Expecting His Child
This was a hard book to grade. On one hand, it read smoothly, had really great characters and I was quite engaged in it. On the other hand – not a whole lot happened. Still, the characters were enormously likable and on that basis it ended up being a slightly-better-than-average series romance.
The basis for Expecting His Child is set forth in the previous two books in the series. Martina Logan is pregnant. The father of the child is Noah Coltrane. The Coltranes and the Logans have lived on adjoining ranches and hated each other for 200 years.
Martina met Noah in Chicago when she was working for a company designing Web pages and he was trading on the Chicago Exchange. There was an instant attraction between them and they had a passionate affair. Martina left and Noah has been unable to forget her. When he comes back to the Coltrane ranch in order to work on a fencing camp that he and his brothers are planning for the ranch, he finds that Martina is pregnant and he knows that the baby is his.
Noah and his brothers had a wretched home life. Their mother died young and their father was a worthless drunk. Luckily for them, ranch foreman Zachary was a good man and a fantastic father figure. He taught them how to fence and he taught them that a real man is honorable, responsible, and dependable. With that kind of upbringing, there is no way that Noah is going to let Martina face a pregnancy alone.
Martina has baggage from the past. Her mother died in chidbirth and her father, in his grief, withdrew from her. She has spent her life longing for love. When Noah comes back into her life wanting to marry her and wanting to be a father to the child, she is torn. She remembers their love-affair, but she will not settle for him marrying her only out of a sense of duty. She wants to be loved and will not settle for less.
There really is very little incident in Expecting His Child – terrible title by the way – so the impact of the book depends on the characters. Luckily, they are all wonderfully likable. I was especially taken with Noah’s brothers. There is one scene where he is dreaming of fixing up the house and bringing Martina in as his bride. When he walks into the house, his three brothers are all lounging around in their boxers, drinking beer, smoking cigars and channel surfing. How utterly male! I do hope they get their own books and soon.
This book reminded me a bit of the TV show Seinfeld. Not a lot happened in that show, but the characters were great. It’s the same for this book. If you have been following the series, you will want to read this one. Now I’m waiting for the books about Noah’s brothers – those men do need a bit of civilizing.