RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Black Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves

C

Title: Black Ties and Lullabies
Author: Jane Graves
Publication Info: Forever 2011
ISBN: 978-0446568470
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Black Ties and Lullabies This review was written by Annie. This story was nominated in the Best Contemporary Single Title Romance category.

The summary:     

Bernadette Hogan doesn't make mistakes. Not when it comes to caring for her mother, and not at her job protecting Texas's most eligible–and infuriating–bachelor. Maybe that's why she's overcome with guilt after one tiny indiscretion: a passionate fling with her boss that's left her confused, intrigued…and pregnant.

To self-made millionaire Jeremy Bridges, women are like fine wine: if held for too long, they sour. But one wild night with Bernadette changed all that. She makes him laugh, she makes him think, and soon she's going to make him a father. For the first time, Jeremy wants to be a one-woman man.

So how can he convince the fiercely independent Bernadette he's ready to change from partying playboy to dependable dad–and become the loving husband she deserves?

And here is Annie's review:

This is a heart warming novel about motherhood and family.

I liked Bernie a lot. She’s strong, stubborn, but her character is realistic enough that her impending motherhood takes her through an emotional rollercoaster and I liked that. Although going on with the pregnancy is her choice, it’s one she faces with a lot of insecurities and dilemmas including a not so distant future when she would be taking care of her own mother.

Loyalty is a strong value throughout the book. Bernie’s friends and male colleagues stand by her through her ordeals and choices. They respect her as an equal but ready to defend her.

The relationship of Bernadette and Jeremy is another matter. I couldn’t root for them. Even at the end of the book I couldn’t quite believe in Jeremy as a romantic partner ready for commitment and fatherhood.. As for Bernadette I was not convinced she was with the right partner.

I felt that the last chapters rushed the reader through the climax and the HEA moments. All of a sudden I found Bernadette independent streak fading and for that I resented her romantic partner.

For that and all the other reasons I mentioned above I thought this book would have had a better fit in the novel with strong romantic elements category.


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    Merrydi says:

    I totally agree with your review…I liked Bernie and I even liked Jeremy, but didn’t feel they belonged together.  I don’t think it would’ve been a bad resolution to have her with someone else, say Max and raise her child with Jeremy.

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