The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire’s Secret Baby by Lauren Gallagher

The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire’s Secret Baby by Lauren Gallagher
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (212 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

You can’t thaw a heart that was never frozen.

Retired at thirty-five, billionaire Matt Coolidge should be enjoying the fruits of his workaholic years. Instead, he’s got migraines from butting heads with his mother. If Matt doesn’t get a matrimonial move-on, she’s threatening to will the family farm to his brother, who’ll turn it into a strip mall.

Then Matt’s childhood best friend rolls back into town, bringing a complication that’s not entirely unexpected—or unwelcome.

Years ago, with Matt’s help, Dara Marley froze several embryos before cancer treatment stole her fertility—and before a stupid argument tore their friendship apart. Now alone, she’s taking the most logical step to ensure the child she’s carrying has a father. Returning to Matt—and hoping bygones will be bygones.

Baby and all, Matt’s on board. And when Dara finds out Matt’s career kept him too busy for a relationship—even sex—she’s more than happy to bring him up to speed.

But a decades-old grudge between their families means keeping quiet about their good news—and the feelings they never knew went far deeper than friendship.

Warning: Contains a virgin who’s been waiting a long time for this and a woman who’s happy to show him the way. And they’ve both had it up to here with narrow-minded gossips and small-town grudges.

This book was entirely different from the story I had expected. It was a pleasant surprise that the author put a unique twist on the romantic relationship by making the hero a virgin. At heart it was a sweet coming home story about two friends finding their way back together and discovering they were perfect for each other all along.

This story was so well written that it was infused with feelings and I could tell that Matt and Dara had a real close bond. They had real history together, best friends growing up, despite a family feud that never died down. They were always there for each other, so much that Matt donated his sperm for Dara so that she could have a baby after her cancer treatments were done. Sadly, they fell out and drifted apart for a decade, until circumstances threw them back together again. Matt was now a self made billionaire retired at a young age , back in their hometown struggling with some health and family issues. Dara shows up newly divorced and now carrying his child. They rekindled their friendship when she offers to let Matt be a father to their baby. Things get interesting, and sexy, when she discovers that Matt is still a virgin after all these years. Dara has been around the block a few times and agrees to teach him a few things in the bedroom.

These two had a great chemistry and the relationship was well developed so that it was believable. They did a lot to support each other throughout the story, and I felt their bond, the devotion and their curiosity as the relationship became more romantic. That’s not to say that they didn’t stumble a few times along the way. There were some mistakes and hurt feelings, but the most drama came from their circus of overbearing, feuding in-laws. It all ended in a realistic way after Matt and Dara stopped playing games with their family. I liked the nice epilogue and how nothing was magically glossed over.

Overall, this book was incredibly well written. It had an easy pace and some lighthearted humor, the dialogue between Matt and Dara being a subtle combination of snarky and touching. To sum it up it was a thoughtful romance, with love scenes that were hotter than I had imagined. A very enjoyable book !

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