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Friday, April 24, 2009

Those Baby Blues by Sheridon Smythe

Those Baby Blues by Sheridon Smythe
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (302 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Vervain

Hadleigh Charmaine felt as though she had been cast in a made-for-TV movie. The infant she had taken home from the hospital was not her biological child, and the man who had been raising her real daughter was Treet Miller, a film star with sizzling baby blues. But when those famous peepers settled on her, the hardworking, single mother refused to be hoodwinked -- even if his once-over made her shiver with desire.

Treet knew he'd found the role of a lifetime: father to two beautiful daughters and husband to one gorgeous wife. Now he just had to convince Hadleigh that he wasn't feeding her a line, that in each other's arms they had the best shot at happiness. He planned to woo her with old-fashioned charm and a lot of pillow talk, until she understood that their straight-from-the-headlines story could have a Hollywood ending.

Hadleigh Charmaine has just been thrown for a loop. Even though she hears the words coming out of the doctor’s mouth, she can’t believe them. How could her daughter not be her daughter? Eventually Hadleigh has to come to grips with the reality that her baby was swapped for another at the hospital. But if that’s true, who has her child?

Treet Miller, movie star extraordinaire, is dumbfounded when he’s contacted by the hospital administrator and told that his darling daughter isn’t really his. Agreeing to meet with the counselor and the birth mother of his daughter, Treet tries to prepare himself for the worst… but nothing could have prepared him for Hadleigh.

The hero and heroine were well developed and leapt off the page, but their precocious children are even better. Even the characters of the bodyguard and nanny came to life within the pages. Even from the first, the character of Treet Miller seems to be more than your average movie star. Instead of the superficial person you would expect him to be, you find that he has hidden depths and a deep love for his child, even knowing that she isn’t really his. Hadleigh is a strong woman, with a great personality, a strong will, and sarcastic whit. While it isn’t likely that babies would get swapped at a hospital in this day and age, it made for a delightful story just the same. Just when it seems that the ending is predictable, a twist gets thrown in and the plot thickens. The editing mistakes were minimal and didn’t really detract from the story; however, there were times when it was more like watching a soap opera than reading a book.

Having never read this author before, I am happy to say that I would gladly pick up another title by Sheridon Smythe. I enjoyed the conversations and emotions flowing between Treet and Hadleigh and found myself cheering them on, waiting for the moment when they would realize they wanted the same thing. If you enjoy a tale full of drama and romance, you should give Those Baby Blues a try. You won’t be disappointed!