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untitledBe my Baby by Laura Greaves

“Ambitious Australian Anna Harding seems to have it all: a glamorous job as a gossip columnist, and a beautiful home in London that she shares with her gorgeous boyfriend, Finn Cassidy. Her only problem is her regular run-ins with their neighbor Luke, who is furious about Anna’s internet shopping constantly being delivered to his place by mistake.

When her flighty best friend Helena winds up pregnant, Anna agrees to be godmother – despite her aversion to children. But then Finn announces he’s moving to Belfast for a great job in television and Helena takes off to Scotland – leaving baby Ivy behind. Suddenly Anna’s perfect life is in pieces as she tries to juggle the baby, her job and a long-distance relationship.

Will Finn wake up to himself and return home or will he be swayed by the charms of his seductive producer? Will the irresponsible Helena finally sort herself out with the help of her eccentric great aunt? And will Anna’s life ever be the same, especially after Luke’s unexpected response to the chaos unleashed next door?

Nothing is certain in this entertaining and moving tale about the relationships that matter most. ”

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What struck me about this book was the honesty of the characters. Nothing was sugar coated or dressed up for appearances sake. The motives and the choices of all three main characters make are probably closer to reading someone’s mind who was in that situation, than fiction.

The fact it was written in the first person really allowed you to peer into the characters psyche and understand their thought processes. Anna and Helena are flawed and rather selfish people, who make decisions based on what is best for them. It might not make them truly likeable but it makes them real.

I myself am guilty of saying in my head “Oh no Anna, you should have done this” but it is easy to judge from the outside. That is the hallmark of a very well written book, you don’t have to agree with everything that is being done but you understand why it is happening.

Be my baby isn’t a traditional chick-lit/romance novel, it is more of a social commentary and insight into how the 20-30 year old mind thinks today.

I enjoyed Be my baby immensely. It was funny, well written, and honest. If I knew these characters in real life chances are I’d have to stop myself from knocking their heads together at times, but that is life.

Laura Greaves succeeded in making her characters human and charming in their flaws. Be my baby is thoroughly engrossing and often thought provoking. I highly recommend adding this book to your summer reading list. It is the perfect pool side book.

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untitled (2)The love deception by Jennifer St.George

“When Felicity Carter wakes up naked in a strange bed, she has no idea how she got there. And no recollection of meeting the gorgeous man calmly offering her breakfast. Shocked and embarrassed, Felicity flees – hoping that their paths never cross again.

The last thing she expects is to discover that her mystery man is Damon Fullbright, partner at the law firm where Felicity has just started work – and her new boss! Damon is appalled to find the young woman he rescued has been hired to work on his team. Apart from anything else, he doesn’t need the distraction.

Despite their early misconceptions, their appreciation for each other – both personally and professionally – begins to grow. But when Damon discovers what Felicity’s been hiding, how will he ever trust her again?

A gripping romance that combines courtroom intrigue with a dash of Barbados, The Love Deception is the latest book from Jennifer St George. ”

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The love deception is a fast paced charming romance. I found the back story of the legal case quite fascinating and very well researched. It gave the book a good grounding and set the stage for the intrigue between Felicity and Damon nicely. The balance between sexual tension and steam was perfect.

Damon is great character, he is handsome, smart and very sexy. He definitely was able to keep Felicity on her feet.

The love deception is a finely crafted romance novel that is hard to put down once started. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance books with some added zing.

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Down Under Resources:

What’s hot on Steamy puddings this week: Book Review: Interview: Kate Belle, author of The Yearning and Being Jade

The Naughty Ninjas:  Instructions for observing World Sauntering Day

Hearts ‘N Wined: It’s not really a blog, it’s a Facebook page but I absolutely love this page devoted to Western Australian writers. It’s a showcase of the best romance, erotica and chick lit writers in WA and there’s a whole lot of wonderful photographs and competitions.

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