His Secret Baby Bombshell

His Secret Baby Bombshell

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Expecting her rival's baby! 

Driven businesswoman Eve Winchester has big plans to take her father's Chicago real estate empire global. But when she ends up pregnant by her family's personal and professional nemesis, she's thrown into the shark tank of corporate intrigue. Now she's doing damage control as she falls even deeper for Graham Newport. 

Graham has never had such a heated, secret fling. But suddenly Eve is pregnant, and no strings attached turns into the ties that bind. Graham won't turn his back on what's his, but will family friction tear apart their fledgling affair?

Publisher: Toronto : Harlequin, 2016.
ISBN: 9780373734894
Branch Call Number: PB Benne
Characteristics: 218 pages ; 18 cm.

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FindingJane May 11, 2017

Philandering husbands and suffering wives seem to form ugly backdrops to a lot of romance novels. So far, I’ve encountered the Beaumont bastards, the Fortunes of Texas (with Gerald Robinson having been revealed as Jerome Fortune and sporting at least two illegitimate children at the time of my reading) and now we have the feuding Winchesters and Newports.

Aren’t familial relations great? Nothing says kinship and romance like cheating dads and bastard kids.

Of course, the husbands with the wandering phalluses are usually loaded and mighty, having empires that must be sorted out among the various offspring, legitimate and otherwise. It’s supposed to lead to legal entanglements, heady drama and forbidden sex. I find that it simply sours me on the whole subject of romance.

But this novel starts off without much romance. Oh, there’s heated sex between the sheets, that’s for certain. It’s all the hotter for taking place between two people who are sworn rivals in a legal battle, Eve Winchester and Graham Newport.

They have a lot of chemistry (but so does gasoline and a blowtorch). It wasn’t enough to keep me from being irritated with their sexual romps at every opportunity. She’s just so weak. Whenever he touches her, she swoons and can’t fight him off the way she wants. He, of course, is your typical alpha male, barging in and ignoring butlers, secretaries or lack of invitation. This domineering attitude is supposed to be sexy. To whom, exactly? Can you say “restraining order”?

When Graham finally does hold off on the physicality, I still didn’t warm to him and that was because of his unspoken designs. He wants to marry Eve—not because he can admit to caring for her but because he wants to get hold of her baby. He thinks of it as being his; he thinks of HER as being his and the proprietary nature of his thoughts made me quiver with disgust.

He has this silly, archaic notion of putting a ring on her finger and his last name on this child as if they were cattle to be branded. This patriarchal idea was infuriating and made no sense. It turns out his half-brother Carson Newport is actually a Winchester. Should he therefore change his last name to Winchester? No mention is made of that. But Graham expects both Eve and her unborn child to bear the name Newport.

What sort of antediluvian, chauvinistic nonsense is this?! Why should a woman change her father’s last name for her husband’s unless her husband is the pope, premier or president? Eve doesn’t make quite the same arguments when she discovers Graham’s ulterior motive but her rejection makes her feelings very understandable.

But there may be an underlying reason to Graham’s urge to make his baby respectable. Whenever he talks or thinks of Eve’s cheating father, he calls him a “bastard”. That word comes up ad nauseam, to the point where you wonder if Graham has a real problem with illegitimacy. If such is the case, then he doesn’t really care for his half-brother as much as he seems.

No, Graham is no prize no matter how good he is in the courtroom or how smoldering he is between the sheets. He’s just your typical arrogant, entitled jerk with too much money who thinks he can have whatever he wants just because he’s always won his case. Keep the kid and your last name and boot this guy to the door.

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