If you are looking for a contemporary romance series with strong women fiction then Tina Gayle’s Executive Wives’ Club series is for you.
Here’s the blurbs and some review to tempt you.
One fatal car wreck…
Everyone’s lives changed…
Blurb for IT Exec’s Baby
Brie Sullivan has a new baby girl and there are a million things to do, but Brie doesn’t have the energy to keep up. Why? She’s still grieving for her husband and suffering from baby blues, but she won’t let that stop her. She’s come up with the answer–find a new husband to be the father of her kids.
Jason Clark has been doing everything he can to help Brie. He loves her but can he accept her proposal of marriage knowing she’s not thinking clearly about the future?
Amazon Reviewer –
While this is a nightmare scenario for any parent, I actually saw this play out when a very good friend of mine died overseas. She left a husband and three very young children behind, and being in a foreign country, we were heavily involved in the whole tragic affair. It was heartbreaking and I saw firsthand how hard it is to carry on when your spouse dies unexpectedly. This book brought to the forefront a lot of the emotions of that time, which really helped me to connect to the characters and to feel the pain they were feeling.
The story starts after the birth of Brie’s daughter, Isabella. I imagine that parts of her pregnancy story unfolded in Book 1 of The Executive Wives – how Jason, who also lost his father in the crash that took Brie’s husband, has been helping out around the house, and was her support person when Isabella was born.
But now Brie is struggling to adjust to this new life that has been thrust upon her. She is stressed out by her older children, totally sleep deprived and lacking the energy or motivation to care for herself or her house. She knows people are judging her but what can she do?
Propose to Jason, that’s what. It might seem like her proposal comes out of left field and stinks of desperation but I had to keep asking myself, in the same situation, would I want to do it alone or would I be looking for someone to share the load? Brie isn’t looking for a husband, as such. She is looking for a father for her children and who better than Jason who has already shown how much he cares for them?
However, as much as Jason cares for her – maybe even loves her – he recognises the proposal as a plea for help. Jason is pretty sure Brie is suffering from post natal depression and her desperation for a husband stems from her inability to cope.
He turns down her proposal but when it becomes obvious Brie will do it with or without him (even offering to pay a man to marry her) he realises he will have to marry her or risk losing her forever to another man.
Birth is almost a love story in reverse. The marriage comes first, then the sex, and finally the love – at least from Brie’s point of view. It is tender and poignant at times, and full of strong descriptive passages.
Birth reads like a Mills and Boon novel, at least in terms of its love scenes, but it has more depth than a M&B book and far more heart.
While I enjoyed the book right from the start, it took me about five chapters to really fall in love with the characters. From there, I was not able to put the book down until I finished it.
I also liked how it explored the struggle Brie’s daughter Allison had with accepting a new man in her mother’s life.
Was quite surprised by the scene where Hagan realigns baby Isabella’s back and stops her from being such a fussy, crying baby. Made me wonder how many babies have been in pain and is that why they cry so much.
My only complaint overall was that I wanted to know more about the other Executive Wives as well, but I know their stories unfold in the other books within the Executive Wives series. I’ll just have to be patient and wait for them to come out.
Overall, a really well written, beautifully paced Indie book with a heart of gold.
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