From a family feud…to a one-night stand ending in heartbreak.
Now will these rivals get a second chance at love?
Rugged oil tycoon Broderick has avoided temptation for years. But an abandoned baby forces him back into his ex-lover’s world. He needs Glenna. For the child, for himself…for untangling the ties that bind their families. For discovering who the baby’s father really is. But will their passion survive the truth?
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The Baby Claim is book one in the Alaskan Oil Barons series by Catherine Mann. I won this book in a giveaway. The Mikkelsons and the Steeles were sort of like the Hatfields and the McCoys of Alaska. Both families were tycoons in the oil industry and for as long as they could remember had been in a constant battle over dominance of the industry. Broderick Steele and Glenna Mikkelson had always felt a sort of attraction between them. When they were in college working on a project together, they finally gave in to that attraction for one glorious weekend. But then they walked away, knowing their families would never approve. Broderick stayed single and being the oldest child, was on track to take over for his father at some point. Glenna married and loved her husband, but he had passed away. Now a widow, she was also on track to take over for her mother at some point. Even though Broderick and Glenna occasionally saw each other at events, they kept their distance, that low hum of chemistry always there in the back ground. Now, Broderick is forced to go to see Glenna at her office when he has received notice of some very strange stock movements. It seems that Glenna has received the same reports. Thus begins some very shocking changes in the lives of the Steeles and the Mikkelsons. Big changes are on their horizon. As they are trying to deal with everything new, something else is dropped into their lives, literally. An abandoned baby is found that allegedly has ties to one of them. Who is not yet known. But until the truth is uncovered, it is decided that Broderick and Glenna should take the baby to a remote cabin of his family’s until they get some answers. As Broderick and Glenna bond with the baby, that old attraction between them is as strong as ever. Could now finally be the right time for them? “Her body wanted him…but her mind rebelled.” This was such a sweet story. You couldn’t help but to care about these two families. I especially liked Broderick’s dad and Glenna’s Mom. Both Broderick and Glenna had been through so much in their lives, both had suffered loss. And it is understandable that Glenna had some trust issues. But it was so obvious that together, they just fit. That they found everything they had been missing for so long. Of course, though, what is obvious to me took these characters a little longer to figure out. This was a quick, enjoyable read. The next book in the series is The Double Deal, which is Broderick’s sister, Naomi’s story.
I keep hearing rumors that Harlequin is changing their Desire line, especially in light of the demise of Blaze. Catherine Mann’s latest, The Baby Claim, is one of the new more edgy Desires. I am a longtime fan of Mann’s and this book drew me in from the beginning. It felt more like one of her full length novels as opposed to one of her category. The slow build between the hero and heroine is given time to play out over the course of the story, as opposed to when the formula dictates. If you weren’t paying attention to the cover, you wouldn’t even track that is this a Desire book. This is the first in a sprawling oil family. If this is book one, I can’t wait to see where we go from here. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
What? Feuding families aren't feuding anymore? The Steeles and Mikklesons are major rivals in the oil business in Alaska. But major changes are in progress. What's happening and what changes are going on are what readers will enjoy finding out in Catherine Mann's book, the Baby Claim, Book #1 in her Alaskan Oil Baron series. Catherine Mann has plotted out an entertaining, well-written storyline with lots of sweet, yet hot romance, some surprises and a Happily Ever After which is just perfect! I enjoyed meeting the members of the Steele and Mikkleson families and particularly liked reading about Glenna Mikkleson-Powers and Broderick Steele and their second chance at happiness. The attraction between the two was hot and their love was inevitable. This is a fun, sweet romance that I'm really glad I read.