Connor O'Leary knows nothing about babies, families, or good women, yet he's up to his ears in all three. Coming to Shadow Creek, Montana was meant to be a new start for this former oil rigger, but he had no idea that fresh beginning would include a baby on his doorstep and a hot nanny he can't stop thinking about. Diapers, feedings, and late nights soothing his little bundle of surprise were definitely not on his itinerary.
The last thing Haley Thomson expected to see is the reclusive Connor with a baby in his arms. Before she knows it, she's volunteered as nanny—temporarily. Helping out with baby Rosie is a dream come true and fills a space in her heart she believed will never be filled. But falling for Rosie's hot and sexy bachelor daddy is not on her to-do list…but boy would she ever like it to be...
Each book in the Shadow Creek, Montana series is STANDALONE:
* Christmas with the Sheriff
* The Baby Bombshell
* The Doctor's Redemption
* Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep
* The Firefighter's Pretend Fiance
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One Year Later
"Here's to Haley. Congratulations on your job offer and going after your dreams ... even if it means your dreams are in another state."
Haley smiled at her older brother, Luke, and blinked back the tears that threatened as everyone at the table clinked glasses at his toast. How far she'd come this past year. She'd left her husband, her old life, her old self behind and had been rewarded with all these new friends. They were all her brother's in-laws and they'd accepted her as one of their own right from the first day. All except one — a very hot, handsome, brooding one who was the other outsider. Connor O'Leary. He also happened to be the one who wasn't looking at her right now. Instead, he was taking a long, lazy drink of his beer.
Despite the weekly Sunday night dinners at Luke's in-laws that Connor also attended, she'd barely had a conversation with the man. Connor was ... mysterious. He certainly wasn't the kind of guy she would have ever found herself attracted to. Well, not entirely true because even if he wasn't her type there was no denying he was a fine-looking man, all hard lines, rough edges, and tattoos.
"Thank you," she said finally. "You know there's no place I'd rather be than in Shadow Creek, but I have to go where there's a teaching position available." She and her brother had been over this so many times and she knew he was worried about her, but she wanted to earn a living, to be independent.
"We get it," her sister-in-law, Gwen, said. "And we'll just keep scouting out teaching positions in the area so you can come back as soon as possible."
Haley smiled, trying to be polite. "Sounds perfect." She knew it wasn't going to happen. Shadow Creek was a small town and new, full-time teaching opportunities were very rare.
"Though, you know if you want that job at our chocolaterie it'll always be available for you," Gwen said. Gwen was a co-owner of a newly established chocolate shop in downtown Shadow Creek.
"Yes, we'd love to have you on board!" Lily Bailey said. Lily was the other co-owner of the business and married to Gwen's brother, Jack Bailey.
"I know. I so appreciate you offering it, but I miss teaching so much," she said. It was hard to imagine that a little over a year ago she'd almost given it all up for David. She loved kids, adored them. And knowing she couldn't have any of her own made her want to be around them even more.
"I know, we get it," Gwen said. "Just trying to help your brother out," she said, leaning forward and giving Luke a quick kiss. They were so cute together. Haley knew he was worried. Luckily a few trays of food arrived and they were soon distracted by the appetizers they were all sharing. She looked around the table at them, wondering how the people she'd come to know in such a short time had become so important to her.
They gathered once a week at Gwen's parents' house, but tonight Luke and Gwen had arranged this to celebrate her new job. It was still months away, but Haley had just found out today. As they all dug into the food, everyone took turns telling her how much they'd miss her; everyone except Connor. She tried not to take it personally — they had nothing in common and he'd never shown any interest in her. The last thing she needed was a relationship with a man. Especially a hot man. A hot, silent man. She stuffed a nacho in her mouth and tried not to look in his direction.
Really, the man couldn't express his disinterest in her any more plainly. Could she blame him? Of course not. She had arrived here a wreck and it only felt like she was finding her footing now. She was also assuming she wasn't his type. Connor looked to be the very definition of a ... bad boy. She was the very definition of ... not a bad girl. She was a sad girl. Yes, that would be the appropriate adjective. Or divorced girl. Or unemployed girl.
He was the only one who hadn't really wished her well or asked her about her job.
"Well, we'd better get going," Jack said, he and Lily standing. "My parents are looking after all the babies tonight and I promised we wouldn't be late."
