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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Entangled, Indulgence
Released on August 12, 2013
Being the good girl has gotten Claire Holbrook no where in her desire to be the one Jake Manning loves. When her best friend Holly marries Quinn, Jake’s brother, Claire has no ulterior motives. When the two meet up at the bar after it’s all over, sparks fly that the two cannot deny. But in the morning Jake leaves, thinking he just isn’t good enough for Claire.
Six weeks later, Jake is back from his road trip and trying to ignore his feelings for Claire, but Claire has news for him that will jolt his system and bring up very bad memories of his childhood. Claire tells Jake in style that she is pregnant and so begins a short but heartfelt story of family, healing and love.
While we see some of the love scenes, make no mistake, this is not a steamy romance. The love scenes were lukewarm at best, which left me disappointed. Jake has some deep baggage on him and Claire’s father know about that he must share to finally start to heal and take on being a father. Claire also needs to stand up for herself with her mother and the image her mother has of her as a beng the socialite beautiful daughter to the minister.
This had me reminiscing of Harlequin novels I grew up on. Man meets woman who has had a crush on him since high school. They hook up and get pregnant. Move on to the healing of the past and the joy of finding love, resolving their issues and moving on to being parents.
This was the second book in a series and I felt a little lost about Holly, Quinn and their daughter Ella. Evan’s book is up next, being the only Manning brother unattached. Even Claire’s parents have a reawakening of their relationship. Not very long, this book was a fun escape in the afternoon.