Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Not Quite, book 2
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Summary (via Goodreads):
Gorgeous hotel heiress Katelyn “Katie” Morrison seems to have it all. But when she crosses paths with Dean Prescott—the only man she’s ever loved—at her brother’s wedding, Katie realizes there’s a gaping hole in her life. After the ceremony she gets an even bigger surprise: a baby girl left on her doorstep. Determined to keep the newborn until she learns who her mother is, Katie has her hands full and doesn’t need Dean snooping around…especially when his presence stirs feelings she thought were long gone..
Dean Prescott knows Katie is lying to him about the baby. He shouldn’t care what the woman who broke his heart is up to…and he most certainly shouldn’t still be aching for her. Yet Dean can’t ignore the need to protect Katie—or the desire to be near her every chance he gets. But when he and Katie solve the mystery surrounding the baby, their second chance for happiness could be shattered forever.
I really really enjoyed reading this book. It was such a fun, romantic, but serious story. The theme of motherhood, family, and reconciling with the past is well written and conveyed.
Katie has been a “party-girl” for the better part of her youth until recently. With her brother marrying the love of his life and starting a family, seeing the ex she loved but has kept her distance at said wedding, and a baby left on her doorstep right after the wedding, Katie is left in predicament with lots of questions. But she decides to take responsibility for the baby and control over her life. She is truly a kind person and with an immense capacity to love. She’s stronger than she realizes despite the messiness of her past. That strength, kindness, and love is paramount in every action she takes throughout the story.
Dean clearly still has feelings for Katie even after his ex-fiancé left him weeks before their wedding. And with those renewed feelings comes the resolve to settle things once and for all. The fact that he suspects something is up furthers his resolve and desire to help the woman he’s known since childhood. I like Dean’s character. I thought he was a bit too nosy at first, but I got where that concern was coming from. The Prescotts and Morrisons are close. Dean is Jack’s (Katie’s brother) best friend and the history between them is tight (practically family). But he is a good guy – a “good southern gentleman when he wants to be,” he claims.
It didn’t take much to guess who were the baby’s parents, but the mystery of solving the how and why was interesting and helped hold the story together. To each his or her own on what you make of why the baby was abandoned. I far more disagreed than agreed with the explanation. But that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
The close ties of the family and family friends was lovely. Katie’s relationship with her new/other sister-in-law, Monica (the sister of Jessie who married Jack), was goals. I love babies, so Savannah (the baby Katie takes care of) was everything adorable.
There’s so much more I wanted to say about this book but it would be difficult because of spoilers. But this was a nice, quick read. I would read more titles by this author.