Chase and Julia Donovan also stood up. They were related to the family in a sad story that broke her heart whenever she thought of it. Chase was also the county sheriff and they were the proud parents of an adorable little girl, Maggie, and now a baby boy. "Yeah, we should, too," Chase said.
The table emptied out and soon it was just Gwen, Luke, Connor, and herself. Gwen carried the conversation a few more minutes, but then Connor stood.
"I'm going to head out, too. It's been a long week," he said, adding a few bills to the pile to cover his share. She gave him what she hoped was a natural smile, but she didn't even think he noticed. She tried not to be disappointed as she watched him leave the restaurant.
"He looked uncomfortable," Gwen said with a frown. "I like Connor, but I feel like we've barely gotten to know him this last year."
"He's not exactly the talkative type," Luke said, polishing off the remains of the nachos.
"I know Jack said he's the most loyal person he's ever met, and he really got him through those difficult years. He claims he probably wouldn't be here if it weren't for Connor."
Haley digested that piece of info as she watched Connor put on his leather jacket at the door and then walk out. He hadn't even bothered with a backward glance or wave. Gwen was right, they barely knew him. She knew he and Jack were very close, but he never spoke about his life before here. He never mentioned family, a girlfriend, nothing. She didn't even think he'd dated in the last year — because in a town the size of Shadow Creek it would be common knowledge.
She had first met Connor on the night of Gwen and Luke's wedding. She'd been trying to soothe her broken heart as inconspicuously as possible at the open bar and Connor had been standing there, looking like a man who'd rather be anywhere but a wedding. She'd immediately felt attracted to him, and that had come as a complete shock because she hadn't looked at a guy in a long time. But with his disgruntled expression, his reluctant conversation, and his undeniably handsome face, he'd intrigued her. He'd made her laugh. Then he'd walked away, before their conversation could turn real.
She focused her attention on Luke and Gwen, forcing her thoughts away from the man that would probably always remain a mystery to her, happy to be enjoying the rest of her night with them.
* * *
Connor, you're an idiot.
Connor swore under his breath as he pulled into his driveway. He hated that he was so cold to Haley, and he hated even more that she seemed hurt by it. He never should have gone tonight, but his best friend Jack's family was pushy. They wouldn't let him be alone. First with the Sunday night dinners, now with a congratulatory get-together for the woman he tried to ignore for the last year.
He caught a glimpse of his reflection in the rearview mirror, his gaze zeroing in on the scar above his lip, courtesy of his father. You're trash, Connor O'Leary.
Hell. He really hated that line. One day, he was going to rid it from his memory. The problem was it had been said so many times to him as kid, it was part of who he was. His dad, his teachers, his ex. None of those people meant anything to him, and yet the words clung to every memory of his childhood. He knew why he was thinking about it now; it was because of Haley. Because he knew that was the reason he could never get involved with someone like her. He'd never be enough. She was a teacher, her brother was a doctor, and from what he'd gathered, she'd been married to some wealthy guy. He hadn't even finished high school.
He pulled the key out of the ignition and leaned his head back in the cold truck. He wasn't part of their family, of their circle. He wasn't part of any family. And yet, here he was, in Shadow Creek for almost a year, attending traditional Sunday night dinners and get-togethers like he was part of their clan. He hadn't mingled with people like the Baileys in all his thirty-two years. They were educated, upper-middle-class, respectable people — not the kind he usually associated with.
Yes, he'd known the first second Jack Bailey had walked onto that oil rig he was different from most of them.
Yes, he'd thought that Jack wouldn't cut it with them.
Yes, he'd thought that Jack was just a pretty boy running away from home.
He'd been wrong on all counts — except the running from home. Bit by bit, the two of them had become friends. Jack didn't have a pretentious bone in his body and hadn't judged him. There were too many weekends with nothing but bottles of whiskey and guy bonding, and he'd found out why Jack had gone running from his family.
He pushed his thoughts of his new friends out of his head and got out of the truck. A blast of wintry air hit him and he quickly made his way up the walkway. He frowned as he spotted something on his doorstep. It was too late for deliveries. As he approached, an uncomfortable feeling ran through his body and he paused for a second.
