Single mom Missy Johnson has worked hard to provide her adorable triplets with the secure childhood she never had. But now that her baking business has taken off, Missy’s left struggling to juggle cupcakes and kids!
That is until gorgeous Wyatt McKenzie comes back to town, bringing memories she’d prefer stayed locked away… But when she sees him bonding with her mischievous trio, Missy realizes five might just be the perfect number!
I hate to say it, but A Father for Her Triplets just about drove me insane. I almost didn’t finish it, but at the point I was going to quit, I was so far into the book that I decided to see how much crazier this made me.
OK, now I am more than willing to overlook some serious crazy, but this was a little too far into over-the-top crazy for even me to handle. This review does get a little ranty, and is in no way a reflection on the author, just this story.
Firstly, I didn’t particularly feel the romance between Missy and Wyatt. They were just missing that little something that really would have made me cheer for them. Maybe that was because the rest of the story got on my nerves as much as it did.
One of my very best friends has triplets, and while they are great kids, having seen her and her husband at it first hand, Missy, my dear, you have WAAAYY too much time on your hands! She is a single parent looking after three children with no spousal or familial support, and running her own business – all power to the ladies (and fellas) that do this in real life. However Missy only ever seems to be swanning about in the house making snacks or hanging around weddings for the cake cutting (does this happen in real life, cake makers?). It just didn’t ring true for me.
Now to the kids….to borrow shamelessly a phrase I first heard via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, PLOT MOPPETS! PLOT MOPPETS! These have to be the best behaved four-year-olds I have read about. I wasn’t expecting constant Chernobyl-scale meltdowns but these kids were leaning towards creepily well-behaved. You barely hear a peep out of the two girls – they appear to be almost invisble at times, occasionally referred to by their names and very much in the shadow of their brother Owen. To me, this kid is directly out of the summer catalogue of “Adorable Child Stock Characters-R-Us”. I just had constant visions of Opie! The cutesy-poo kid speak got to me after a while too. It’s on par with faux Scottish dialect for me.
I will say there was one thing that redeemed this book slightly for me. When I got to the epilogue, I was fully expecting them to have instantly gotten married and started on their own football team of kids. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was two years later and that they were only then getting married. They had taken time to enjoy being a couple, before taking the plunge. It was this epilogue that saved this book from getting a lower grade than it already had from me.
My apologies, Ms Meier, this just was not a book for me.
My rating: 2 out of 5
Release Date: 1 May 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.