I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Billionaire's Baby Arrangement by Krista Lakes
Series: Bad Boys and Babies Book 2
Published by Zirconia Publishing, Inc. on September 11, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: HG ARC Readers
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From New York Times bestselling author Krista Lakes comes a sexy standalone novel about a billionaire and the indecent proposal he gives the local barista.
Billionaire CEO Jackson Weathers needs a family for a PR boost, and I've signed a contract agreeing to give him one. A doting girlfriend in public. A wedding ceremony to invite all the socialites to. And finally, a baby for him to parade around, to show he's really a wholesome, down-to-Earth man.
I've tried to remain cynical about it. He's going to make all my dreams come true. So what if it's supposed to be a loveless marriage?
Only, his tenderness in private has me hooked. The way he kisses me drives me wild. When we make love, I lose myself to him. His body feels like it was meant to be on top of mine, like we fit together like two puzzle pieces. I can't help but begin to fall for him.
I can't tell him, or I risk losing everything. And nobody else can find out about our little "arrangement" or it will destroy his reputation. Still, I feel like I have to know how he feels, before the marriage, before the baby, before I give my entire life over to him.
Is it still just pretend?
Billionaire Jackson Weathers, CEO of W&W BabyCo., is notoriously known for being a playboy. But, when his credibility tanks and mothers start buying baby products from the competition, Jackson begins to realize that the only option left to save his reputation and company is finding a wife and having a baby. It all seems so simple, present a contract to the local barista, Emma Sheridan, and pray she takes him up on his offer. Although Jackson feels a connection with Emma, he knows that love will never factor in to the equation. He is a playboy after all and a leopard can not change it’s spots. But, spending day after day with Emma is proving harder than it looks. Will love sneak its way in and turn a marriage based on lies into the real thing?
Everyone who knows me knows that I love the fake romance/marriage trope in books. So, when I saw that The Billionaire’s Baby Arrangement centers around a fake marriage, I just knew I had to read it. I am so glad I did because this story was so sweet and cute and I could not help but fall in love with Jackson and Emma’s story.
Jackson Weathers is very much a playboy with a different woman on his arm and in his bed almost every single night. He can never imagine being tied down to one woman for the rest of his life. Emma is different from all the women he meets. She is sweet, caring and loves children. He can see she is the perfect woman to become his wife and mother his child. Jackson does not want to hurt her, but he does respect her and while he will try not to cheat, he can make no guarantees. Jackson really is an interesting character. I can see how much he loves his company and how he will do everything in his power to save it. He really is a good guy deep down inside and I can see how caring he is especially with Emma, whom he does feel an attraction to.
Emma Sheridan is the local barista in Jackson’s building. She has known the playboy for a year and they flirt while he is ordering his morning coffee. Although Emma is attracted to him, she knows he would never date a nobody like her. She is heavily in debt with student loans hence her job at the local coffee shop. So, when he proposes a contract she can not pass up, she takes him up on his offer. Jackson will give her everything she has ever wanted, except for love. But can she really marry someone without the possibility of love? Emma really is the perfect heroine. She really is a good person deep down inside. I can see how she really wants the marriage to work, but is afraid to really let Jackson know how she feels about him. Emma knows this is only a publicity stunt, but she wants it to be so much more. Jackson makes her feel wanted and needed when they are alone together. Can she get her happily ever after with Jackson?
The pacing of the story starts off really strong and I found myself really connecting with both characters almost instantly. I really rooted for their HEA and hoped Jackson would realize sooner than later that Emma was the perfect woman for him. There is a bit of suspense thrown into the mix which was quite a surprise. I found it really worked well in the story and kept me engaged throughout. The heat level for this story is smoking hot! Grab a tall glass of water with lots of ice because when Jackson and Emma come together its explosive. I do have one little quibble with the author’s descriptive use of metaphors during sex scenes. I will say 99% of it was perfect, but then a sentence would be thrown in that seemed to throw of the scene off. Honestly, it is just a small little thing that I picked up on, but in no way did it take away from my enjoyment reading the story.
The Billionaire’s Baby Arrangement by Krista Lakes is a sweet and endearing love story that I devoured in just a few hours. If you enjoy a marriage of convenience trope like I do, then you will love Jackson and Emma’s story.