by Jane Graves

February 2011
ISBN: 978-0-446-56847-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Grand Central Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

From the moment millionaire Jeremy Bridges entered the story of Jane Graves’ Hot Wheels and High Heels, there was something special about him. He gets the chance to shine in Jane Graves’ new book, Black Ties and Lullabies.

Jeremy Bridges seems to have no feelings at all, at least according to his bodyguard Bernadette “Bernie” Hogan. He uses women, makes money, and takes pleasure in his own accomplishments and not much else. But when a burglary gone awry leads to an intense moment of passion between them, they both let their guards down. Suddenly the masks are off and Bernie’s hidden attraction to Jeremy is full-force in her life. She knows she can no longer work for him and thus, quits. Jeremy is sure she will be back. After all, no woman willingly leaves him, right?

Only, their moment of passion has some very intense consequences. Bernie is pregnant and she is sure Jeremy will want nothing to do with fatherhood. But Jeremy, predictable womanize though he may be, has some big surprises for Bernie up his sleeve.

Black Ties and Lullabies is a romance of opposites. The hardworking, responsible Bernie and the hardworking but much less responsible Jeremy. He is used the most beautiful women in the world but he is finally realizing that Bernie has something they do not have: heart and determination. Bernie is somewhat of a martyr, taking all her family’s woes onto her shoulders, alongside her pregnancy, but she also wants to ensure that her mother is taken care of. She has a big heart and soon it encompasses Jeremy too. For his part, Jeremy is used to being left behind and having to make his own way. Bernie’s pregnancy makes him realize that he wants something else in his life, he wants connections. However, Bernie is no pushover and is not going to let Jeremy be part of her life without some kind of change.

Jane Graves definitely tugs on the heart strings with this book. Even as I was not sure if these two could really make it, I was glad to be proved otherwise. There are subtle character changes that make for a believable romance. Black Ties and Lullabies is another enjoyable love story from Jane Graves.

Reviewed in March 2011 by Sarah.

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