Romantic Takeover: Baby Matchmaker by Rose Chapman

Romantic Takeover: Baby Matchmaker by Rose Chapman
Publisher: TDL Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When her sister and brother-in-law passes away leaving behind a six-month old baby, Lisa was determined to take care of the only family she had left even if it meant working day and night to sustain them both. However, the appearance of Alex Dawson, the baby’s uncle and Lisa’s long time crush turned their life upside down. Unable to reject his proposal to move in with him for the baby’s sake, Lisa wondered if she would be able to fight the smoking hot attraction between them or end up in the playboy’s bed.

Lisa is grief-stricken when her sister and brother in law die in a tragic car crash, leaving Lisa with their three month old infant son, Jason. In this horrible time, the first major complication she needed to face was Alex Dawson, Jason’s uncle and the brother of her brother in law. Lisa might be feeling overwhelmed, upset beyond belief and lost, but that doesn’t mean she thinks that moving in with Alex is a smart idea, not for her or Jason.

I found this to be an interesting short story. While the pace was a little fast for my personal taste, many readers might enjoy the quick read. A lot happens here, Lisa’s whole life gets thrown upside down and while the ending is very enjoyable, I usually like to savor the road there as much as the destination. I had a lot of sympathy for Lisa, I found her to be a very relatable character. Alex was a bit more elusive to me – more of an actions rather than words man – and I would have enjoyed getting to know his character a bit more. The attraction between Alex and Lisa was undeniable though, and their simmering chemistry was always going to explode when they jointly began to care for little Jason.

I thought the conflict in the book was a little clichéd, but it certainly helped nudge the plot along and help cement the relationship between Alex and Lisa. The sex was graphic and the chemistry between Lisa and Alex smoking hot, but I feel it was also written tenderly enough many traditional romance readers will find it deeply satisfying. There’s nothing extreme or envelope pushing here, and I feel many readers will enjoy this extra spice to be the perfect culmination of Lisa’s giving herself to Alex fully.

A well written, emotional read, this is a wonderful short story that should appeal to a wide range of readers.

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