TBR Day. The Baby Contract / Lynn Erickson. 1996
Please indulge me while I give you a little back story to this month's TBR choice. If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me post a picture of this basket of books on Sunday.
With TBR Day around the corner, I figured I needed to choose something from the basket to read and I picked one that would be quick to read. So hence this 1996 Harlequin Superromance was my pick. Baby tropes are not my favorite, but I'll give props to this book for being an unusual entry in the category.
Author Lynn Erickson is a pseudonym for the writing team of Carla Peltonen and Molly Swanton. It appears they wrote as a team from about 1980 until 2004. I found no website. Here's the blurb:
Late one night, Bettie Gay Bryson finds herself sitting in a police station in Tucson, Arizona. Her cowardly ex-boyfriend held up a store and took off, leaving her there to face the law. Leaving her with only the clothes on her back - and the baby growing inside her.
Greg Tyrrell, hard-driving investigator for the county attorney, offers her a deal. No prosecution, plus her living expenses paid - if she'll act as bait in his plan to snare the ruthless head of a baby-selling ring. What choice does she have? B.G. agrees.
This decision marks the beginning of her new life, especially when she starts to fall in love with Greg Tyrrell - the man who leads B.G. and her baby into danger...and out of it.
There's something strange about reading a 20-year old contemporary. It's really not that old, but enough has changed in that time span that parts of it just felt off. For example, Greg has a "cellular" phone, not a "cell" phone. Absolutely correct usage in 1996, but not so much today.
Anyhow, in a nutshell, this was an interesting story of a young woman left absolutely destitute by her no-good boyfriend. B.G. agrees to help the local prosecutors engage in a sting operation to bring down an attorney who is illegally selling infants to desperate, wealthy adoptive parents. Despite some poor choices, B.G. is determined to learn to make better ones, and exert some control over her life. Greg is focused on passing the bar and becoming a wealthy attorney so he can leave his blue collar roots behind. As B.G. works with Greg she struggles with her attraction to him against the remnants of affection she feels for her previous boyfriend. Greg also struggles against his own feelings of attraction which he feels are inappropriate. He behaves like a condescending jerk at times, so I wasn't so fond of him. I did like B.G. quite a lot though.
All in all this was a mildly entertaining book. Not exceptional, but no regrets about reading it. Just what I needed to be able to have something ready for today.
Happy birthday to meeeeeeeee :)