by Heidi Betts

August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-94672-2
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Jenna Langan has tried to put her divorce and her ex-husband, Gage, behind her. She has gone on numerous dates but none of the men can hold a candle to Gage. Though her heart yearns for him, what she really wants is a baby. And she wants it with Gage. So, during a girls’ night with her best friends, Ronnie and Grace, after a few too many margaritas, the three best friends concoct a plan to get Jenna her baby…with Gage as the father.

She calls him over to look at an imaginary plumbing problem, knocks him out with drugged beer, and then has her wicked way with him. Gage is all for sex with Jenna again. He never wanted the divorce in the first place; he just wanted her safe. Unfortunately, when he finds out Jenna’s true motives, he is steaming mad. Gage does not want a baby brought into the dangerous world he sees everyday as an undercover cop. Now Jenna is stuck because Gage is not leaving her side until he finds out one way or another if there will be a baby.

Loves Me, Loves Me Knot is a tough book to review because the beginning left me disgusted by Jenna’s actions, drunk or not. What she did was not right at all, in fact, it was repulsive and reminded me of someone using date rape drugs. Now, it was not that extreme because Heidi Betts makes it obvious that Gage is enjoying what is going on. But nonetheless, it was hard for me to get past the feelings that formed at the beginning of this book.

However, what I did like was seeing Jenna and Gage start to sort out their troubles. Even while married it seemed they were hiding things from each other, so these two have to start laying it all on the line. These two are still very deeply in love and it shows on every page of this story, even with Jenna’s earlier actions. Gage is sexy, sweet, masculine, and a protector. His worries were based in the facts he saw every day on his job. The passion and caring these two had while married has not gone away and as Gage moves in with Jenna for the time being, those feelings come back with a vengeance.

Loves Me, Loves Me Knot has a questionable premise. After all, Jenna’s actions were reprehensible. Fortunately, she does own up to it and tries to apologize. This story did not start off the best, but I liked seeing these two reconnect. There are certainly more than a few imperfections in this story, but I think Heidi Betts did a great job at showcasing the powerful emotions that still existed between the characters. I will definitely read the next book.

Reviewed in July 2009 by Sarah.

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