Taken By Surprise
Jacob Baron is shocked to discover he’s a father. But he’s determined to do right by his son, despite the lack of strong role models in his own life. Jacob’s a bull rider, and there’s no halfway with him. He’ll be the kind of dad his son needs… even if Cody’s attractive aunt, Mariana Snow, seems to question his daddy skills at every turn.
Jacob cooks, cleans and has a nice touch with a two-year-old. He also has broad shoulders, gorgeous eyes and a mouth that can only be described as sexy. But Mariana’s own part-time, no-good father was a rodeo star. She knows their charms can’t be trusted. She’s hanging around for Cody’s sake, that’s all. At least, that’s what she keeps telling herself…
I haven’t read every book in this (multi-authored) series, but have a general idea of everyone involved. And by this stage there’re a lot of everyones!
My favourite thing about this book was the little boy. My second favourite was the hero. My least favourite was the heroine. She was awful.
Once upon a time I’d never pick up books with little children on the cover, and I’m honestly not sure why I did with The Texan’s Surprise Son, but there was plenty to like so I’m glad I did. Something that made no sense to me was that the hero, Jacob, didn’t even wait to see if he actually was the boy’s father before he moved child and heroine, Mariana, into his house and started introducing them to the family. When some woman randomly turns up and announces some kid is his, it seems like a really naïve thing to do.
My problem with Mariana was that she was so cold and stuck in the mud and downright boring – when she wasn’t being selfish and nasty. Jacob was a genuinely good guy who pretty much dropped everything to make himself into a good father. He wasn’t even annoyed that he’d been duped into getting a strange woman pregnant. However, conversations with Mariana went along the lines of:
“I’m sorry about being such a jerk this weekend. I don’t like losing and shouldn’t have taken it out on you.”
“Wow. That’s quite an ego you have.” She sniffed and squared her shoulders. “Did you really just make this all about you?”
???!!!! The guy said a nice thing!
She was also ridiculously strict about things when it came to the child. Being horrified that he’d been digging in the dirt with a little shovel was ridiculous. Not wanting him to ever use a swing set or go swimming or ride a horse was bizarre.
I also thought there was too much telling and not enough showing in the text. It led to the big moments being glossed over in a couple of sentences.
And what in the world is a “Queensland heeler”? Did Americans rename one of our dogs?
The two male leads saved this book for me. I know it’s a romance, but I’d have preferred that the hero took himself and his son off and lived happily ever after with someone else rather than racing into an engagement with the heroine after five minutes. Why he’d propose to someone who never had a nice word to say was beyond me.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.