The (Secret) Baby by Leddy Harper
Published by Montlake Romance on July 9th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A one-night stand becomes much, much more in this sexy, lighthearted romance.
Maid of honor Kelsey Peterson is disappointed when the bride-to-be bails on her bachelorette party—especially since Kelsey’s already ordered the stripper. Desperate for a break from her romantic woes, Kelsey goes through with the party. After all, why let a good stripper go to waste?
Dr. Aaron Baucus is definitely not a stripper. He’s a legit doctor with a PhD in neuropsychology. But when his friend calls him over to a bar to meet a bunch of tipsy, flirtatious bridesmaids, they assume otherwise. After all, their stripper was supposed to be dressed like a doctor. Aaron isn’t much for pretending, but with Kelsey, he’s willing to be whatever she wants him to be. At least for one night.
But fate has a wicked sense of humor: Aaron and Kelsey are the maid of honor and best man at the same wedding. And after their one-night stand, Kelsey’s pregnant, but she doesn’t know how to tell him. Aaron wants to start a relationship, but he doesn’t think Kelsey wants something long term. Can their fragile romance survive all the half truths and secrecy?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This was my first ever book by Ms. Harper and The (Secret) Baby definitely won’t be the last! This was fun, a bit angsty and it had me smiling the whole time.
We start off meeting Kelsey having a very bad day, which leads to Kelsey having a very nice encounter with her best friend’s bachelorette party’s doctor-dressed-stripper. They say no names, just one night of fun. So when Kelsey realizes she is now pregnant by the nameless doctor-stripper she can’t believe her luck. Ha! She is in for one giant whopper. The stripper, not actually a stripper at all, but an actual doctor with a Ph.D., is non-other than her cousin’s best friend and the best man at the wedding that she’s the maid of honor at.
Aaron can’t believe the sexy redhead he can’t stop thinking about is the one his best-friend told him was off-limits… well, it’s a bit too late for that! He just hopes that Kelsey will give him a chance to change her mind about men.
Kelsey and Aaron’s chemistry was amazing, and when they were open with each other it was the sweetest thing. Kelsey had snark to go for miles, she was funny as hell and could be sweet, but her close-off-ness and quickness to judge made me want to slap her a couple of times. I could understand were her issues were coming from, but I still lost my patience with her a couple of times.
Aaron was a nice guy. Tired of people not taking him seriously and jumping to incorrect conclusions about pretty much every aspect of his life, he just didn’t bother to correct anyone. He was caring and sweet, smart and funny but he could still get sexy-bossy.
While I really loved them both and their relationship the main issue between them was lack of open communication, and then both of them taking turns at being immature butt heads. This part was absolutely exasperating. EXASPERATING! Fortunately, they both remove their heads from their rectums and straighten things out to give me an HEA.
With the best snark and banter, an accidental pregnancy and the worst stripper ever, The (Secret) Baby a really fun read that had me smiling like a loon and LOLing in the middle of the night. I do need to let it be known that there are no explicit sextivities… which is a shame as Aaron had a really big d-uck.
Rating: 3.5+ “The snark of it all” Stars
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