I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Wheeler Brothers #2
Published by Harlequin Desire on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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One magical night in Venice brings two lost souls together…until a positive pregnancy test changes everything.
What was meant to be a one-night affair has turned into much more for Texas businessman Matthew Wheeler. Something about Evangeline, the mysterious woman he met at a masquerade ball, propels him from his self-imposed exile. He’s finally able to forget his tragic past and lose himself in this incredible woman.
But letting go has a price.
Evangeline’s pregnancy announcement brings reality to their Venetian villa. Are they ready to take their secret affair public? Or will their romance end with the morning light?
The second of the Clearing the Backlog books for this week, and for today, is Pregnant by Morning by Kat Cantrell. I haven’t read a lot of Harlequin Desires for a while, however lately they seem to be finding their way into my To-Be-Read pile. Happily, my experiences of the line are more than positive – this book being one of those positive experiences.
Here are my thoughts on Pregnant by Morning:
I’ll get this out of the road: the title had me thinking I was going to get a totally different type of relationship between the hero and heroine. For some reason, I had been expecting the whole unexpected pregnancy to come up fairly early on in the book, and that Evangeline and Matthew’s relationship would develop around that. However, I was surprised (and pleasantly so, mind you) to see that their relationship was actually given time to develop and prosper before someone threw the pregnancy hand-grenade into the room.
Both Eva and Matt were looking to get away, to escape the pain of losing a piece of themselves (Eva’s voice, Matt’s wife). I’m a sucker for romances that develop between those least expecting it, and I really enjoyed how Kat Cantrell managed to do this. There was a genuine connection and obvious passion between them.
The setting of Venice is always a special one for me, as it is where my husband proposed. So it was lovely to be able to close my eyes and visualize all the beautiful places in the city that have a special place in my memory.
I won’t give away how the story is resolved (and yes, my lovelies, there is a happy ending), however I will say that I love that there was no bombastic, over-the-top alpha man “you have no choice” behaviour from Matt.
I haven’t read the first in the series, the story of Matt’s brother Lucas and Cia, but I am definitely going to go back and read that now. I was impressed with Kat Cantrell’s writing style, and look forward to more from her.