Review: Must Love Babies by Lynnette Austin

Posted June 3, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Must Love Babies by Lynnette Austin
Must Love Babies

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Series: Must Love Babies #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on June 5, 2018
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much I delighted about in this story. Jax, he baby was a hit as he kept things light when they could have gotten way to deep.

Review

Wanting to jump on the bandwagon of a new series by an author I had not read yet, I picked up Must Love Babies and thought I would fall in love. Nope, I fell mostly in confusion by page 1. We just right into Brant’s mind while he is at a wedding for characters I didn’t know. It felt like I should have known who Brant and Molly were from the get go. Figuring I just wasn’t getting it, I plowed on thinking things would clear up. Once again I was wrong and found myself trying to continue because I fell in love with Brant.

Around 40-50% into the book, I started to pull in some of the people, who they were, but once again, it felt like I had lost some of the story. On top of that, the plot wasn’t moving past kisses, a life plan list and a baby being stuck with the hero who steps in all situations needed.

Brant Wylder is a bad boy with a wonderful smile, easy personality and a heart so big for his family it knows no bounds. He is paired up with Molly at a wedding for his fraternity friend (who’s wedding and which friend, I could not tell you). When Brant gets a call from his father that his younger sister has been in a car accident, he rushes out to take care of her son (he wasn’t in the accident) before he is turned over to foster care. His sister a recovering alcoholic needs to go back into rehab after a relapse and now Brant is taking on a 7-month old with no experience.

Molly Stiles owns a bridal shop in Misty Falls, GA. One of many ladies in this town that have grown to be friends as they have set up the bakery for cakes, floral shop and a venue. It is the wedding destination! Unfortunately, at 60% I figured out this was a off-shoot series that would have explained how all this came together and how Brant and Molly met.

Strike 1 – a new series where you really had to read a previous series.

Brant and Molly flirt a lot. Kiss a lot. But it never seems to move on. In fact the story felt like it was dragging. It’s at this 60% mark I am thinking of DNF….when suddenly they are kissing and moving it to the next level…and it ends with a one sentence bang. Seriously, no sex scene. Just one sentence about him taking her on the stairs.

Strike 2 – Clean romance – the story was way to long without some hanky panky reading.

At this point I am ready to skim the rest of the book. I vested this much time into it, I just wanted to see where it goes, but not read it word for word.

Strike 3 – Molly’s list

Molly has a list from her childhood of what she wanted to accomplish by what age. And she is sticking to it after a bad childhood and even worse relationship with a cheater. She is building the business till age 30. That’s it. No man is going to derail her plan. She pushes Brant away time after time to the point I wanted him to run away….FAST. She has daddy issues that just bugged me after a while.

Strike 4 – Brant’s family uses him.

To be fair, Brant’s father is taking care of his mother after she had a stroke. They don’t use Brant in this sense. Brant’s siblings just don’t scream, I have your back. Brant’s sister relapses and takes a drink again, which forces Brant to take on her son Jax. Brant learns a lot, but never once does he give up on Jax. He mans up and takes on a baby with no experience, but learns fast. His two brother’s are off getting a car to remodel. They come and go, but every time they leave Brant to take care of Jax. Never do they stay long enough to take over.

Strike 5 – Why didn’t I DNF?

At the end of the day, I should have put this book down and walked away. To be fair, the writing is not bad, it just needed a lot of background story, some intimacies, and a slap upside the heroine’s head.  If you like you romances clean (not me) and small towns, do your self a favor and read the series before this one so you aren’t lost as you navigate the characters in Misty Falls.

Challenges

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • Yeah, I do like to know if I’m getting into a spin-off series that only makes sense if I read the first one. Coincidentally, I think I did read the first book of the original series. You mentioned wedding destination town and the author’s name rang a bell.
    I have read four books where the heroine has this sort of rigid life list thing going on. Not once did I enjoy that element in the stories b/c its always just a flimsy excuse to have commitment issues about a perfectly good guy.
    Well, at least you got some challenge numbers up. LOL

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It just confused me about who was who and then the chemistry felt off because she was always fighting him off for her goals. Then not to get some sizzle with it, just left me feeling cold.

  • that’s quite complicated to have a new series that you have to read the previous ones. I think because of all that that I’ll pass. Or maybe I’ll take a look at the original series first

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The original series might be good, but a warning that you have to understand that series to enjoy this one would have been nice.

  • Sorry to hear you didn’t like it more.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  • Well that is a bummer. I don’t mind small town romances and sometimes clean is ok, but I need to feel the build enough and have enough sizzle before they close the door. Sorry this one had so many issues.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Clean romances are fine, but there wasn’t much chemistry and the heroine drove me bananas with her daddy issues.

  • That would have driven me crazy too. I think I might have just stopped. I really dislike being lost while reading. Who doesn’t? Hope your next book is better!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I should have stopped, but it was an ARC so I was trying to push through it. Read a few good ones since and need to start writing reviews once my laptop gets here.