Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: Must Love Babies

Must Love Babies by Lynette Austin

My rating: 5 Stars

Brant Wylder is quite successful in his business of restoring vintage cars with his brothers. His life is interrupted, when their sister Lainey is badly injured in a car accident. As his mother has recently had a stroke, Brent is number two on the emergency contact list to care for seven-month-old Jax. Brant may not know a thing about caring for such a young baby, but one look in his eyes and Brant knows that he would do just about anything for the beautiful little boy, including caring for him full-time while Lainey heals.

Molly Stiles really liked Brant when she met him at a wedding. They seemed to hit it off, but he had to rush off when his sister was hurt. Running into Brant at her local grocery store should be a very good thing for Molly. However, she has a life plan, and despite her attraction to Brant, he does not fit into her tightly constructed future. Despite her misgivings, she realizes that Brant needs help with Jax. She can't say no to the handsome hunk, even though the possibility of spending copious amounts of time with Brant just might weaken her resolve.

I found this to be a sweet story on many levels. Quite naturally, any story with a big man tenderly loving a little baby is quite affecting. I also enjoyed the repertoire between Molly and Brant, especially while Brant works effectively to saw through Molly's life plans. Also, Brant is a true family man, down to the bone, and his relationship with his nephew, brothers and sister makes for a great character. Molly was relatively easy to understand and to like. Her past molded her into the person she has become, and watching her warm up to Brant was quite enjoyable. One other factor I enjoyed about this book is how gently Lainey's problems were handled. Without offering spoilers, this was not rushed, and I found that to be quite refreshing.

Although this is the first book I've read by Lynette Austin, I had a sense of familiarity with several characters. It was easy to see that many of them are mentioned in this author's previous series, The Magnolia Bides. This is book one in the Must Love Babies series. I look forward to the next two books, no doubt they will be about Brant's brothers Tucker and Gaven.

Many thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and to NetGalley for this ARC to review.

Date of publication: June 5, 2018

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