Happy New Year, Baby Fortune! (Harlequin Special Edition Series #2305)

Happy New Year, Baby Fortune! (Harlequin Special Edition Series #2305)

by Leanne Banks
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Happy New Year, Baby Fortune! 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Banks’s book is the first in a new six-book continuity series for Harlequin Special Edition. The series tells the story of the Fortune family. Adopted at birth, Jeanne Jones, Stacey’s mother, finds her birth family the Fortunes. Highly successful, the Fortunes welcome Jeanne and her family with open arms. However, not all the Jones siblings are as welcoming of the new family. There is some resentment of the affluences the Fortunes enjoyed growing up that the Joneses did not. This secondary plot of merging the various families will prove to be interesting as the series continues. Stacey, while welcoming of her new family has little time for family dynamics, she has her hands fun taking care of her infant daughter. Dumped by her fiancé when he learned she was pregnant, Stacey has been raising Piper alone. She’s given up on finding the right someone, thinking that no one wants to take on an instant family. She is content to raise her daughter and try to find her place in the world. Colton is also trying to find his place in the world. He’s managing his family’s ranch, which mostly entails trying to keep his father from hurting himself doing strenuous chores. He works long hours on the ranch and has time for little else. Though he begins seeing Stacey in an effort to cheer her up, their dates also serve to cheer him up. They both find each other at the right time to make a relationship work. They were fun to watch as they navigated the waters of a relationship with a baby involved. This novel is an interesting twist on the best friend’s older brother trope. Prior to their encounter at a New Year’s Eve wedding, neither Stacey nor Colton had considered the other in a romantic fashion. In fact, they really weren’t even friends growing up. The addition of little Piper makes things even more complicated. This shared history, but lack of closeness, gives their romance an added spark when they get together. As always, Banks has a deft hand with characters and settings. She brings to life the Fortunes of Texas so you begin to care about the family. She’s the perfect author to kick of this series and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
DyanC More than 1 year ago
Literally by the end of chapter one, I was cheering out loud for Colton.  Leanne Banks portrays him as a loyal, humble leading man.  You want him to succeed, because then you know Stacey also wins!  I love in chapter 6 when Stacey faces struggles, that are so familiar to so many of us! It really connected me to the characters.   I highly recommend this as the continuation of the Fortunes or also as a stand alone love story!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the stoer and looking forward to the other books in the series.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
3 STARS I have read some of the Fortune books but have missed the one where Jeanne Marie Fortune Jones was found and reunited with her brother and sister. This story is about Jeanne Marie's only daughter Stacey. I liked the characters but would have like to know more about them. It not a deep book but a shorter book. I liked how Colton was scared of Piper. But even while scared he helped out with the baby when their was a need to. Colton grew fast liking Piper. I admit to really liking the scene when Colton runs into his friend Joe and tells him what he thinks about leaving Stacey and not being their for her and his daughter. Piper is a cute baby who steals the scenes she is in. Their is a couple of steamy love scenes that I skipped over. This book was mostly relationships and a sense of community. I would like to come back to Horseback Hollow, Texas and see how Stacey's brothers fare. This is a small town romance and makes for a fast nice read. I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing from Netgalley and Harlequin. Dec. 17,2013 Pub Harlequin Harlequin Special Edition 224 pages ISBN:9780373657872
AVoraciousReadr 11 days ago
2.5 *Book source ~ NetGalley Stacey Fortune Jones is raising her daughter Piper by herself. Colton Foster feels guilty for pushing Stacey’s ex to propose when he clearly wasn’t ready, leaving Stacey as fast as his feet would take him when she tells him she’s pregnant. Even though they’ve grown up next to each other and Colton’s sister is Stacey’s best friend, something between them shifts at the New Year’s Eve party. Suddenly they can’t stop thinking about each other in a sexual way. And it’s awkward. Will they be able to forge a new relationship together or will it all come apart? Considering I’ve read and enjoyed several of Leanne Banks’ Harlequin Blaze books in the past I was quite underwhelmed with this story. The characters are fairly shallow and the plot sketchy. There’s a lot of info dumping for those who haven’t read any of the previous Fortune books (that would be me) and the writing is amateurish for someone who has been writing a long time. It’s a bit of fluff to pass an afternoon, but there’s no substance to it. I only read it two days ago and I had already forgot about it by the time I sat down to write this review. For those who enjoy some light entertainment, a cute baby, and the world of the Fortunes then this should fill the bill.