The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby

The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby

by Kira Archer
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The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby by Kira Archer

One minute, pregnant Leah Andrews is throwing up over the side of a yacht and the next, she's married to party boy Brooks. It's an arrangement born of sheer desperation to save her job, but now the tabloids are all over them, their friends are running a pool betting on whether they'll actually stay married until Baby Day, and worst of all, she and her new husband might just be falling for one another. But they belong in opposite worlds. It'll never work.

Billionaire app developer Brooks Larson lives his life on the light side. Until he tries to play hero and claims to be Leah's husband. Now he's up to his ears in Lamaze classes, baby powder...and unexpected marital bliss. But he'd make a rotten husband and horrible father. Leah and the baby deserve so much better. Add in major baby daddy drama and the whole situation is the worst idea EVER. But sometimes those bad ideas might just be the best ones.

Each title in the Winning the Billionaire series is STANDALONE:
* 69 Million Things I Hate About You
* The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby
* Scotland or Bust

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640634565
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Series: Winning The Billionaire , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 3,014
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren’t looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves a vast variety of genres and writes in quite a few. If you love historical romances, check out her alter ego, Michelle McLean.

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CHAPTER 1

Brooks Larson was the luckiest SOB on the planet and he knew it.

He leaned against the railing of his yacht, took a large sip of ridiculously expensive champagne, and a deep breath of crisp ocean air.

"Enjoying yourself?"

Cole Harrington, Brooks's partner and best friend since college, joined him at the railing.

"Hell, yes. We just closed one of the biggest deals of our career, making us disgustingly wealthy —"

"Which we already were," Cole said.

Brooks ignored that. "And I'm floating around in this magnificent tub of luxury surrounded by gorgeous women. Is there anything better in this world?"

"Yes," Cole said with a smile that made his friend's heart clench.

Brooks followed Cole's gaze to where Kiersten and Piper, Cole's wife and baby daughter, were lounging in the shade on a chaise longue.

"Are you really happy?" Brooks asked.

Cole scowled at him, but Brooks shook his head. "No. I'm not being sarcastic or trying to be insulting. I really want to know. You're married. You have a baby. You've promised to be with the same woman for the rest of your life and have produced a tiny, crying little human who has effectively trapped you into adult responsibility. Don't you miss being ... free? Having your own life?"

Cole snorted. "Nice way to describe my family. And your goddaughter. And yes, to answer your question, I really am happy. And no, I don't miss being free. I am free. I do have my own life. My life is there," he said, pointing to his wife and daughter. "Everything I ever wanted is right there. I just never knew it until I met her."

Kiersten looked up at that moment and smiled at her husband and, for a brief second, a small twinge of what might have been jealousy wormed its way through Brooks. What would it be like to have someone look at him the way Kiersten looked at Cole?

He shook his head and pushed the thought to the back of his mind. No one would ever look at him that way, and he sure as hell never wanted anyone to.

"Well, I'm happy for you, but you keep all that monogamy over on your side of the boat. I'm happy playing in the singles pool. Speaking of which ..." He nodded at the striking young woman sitting next to Kiersten. "Who is that?"

Cole was already shaking his head. "Don't even think about it."

Brooks leaned on the railing, his gaze intensifying. "Well, now you've piqued my interest."

Cole groaned. "I mean it, Brooks. That's Leah Andrews. She's one of Kiersten's oldest friends, and Piper's godmother. She's helping out with the baby this weekend until we find a permanent nanny. And you are not to touch."

"Hey. Poker club etiquette doesn't apply here. She's not an assistant, girlfriend, wife, or sister."

"Or mother."

"You really need to let that go."

Cole snorted. "She's Kiersten's friend. She will neuter you faster than you can squeal out your phone number."

"Oh, come on. Surely the lovely Leah can make her own decisions. She's not attached to anyone, is she?"

"I think she's going to be a nun."

Brooks raised an eyebrow. "A challenge. I like it. A nun? Really?" Cole sighed and rubbed his forehead. "I don't know. Maybe she only works with nuns. At a school or something."

Brooks clutched his chest. "Oh my God, you're killing me. Seriously? A Catholic school teacher? Does she wear a uniform?"

Cole punched his arm and Brooks grunted. "Ow. Okay, okay. I'll lay off. Unless she comes on to me. I'm a gentleman, after all. Turning her down would be rude."

Cole laughed. "I should let you go for her just to watch Kiersten chew you up and spit you out. You know how she feels about you dating her friends."

