BABY AND THE BEAST
by Laura Wright

December 2002
ISBN: 0-373-76482-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1482
Mass Market Paperback
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Well, all right, I confess. I’m a sucker for cute baby stories. And when you throw in a super handsome (though slightly wounded) hero my cup of happiness is just about full. The only thing missing is the adorable dog, but I’ll forgive Laura Wright that omission because she’s written the MOST charming romance I’ve read in a while.


It’s all here, right on the pages. A woman about to give birth, disillusioned and alone. A man who has never been able to open his heart, afraid of the consequences of love. And bringing them together, the cute bundle of joy that Michael Wulf finds himself delivering for Isabella in the middle of a snowstorm. Fortunately, they’re at his house, not in the back of a car, but basically, they are marooned, and little Emily makes her debut into Michael’s waiting hands and from there right into his heart (and ours).


Perhaps that’s the key to the charm of this tale – the warmth that builds between Michael and Isabella. It’s pervasive, quiet, yet reveals itself in little ways, as Isabella comes to rely more and more on Michael’s strength and Michael realizes that Isabella and little Emily have broken through his carefully erected barriers. I couldn’t put this book down until I was done with it, the characters had crept into my heart as surely as they had into each other’s.


This is, quite simply, a perfect romance. A picture of this title should be under the definition of “Romance” in the dictionary. Love brings two people together and helps them create something special – a family. We’re drawn into their lives, their loves, their hearts and we rejoice with them as they triumph. Bravo, Ms. Wright, I adored this book and would happily recommend it to anyone, romance lover or not!


Reviewed in January 2003 by Celia.

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