Title: The CEO’s Unexpected Child
Author: Andrea Laurence
Publication: March 1st 2016
Synopsis: A shocking fertility clinic mix-up has resulted in Luca Moretti fathering a child with a woman he’s never met. There’s no way the CEO will walk away from his baby girl. But he has thirty days to convince her distractingly beautiful mother to do exactly what he wants.
Widow Claire Douglas is still reeling from the loss of her husband when she discovers a stranger has fathered her child. And the rich bachelor will stop at nothing to gain joint custody. How can she possibly fight a man with such money and power…and a charm she can’t resist?
Disclaimer: An arc was received on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5
Why I liked it…
HELLO? I freaking love babies and billionaires. It’s a freaking weakness I have because you’re the boss at work but you’re a total sucker for the small toddler that is totally having fun spitting up on your shirt. I really enjoyed this book despite having some doubts about the story line in the very beginning. For example, what are the odds that your late husband’s sperm didn’t impregnate you and it was someone else’s and then you fall in love with them afterwards??? It left so much up to fate. This whole book is actually based on it and it was a giant puzzle where pieces kept clicking together so perfectly.
However, while it did click perfectly, I still never fully bought it. I wrote it off that it’s a story and for the purpose of harlequin novels, stories do need to be exaggerated and heavily laced with flair and drama. Okay, so what else did I like? The baby. Eva was described to be this gorgeous dark haired beauty with olive skin and big grey eyes. Like squeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal. I want to snuggle with a baby like that all day. And Luca, her father, carrying her while making pancakes? Can I please be Claire?
What I didn’t like…
I didn’t feel much spark between Claire and Luca. They forced themselves into a one month vacation to get to know each other more but Andrea Laurence kind of skimmed scenes, or quite frankly, didn’t add them. It felt like there were holes in their relationship and readers were just expected to connect the dots and believe Claire and Luca’s love was for real.
Pick it up if you’re looking for a billionaire husband who can change diapers and take care of babies while still looking 100%.