Brooks sighed. "Yeah, yeah. Though I still maintain my innocence on that front."

"Right, because everything about you screams innocence."

Brooks flashed his best smile. "I don't know what you're talking about. I'm a total angel."

Kiersten looked up at the sound of her husband laughing and waved at him. Cole blew her a kiss.

Brooks groaned. "Oh, God. You've got it bad, don't you?"

"For my wife? Yes, yes I do."

Brooks shook his head again. In all honesty, he didn't blame Cole. Kiersten was a hell of a woman and there had been a brief, fleeting moment when Brooks could have imagined himself possibly trying for something other than his usual flings — before his friend had fallen head over heels in love with her, and she with him. Now, he was content to continue his eternally single ways. Most of the time.

He pushed away from the railing. "I can't watch that anymore. Come on," he said, towing his friend back toward the bar, "let's get another drink."

"Fine. But I mean it, Brooks. Leah is off-limits."

Because telling a man that a gorgeous woman was off-limits was the one surefire way to make sure he stayed away, right? No flaw in that logic at all.

* * *

Leah Andrews stared down at the sweet baby sleeping in her arms and tried not to vomit.

The rolling waves of morning sickness that hit her without warning were not meshing well with the literal rolling waves of the ocean. Though if she was going to be sick, she could definitely think of worse places to be. Floating around on a private yacht certainly beat lying around on her bathroom floor. Although, the bathroom, at least, was private.

The fresh air on the deck helped. She took a deep, shaky breath and tilted her face up to the sun. The sleepy little bundle of adorableness on her lap squirmed and she glanced down to make sure all was well.

"She doing okay?" Kiersten asked.

Leah smiled at her. "Your baby is perfect."

Kiersten smiled down at her offspring. "She is pretty perfect, isn't she?"

Leah laughed and handed the baby back to her mother. Kiersten Harrington was one of the few high school friends with whom Leah kept in contact, and she was seriously the luckiest woman alive. First, she'd done the impossible and won the lottery. Then she'd won the relationship lottery and married her gorgeous, billionaire boss. But, really, if it had to happen to anyone, Kiersten was a good one for it to happen to. She was a genuinely nice person, someone Leah had always felt she could turn to. And she'd never needed her more than she did now.

"How are you feeling?" Kiersten asked her.

Leah took stock of her stomach before answering. "Okay, I think. I was kind of iffy there for a second, but it's passed. I'd been feeling pretty great compared to the first couple months. Maybe the motion of the boat kick-started it again."

Kiersten gave her an indulgent smile. "I remember those days." She adjusted the baby in her arms. "You're past twelve weeks now, aren't you?"

Leah nodded, her hand cupping the tiny bump that was only just beginning to show. "Just barely."

"I'm glad you could help us this week. It's the first time I've been out of the house since Piper was born."

"Happy to. I could use the practice," she said with a wry smile.

"Have you heard from the father yet?"

Leah shook her head, keeping her gaze focused on the sea.

"Well ... maybe he'll still contact you," Kiersten said, her voice bright with false hope.

"Maybe. Though as I told him, I'm fine if he doesn't. I think I'd prefer it. I don't know if he's read the letter yet. I had to message him on Facebook. It's a terrible way to tell someone they're going to be a father, but it's the only way I could get ahold of him. Didn't really expect my one-night stand to turn out like this. We never exchanged numbers. If he doesn't answer the message, I guess I can try asking people on his friends list. Though that would be awkward."

Kiersten patted her hand. "Just don't ever think you're alone, okay? You need help for anything, call me."

"I will," she said, giving Kiersten a grateful smile.

A shout of laughter came from further up the deck and the girls stopped chatting to see what was going on.

Brooks Larson, best friend and business partner of Kiersten's husband, sprinted up the deck with what looked like an octopus in his hands. A live, squirming octopus that he was using to chase two other men with. After he got a couple good squeals out of them, he dropped it back over the side.

Leah glanced at Kiersten who just grinned. "That's Brooks for you."

"Class clown?" "Not really as bad as that, but he definitely likes to be amused."

Leah looked him over. The man was mouthwateringly gorgeous. Like some model or actor who was too insanely good-looking to be real. He'd give the Hemsworth brothers a run for their money. In fact, he was like the perfect mash-up. The coloring and chiseled features of Chris and the height and build of the slightly less buff Liam. With the good-natured goofiness of Dean from Supernatural. The man was perfection.

