Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The (secret) Baby by Leddy Harper

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?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a really fun, sexy, and sweet romance. Whilst it is definitely a lighthearted plot, there are some quite clever twists in issues of timing and trust too.

Kelsey is a successful businesswoman, but clearly has been damaged by love in the past, and so claims that is it – no more. However, Adam clearly fills a space in her life and, as it happens her future, given she is pregnant. But accepting that fact and doing something about it cause her to panic, repeatedly. By showing her at work and successful at being strong and direct, we get a sense of how out of kilter she is when Adam is around – and after all, due to circumstances, he is around a lot!

Adam may have a fancy education and job, but when faced with Kelsey, he rather loses his polish and certainty. He is keen to settle down and start life with a partner, but he knows Kelsey's thoughts on that... and so ensues a run of misunderstandings.

I found this book to be a very enjoyable escape from my every day and will be looking out for more of Leddy Harper's books.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This book is not what I was expecting. Everyone has read the one-night stand and the "oops" baby. But here you have a play on it.

Kelsey thinks of herself as the black sheep of her family, never doing anything correctly in her mom's eyes. So, when she finds herself pregnant right before her bestie's wedding, she’s dumbfounded. Her one-night stand with the stripper from said bestie's bachelorette party has just impacted her life in ways she couldn't dream of. And when the stripper is actually the groom's best man, she's really screwed because she already promised to let the best man live with her while he is looking for a house.

Dr. Aaron Baucus is not one for one-night stands or being a stripper but as a favor, he pretends to be a stripper and meets this gorgeous woman who he spends the night with. He knows that he will probably never see her again, but the memories of her haunt him. Then he sees her at the wedding and it's all he can do not to grab her and haul her away to his hotel room.

Aaron is not the player everyone believes him to be. He's friends with a lot of women, but he hasn't been lovers with most of them. He's been friend-zoned because he's such a nice guy.

Kelsey has a hard time finding the words to tell to Aaron about the baby and that is the sticking point through the entire story.

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child: she grew up the only girl in a family full of boys. At fourteen, she decided to use that imagination to write her first book, and she never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

Harper is now a mother of three girls, making her husband the only man in a house full of females. She published her first book to encourage her children to go after whatever they want, to inspire them to love what they do and do it well, and to teach them what it means to overcome their fears. You can learn more about Harper on her website or find her on Facebook.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The (secret) Baby by Leddy Harper to read and review.

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