Maternity Bride while not the best book Maureen Child has written is, never-the-less, an enjoyable read. I especially enjoyed watching our heroine, Denise Torrance, come into her own.
Denise has spent her entire life trying to be what her father wanted her to be in an attempt to please him and gain his attention. Everything she does is judged by how she thinks her father would feel about it. It's not until bad boy Michael Ryan comes into her life that she really begins to live.
Mike has learned that everyday is precious and he lives his life accordingly, determined not to have any regrets. But, he also vowed never to fall in love. The same war that taught him to value life taught him that love hurts. So outside of his family he avoids the highest of all emotions at all cost. But he hadn't counted on Denise. Something about her draws him and he finds himself unable to leave her alone. Their attraction leads to a night of incredible sex and an unexpected pregnancy. While waiting to find out if Denise is pregnant they spend a great deal of time getting to know each other and learning more about themselves.
It took some time for Denise and Mike to grow on me. Typically I dislike books in which the hero torments and teases the heroine and she's perpetually flustered and unable to hold her own. It was only the fact that this book is written by Maureen Child that kept me reading past the first few chapters. I'm glad I did. Denise, while initially irritating, developed very nicely into a woman who was ready to live her life for herself and not strictly to please someone else. When she was finally able to assert herself I wanted to applaud.
Mike was a much better character from the beginning. True, he did do the whole 'I'm a macho jerk and I can make you blush' routine, but almost from the start you knew where he was coming from and after the first few chapters he didn't do it enough for it to continue to be a bone of contention with me.
It was a pleasure watching these two grow together and get to know each other and develop as a couple. And although this isn't, in my opinion, one of Child's better works, it is still an entertaining read. Maternity Bride predates Child's Bachelor Battalion series. And if you've never picked up one of her books before I recommend you read one of those before you tackle this one.