement - Charlene Sands
Mills & Boon Desire 2-in-1
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"The highway collision had brought together more than their two vehicles. Suddenly businessman Nick Carlino was face-to-face with a woman from his past...and her five-month-old baby. Though they hadn't seen each other in years, Nick offered Brooke Hamilton and her child shelter after the crash. It was the right thing to do as they got back on their feet.
But how could something so right feel so wrong? Having Brooke under his roof brought back memories the billionaire would rather have kept forgotten. And passions he needed to control. Nothing short of Carlino Vineyards' legacy hung in the balance..."
This is the second book in the Desire 2-in-1 as above. I really don't like the title of this book, while the UK edited Harlequin's/Mills & Boon's have moved away from this style of titling the some of the NA ones are yet to do this, sigh! Don't let this put you off, it's a good read.
The hero Nick and the heroine Brooke were once very close school friends but their friendship ended badly when Nick rejected Brooke. They meet again many years later when they are involved in a car crash. Brooke is injured and since she is a single mother to her five month old daughter Leah, Nick promises to help her and lets her stay with him. Brooke has only just returned to her childhood home of Napa Valley hoping to make a new life for her and her daughter after inheriting her late aunt's house. Brooke is on her own after he ex-husband left her for another woman and he doesn't yet know about Leah, both things are never far from Brooke's mind. It's not long before thirteen years worth of bottled in passion erupts and Nick and Brooke agree to a 'simple' affair. Nick doesn't want commitment and he is still carrying anger over events that led to the end of his baseball career and the machinations of his late father, but he soon begins to feel like Brooke and Leah belong in his life.
I always like reunion stories and this one has the added extras of friends-to-lovers and unrequited love! It is an enjoyable book. I really liked the bond and friendship between the hero and heroine, it really made their love for each other feel very read. The book isn't as racy and fast paced as you would usually expect from a Desire, but this is not a bad thing. The book grabbed me from the start and had a wonderful flow throughout.
However, I do feel that some things were too conveniently dealt with, such as the ex-husbands turning up, which was done far too late and then resolved before you had chance to draw breath!
Nevertheless, this is a very entertaining book with a wonderful reunited/friends-to-lovers theme.