Yuletide Baby Surprise (Harlequin Desire Series #2257)

Yuletide Baby Surprise (Harlequin Desire Series #2257)

by Catherine Mann
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Yuletide Baby Surprise (Harlequin Desire Series #2257) by Catherine Mann

In this Billionaires & Babies novel, USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann gives new meaning to the words "Merry Christmas, Baby"

'Tis the season to be jolly? It isn't for Dr. Rowan Boothe when a princess on the run from the photo-hungry press invades his hotel room. He and Mariama Mandara had their professional clashes in the past, and Rowan has no desire to become involved in her latest predicament—until they discover an abandoned baby. Now he needs Mari's help and soon discovers she's no pampered royal but a desirable woman. Yet how long can their Christmas escape really last?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373732708
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Harlequin Desire Series , #2257
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann has over two million books in print in more than 20 countries with Silhouette Desire, Silhouette Romantic Suspense, HQN and other Harlequin lines. A five-time RITA finalist, she has won both the RITA and the Bookseller’s Best Awards. Catherine resides in Florida with her Air Force aviator husband and their four children. FMI visit: http://catherinemann.com

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Yuletide Baby Surprise 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ElaineSay More than 1 year ago
Yuletide Baby Surprise is a wonderful Christmas Story. Dr. Rowan Boothe is a hot alpha male that devotes his life to helping others. Dr Mariama Mandara is a princess that is camera shy and feels most herself when immerse in her work. Mari does not always see eye to eye with Rowan. The sparks flying between the two just jump off the page. I love the emotional roller coaster this book takes you on. Catherine Mann never disappoints! Yuletide Baby Surprise is a must read! I was given an ARC for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Great read
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Yuletide Baby Surprise by Catherine Mann Princess Mariama Mandara is more comfortable in her baggy clothes and doing data analysis than playing the princess role. Why anyone is interested in the fact she's speaking at a conference, she just doesn't understand. So when a couple of picture seeking teenagers track her down she quickly dons an abandoned waiter jacket and delivers the waiting food cart. It's not until she's inside with the cart that she realizes it's her most vocal critic Dr. Roman Boothe's hotel room. Time to leave! Roman has been enamored with Mari for years. Sure, she's trashed his work but she just looks so good and is so smart that he can't help feel they need to spend some time together. I enjoyed this Billionaires and Babies holiday story. Mari starts out so awkwardly handling the baby and Roman is so at ease that you know they are going to teach each other and share some precious moments together. It was wonderful seeing Mari grow her confidence with the baby and her world and at the same time have Roman become even more enthralled with Mari. And throughout the story the reminder of the holiday with the carols and the costumes made me want to break out my own holiday CD's and start playing them.  Peace and Happy Holidays whichever time of the year it may be. I received a copy of this book via an author contest.
TKsBaskets More than 1 year ago
What a merry gift indeed is Catherine Mann’s ‘Yuletide Baby Surprise’.  The story is part of the Alpha Brotherhood series but stands alone just fine.  I really liked the hero – Rowan who is an alpha bad-boy doctor turned humanitarian.  Now who doesn’t like a strong man striving to do good things in the world?  He has a troubled past with an unexpected plot twist.   The heroine is Mandara, not your typical princess, who knows Rowan from their professional clashes.  They come together to care for an abandoned baby during a conference.  It’s a hoot how that all comes about (not the baby part but how they end up together caring for her).  Mandara is tough but vulnerable.  Rowan strong and has a sweet side.  You’ll melt when he cares for the baby. I enjoyed this book.  It kept my interest to the point I lost a few hours of sleep the day I got it.  I can’t wait for the next story that Ms. Mann authors!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review - Yuletide Baby Surprise (Billionaires and Babies | The Alpha Brotherhood # 4 series) I recommend this book. I enjoyed this book by Catherine. This book includes passion, laughs, heartache, and an abandoned baby. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books first from “The Alpha Brotherhood” series. An Inconvenient Affair All or Nothing Playing for Keeps Princess Dr. Mariama "Mari" Mandara is on the run from royal fans. She needs to find a way to escape the fans and fast. That is when she comes across a room service tray. She decides to pretend to deliver the tray to the assigned room. Dr. Rowan Boothe is in town for a conference and is awaiting his evening meal. When his meal arrives he realizes that the delivery person is non-other than his professional nemesis Dr. Mandara. Under the room service cart they find an abandoned baby. As Rowan has wanted Mari for a while he decides to keep her close any way he can. His plan is they will take care of the baby together so she is not in the system and sent to a group home. In order to care for the baby Mari should share his suite and they should take care of the baby as a couple. Now they must learn to get along with each other without becoming attached to the baby. As they try to track down the mother with the help of resources from friends and the Royal fans they learn more about each other and develop feelings for each other. Will they be able to set aside their work differences to come together and take care of this baby? What is going to happen when the mother is found? Where will that leave them? The chemistry between these two is awesome. Love both the characters was a little mad about how the baby situation ended up. Rowan and Mari really draw you into the story. Look forward to the next book in this series. For the Sake of Their Son – Due out in January 2014
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In Yuletide Baby Surprise by Catherine Mann, Princess Mariama Mandara, who is also a research scientist, unexpectedly gets up close and personal with Dr. Rowan Boothe.  She has been determined to avoid him since their last meeting 5 months ago in London.  They both have very differing points of view about science and medicine, and Princess Mari has been openly critical of some of Rowan's work. When Princess Mari sneaks into a room at her hotel pretending to be room service in order to escape the press, she not only discovers she's snuck into Rowan's hotel room, but there is also an abandoned baby in the service cart!  Both Rowan and Mari are horrified that the sweet baby girl has been abandoned, and besides being determined to find the baby's mother, Rowan sees this as an opportunity to get closer to Mari.  "He didn't know what it was about Mariama Mandara that turned him inside out, but he'd given up analyzing the why of it long ago.  His attraction to Mari was a simple fact of life now." While using the resources of the Alpha Brotherhood to find baby Issa's family, Rowan plans to also romance Mari.  Mari is used to being safely away in her lab, away from most people.  Between that and as a Princess, she has managed to socially isolate herself very well. Mari is not actually very confident in herself or her social skills outside of work.  So she is shocked when Rowan convinces her it would be best for Issa for them to care for her together while they search for family.  She is even more dismayed when she finds herself not only sharing a hotel suite with Rowan and Issa, but she is starting to feel an attraction to Rowan she's never acknowledged before.  "Intellectually, she'd understood he was an attractive - albeit irritating - man.  But until this moment, she hadn't comprehended the full impact of his appeal." As Mari and Rowan spend more time together, they both begin to see each other in a new light.  Mari finds herself  not only "finding layers to him she didn't know existed", she is finding it harder and harder not to fantasize about sharing a bed with him.  Rowan starts to see Mari as more than just a research scientist who sees things in black and white, an untouchable princess.  He starts to see underneath her layers, and the more he sees, the more he likes.  Being together caring for Issa, using the resources available to them to find her family, brings them closer than they imagined they could be.  The dialogue between them is open and honest, but Rowan is still holding parts of himself back, and Mari is not happy about that.  She knows he is holding parts of himself and his heart back, and this is not something she can be happy with in a relationship. If Issa's family is found, can Rowan and Mari find another way to stay together...for real this time?  Or has Rowan's past and his guilt over it scarred him too deeply?  Or has Princess Mari finally found something worth fighting for? Catherine Mann is a must read author for me and Yuletide Baby Surprise did not disappoint me!  She had me laughing in the first few pages...a great way to start a new book! There are two strong interwoven story lines in Yuletide Baby Surprise...baby Issa and the romance of Mari and Rowan.  Both Mari and Rowan are strong characters who have actually known each other for years, but it's just this past week they've really gotten to know each other!  I loved the interaction between them.  Despite Mari being a princess and Rowan a billionaire doctor, they were both really relatable people.  Mari is strong, independent, and very smart...but she finds out even more about herself and what she's been missing in Yuletide Baby Surprise.  This further strengthens her character because she can admit to herself what's missing and what she can do about it.  Rowan is a bit of a mystery to Mari, but slowly she gains his confidence and he finds himself telling her things he's told no one.   Catherine gives us a great romance with Yuletide Baby Surprise!  The story flows very smoothly, the secondary characters link in very well, and the romance is fast paced.  I loved this because I was never bored!  You will certainly laugh between the seriousness and steamy scenes in Yuletide Baby Surprise.  It was a lot of fun watching Mari and Rowan circle each other before coming together. I'd recommend this to any romance reader!
