Review: Birth of a Baby Daddy by Piper Rayne

birth of a baby daddyTitle: Birth of a Baby Daddy

Author: Piper Rayne

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review.

The heroine: Massage therapist Harley Miller

The hero: One of the Bailey twins

The blurb: If you’re having fun living your bachelor life in your Alaskan hometown and out of nowhere a woman shows up holding a baby she insists is yours, you need a plan – a birth plan.

BP Step #1 – Lift your jaw off the floor.

BP Step #2 – Figure out the baby’s age – do the math.

BP Step #3 – Try to remember the woman and with any luck, her name.

BP Step #4 – Double check that she’s not confusing you with your twin brother.

BP Step #5 – Ignore your five sisters’ scowls as your entire family watches the drama unfold.

There’s only one thing you shouldn’t do.

BP Step #6 – Don’t assume she’s there because she wants your daughter to call you Daddy. You’ll only end up disappointed.

Time to figure out a new plan – one that changes her mind.

Standalone or series: This is book three of The Baileys series and can be read as a standalone – although I think it would be better to go from the beginning.

The review: When Harley’s young daughter is discovered to have a genetic condition that requires monitoring, she decides to track down the baby’s father. She knows his first name, but that’s it. As the universe would have it, it turns out he’s a pilot who was involved in a crash with a famous Hollywood producer on board, so she’s able to establish exactly who and where he is.

She travels to a little town called Lake Starlight in Alaska to find Denver Bailey, but when she gets there she discovers Denver has an identical twin brother called Rome… and neither of them appear to recognise her. Now she’s left with an interesting question – which twin is the father?

I’m not allowed to spoil it for you, but once she establishes the identity of the daddy, she gets him to agree to undergo DNA testing so she can build medical records for their child. He asks her to stay for a week so he – and his very large family, including eight siblings – can get to know his daughter.

Harley reluctantly agrees, but it doesn’t take long for her to see this was the right decision. She grew up in the foster system and has never known what it’s like to have a family, so she finds the Baileys overwhelming at first… but then she realises she wants Calista to have that. She wants her daughter to be surrounded by a family who love her from the moment they clap eyes on her.

When she agrees to stay long term, she and the Bailey twin in question start over. The attraction that led them to spend the night together two years ago is still there, and they want to make it work. Can they overcome the obstacles in their way and become a family of their own? Will his job get in the way? His well-meaning but interfering family? All questions will be answered by the end of the book.

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