Sunday 13 April 2014

Review: Baby, Be Mine - Vivian Arend

What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

Since the moment Katy Thompson transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman, Gage Jenick has awaited his chance. When she kicks her boyfriend to the curb, he doesn’t hold back—in spite of the next day work assignment that will take him away for six long months.

After a head injury sustained on a storm-swept road, Katy can’t remember her own email password, much less how the little pink “positive” on the pregnancy stick got there. Barring an influx of midichlorians, she’s at a loss to explain what happened, or when…or with whom.

Suddenly Gage is back in her life as if he has a right to be there. While she vividly remembers the crush she had on him, she’s no one’s charity case. But another thing she’d forgotten was just how stubborn Gage can be—especially when her domineering ex tries to stake a claim…

Warning. An unforgettable night that gets forgotten. A crazy redneck ex, and a hero who’s ready to take on the world, and his past, for his heroine.

Thompson & Sons Series:
Rocky Ride (Novella in the Marked anthology, also available as a separate ebook)
Baby Be Mine
One Sexy Ride
Let it Ride
A Wild Ride

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Gage has had a thing for Katy for a long time but working alongside her protective older brothers, who he also considers his best friends, makes it hard for him to put the moves on her - especially when she already has a boyfriend. He's just about to leave town for six months when he finds out that she's dumped her boyfriend, the timing is terrible but he just can't walk away without making his feelings for her clear. Katy has had a crush on Gage forever but never thought he'd look twice in her direction so she couldn't be happier when she finds out how he feels. After spending one amazing night together they reluctantly separate, planning to let everyone know they're a couple once Gage returns. That would be fine if Katy didn't suffer a serious head injury just after he left and lose all memory of their night together. When Gage returns early he's gutted to find out that Katy has forgotten everything that happened between them but he's determined to prove to her just how much he loves her and win her heart all over again. Especially considering she's carrying a baby that could be his.

I really enjoyed the first story in this series, Rocky Ride, (which currently only available in the Marked anthology but coming soon as a separate ebook) so I was looking forward to getting to know Mitch's younger sister Katy a bit better in Baby, Be Mine. The timeline for this story actually runs alongside events in Rocky Ride but don't worry it can easily be read as a stand alone and would work well as an introduction to the series if you haven't started it yet. This is a great contemporary romance series full of hot sex and it has a great small town feel to it. I love series that follow a family so you get to revisit previous characters as the story continues and I'm also a sucker for the friends to lovers trope so it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book.

Katy has been through a lot in the last few months, the accident has left her with short term memory problems and she now has trouble doing things that she used to find easy. Her family was always protective but they're now even more so and it's driving her crazy but then she realises she's pregnant and she can't even be sure who the father is - her ex boyfriend or Gage who has come home claiming they spent a night together. She had a crush on Gage for such a long time but she is worried that he is just trying to look out for her because of the accident and even if they did start something what will happen if it turns out that her ex boyfriend is actually the father? I really liked Katy, she's had it tough but that hasn't stopped her wanting to be independent and she is determined to stand on her own two feet. I enjoyed the relationship she had with her brothers and was pleased that she stood up to them and made sure they knew exactly what she wanted.

Gage is a really sweet guy who would do anything for Katy and the baby, even if it does turn out not to be his. He's upset that Katy has forgotten their night together but he knows he can win her heart again by showing her how good they are together. They actually make a really cute couple and I loved seeing them work through their issues together. A lot of potential problems are thrown at them but they stand by each other throughout it all and I loved that about them.

Baby, Be Mine is a really sweet romance and another great instalment to the Thompson & Sons series. This is a spin off from Vivian Arend's Six Pack Ranch series which I have to admit I haven't read yet but that one is definitely going to the top of my wish list now. I'm looking forward to finding out more about these characters and getting to know the rest of the Thompson brothers better as the series continues.

Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

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