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 Stars In Yuletide Baby Surprise by Catherine Mann, Princess and doctor Mariama Mandara (Mari) is trying to escape from the photo press. She has never being comfortable around the press and prefers to remain behind the closed doors of 17738298her research lab. To escape from the unwanted press at her medical conference, she disguises herself as the house keeping staff and takes the nearest abandoned food cart to the room number written on the food cart slip. She does not realize that the room she takes the cart to belongs to her professional adversry-Dr Rowan Boothe. Rowan Boothe has always being attracted towards Mari and now he finds her in his suite with a food cart which also carries an abandoned baby. Now they both have to forget their professional rivalry and personal issues to take care of the abandoned baby but with Christmas along the corner, can the festive atmosphere and the baby make them forge a stronger bond..?? Yuletide Baby Surprise is a wonderfully written holiday romance. Mari was a nerdy doctor who is constantly at horns with Rowan at professional level. Rowan was a doctor with a generous heart with a genuine nature to help others through his charities. He has a unfortunate past, which makes him insecure in his relationship with Mari. Their professional rivalry helped to make their personal lives more spicier and I just loved how the baby helped them to get closer. My only issue with this story is that I found the pace of the story was too fast and the romance was going too fast for me at times. Overall Yuletide Baby Surprise by Catherine Mann is a wonderfully written fast paced holiday romance.If you are a fan of the author's previous works and like holiday themed romances,then this is the book for you.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Dr. Rowan Boothe has overcome a lot in his life. He didn’t start off with the best track record but has since turned his life around. Rowan gives his all to his clinic in Africa and to his inventions to help stream line modern medicine.  Mari is forever shooting down his ideas and inventions but that hasn’t stopped his growing fascination with the good doctor. Rowan soon needs Mari’s help when they discover a small baby hidden under the cart Mari used.  He realizes he needs her help to take care of the precious baby. This will also give him time for Mari to get to know the real man. Soon Rowan’s friends in the Alpha Brotherhood come to help find relatives of baby Issa.  When the relatives are found will this new relationship stand up to the test? Yuletide Baby Surprise is another gem by Catherine Mann.  Rowan and Mari are at odds professionally and this adds an added challenge for them both.  Their chemistry is electric and with the baby they see a whole new side to each other.  I am eager to read the next book about they Brotherhood.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Yuletide Baby Surprise is a Billionaires and Baby’s novel, as well as Mann’s Alpha Brotherhood. This is the story of Dr. Rowan Boothe and Princess Mariama Mandara. Because it is a Billionaires and Baby’s book it does not have the mystery subtext found in the previous Alpha Brotherhood novels. The Interpool connection is there, but certainly downplayed. Similar to the other Brotherhood books it does center around an exotic locale, Cape Verde, Africa. To further enhance the exotic location, Mari is a Princess of a Western African country. Unfortunately she’d much rather spend her time in her medical lab than participate in the social outreach typically undertaken by those in her position. Rowan and Mari have been professional adversaries for years. Both well-respected medical professionals they never quite saw eye-to-eye on the patient care strategies. Rowan invented a computer program to maximize triage in his African clinic and facilitate rapid patient care. Mari, more focused on ensuring a proper diagnosis, frequently expressed her negative opinion of Rowan and his work. She believed that the program took too many short-cuts and focused on the easy answers. On the run from some over-zealous photographers, Mari inadvertently wheels a room service cart into Rowan’s suite. Upon examination the cart contains an infant with a note abandoning her to Rowan’s care. Capitalizing on the opportunity to get to know Mari better, Rowan convinces her to help him care for the infant while they look for her mother or other family. Caring for the infant shows that neither are exactly as the other thought. Rowan and Mari were fun to spend time with. Their story moves quickly, but with the set-up of them knowing each other for years it doesn’t seem forced. Their previous professional fireworks lead nicely into their romantic interlude. The added impetus of being temporary parents only brings them together that much faster. As this is a Christmas tale, even the abandoned infant reunites with her family. All-told, this is a wonderful holiday interlude.