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Monday, June 11, 2007

Marriage For Baby by Melissa McClone



Marriage For Baby by Melissa McClone
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Poppy

A tiny bundle that needs them...

Jared and Kate are separated when they find themselves guardians of an orphaned baby. The one hitch is, for them both to be guardians, they have to stay married! A marriage of convenience seems the only option…to be parents of convenience!

Soon they have to pull together for the tiny baby in their care and the spark that had gone from their relationship is reignited. Can this baby help them to heal their hearts and ensure they have a marriage worth waiting for, a marriage finally for keeps?

I have a confession to make... Typically, I don't enjoy many Harlequin Romances. I read them to keep a thumb on the pulse of that particular market, but most (IMHO) aren't very good--they're very short, and tend to sacrifice something because of it: characterization or plot.

This one was an exception.

I truly enjoyed this well-written book. The characters are three-dimensional--even the baby!--and the storyline was interesting. The behavior of all the characters was believable. Ms. McClone has done a very good job with this story, and if it's representative of her work I'll happily read more.

The only thing I struggled with was this: I was madly in love with the hero from the beginning of this story. I couldn't understand why the heroine didn't simply throw herself at his feet. Jared was handsome and charming, loving and kind. Even better -- he had a wonderful family! Who wouldn't want him?

Kate, apparently.

There were a few times I wanted to grab her and shake some sense into her.

Spoiler alert: Don't worry, she finally realizes the error of her ways.

Marriage For Baby was an engaging read, and I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet romance.

21 comments:

Joan said...

Marriage For Baby sounds like a very good book. I like a good romance where babies are involved. I read a lot of Harlequin Romance novels.

Karen H in NC said...

I agree with the reviewer in that I don't read many Harlequin Romances...a little too sweet for me. I like a more nitty-gritty, down & dirty book. But, considering she gave this book such a high rating, maybe I should reconsider and take a look see.

Cheri2628 said...

This does sound like a sweet, heartwarming story. Sometimes it is nice to take a break from darker, more complicated books and just sit back and enjoy a lovely story.

Cheryl

Laura731 said...

I agree with the reviewer in that I don't typically enjoy Harlequin books, but there are some that surprise me! I think this book will be one of them...

melanie said...

I love stories like this. I would even let my daughter read it. These kind of stories I think are needed these days of too much sex and violence.

Eva S said...

I do need a sweet, heartwarming story now and then... This sounds like one!

Judy said...

This sounds like a very good read. We all need to read this kind of refreshing book!!

tetewa said...

Enjoyed the review, count me in!

chey said...

The review makes me want to read Marriage For Baby.

jenesparza said...

This book sounds so good. I think even if i don't win i'm gonna buy the book anyway.

Kytaira said...

I love reading marriage of convenience books. Normally about 1/3rd of the books I read are series books. Almost all of those are Presents. How can I turn down a book like this? When even someone that normally doesn't like a style of book, does, then it's a great book.

Estella said...

Nice review.

bison61 said...

I liked your review-it sounds like an interesting book to read

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Susan said...

This story reminds me of the old rhyme "First comes love, then comes marriage ..." except reversed to "Here comes baby in a baby carriage..." I'm just lucky Walmart's open 24 hrs so I can find out this comes out!

S Lathen

robynl said...

this book is for me; I love Contemporary romance.

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rosemary said...

I enjoy this story line. I like a 'happy ever after book'. There is something very relaxing about this type of story.

MarthaE said...

Good review for what sounds like a sweet book! mesreads[at]gmail[dot]com

tigger9 said...

Sounds good. It sounds really sweet.
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Refhater said...

This book sounds like it's just what the Dr. ordered. A light hearted book with a decent plot. And a happy ending! It doesn't get better than that.

Virginia said...

This books sounds like a really sweet read! Sometimes I just get in the mood to read these type books and nothing else will do. I think I am there right now because I have been in a slump lately.

LuAnn said...

It does sound good! Thanks for the review.