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Lightning Review: And Babies Make Five by Judy Duarte

Posted February 9, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Holly‘s review of And Babies Make Five by Judy Duarte.

Samantha Keating always wanted a family, and with the help of the Armstrong Fertility Institute, her dream was becoming a reality—in triplicate! The widowed mother-to-be wasn’t looking for a father for her growing family. It had to be her out-of-control hormones giving her such unneighborly feelings for Hector Garza—the handsome, far-too-available man next door. But was the bachelor ready to take on another man’s babies?

Hector had long been intrigued by the statuesque blonde. And Samantha’s ever-enlarging baby bump made her more alluring than ever, convincing the up-from-his-bootstraps attorney that he’d finally found Mrs. Right. But was Samantha ready to take that first baby step? To let Hector be the husband—and father—he longed to be?

First, I have to ask: Does it look like he’s about to smack her on the cover, or is it just me?

I really liked the premise behind this story: Widow returns home pregnant and attracts the attention of her sexy next door neighbor. While aspects of it worked in this novel, I’m afraid I was disappointed by much of it.

The heroine not telling the hero the paternity of the baby is frustrating. It makes her seem immature. There was no reason to keep it a secret except to add conflict, so it didn’t make sense. Plus, the other secrets she chose to keep were just..well, contrived. I can appreciate her wanting her privacy about certain things, but she continued to keep silent long after she should have.

The resolution came a bit too late in the story and marred my enjoyment. Plus, some of the issues were left unresolved, like how Samantha’s in-laws were going to deal with her new relationship.

I did like Hector quite a bit, and aside from her secret keeping Samantha was a good character. I think they balanced each other well and I enjoyed their romance when I wasn’t annoyed with Samantha.

3 out of 5

This book is available from Silhouette Special Edition. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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