After spending another family wedding fielding questions about her non-existent love life, Kelsey Noble decides she’s tired of waiting around for things she could go out and get herself. What Kelsey wants is a baby, and she doesn’t see any point waiting for a husband she’s not even sure she wants. But a mix-up at the fertility clinic lands her with a hassle she didn’t count on. A big, muscular hassle in a Stetson and cowboy boots.
Cole Mitchell is shocked to discover that a grand gesture from years past has come back to haunt him. Now, thanks to a clerical error, a woman he’s never met is having his baby—and there’s no way he’s going to walk away and forget he has a child.
Trying to make nice with the unexpected father of her baby lands Kelsey in Silver Creek, Oregon, dealing with the kind of small town life she left behind years ago. Even worse is dealing with the burning attraction she feels for Cole. She knows adding sex to the mix is a very bad idea, but she’s not sure how long she can resist falling for the last man she ever expected…
FTC Disclaimer: I do not know this author, nor was I paid for this review. This ARC was provided through the publisher for an honest review.
I actually follow the author on twitter so, when I knew she was writing a cowboy, I put it on my to-read list. Then it appeared on NetGalley so I immediately requested it. This is a very cute and easy read. It had enough heat to keep me interested and I enjoyed both of the characters immensely.
The premise for these two meeting was quite cute, if not quite extreme. Cole had donated sperm to the sperm bank as his ex-wife was a complete nutter and only wanted children from his young-man sperm, and not his old-man sperm, but wanted them at a later date. Then the sperm bank messed up and hey presto we have a story. His reaction to the news of his impending fatherhood was noble; he wanted to be a part of the baby’s life even though he hadn’t actually thought about having children then. It was good guy behaviour and he continued to prove his worth over the course of the book. He invites Kelsey to his ranch so they can get to know each other, he pushes her into becoming part of his family and he is resolved to being part of the baby’s life, even when he did nothing to bring it into the world. The only issues arise when the sexual attraction flares between them because he truly doesn’t want to complicate their relationship.
“There was no chance of no-strings sex with him, because she and Cole had nothing but strings”
Kelsey was a nice character to read about too. She went to the IVF place as she decided that she didn’t need to wait for some man to come and impregnate her when she had alternative options. She could have told Cole to take a hike when he arrived on her doorstep, but instead she allowed him in and played along. I liked that she was open to a relationship with him as she saw him as a victim in this situation. She was so attracted to him (and why wouldn’t she be? He was hot and nice) but she tried so hard to play by all the rules he kept making. It was all very sweet. They were fabulous characters to read about and their love story was so sweet. I really enjoyed that these two were adult enough to talk through their feelings and problems; the fears they had for their future child’s happiness was a genuine barrier rather than a silly one.
This book is a nice, easy read. It is definitely a book that will make you smile and give you a case of the warm and fuzzies. With a genuinely lovely cowboy, who just wants to do the right thing, there is no way I wasn’t going to like it.