Or those could be the hormones talking. Either way, she'd never wanted to get up close and personal with a total stranger so badly in her life. She glanced back over at Kiersten, blushing when she realized her friend had been talking the whole time and she hadn't heard a word.

"Sorry. What was that?"

Kiersten grinned at her. "I said, you should go for it."

Leah frowned. "Go for what?"

Kiersten nodded over at where Brooks now leaned against the railing, drink in hand as he gazed out at the sparkling Mediterranean.

"What? You're crazy."

"Why? You're on vacation, have a little fun."

"I'm pregnant," Leah said, lowering her voice, though no one was close enough to hear them.

"I know," Kiersten said. "No reason to tell him that, though. You aren't looking for a baby daddy. Just a nice little send-off before the craziness begins."

Leah glanced back at Brooks. It was a crazy idea. But ... maybe. She shook her head. "I can't. Besides, he might not even be interested."

"Oh, he's interested." Kiersten nodded over at him and Leah risked another look only to catch him staring at her with a soft smoldering smile that belonged on some Disney prince.

"Look," Kiersten said. "I'd normally be the last one to advocate something like this, but I know you. You've done nothing but obey the rules your whole life and the one time you step out of line ..."

"I get pregnant," Leah finished for her. Yeah. She didn't miss the unfairness in it all. She'd always done everything right. Heck, even the little fling that had gotten her in her current predicament had been done by the book. She'd met a guy at a party hosted by good friends. He'd been a stranger, but he was a good, upstanding man as far as she could tell. A businessman based overseas in the city for a meeting. Didn't drink, at least in front of her. They'd gone into it both on the same page, and they'd used condoms. Several.

One hadn't worked.

"Right," Kiersten was saying. "But that's my point. When you get home, you'll be preparing for imminent parenthood and starting your new job at a private Catholic school of all places, so you'll never be able to have a lick of fun again. You might as well seize the opportunity while you can."

"Oh, ha ha," Leah said, though Kiersten wasn't all that wrong. Her employment came with a strict morality clause. Anxiety about what the school would do when they found out about her pregnancy kept her stomach in knots. They wouldn't be happy, but she hoped since she hadn't signed her employment agreement until after her one-night-stand-gone-wrong, there'd be some wiggle room. She'd come up with and rejected a dozen plans already. The thought of flat-out lying, saying she was a widow or had a husband who traveled, was a possibility, but not one that sat well with her. Her current plan involved doing the best damn job she could for the first few months, show them what an asset she could be. And then pray they'd be Christian enough to take pity on an unwed mother. There weren't many other jobs out there that offered free lodging and a good salary and healthcare. Losing it would hurt. She wouldn't be homeless. Kiersten wouldn't ever allow that to happen. But she didn't want to rely on her friend's charity. She was going to make her own way in the world. Build a life for her and the baby.

Before she could respond further to Kiersten's suggestion, a shadow fell over her. She glanced up right into the sky-blue eyes of the man in question.

CHAPTER 2

Brooks smiled down at Leah, loving the slight blush that stained her cheeks. She had that innocent, good-girl vibe emanating off her like a homing beacon. He didn't know why that was such a turn-on. Maybe because it was different. He typically steered clear of the good girls; too many complications. And he had a strict policy of only getting involved with women who were as commitment-phobic as he was. It made life easier.

But he'd been watching Leah all morning and couldn't get her out of his head. The yacht was crawling with people. A pre-christening party for his goddaughter. When Cole had mentioned they were bringing someone to help with the baby, Brooks had pictured some heavyset matriarch wielding diapers and wet wipes. Not this brown-eyed beauty that blinked up at him with a shy smile. How could he possibly resist that?

Besides, Kiersten was smiling, not glaring any warnings at him. That was a green light in his book.

"I don't think we've met yet," he said, extending a hand. "I'm Brooks Larson. Their second in command," he said, nodding at Kiersten and Cole, who had come up behind her.

"Leah Andrews," she said. "Their nanny for the weekend."

He took her hand, holding it rather than shaking it. "It's a very great pleasure to meet you," he said, laying on the charm as thick as he dared.

"Likewise," she said, her fingers tightening around his ever so slightly.

Hmm, intriguing. He'd expected her to be a bit shy. And while her voice was quiet, it was strong, straightforward. Confident and sexy as hell.

"Would you care for a walk around the deck before the party really gets underway? I saw the DJ setting up near the bow, but there's a perfect spot to view the islands from the stern."

