Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review & Giveaway: "The Baby Contract" by Olivia Starke

Title: The Baby Contract (The Billionaire Bachelor Series Book 1)
Author: Olivia Starke
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publication Date: July 21, 2014

Liam Whitmore III is floored by the surprise stipulation in his father's will—provide an heir within one year or he'll lose the controlling portion of Whitmore Incorporated to his cousin Spencer. The corporation is Liam's life. He'll do anything to keep his cousin's hands off of it, including finding a woman who'll bear his child. Though finding the right woman seems an impossible task since he doesn't have room in his life for anything except running the company. He doesn't want a wife, just an heir.

Abby Haden's family is about to lose their ranch, the only life her ailing father and brother have ever known. She feels helpless and is desperate to help. When the most coveted bachelor in Austin, Liam Whitmore III, also known as the Takeover Tyrant, offers to pay her to have his child it seems too incredible to be true. She's all but given up hope of ever having a baby. Not only will her dream of being a mother come true, but she can also save the family ranch.

It was just supposed to be a business deal, but Abby and Liam find it hard to keep their hearts out of what it takes to make a baby. Even as they sort out their feelings, others have their eye on Whitmore Incorporated. Liam and Abby will soon discover how far they'll go to make sure Abby never produces that heir.

Content Warning: contains graphic sex, explicit language, mild violence, and a heroine with a history of domestic abuse

Liam's father passed away and Whitmore Incorporated was to be his. That is until his cousin Spencer stepped in. Now Liam has a year to come up with an heir. Liam has no problem with woman, but this is one circumstance that could easily get out of control. He can think of only one woman he would consider, Abby. She's his mother's nurse and good looking with a natural, down to earth appeal. His mother always talks about Abby and he knows somehow he could trust her.
Abby can no longer stand to watch her father and brother work themselves to the bone. They'll lose the ranch at this rate and they won't take any help from her. When she finds out the extent of what they owe, she knows there's no way to save it. Then Liam makes a proposition, have his baby and she'll get $500,000. This would make all her dreams come true. She'd have a baby and save the ranch.
During the story we find that Abby has a sad history when it comes to men. Though she always wanted a child, she wanted the love and marriage as well. At 32 and a dateless love life she doesn't think it's bound to happen. She doesn't do casual sex, but Liam brings out the heat in her. The love scenes are steamy, hot, and sometimes romantic. Abby loses her inhibition quickly and with a take control dominate like Liam things ignited fast.  I loved Abby's character, though at times she let the bitch out when it wasn't really needed. Between that and Liam's inexperience in relationship the battle was uphill between the two for a while and no one was going to win. Their tempers flared as quickly as their passion which made for an excellent read. When you add in Spencer and all the drama he brought to the book, you had some suspense and danger. The interactions of all the characters was enough to make it enjoyable to read without overdoing it. I was just as curious about KayBona and the takeovers as I was Liam and Abby's romance.
I give this book 4.5 stars. 
It's long enough to be a great book, but short enough to finish in a day. The ending was picture perfect and didn't leave you with a book hangover. This is the first book I've read from this author, but I'll definitely be looking at her other books and waiting for the next books in this series.

Olivia Starke calls the Ozarks home. One of the most beautiful areas in the country, she loves hiking trails with her dogs, kayaking on the numerous waterways, and enjoying southern Missouri's fresh air and sunshine.

She's also 'Mom' to four dogs, a growing number of kitties that show up at her door, and four VERY spoiled horses that do little to earn their keep. Not that she'd ever hold that against them.

She's a HUGE fangirl of Doctor Who and to a lesser extent Supernatural, and has a pretty interesting love triangle (or square?) going on in her head between the Doctor and the Winchesters.

Available for purchase July 21, 2014!!

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