Jake Connors believes he killed his wife. After all, maybe if he’d been there earlier when she delivered their first child, maybe she’d still be alive. As it was she was miles from help in the Outback of Australia and in the midst of a severe storm. There was nothing that could be done. Jenni and their daughter died. And Jake ran from the memories.
Laila Robbins has loved the brooding Jake since the moment she laid eyes on him. Years younger than Jake, she is working toward her university degree. But one fateful night in Jake’s arms leaves her pregnant...and hoping for a future with Jake. Something more than the one night stand she seemed.
Jake’s reaction is less, and more, than Laila expects. In one breath he’s telling her to get lost, to go away and grow up. In another breath he’s saying that he’s the baby’s father and he’ll give her a marriage of convenience. The last thing Laila wants. Will Jake force Laila to marry him and thus face his demons, or will he take the opportunity to run before it’s too late?
Outback Baby Miracle is an untamed romance set in an untamed land. The characters are realistic, in a way, but so far removed from everything I’m familiar with, I found it hard to relate. Jake is brooding and even unkind to Laila, yet she goes out of her way to seduce him, to make him desire her.
The setting is adequately described. Somewhat familiar with Australia, I could almost picture the areas she mentions in the story. I hoped that Jake and Laila would work out their differences and be able to make things right, for the baby, but also for a chance at happiness.