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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Baby Makes Three by Sharon DeVita

Baby Makes Three by Sharon DeVita
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Recent Historical, Holiday
Length: Short Story (130 pgs)
Heat Level: Senusal
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Iris

If he’s such a man’s man, then why did he just win a Mother of the Year award?

“Wild Bill” Cody has a problem. The author of a popular series of action-adventure novels, he has also been penning an anonymous column of motherhood articles based on his experience raising his two-year-old nephew. When his handiwork lands him the magazine’s coveted Motherhood of the Year award, he knows that if he accepts the award as himself, his book-writing career will be over. He needs a mommy stand-in. Stat!

Maggie Magee is perfect for the role. The assistant headmistress of a prestigious girls’ academy, Maggie will make a perfect imaginary mom for Bobby. Too bad she is adamantly against the idea. In fear for her own job should she go along with this harebrained scheme, Maggie finds herself reluctantly agreeing to participate. But as the awards draw nearer, both Maggie and Cody start to see fiction become fact as their partnership becomes something more…and baby makes three.

A warning for the readers first off: This is a historical romance only in the fact that it was written/first published almost 25 years ago. It was written as a contemporary romance and was contemporary when first released (the novel was first published as a “Silhouette Romance in April, 1988”). If you are not aware of this fact, it can definitely color your enjoyment of this novel.

The basic premise is an enjoyable one – stuffy school administrator gets roped into a deception through her mother and all hell breaks loose (as well as a romance). The hero, our “writer under cover as a mother” is everything you would expect of a romance hero. Kind, attentive, good with kids, and has a hint of subterfuge on his mind. Our heroine is confused, cast into a role by her situation, and unbendable . . . until the right hero comes along, that is!

Maggie’s mother is a unique secondary character. She is portrayed as an eccentric, and has her own ideas on how to achieve her goals. The other secondary character is the young man who keeps bringing Maggy and Cody together – Bobby.

As I was reading, I was led in the belief that this story was set in northern Wisconsin which made some of the actions very confusing. During the search for a “mother” to accept Cody’s award, Cody and Maggie head to Chicago to search modeling agencies. This would be quite difficult to do as heading to Minnesota and the twin cities would be much closer. However, we find by the end of the book that they are located in Lake Geneva, which is, in fact, in one of the southern-most Wisconsin counties, thereby making a trip to Chicago much more feasible and understandable!

There were other parts of the book that marred my enjoyment of this book (i.e. lack of a carseat, other child-related issues) that may not have detracted quite so much had I been reading the book in the proper historical context. Therefore, I find myself giving this story the “benefit of the doubt”.

So. . . if you find you are lover of a classic romance, and really enjoyed the late ‘80’s – this one’s for you! However, as a general romance reader, pick this up with the caveat that it truly reads as a 1980’s romance and enjoy from there.