He blinked, wondering if maybe he was losing it. He blinked again and sure enough it was still there. Panic shot through him at the sight of a baby on a ratty blanket, on his doorstep. He walked forward, feeling like he was in some kind of dream; maybe nightmare. Blood rushed to his ears, his heart beat painfully slow as he crouched down after seconds of standing still. His eyes went from the baby, who was making tiny noises, to the papers that were flapping in the wind and sticking out of the baby's hat.
He slowly crouched down, his limbs feeling heavy, and reached for the papers that were taped to the hat. Here's your baby. I don't want her. Tess.
The baby let out a whale of a cry at the same moment ice pellets rammed the back of his neck in an unusual force, as though the universe agreed about his status as a fool. He stared at the baby — his baby.
She started crying and he fumbled, grabbing the paper and the baby awkwardly and going inside the warm house. He shut the door and placed the baby on the couch, panic increasing as the baby's crying only got louder. He looked at it. Her.
Her face was pink and all scrunched up with her mouth opened wide. She looked tiny. And mad. He couldn't blame her. How long had she been out there? He didn't know anything about babies, but he could tell it couldn't have been long because her skin color didn't look too abnormal. Thankfully she was wearing a snowsuit, or whatever these contraptions were called.
He pulled off the other note — a birth certificate — almost one month to the day, and squeezed his eyes shut. That date ... it was his mother's birthday. It was a coincidence that sent a shiver down his spine. What were the odds? He brushed aside that thought and continued reading. Tessa, his ex, was listed as the mother, and there was no one listed as father. Images of his ex battered him, engulfing him with shame for the stupidity of his choices.
He closed his eyes for a second as he spotted the baby's name: Tess Jr. Holy hell. He couldn't deal with that. He wanted to yell or punch something. He wanted to swear. He wanted a drink. He was a damn fool. You're trash, Connor O'Leary.
He felt a bead of sweat slide down his back. He couldn't process what this meant. Yes, this could be his kid. Maybe it wasn't. She wasn't. But he couldn't think because the crying was increasing exponentially with every minute. He eyed the baby. Okay, he needed to pick the baby up, stop the crying, and then he could think. He'd seen Jack do this lots of time. He fumbled with the zipper of her snowsuit thing that didn't even have arms — who would like that? It was basically a potato sack. He unzipped it and gently pulled free the little arms that were trying to flail around. With one motion, he scooped one hand under her so that he was bracing her neck and the other hand her bottom.
She stopped crying and opened her eyes, and he swore to God in that moment, when her large blue eyes latched onto his, when he felt a jolt of recognition run through his body, that this was his kid. Except she was scarier than him, especially as her mouth opened wider and she let out a roar that would scare the crap out of a bear.
What the hell was he going to do?
Jack. Jack knew about babies — he had two. He grabbed his phone and called his friend.
"I have a situation," he managed to choke out.
"Take a cab."
"No, you idiot, I'm not wasted, I'm at home. You need to get over here. Now."
He heard grumbling, muttering, and then finally, "Be there in ten."
"Wait. Bring baby things."
"Baby things. Like, whatever a baby would need to, you know ... live."
"Oh man, this is starting to sound really bad."
He hung up the phone and looked down at the baby. His daughter. Or Tess Junior, as the name on the birth certificate stated. He was going to have to change that when he applied for paternity. If he applied. If she was his.
He hung up and sat down on the couch, moving the baby off his shoulder and cradling her head while resting her bottom on his knees. They stared at each other again. He found himself remarkably calm considering he just found out he was a father. Also, that his child's mother had dumped her. Right now, he needed to make this baby not cry, then he could worry about her hating him. He took her little hand in his. She stopped crying again, but was hiccupping as she stared at him. His heart squeezed at the sight. She was looking at him as though he might have the answer, like he might be able to help her. Her little pink mouth kept opening and closing, and she reminded him of a little bird. Hell, it was humbling to know that he had no answers. He didn't even have food for her.
She took a shuddering breath, let out a hiccup, a gurgle, and then fixed her gaze on him again. He felt compelled to say something. The right words didn't come. But he supposed any words were better than no words. Maybe she needed someone to tell her that it was going to be okay. "Hi. So, uh, food is coming. I bet you're hungry. I also have people who know what to do with little people like you, so don't worry."
They stared at each other and it was so weird. He didn't know babies. He knew Jack and his family were all about babies, but he usually kept his distance from the under twenty crowd at the Sunday night dinners. He really wanted to think she wasn't his, because that would be easier. And he wasn't sure he knew how she was his, but ... he felt it. Somehow.
He didn't know how long he and the baby sat there, but the sound of car tires crunching over snow indicated that Jack had arrived. He stood, holding the baby close, and opened the door. Ah, hell. The entire Bailey clan was here. Three cars. These people were like pack animals.
"Holy crap, why are you holding a baby?"
"Seriously? You had to call everyone?" he asked as Jack approached. Thankfully the guy was carrying a bunch of stuff.
"Sorry," he said sheepishly as he took off his boots, a car seat thing and large bags beside the door. "Chase and Julia were at my parents. Luckily we were able to hide it from my parents."
He frowned when he saw Luke, Gwen, and Haley walking up the drive. More like running, really. "What about your sister, Luke, and Haley?"
He shrugged. "Lily called Gwen."
"Omigod, who is this adorable baby?" Lily said as she entered the house.
He glanced over at Jack and Lily who were now in front of him. Jack was his best friend in the world. He was the reason he was even in Shadow Creek. He knew Jack and Lily wouldn't judge him, even though he'd judged Jack when he first met him on the oil rig. But when Jack, in a drunken mess, had told him why he'd left home, he'd been shaken. It was a pretty damn sad story and a good wake up call for him, who thought rich people had it all so easy. Jack's twin and nephew had died in a car accident and the guy couldn't deal and took off, ditching Lily. He'd thought that had been bad. But he'd never forget the day he had to pick his friend up off the floor and drag him off the rig; the day he'd learned Lily had lost their baby. After that day, the bond they shared had kind of become forged in steel and they considered each other family.
"You remember Tess?"
Jack gave a terse nod. "Unfortunately, yes."
Connor cleared his throat, before forcing the words out. "Looks like we had a baby."
Jack swore under his breath. "Are you sure it's yours? You didn't know? When did she get here?"
Excerpted from "Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep"
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This is a sweet romance. This is the first book by this author that I’ve read. I actually didn’t realize it was part of a series at first. I’m sure we got glimpses of Connor and Haley in previous books but it was from my understanding that Connor has been the quiet character up until this point. Haley seems interested in getting to know him, as do the other characters in the story. So, I was happy to realize that I didn’t have to read the previous books to know what was going on. The author catches the readers up to anything that may have transpired in previous books. This is a sweet romance. You have two people who come together in the time of need. Obviously, Connor needs help with the baby, but Haley also needs some help of her own. She was able to escape an abusive relationship with her ex-husband a year prior. While she seems okay on the outside, you learn that it’s all a front. She flinches when Connor moves too fast and apologizes like she’s waiting to be reprimanded when she burns dinner. Connor learns real quick that Haley’s past is a lot more than just your average marriage and divorce. He takes his time with her and tries to do everything he can to reassure her and let her know that she’s in a safe space. These two really worked well together and their relationship was a slow build up to a really adorable romance. One thing I didn’t fully understand was Connor’s role as a “bad boy”. He has a job, a house, money in the bank, is respectful to others, and he even drives a beat up truck. I don’t know what made him bad. Is it because he had a girlfriend who got knocked up and abandoned the baby at his house? Or the fact that he had tattoos? Is he a bad boy because he didn’t graduate high school? I honestly don’t quite understand the title and how he was perceived as a bad boy. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop but it never came. So, if you are looking for a “bad boy” romance, you won’t find one here. However, Connor is a stellar guy and an adorable father. It just wasn’t what I was expecting going in. I enjoyed my time reading Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep. I liked that the author took the time to show a bit of Haley’s background as well as not brushing it all under the rug. Haley went through something traumatic on a daily basis, so of course she’s going to have some residual feelings and reactions to certain triggers. This story was a combination of both healing and the importance of family. These characters had an amazing support group of friends, and I’m sure if I had read the previous book I would have loved seeing everyone. I do wish that Connor was an actual bad boy, since that’s what I went in expecting, but I still enjoyed his character and the dedication he had to both his daughter and Haley. If you are looking for a light romance, I would give this series a try.
