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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.