28 Feb '14

A Nix Contemp Review : Baby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend (4.5 Stars)

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Baby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend
Series: Thompson & Sons #2
Published by Samhain Publishing, Limited on 2014-02-25
Pages: 177
Format: eBook
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What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

A Thompson & Sons Story

Since the moment Katy Thompson transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman, Gage Jenick has awaited his chance. When she kicks her boyfriend to the curb, he doesn’t hold back—in spite of the next-day work assignment that will take him completely off the grid for two long months.

After a head injury sustained on a storm-swept road, Katy can’t remember her own email password, much less how the little pink “positive” on the pregnancy stick got there. Barring an influx of midi-chlorians, she’s at a loss to explain what happened, or when...or with whom.

Suddenly Gage is back in her life as if he has a right to be there. While she vividly remembers the crush she had on him, she’s no one’s charity case. But another thing she’d forgotten was just how stubborn Gage can be—especially when her domineering ex tries to stake a claim...

Warning. An unforgettable night that gets forgotten. A crazy redneck ex, and a hero who’s ready to take on the world, and his past, for his heroine.

FTC : I was provided this book by the author for an honest review. I am a massive fan and work with her often. Although I don’t think this has influenced this review, I do know that her style of writing has always worked for me. 

The thing I always enjoy about Vivian Arend novella’s is the amount of content that she packs into them. This tale runs alongside the novella that is in the Marked anthology and features Katy, the sister that we know has short term amnesia after a car accident. This is a second-chance story (with an amnesia twist) all mixed in with a secret baby plot … I really did enjoy it. If anything, I think it possibly needed a few more pages ; a moronic complaint to have about a novella I know but that is my thoughts on the matter!

When Katy finally dumps the odd boyfriend, Gage decides to make his move. Timing not being his strong suit, he does this the night before he has to go away for a while. Whilst he is away, under the impression that they are now a couple, she has her accident and forgets all about him! Determined not to lose her now he knows what they could have, he decides that, even though she doesn’t remember what they shared, he will woo her anyway. Then she finds out she’s pregnant and, try as she might, she can’t push the old boyfriend out (who she doesn’t remember dumping) because there is the chance that he could be the Father. How do you start a relationship with a woman who doesn’t remember your previous encounters, thinks she still is in a relationship with her ex and doesn’t know who the Father of her unborn child is? It’s a tricky one…..

I see this as more Gage’s book than Katy’s and I don’t know why. He was the person fighting for he wanted, the one driving the relationship forward as Katy was pretty much stuck trying to remember her recent past. I loved Gage and I loved that he had decided that Katy was worth all the trouble. He didn’t care that she may never regain her memories or that she may be carrying someone else’s child; he just wanted her. He was so dreamy and lovely that I pretty much swooned when ever when he came on the page…  he is one of my favourite Arend hero’s. I admired Katy as a heroine, her strength and her character evident in everything that she did. I just felt that the difficulties that she faced overtook the development of the romance a little bit too much and because of this I saw this a tale of Gage fighting for the one he loves and Katy trying to cope with her situation.

This is actually quite sweet for Vivian Arend, the sex being fairly infrequent and more sensual. Every sex scene did have a purpose, every scene developing the plot a little bit more and they were all very enjoyable. As I say, this is more of a romantic novel than a sexual one and the prose throughout reflected that.

I love Vivian Arend and this one was no different. A sweet romance with a dreamy hero and a secret baby plot? Totally one for me 🙂

four-half-stars

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