Genres: Best Friends, Best Friends Sister, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Toni Langston certainly has her share of problems. She's in love with one of her best friends, Simon. Firemen Simon lives with Toni and her brother and another fireman they're best friends with. The four have been friends since high school and Toni has been in love with Simon for seemingly forever.
The night Simon broke up with his girlfriend, Toni offered a shoulder—and so much more. The problem? The next morning Simon remembers nothing of the previous night, nor does he recall calling out his ex girlfriend's name in the heat of passion, effectively putting a damper on what Toni had hoped was the culmination of her heart's desire.
Just when Toni thinks she can put the night behind her and come to terms with never having a chance with her best friend—a man she's still in love with—a pregnancy test changes everything. Now she faces the most difficult decision of her life. Does she tell Simon he's going to be a father when he has no memory of the event? Or does she try to make him fall in love with her first so she can be certain he isn't with her out of a sense of obligation.
And the biggest question of all. How will Simon react when he learns the truth about who the father of Toni's child is?
I have been looking for a secret baby book for a long time now, well one that I think actually works/plays out well. And truth be told this book had a lot of good recommendations out there, and I know Maya Banks is a well known author so I figured this would be a good place to start when looking for the secret baby theme. Truth be told, I am not sure how I feel about this book. I know I didn’t love it, but I also didn’t hate it either, in the end, I think for me, it was too easily forgettable and didn’t capture my attention the way I wanted it to.
So the problem with secret baby books is that the heroine in question comes off as looking like the bad guy a lot of times, I mean what kind of woman intentionally keeps the father of her child away from the child. It’s always a shock to the guy, and it always makes sense that he would be super pissed. Unless of course the author is able to give the woman some kind of plausible reason why the guy never finds out (one night stand, guy moves away, that kind of thing). The biggest problem I had with this book was that Toni and Simon live together. She gets pregnant from a drunken night (on Simon’s part not hers) and he doesn’t remember. Bt Toni knows it happened, and when she turns up pregnant, she tells everyone that she is in fact pregnant, but refuses to say who the father is. So all Simon knows is his best friend is knocked up, but doesn’t know its his. It’s really awkward to read. And the vast majority of the time I felt like shaking the crap out of Toni for not telling him. Yeah it would have been awkward/weird since the situation was no ideal, but still.
I really didn’t have too many feelings about Simon. He seems like a pretty solid guy. He’s supportive of Toni, but is of course upset about the whole secret down the line, which I think was understandable. Honestly the guy I had the most visceral feelings about was Toni’s brother, Matt. Matt basically loses his s**t when he finds out the truth, and honestly I agree that Toni shouldn’t have kept the secret, but Toni is his sister, and to lose it on her, was just kind of messed up. Especially given the fact that she’s pregnant.
All in all, I don’t think the book was for me. I didn’t have a big connection with Toni and I think for me that made the story too much on the forgettable side. This wasn’t a secret baby story that I wanted it to be, so in the end, I think the book was just okay.