My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What are the chances that two people who have a brief intense affair while both on mission in Africa might have another chance? According to the Baby Project those chances are quite good. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from Barclay Publicity. Grant is news correspondent who has worked in some of the most dangerous areas of the world bring news of conflicts to the world. He is rumored to be close to winning a Pulitzer prize and his boss is chomping at the bit to get that award for his reporting organization. Liz is an OB/GYN who was stationed in Africa where she went when her life was at its lowest. She was seeking purpose and a break from her life.
Liz is now a partner in a local OB/GYN practice in a small town in the South, her home town where she lives within blocks of her parents, sisters and their husbands and her brother and his family. Both of her sisters are expecting babies and although Liz is very happy for them it brings her pain to know that she may not have a chance to have a baby. She has a condition that is getting increasingly worse which might prevent her from having a baby. She knows she has to act now if she will ever have a chance to have her own baby. Liz is ready to try insemination if she can find the right donor which has to be someone she knows as characteristics in a file are not enough for her.
Grant is in town to prepare his aunt's home for sale, or so he says since that home happens to be next door to the woman he had a brief affair with in Africa. Grant himself is not sure if he is only there to make repairs and prepare the home for sale, especially after he sees Liz again and he realizes he was only fooling himself. The trouble is he is not the kind of man to settle down, but, maybe he can get a chance to spend some time with Liz. Of course Liz decides that Grant has all of the characteristics of what she wants for her child and asks for his help.
The Baby Project gives the reader both sides of the story, how Grant and Liz met. It tells the story of their affair in Africa from both of their perspectives and what went wrong. It finally tells the story of how their relationship progresses while Grant is in town preparing a documentary on the state of small-town life. It is an endearing story that tells the story of a woman who has know great love from her family but been unlucky in romantic love and the story of a man who has not known great love from his family, other than his aunt), so he purposely stayed away from romantic love and how they find their way to each other more than once.
When a workaholic OB doctor asks her commitmentphobic, globetrotting ex-fling to donate a sperm sample, a simple request turns into far more than either of them ever bargained for…Here comes THE BABY PROJECT by Miranda Liasson…
About THE BABY PROJECT
Liz Kingston spends her life delivering babies and longs for one of her own. All she needs is someone with fabulous genetic material. Who better to ask than her sexy ex-fling, who has no interest in ever settling down or being a father.
International correspondent Grant Wilbanks loves danger and travelling the world. But nothing in all this Brit’s experience could have prepared him for the way a torrid affair with Liz makes him feel. When she asks for his assistance, he figures he can help her out with a simple donation. No strings, no emotions, just…test-tube science.
But this simple favor gives them both more than they ever bargained for. Grant agrees to her terms, but stepping away gets harder and harder because the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling…and losing the battle to safeguard his heart.
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“I have one question,” Grant said.
“What is it?” Liz asked. Her body felt boneless, her throat suddenly dry, blood whooshing in her ears. Either she was having a heart attack or she was very, very turned on. Or both.
“Why are you wearing my bathrobe?”
Oh, dammit. Busted. At least the embarrassment made her thoughts veer back into safer territory. “I—spilled vinegar on my shirt and it was hanging on your kitchen chair.” That was the truth. She omitted the fact that she’d inhaled it repeatedly and probably would have slept in it if he hadn’t shown up.
His full, beautiful lips curved up in a smile. “It looks better on you anyway.”
His hands stopped moving on her arms. He stood there looking at her, his grin slowly fading.
There went that whoosh-whooshing of her blood pounding through her temples, her pulse points, the heat from his gaze spreading through her, settling in her core.
“It might look even better off,” she said, her voice barely a whisper. Oh God. Did she say that?
His brows shot up in surprise. The smile returned, this time predatory. A gleam flashed in his eyes. Then he bent his head and kissed her. Just a graze of her lips, soft and featherlight, but it made her lose her breath, her balance. Her sense.
He steadied her. Pulled back, holding her by the shoulders and tracing her cheek with his thumb. “I need you to tell me what you want. Perhaps this isn’t a good time.”
She couldn’t let him leave. She wanted him more than air, needed him too badly. But to say that?
His thumb slipped down and traced her lower lip. “Let me make you feel better. I know how.”
Of course he did, and every cell in her body knew it.
His other hand wrapped around her neck, tangled in her hair. Slowly, he drew her in to him. Tugged on her lower lip, tasted it. Teased it. She gasped. The surprising tenderness of his touch, the slow, careful moves, had her trembling beneath his touch.
“Is this what you want?”
Oh, of course it was. Emotions collided inside her, some attached to warnings, but her absolute need for him pushed all her doubts away.
“Say the word and I’ll leave. But say it now.”
His voice was soft, tender, yet demanding at the same time.
One word was all it took for him to seal her lips with his. He possessed her mouth with relentless kisses and thorough strokes of his clever tongue, making the slow steady simmer building within her go up in flames.
Suddenly their bodies were flush, and she could feel the raw, uncontrolled heat of him searing her through his thin robe. The hard thickness of his erection pressed against her belly, against the throbbing pulse between her legs. His mouth was on her, oh God, his wonderful, soft lips kissing her, possessing her mouth, his tongue tangling with hers.
She forgot everything—her sadness, her disappointment, her name. All were smoke and ashes scorched by the absolute hunger between them.
He slid his hand down her back and cupped her ass, positioning her over his raging erection. She ground her hips against him until he emitted a deep, low growl, which pleased her greatly. She felt his smile against her lips as he scooped her up and carried her into her bedroom.
“Make love to me,” she whispered.
“I will,” he said, tossing her lightly onto the bed and shrugging off his suit jacket. “But only if you give me back my robe. I’m quite possessive of my clothing.”
Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about everyday people who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and an Amazon bestselling author whose heartwarming and humorous small–town romances have won accolades such as the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and have been Harlequin Junkie and Night Owl Reviews Top Picks.
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