Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baby For Keeps by Janice Maynard

A woman and baby walk into a bar…
It might sound like a joke, but saloon owner Dylan Kavanagh knows it's all too serious. Struggling single mom Mia Larin needs him. She helped him when they were young, and the bachelor meant to do everything in his power to protect Mia and her child. Giving her a job and a room under his own roof are easy. 

Keeping it all about business isn't…
Dylan is a successful, eligible catch, but are Mia's feelings just a case of hero worship? Or will she still need him, still want him, once her circumstances change?

Published & Release Date: Harlequin Desire, June 1, 2014

Time and setting: Present Day, USA      

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Billionaires & Babies Romance

Length: 189 pages

Heat Level: 1 Scorching Hot Flame

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Vikki’s Musings

I always love books with babies and children as part of the story line. When I found Baby For Keeps, I immediately downloaded it since I have enjoyed other books by Janice Maynard. This was definitely an enjoyable read.

Dylan Kavangh sees a young woman downing one drink after another and becomes concerned. He does not want that in his bar. When he talks to his bartender, he finds out the drinks are virgin strawberry daiquiris. Curious, he approaches the woman and sees a baby in her lap and tears rolling down the woman’s face. Then he realizes it is none other than Mia Larin.

Mia Larin has a new baby, no job and an empty bank account, having depleted all her reserves after eight bouts of artificial insemination, using a sperm donor. When she sees Dylan, a guy she tutored back in high school, she is immediately drawn to him. While he had been a jock and she a geek, they had become friends during the tutoring sessions. She’d had a crush on him all those years ago, and the attraction was still there.

When Dylan hears her story, he offers her a temporary job as his bookkeeper and the apartment above his bar, the Silver Dollar Saloon. Mia wants to think about it, so he leaves her at a local motel out on the interstate to give her a chance to sleep on it.

Once Mia is in the motel room and gets her daughter, Cora, asleep, she makes the decision to accept Dylan’s offer. After all, it will give her a chance to regroup and send out her resume to perspective employers—and if she is brave enough—a chance to seduce the gorgeous Dylan Kavanagh. Not that she had ever tried to seduce a man before.

After a fire destroys the apartment over the bar, Dylan convinces her to move in with him, temporarily. Was there a better opportunity to achieve her desire, than daily contact with Dylan? Should she try it, or keep her attraction locked up tight and become the little Mia from high school who would not have said boo to a goose?

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced second chance romance. I like Ms. Maynard’s flowing writing style and interesting characters. While this is a light-hearted read without a great deal of conflict, it has such a sweet and tender love story that it satisfied my romantic heart. I liked both characters immediately and fell in love with the sweet baby, Cora.

The only reason I did not give Baby For Keeps 5 Gold Crowns was because I would have liked a bit more development of the plot point, concerning Dylan’s learning disability from high school. This is an engaging read that had me flipping the pages on my Kindle to see how this couple with such differing goals would find their HEA. I recommend this delightful book, and I am sure you will enjoy Dylan and Mia’s love story as much as I did. Happy reading!     

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