"That sounds great," she said, glancing back at Cole and Kiersten. "If you don't need me right now?"

Cole glanced at his wife, his forehead slightly creased, but Kiersten grinned. "Go on. It's about time for me to feed Piper anyway."

Brooks held out his hand and waited for Leah to take it. He wasn't completely sure she would, which was an unusual experience for him. He was young, rich, and good-looking — that was a winning trifecta right there.

The woman before him, however, was not his usual prey. For one thing, she took care of children for a living, which typically meant she was a responsible adult. Responsible adults rarely had fun. And Brooks liked to have fun. She also had a bright-eyed innocent look about her. Unlike some of the other guests who were lounging in bikinis and sarongs while sipping champagne, Leah wore a cute sundress, complete with a gold crucifix necklace, and was drinking what looked like an ice water with lemon. Not the type he usually went for and certainly not the type that went for him.

"You look confused," she said, slipping her hand into his.

"Maybe a little," he said with a short laugh. "Kiersten just smiling and encouraging you to go off with me instead of beating me off with a stick is unusual."

"Hmm, should I be worried?" she asked, though her tone remained flirtatious.

"Not at all. I'm a pretty decent guy. Just not looking for anything serious."

"Why do I feel like you're trying to make a good impression in a job interview?"

Brooks gave her his best aw-shucks-you-caught-me grin. "Well, it's not a job interview, but I am trying to make a good impression."

"Really?"

"Really. How am I doing?"

Leah took a sip of her water and shrugged. "The jury's still out. I'll let you know."

That surprised a laugh out of him. "I guess I'll have to try harder."

"Or you could be yourself and we'll go from there."

Brooks lifted his glass in a small salute. "A novel approach."

"Sometimes the simplest line of attack is the most efficient."

"Wouldn't it have been even more efficient to gather intel on me from Kiersten?"

"You're assuming I didn't already do that."

Another surprise. She was full of them. "And she didn't tell you to run screaming in the other direction as fast as possible."

Leah laughed, a throaty, rippling sound that was both infectious and sexy. "No, she didn't. But even if she had, I can make my own decisions."

He leaned in a little closer. "Then I guess I should be thankful both for your impeccable decision-making capabilities and for Kiersten not throwing me under the bus."

Leah shrugged. "Maybe she thought we should get to know each other since I'm Piper's godmother. The godparents should know each other, I suppose."

"True."

(Continues…)



