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Black Ties and Lullabies

Hello, and welcome back! Weíre finally getting a bit of winter weather here. Better late than never, I suppose. Right now weíre hoping that the ice in the forecast for tonight doesnít actually arrive here. And while weíre hoping, the bread machine is baking some delicious-smelling bread and a fresh pie is cooling on the counter. Dinner should be great. Iíve even had some reading time today and figure Iíll have more tomorrow, which is good, because there are some interesting looking books sitting on the corner of my desk for this month.

This time out, I have Jane Gravesís Black Ties and Lullabies (Grand Central, received from publisher), with Bernadette Hogan quitting her job as bodyguard for Jeremy Bridges after one wild night with the
quirky, wealthy bachelor. Jeremy would like Bernie back on the job, but she refuses. Then she discovers sheís pregnant, and the only thing she wants from Jeremy is his permanent exit from her life and the life of her soon-to-be-born baby. Only Jeremy refuses to go quietly. Or at all. His own upbringing left a lot to be desired, and heís determined that any child of his will know its father, will have him in its life. And, the more time he spends haggling over details with Bernie, the more he wants to be part of her life as well. I havenít been a big fan of Ms. Gravesís previous work, so when this one landed on my desk, I wasnít especially excited. Honestly, I didnít even intend to read it at all. But I did start it, and, while I wonít say I loved it, I certainly liked it much better than previous books by this author. Iím not especially enamored of Bernie, though her mother was an amusing character. I liked Jeremy a lot better, as he had quite a lot of issues to overcome in his life, and his success in the present is completely deserved. I really was rooting for him to have his happy ending. I wouldnít say I found this one a keeper, but I wonít automatically relegate any future books by this author to the non-review stack, in hope of finding another hero like Jeremy. Iím borrowing three of Cupidís five arrows for this one.

Until next time, happy reading!

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