After reading way too many gritty and raunchy “romances,” I was in dire need of a change of pace, and so I set my sights to the tried and true romances of my teen years. Yup! Harlequin!
I haven’t read Harlequin romances in a while, especially anything that featured babies, so this was my first. I always thought babies were such a buzzkill to old fashioned romance, but I was wrong. So wrong. I mean, have you seen the baby on the cover?! Cuteness overload!
The guy is cute, too…
Baby for Keeps is about two people who first met in high school – she’s the awkward genius who skipped 2 grades and he’s the jock who needed tutoring so he could measure up to his family’s expectations – and they reconnect years later. He did steal a kiss from her once, and she hasn’t forgotten it.
Dylan Kavanagh comes from old money, and he owns a bar in a small town called Silver Glenn. Now single, he was once engaged to a Hollywood actress who fled the small town the moment the perfect role came along and he kinda is still recovering, mostly because you can’t hide much in a small town. Mia Larin is a researcher who thought she needed to heed the tick-tock of her biological clock before it was too late, and so she has a baby using a sperm donor, only to find out three months later that the grant funding her project fizzled and now she’s without a job. Broke and without any job prospects, at least not with a three-month old baby in tow and no childcare options, she sets out to Silver Glenn to see how Dylan is faring. I have no idea why really, since they haven’t seen or been in contact for years, but for now, I’ll go along with that premise.
That she brings a baby into a saloon was a surprise, but I’ll go along with that, too. Dylan sees her, sparks fly, he offers her a temporary job since his bookkeeper just bailed out on him. She can even stay in the apartment upstairs while she’s working and sending out her own resumes. Then the saloon conveniently burns down – and he offers his own guest room in his mansion as the substitute living arrangement. Of course, more sparks fly, there’s sex and more sex, and the baby is always asleep in the other room, and the perceived hangups of their past rear their ugly heads – he thinks she’s too smart for him and that the small town is no place for a genius who can find better opportunities in the big city, while she’s thinking, hmm, this arrangement’s not too shabby, and he really should stop thinking I’m way too smart. This is exactly why I picked an average man’s sperm, for crying out loud.
I took 1 star off because the ending just seemed rushed. There’s a mention of post-partum depression but that is never addressed on how she dealt with it (because we know that can be serious but I know, I know…this is a romance, but still…), and I just wished Mia had more sense about her to fight for what she wanted instead of acquiescing a lot to what he wanted. Otherwise, I’ll definitely be reading more of Maynard’s books, and at the moment, I think I have 3 more babies and billionaire stories to go in the box set.