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The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Perfect afternoon read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Steph_B More than 1 year ago
Nice Twists in this story. Refreshing hero that seems too good to be true but even as his flaws surface you just want to cheer for Brooks and Leah. I'm glad she saw what even his own friends didn't see in him. I am definitely going to go read the first story of this series! Can't wait to see who Ms. Archer matches up next! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like it a lot.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I liked Brooks right from the start and as the book progressed, I only liked him more. He and Leah had a great instant connection. They were fun and flirty, sarcastic and looked to find the real person underneath. There were so many great scenes with Brooks and his friends, some funny and some serious self discovery conversations. But Brooks will win your heart with his caring attitude and huge heart. He is major swoonworthy. And when he says out to win Leah's heart, hold onto yours, because what he does is definitely heartmelting. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Author Kira Archer and the marriage of convenience trope is a match made in heaven. So when I read the book blurb for The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby, I just had to request it. This is a terrific story and I read it from cover to cover in no time at all. Leah Andrews is not a risk taker, so when she ends up pregnant from her one and only one night stand, she is quite surprised. She accepts her new situation happily, until she learns that in order to keep her new teaching assignment at a religious school, she cannot be unmarried and pregnant. She ends up meeting billionaire Brooks Larson through her friend's husband, and they share an immediate spark. He asks her to marry him so that she can keep her job. They slowly and unexpectedly fall into lust and love while they are anxiously awaiting for Leah's bundle of joy. Then all hell breaks loose when the baby's biological father decides to become a part of their lives. Leah and Brooks are an entertaining couple and I was completely engrossed in their road to happiness. The ups and downs of their relationship were replete with emotion, humor, and heat. Unfortunately, the lightheartedness and the tone of the romance took a nose dive when the baby's father was introduced. If you enjoy stories with this trope, you will love this book! Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Brooks Larson is renowned as a good time guy . . . . the life and soul of the party . . . not the one you’d go to if you were looking for someone to take responsibility - or that’s how he and many see him. Despite this outward appearance he proves to be more than willing to step up to support mum-to-be Leah Andrews. Leah is usually a rule follower, one who doesn’t take chances but the consequence her only one-night stand is the baby she’s now expecting. She has a new job she’s about to start at a convent school but when they discover she’s pregnant she’s not sure what will happen next. What happens is the billionaire app developer claims to be her husband to be! Now their friends are wondering if they’ll manage to stay together until the baby is born . . . . This is another classic Kira Archer story - one filled with great characters, plenty of dilemmas, a healthy dose of turmoil and humour, all mixed together in a delectable read that’ll keep you smiling. It is a lovely, sweet, heartwarming romance that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys this genre. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
HEA romantic meeting and characters that were full of heart! Brooks is a billionaire but was not always one. Leah is a women that got the ultimate result of a one night stand. Not knowing how to reach the Baby's Dad and struggling with employment and finance issues it is an aHHHHH... moment when Brooks sails in and sweeps her off her feet. I dos and rings are exchanged for what is suppose to be a temporary matrimony experience. Sparks and tension ignite when the Baby's dad arrives and he is a blemish in Brooks past. Enjoyed everything about it and the other couples involved. "A copy of this book was provided by Entangled via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
carvanz More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read! Leah is pregnant after a one night stand when she meets Brooks. When she is in danger of losing her new job at a Catholic school due to her unwed state, Brooks speaks up for her. The result is a temporary marriage. I loved Brooks and his fun, carefree ways. It was obvious from the beginning that he wanted nothing but Leah even if he didn’t realize it himself or recognize that he was worth all the good things life has to offer. Leah was a sweet heroine that was also able to stand up for herself. She wanted her baby’s father to know about the pregnancy and set about to try to make that happen. Unfortunately, there is bad history between the two men in Leah’s life and they must now make a decision on what is best for the baby. This is a fast paced read with plenty of humor, great characters and a touch of sexiness. I really enjoyed the first book of this series and enjoyed this one even more! Can’t wait for the next one! This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Entangled.
OpheliaOA More than 1 year ago
Omg I just love Kira Archer’s books. Leah and Brooks might have just met but the sparks that fly around them is unbelievable. Brooks might think that he is incapable of taking care or being dependent for another human being but as he starts to fall in love with Leah and little Livy his opinion of himself changes. He realizes even if Leah doesn’t need him her sure as heck does need her. I just loved this story and I’m was happy to read a bit more of Cole and Kiersten. A must read!!! I was given this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
I always love a good fake marriage romance. Thankfully, Kira Archer's THE BILLIONAIRE'S UNEXPECTED BABY fit the bill perfectly! After reading 69 BILLION THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU this past fall I couldn't wait to see who would be paired up next, and honestly, I thought Leah and Brooks were an excellent next choice. Leah is strong, sassy, and fiercely independent while Brooks is the carefree billionaire playboy. Their banter was on point and their romance was steamy as well as sweet. I also liked how THE BILLIONAIRE'S UNEXPECTED BABY showed that first impressions can sometimes be deceiving. When Brooks was first introduced in 69 BILLION THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, I didn't think too much of him. Yes, he was hilarious and charming, but he also gave off a no-relationship/can't-be-serious vibe. This book shows that he does wants to be seen as serious and smart as well as someone who can be in a successful relationship. Plus I loved that his parents were included as well. As the characters said in the book, they are relationship goals. THE BILLIONAIRE'S UNEXPECTED BABY also had some exciting baby drama. It was fun not knowing much about the baby daddy at first and I loved that there was an unexpected connection between Brooks and the dad.It also brought a rivalry about, which caused some good drama and good laughs. Overall, Kira Archer's THE BILLIONAIRE'S UNEXPECTED BABY shows that second books don't always fall into a sophomore slump, as THE BILLIONAIRE'S UNEXPECTED BABY is even better than the first. I can't wait to see which pairing is up next!