3.75star Conor and Haley know each other for more than a year but family urgency is the on that connect them. Conor cannot receive a more shocking gift when he comes home and the baby waits for him on doorstep alone and who is also his daughter. Because they know each other through family friends Haley offer Conor help as a nanny. Both Conor and Haley are an interesting character I didn't saw Conor as a bad boy he appears from the start like a trusting guy just got so open. When we see his past is clear why. He is also a man, full of insecurity in himself and actions from people around him doesn't help him to reduce it. What I liked was that he is a man of action he saw a problem and started to work on it like when he thought he wasn't worthy of Haley love. Haley is a smart and caring person but also because of the past full of fear and insecurity and it was sad that she let past control her even after all this time. The story is about forgiving and accepting who you really are and becoming a better person. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for NetGalley
I will not restate the plot nor reveal any spoilers in this review. Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep is an awesome read. It addresses the social issues of domestic abuse and its long-term emotional effects. It does not whitewash the problems faced by many women as they navigate through the post traumatic lives they attempt to rebuild. This story is about family, too. The role of family members as a support group and their importance is very well handled. This also is a story about inner strength and realizing that asking for help is not a weakness. A truly fabulous read. Thank you, Victoria James, for a fabulous read!
I loved this story of finding your voice, believing in your true worth, and taking a chance on love. Haley and Connor were a lot more alike than they first thought. And it was pretty funny to me the way they both thought so little of themselves but wanted the other to know how special they were. I could not help but love these two. My heart went out to both of them, especially Haley. The heartbreak over her situation and her wanting to be strong made me want her to have her happy ending. In the end, I loved the family they made, so very sweet, deserved, and heartwarming. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
When I first started reading Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep it really hooked me in. It’s like in a moment Connor went from being a single guy who is trying his hardest to suppress his attraction to Hailey to becoming an instant dad when he finds little Rosie on his doorstep. Hailey has went through an ordeal with her ex husband and the way he treated her and belittled her. She has been through a lot and the fact that she would willingly volunteer to be Rosie’s nanny and live with Connor a man whom she really doesn’t know shows how much she has changed and start to be the person she used to be. It’s understandable that she will still be scared and be hesitant to jump back into being in a relationship but her insecurities and they way she runs away from Connor, lashes out to him and continues to mistrust him when he has done nothing but be supportive of her is just annoying. It made me dislike Hailey especially after Connor tells her he loves her and she runs away when he did nothing but defend her. Glad that at the end she came to her senses and went back to Connor. Overall this book was a fun read. *** I was given this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
*3.5* Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep is the forth (standalone) book in the Shadow Creek, Montana series. I've only read the first one, Christmas with the Sheriff, and I really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to catching up with old characters while meeting new ones. Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep was emotional as well as heartwarming - the perfect book to pair with a snowy afternoon and a hot cup of coffee/tea! It features two POVs - Connor O'Leary and Haley Thompson. Connor and Haley are both dealing with their own respective demons. Haley's trying to find herself again after an abusive marriage while Connor is coming to terms with being a unexpected single father. I found both to be likable but I will admit that I liked Connor a lot more than I liked Haley. Connor was tough on the outside, but deep down he was the ultimate sweetheart. I loved reading from his POV. At the start of the book, Connor is terrified; however, as the book progressed Connor became such an amazing father. I also liked seeing him come to terms with past while also learning to open up again. On the other hand, Haley was kind as well as compassionate, but sometimes I felt that she was a bit naive. I couldn't believe she was so willing to move in with a guy she barely knew - one that also didn't seem to like her all that much. It felt risky, but the more I got to know Haley, the more I realized she acted with her heart - she wanted to put love and happiness back into the world, especially for people who didn't seem to have it, and I appreciated that. The plot of Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep focused primarily on Baby Rosie, the developing feelings between Connor and Haley, and the variety of other issues they encountered along the way. I loved any scene having to deal with little Rosie - she was ADORABLE and slightly feisty. I also liked that Victoria spent time developing Connor and Haley's pasts. It brought a greater level of understanding to their actions, and I also appreciated seeing how far they've truly come. Overall, Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep was a quick, charming read. I'm curious to see if Victoria will continue this series. The turn of events at the end had me thinking yes.
