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At thirty years old, caterer Lexie Baump has a lot on her plate. With a business to run, she doesn’t have time for any added distractions. But one momentary indiscretion adds a little hiccup to Lexie’s plans. She’s pregnant. With no relationship prospects.
But if Lexie thought fighting morning sickness while running a catering business was hard, enter Dr. Fletcher Haybee. Their connection is instant, and their love of vintage rock tee shirts and Elvis music is enough to bond them for life. There are just two minor problems.
One: he’s dating her oversexed best friend. Two: he’s also her obstetrician.
With events to cater, awkward OB appointments to endure, and her ever-growing baby bump making it impossible to close her jeans, Lexie has to find a way to curb her undeniable attraction toward Fletcher and focus on her new role as a working mother. But it certainly isn’t easy when its clear Fletcher himself feels the same magnetic pull toward Lexie.
Can Lexie leave the gorgeous Fletcher for her best friend to chew up and spit out, or will she cave to her feelings and find love in the stirrups? Life is about to get messy, and we're not just talking about crumbs in the car seat...
Author Site: Brooke's Blog
Unconventional, sweet, and packed with LOL moments! (5 stars)
Lexie Baump is thirty, successful, and after an epic indiscretion... pregnant. After a messy divorce she pulled herself up by the boot straps and started her catering company, Eats & Sweets, with her best frenemy, Marisol. Getting pregnant with no baby-daddy is a complication she really doesn't need. But this might be her one chance at motherhood and with the support of her cousin, Candace, she's determined to embrace it. First step, seeing her new obstetrician.
Dr. Fletcher Haybee, however, turns out to be everything Lexie could want in a guy. He's kind and quirky... and drop-dead gorgeous. With her mom trying to force a husband on her at every turn, morning sickness that lasts all day, and her busy catering schedule, it's only natural that she'd pretend no interest when Marisol decides she wants Fletcher. But the spark between them won't be denied as things grow ever more complicated right alongside her protruding baby bump.
It's no secret that I might just be Brooke Moss' number one fan. She's the author who pulled me from the paranormal shelves into more contemporary waters with her humorous and heartfelt, THE WHAT-IF GUY. Since then I've come to love her way of making people, not just characters, come to life on each page. They're funny and geeky, sexy and somber, thrust into situations that are relatable and emotional. And she's done it again with BABY & BUMP.
If you've ever had a surprise pregnancy you'll immediately empathize with Lexie. That's one of those really emotionally tumultuous things that blends fear and joy and anger and excitement into one big indescribable mess and I was feeling it right alongside Lexie. Quirky and responsible, it seems like a mistake she just wouldn't make and the mystery of just who the baby's father is and why she doesn't want to tell anyone is a nail-biting thread you'll want to unwind. In contrast, Fletcher is such an open book. I melted to mush right away with his Southern charm and how he's raising his daughter alone. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in finding a good dad to be one of the sexiest things on Earth.
The supporting cast is where a lot of the funnies come in and I just felt at home with them. Lexie's BFF cousin and her husband are adorable. Patsy, her mom, both annoys and yet is endearing in her own odd way. Her brothers and sister-in-law provide an added depth that makes the story strong. Then there's Marisol. I can't resist referring to her as the frenemy because she does and says things that if she were my friend I'd probably lose my cool over. I disliked her intensely and that eventually grew into hate. But then Moss did something... showed a side of Marisol that was unexpected and gave her some depth that I was anticipating. It made me cry and realize that I had been judging her only on what I was 'seeing' and that maybe there was so much more to her than I knew.
While it's definitely a romance, BABY & BUMP, is very much about the relationships that define us as family, specifically as parents. I just loved it. I laughed and cried and had to resist the urge to skip to the end. If you love quirky characters, single parent romances, lots of humor, and a heartfelt happy ending you have to read this book!
Notes: ARC received via author.