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I found the main characters fun and flirty even though I wanted to shake Leah at times. The story is laced with humor and witty banter, which I love, and it flows along beautifully. Overall it's a book I think everyone will enjoy. Leah Andrews finds herself in quite a situation. Single and pregnant isn't really something the private school she's getting ready to start working for would look favorably on. When carefree Brooks Larson steps up and saves her job by claiming they are getting married Leah finds herself in a marriage of convenience. At least until "Baby Day". Now she just has to keep her heart out of the equation. A recommended read.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! In it, we see Brooks, the billionaire playboy that we met in a prior book, hitting on Leah, one of Kiersten's friends. It quickly becomes obvious that Leah is pregnant, but she doesn't even know how to reach the father or who he really is, so she feels destined to become a single parent. When circumstances put her new job in jeopardy, Brooks claims her as her fiance to preserve both her job and her housing. What follows is a fun romance that had me turning pages just as quickly as possible. I really loved the characters in this novel, especially Brooks. The author has a great way of illustrating the ultimate playboy at a crossroads in his life, where he can either continue his playboy ways or grow up and become responsible. Fans of the genre will love this book. While it is part of a series, this is a stand alone novel. The author is on my must read authors' list.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Leah Andrews is your typical good girl, she had one uncharacteristic one-night stand before starting her job as a teacher in a Catholic High School and got pregnant. Brooks Larson is a billionaire, partner of Cole Harrington from the first book in this series 69 Million Things I Hate About You, a consumate playboy he also has massive self-esteem issues, although I'm not sure I ever understood why he felt he was so unloveable and why he didn't deserve a wife and family. Leah is briefly helping out her friend Kiersten, Cole's wife, with her baby and meets Brooks on a massive yacht floating around the Greek islands which Brook has hired to celebrate the christening of Cole and Kiersten's baby. Leah and Brook share an instant attraction but it goes no further than a steamy kiss, and then he walks away. A few weeks later, Leah is moving into her rooms in the swanky school when she runs into Brooks again, the Mother Superior overhears that Leah is pregnant and is about to sack her for breaking the morality clause in her contract until Brooks says they are about to get married. So, they enter a marriage of convenience, Brooks helps Leah keep her job and Leah lends Brooks some gravitas in his work. But when the baby's father finally gets in touch it turns out to be an old enemy of Brooks. This had a slow start and while I enjoyed the book I didn't really understand what led Brooks to feel he was so unworthy, why he thought he was such a bad choice as a husband, why he couldn't ever commit to a long-term relationship. Maybe I missed it. This is a very focussed book, we don't see Brooks at work, we don't see Leah at work, all the action is centred around them, their feelings, talking about their feelings with their friends etc and it felt a little light-weight as a result. I requested this book on the strength of the previous book, that had far more laugh-out-loud humour, I wouldn't really classify this book as humorous and I didn't like it as much as a result. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After discovering that she is pregnant, Leah Andrews is beside herself, she isn't certain of the father's whereabouts, or how to get a hold of him to share the unexpected news... then an unlikely hero steps in to help her in her quest to find her baby's father. When Brooks Larson comes to her aid on the yacht she is completely surprised the well known playboy wants anything to do with her considering her current predicament, but then he surprises her and shows real interest in helping her locate her child's father. Then he surprises her even more by stepping up and offering to play her hubby, and from there things just continue to get more interesting... and a whole lot hotter!! Brooks Larson doesn't do love, strings attached anything, he fully embraces his freedom and has no interest in letting one woman tie him down... then he meets Leah and all bets are off! She is in quite the predicament, and for some reason he can't help but want to get involved, his friends try to sway his decision to get tied up in Leah's mess, but he isn't hearing any of it. He has watched them find happiness, and settle down, and now that he sees that it works, he is thinking it might just be something to consider... his friends however have their doubts and start placing their bets!! The moment I saw that this one involved a sexy playboy billionaire and a single first time mom I was in, it is one of my favorite tropes and I have to say it did not disappoint... it was pretty freaking amazing!! These two were quite the pair, and their little journey to finding their happily ever after had lots of unexpected surprises, but little by little they found a way to deal with them head on and create something quite beautiful. There was a lot to like about this one, amazing characters with sizzling chemistry, a story line that pulled me in from the get-go, and a little added humor that put a smile on my face!! Highly recommend this one, the moment you crack the cover on it you will be hooked, and hit with a serious case of book boyfriend swoons!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Brooks greatest strength is being the life of the party. The goofball with the wicked sense of humor, a thirst for sexy women and a need to be the center of attention. It turns out Mr. Party Animal is full of surprises and the his biggest critic is himself. Kira Archer knows how to throw a party. Her talent for writing fiction that entertains is legendary. However, she is also good at pointing out the obvious in her characters and doling out some big surprises when it counts. Brooks and Leah were a surprise that counted. Who would have thought that good time Charlie would be such a great catch? The Billionaire's Unexpected Baby mixes realism, humor and heart with a maturity that turns the tale on it's head. The man who never met a responsibility he liked, may risk it all for a woman who prides herself on that very trait. Ms. Archer aims for the heart and she surely hits her mark.