Oh, I really wanted to like this one. And there were good things, like: A strong start. The close relationships between the Baileys, the Thomsons, and the rest of their crowd is great; we're thrown right into their warm and wacky world right away, and it's a fun place to be. Then there's a surprise baby left on a doorstep? Yes, please! The single dad/nanny troupe can be so much fun, and Connor and Haley seem worthy of HEAs and are conveniently attracted to each other...so far, all good things. But. I had. A. Few. Issues. Baby Rosie, as adorable as she is, seems more like a plot element than a baby. Other than a few nights early on where she kept Connor and Hailey awake, she's pretty much an ideal baby, neatly sleeping through all kinds of events where a fussy infant would be an inconvenience. Connor spends the novel kicking himself over the fact that he's let his daughter down by 1) not knowing she existed until she was a month old (how? How would he know? Her mother kept her existence from him, so...) and 2) sleeping with her irresponsible mother (um, if you hadn't, Rosie wouldn't exist). His internal I'm-not-good-enough-for-Haley also got to be a bit much--he really isn't a bad boy, the title notwithstanding; yes, he dropped out of high school to help his mother pay the bills but he has since had a very successful life as an adult. Other than working a dangerous job for a few years (on an oil rig) and making at least one dubious relationship choice (which resulted in his daughter) he really hasn't done anything that even comes close to earning him that label. Then there's Haley: I really wanted to like her, but her inner dialogue drove me a little nuts, and I'm surprised that Connor didn't get whiplash from her constant flip flopping over their relationship. Yes, some hesitancy about relationships is understandable given her past, but Connor is beyond patient with her and she spends the whole book jumping to conclusions and making up his mind for him without even letting him have a say in things. Fortunately she comes to her senses eventually, but...yikes. So, sadly, Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep is not destined to be one of my favorites from Ms. James. I've got my fingers crossed that it's just a one-off, though, and her next book will be more like her earlier ones. The book is the fourth in the series and could work as a standalone--be warned, though, there's a lot of secondary characters here to keep track of; if you've read the first three books that will be a bit easier ;) Rating: 3 stars / C I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Returning home from an evening out with friends, Connor O'Leary never dreamt of finding a baby on his doorstep! The note with the baby indicates that the child is the result of a casual hook-up he had and that the mother is abandoning the child with him. He doesn't know what to do so calls his best friend, Jack Bailey, who immediately comes to help, along with his wife and his sister, Hayley Thomson. Hayley has escaped an emotional and physically abusive marriage and is staying with her brother and sister-in-law until she can make a fresh start teaching in just a few months time. She offers to be the baby's nanny and, as they begin to care for Connor's daughter, so starts a time of healing and development of love for all of them. Connor also has issues in his past, including never finishing school, which make him reticent to trust in love and relationships. There are barriers to be overcome as well as conflicts and danger ahead for this couple, making this a real page turner. This is a story of healing and growth with great characters and lots of love to help them on their journey to their HEA. I particularly liked that this story helped to show that, regardless of what has happened to you in the past at the behest of others, don't undervalue yourself, you’re still deserving of love and a family, your own HEA! I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
When a former flame leaves their baby girl on his doorstep Connor O'Leary knows he is in way over his head, he doesn't know how to take care of a baby, let alone raise one. He needs some serious help, so he turns to his buddies significant others in hopes they could give him a few lessons in parenting, and winds up with a nanny instead. When Haley volunteers to step in and help care for his daughter Rosie he knows he is a lucky man... in more ways than one! After leaving her disastrous marriage, and abusive ex-husband behind Haley Thomson is ready to reboot her life, return to teaching, and embrace this second chance at life she has been given. But the teaching jobs in her town are far and few between and she isn't so willing to relocate again, so she is holding out hope something will come along soon. Then Connor comes along and is in dire need of a nanny and it's as if her prayers have been answered, it's not quite teaching, but once she sees Connor with his daughter she just can't say no... she has to help, and winds up getting far more than she bargained for! Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep is a heartwarming little tale that is sure to strike a cord with romance readers, and leave them overjoyed!! As soon as I had the synopsis for this one I thought it sounded like something that was right up my alley, and boy was I right! I am a sucker for a feel good single dad romance story and I have to say that this book definitely checked all the boxes and then some! I appreciated the way the author handled the tough subject matter, not only did she find a way to show the characters finding a healthy way to deal with their pasts, but also how they were able to find understanding in one another, and were able to help heal one another. It was a beautiful journey to watch unfold, and I highly recommend you take the ride with them as well, you will not be disappointed! I requested an advanced copy from NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed.
