Love Spell, Jun 2004, 6.99
The call from a Dallas police officer informed Holt Landen that not only had Ella Sinclair died in a car crash, but the heiress named him as the father of her child. He barely remembers the flighty woman he had a one night stand with in Aspen, but the DNA proves he is also the father of a six month old child Isabelle with her. Holt leaves New Orleans to pick up his daughter only to learn that his daughter suffers from Attachment Disorder.
Holt is desperate for help so when Isabelle stops crying while hearing New Orleans radio parenting advice show host Stevie Stedquest speak on the radio, he offers the childless Stevie a deal. They wed in a marriage of convenience in which she provides Isabelle with proper loving nurturing and she has that child she wants to raise. However, Stevie and Holt are opposites in every foreseeable way except that Isabel has hooked both of them. Now can the baby play matchmaker when neither of the two adults wants the other though love has blossomed between Stevie and Holt.
THE BABE MAGNET is an intriguing contemporary romance even with using the Stone Age gimmick of a marriage of convenience and a traumatized baby to bring the lead couple together. Though obviously opposites, Holt and Stevie are caring people, who readers will like since both try to do the right thing for Isabelle. However, the infant owns the show as she is unable to allow anyone to reach out with love that is until her daddy and her new mommy shower her with affection because everybody needs hugs.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner