by Charlotte Hughes

August 2002
ISBN: 0-373-76456-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1456
Mass Market Paperback

Millionaire Cop & Mom-To-Be is a most enjoyable read. Being relatively new to Charlotte Hughes' books, despite the fact that she’s had a long career, and not quite knowing what to expect as this book pretty much just dropped into my lap, I was more than pleasantly surprised by its content.

As happens on occasion a book will come my way and instead of being thrown into my To Be Read pile, which contains over two hundred books, I’ll feel the need to read it immediately. Millionaire Cop & Mom-To-Be is such a book. After reading the blurb, I felt compelled to finish this book figuring that as it’s a category romance, if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t have wasted too much time. Luckily for me, the characters were well thought out and developed, the plot was comprehensive and not one I’d already run into time and time again and the author has a swiftly flowing style of writing that kept the pages turning and my attention engaged.

In Millionaire Cop & Mom-To-Be the hero and the heroine, Neil Logan and Katie Jonas have been affectionate adversaries since they were children. At a young age, Katie came to live with Neil’s family, having lost her mother and never knowing her father.

Millionaire Cop & Mom-To-Be commences just after Katie runs away from the church where she’d been left at the altar by her jerk of a fiancé. An honorary member of Neil’s very wealthy family, she’s hiding from the prying eyes of the press as well as the concerned ones of the Logans. But Neil’s been sent to find her and once he does, Katie finds herself telling him the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She’s pregnant, by her ratfink of an ex-fiancé.

Neil, of course, helps out by offering to marry her in order to give the baby a name. Nothing less than we romance readers would expect. However, what’s unique about this story are a few things. Neil, although rich, is not in the least bit idle. He’s chosen to spend his life helping others and has quickly moved up through the ranks of the Atlanta Police Department to Detective. Also, it’s pretty normal for one or both of the main characters to have hang ups but in this case both Katie and Neil fear losing loved ones and refrain from letting people get too close to them. Because they share the same fears, they’re able to understand each other on whole new levels, without unnecessary misunderstandings.

Both Katie and Neil are characters that I felt drawn to. I very much enjoyed reading their story and watching as they come to realize that love is always worth the risk. I’m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Hughes work.

Reviewed in August 2002 by JaToya.

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