I received this book for free from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Child of Mine by Karen Grey
Series: Boston Classics #4
Published by Home Cooked Books on December 1, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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The bigger the secret, the harder it is to hide.
Single mom Isabella York was a celebrity before she had her first kiss, her first date, or her first sip of alcohol. Playing the bad girl--both on and off the set--allowed her to make up for lost time. While making an all-too-public mess of her life. Back home in Boston, with her “checkered past” behind her, all she wants is to raise her little girl far away from the spotlight.
But when a job offer she can’t refuse means she has to work side-by-side with an unforgettable one-night stand, Bella has a choice to make. Revealing her past could mean losing everything, or gaining more than she ever hoped.
For her, and her daughter.
It’s not that Henry Smith hates kids--they don’t like him. Meanwhile, he’s stuck producing children’s TV, so he’ll try to tone down the grumpiness that’s dogged him since his life imploded seven years ago. After all, not everyone gets a second chance to chase his dream. If he plays his cards right at this new gig, he can move on to making television that will change the world, not just entertain a bunch of brats.
Maybe he can charm the woman he never thought he’d see again into a do-over while he’s at it.
In this sexy, heartwarming not-quite-historical romance, the latest Boston Classics standalone romcom, a sunshine/grumpy pair has to face the past to before they can find a future… together.
This was great! I have enjoyed each and every one of the books in the Boston Classics series so far. This is the fourth book in the series but it would work perfectly well as a stand-alone. This book brought together so many elements that I love into a delightful story that I didn’t want to put down. I had a fantastic time reading this book.
I must admit that I was a little nervous when I discovered that this book was a secret baby story because those only work for me if certain conditions are met. I had nothing to worry about because this story was executed very well. Bella is a single mom who is focused on taking care of her daughter. She has a more colorful past from her time starring in a soap opera but she tries to stay out of the spotlight these days. She agrees to take on a producer role on a television show because she cannot turn down the paycheck. She never imagines that she will cross paths with Henry. Henry just arrived in town to direct this new show and he is determined to do a good job. He has always thought of the girl he knew years ago before his life took a turn.
I really liked the characters in this book. Bella and Henry were both great people and I thought that the chemistry between them was amazing. Henry was very forgiving which proved just how much of a good guy he is. Throw in an adorable kid, a dog, a bookstore, a couple of cats, and some family drama and I was a happy camper. I liked the 80’s references and enjoyed the few times that the mention of something from that period sent me on a trip down memory lane.
I would highly recommend this book to others. I found this story to be really well-done with a believable second-chance romance and great characters at its core. I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work in the future.
I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.
Oh it looks great and you made me curious!
I hope you’ll check it out Melliane!
Great review and good to know that you were fine with the secret baby trope because I too have trouble with some too. Thanks and it’s great that it can be read as a stand alone
This whole series is written to work as standalones. I hope you’ll try one soon!
Not a fan of secret baby trope. Glad to hear this one was well executed.
Maybe I’ll get you to change your mind 😉
Oh right this series! I have not tried them
Please let me know if you’d like a review copy!
This was 5 hearts for me too! Excellent review Carole. I like a story with children in it. I loved how adult Henry and Bella were in very difficult situations.
I like the sound of this.
I hope you’ll give it a try!
I would be super hesitant about the secret baby plot too as there are only a few books I’ve read that have had one that I thought worked. This does sound like a fun read and I like all the different parts to it.