Riley’s Baby BoyKaren Rose Smith-

Riley’s Baby Boy

Karen Rose Smith

Harlequin Special Edition, Jul 24 2012, $5.25

ISBN: 9780373656875


In Miner’s Bluff, Brenna McDougall arrives at Riley O’Rourke’s place holding a six week old baby.  She tells him the infant is his.  Filled with doubts, the former marine asks his high school sweetheart why she failed to tell him she was pregnant.  She replies complications with her life as a designer in New York, with doubts on how he would react, and with what she wanted to do.  Riley knows that the old times’ sake fling at their high school reunion would have been when she conceived.  He questions paternity and she answers that she has not slept with anyone for a long time, but test the DNA of Derek. Her parents do not know they are grandparents.


Neither trusts the other and their offspring senses the tension.  Additionally the grandchild reignites the feud between their respective families.  Brenna knows she needs to flee for New York with a broken heart (again), but instead of just designs she will have her beloved Derek to help ease the pain. 


The latest Reunion Brides (see Once Upon A Groom, and His Daughter…Their Child) second chance at love is a warm romance starring two protagonists with a history, a strong secondary cast mostly family, and a matchmaking baby.  Brenna’s decisions re her pregnancy and Derek’s birth at first seem inane, but as the enjoyable storyline unfolds, readers will understand her real motive is a fear of rejection for her baby by those who she loves.  Karen Rose Smith provides another deep entertaining contemporary.


Harriet Klausner


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