Domestic violence in life and in books is an extremely touchy topic for me. I hate the fact that authors and publishers put the subject in their books but don’t mention ways for people to get help. It’s like the topic is put in the book to make a story in order to make money and they don’t care that this stuff is really happening to real people on a daily basis. I feel that it is insensitive and irresponsible to put domestic violence (verbal, physical, psychological) into a book and not give numbers or websites to get help. That said, I like the fact that Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep shows that while a woman or man can go through some very bad things, they’re still deserving of love, happiness, and a family. Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep is why I love Victoria James as a writer. She has written a touching story of two people attempting to move on with their lives and overcome their painful dark pasts. The characters of Connor O’Leary and Haley Thomson drew me into the story. Connor is a man who has been beaten and put down by his family and society. He views himself as an okay guy, but not a good guy. He doesn’t think he’s worthy of love or a woman as good and nice as Haley. Haley is finally finding her footing after divorcing her abusive husband. She wants to focus on rebuilding her teaching career. What she doesn’t want is a man in her life. When Connor finds his daughter Rosie on his doorstep, the entire Bailey family shows up. When it’s suggested that Connor needs a nanny, Haley quickly volunteers and moves into his cabin. I loved watching Connor and Haley come together to take care of Rosie. For a time, they were able to live in a dream world and be the family they both desired. Maybe a small portion of the story was predictable. However, I don’t think the predictability took away from the story. Connor and Haley may seem like an unlikely couple but they have similar pasts, hopes, and goals. Haley is one of the few people Connor allows to see who he is. And yet he still doesn't fully reveal himself. Connor sees Haley’s inner strength which she doesn’t even know she has. These two are really good for each other. If you haven’t read the Shadow Creek, Montana series you’re in luck. Baby on the Bad Boy’s Doorstep is a standalone read. But be warned, Victoria will tug on your heartstrings as she shows Connor, Haley, and Rosie coming together as a family and overcoming their pasts. **Received a copy of the book courtesy of Entangled Publishing and voluntarily reviewed.**
I love the little town of Shadow Creek that author Victoria James has created and I was so excited to see we were going back for Connor O'Leary's story. Connor never though a family was for him. All that changed the night he found a little bundle of joy on his doorstep. Haley came to Shadow Creek for a fresh start after getting out of an abusive marriage. Never did she expect to find herself living with the attractive construction worker and caring for his young daughter. All this playing family is nice but the more time she spends with Connor and Rosie the more she knows she needs to get away to protect her heart. You'll want to grab a copy of this one and fall in love with these characters the same way I did. I highly recommend it.
It's a great story, I quite enjoyed reading it. Also loved both the main characters, Connor and Haley are perfect for each other. Both with their insecurities, learning to love themselves, somehow they also start loving each other. But may be they don't have a future together, because will their hearts heal enough to trust again? A great book for all romance lovers, I definitely recommend it. Connor suddenly finds himself with a baby. He didn't even know he was going to be a father and now he has a daughter. In his time of need Haley volunteers to help him out. After all there is nothing else she needs to do right now. He job will start soon enough, until then she can be a nanny for little Rosie. However, spending time with Connor turns out to be the worst decision for her. Because now she has feeling which she can't handle. How can she ever love another man? After the experience with her ex she is scared to trust again... Connor knows how Haley feels but he can't do anything about it except giving her time. He only hopes that she realizes how good they can be together and give them a chance to work through things. Together along with Rosie they can be a perfect family or maybe that's just a dream never to be... It's very well-written. I loved it and am glad that I get a chance to read this book.
Loved this book! Haley is a woman damaged by her past marriage to an abusive man. Connor is a high school drop out who comes home one evening to find a baby on his doorstep...his daughter that he never knew about. This is an engaging story with characters that I cared about and felt invested in their story. I found myself turning pages just as quickly as possible. The author is on my must read authors' list. This novel pulled on my heartstrings, but could also touch on sensitive areas for some readers, Please be aware of this if infertility or spousal abuse are triggers for you.