Babies in the Bargain by Mona Risk on eHarlequin site.
The Wild Rose Press, Pages 204
“Babies in the Bargain” Displays Three Areas of Excellence:
1. Very Strong Emotional writing.
2. All pervasive centrality of the romantic relationship.
3. A high level of medical expertise essential to the plot.
In short “Babies in the Bargain” has everything I like to see in a medical romance. The author, Mona Risk, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a daughter who is a Neonatologist. The medical elements are very realistic and essential to the plot. (I don’t like it when medical terminology is used simply because the story is a medical romance.)
I also appreciate the fact that the romantic relationship between the hero/doctor and heroine/doctor is as pervasive as I’ve ever seen in a romance. When the hero and heroine are not interacting, they are still thinking about each other. If you like the romantic part of a romance, then “Babies in the Bargain” is ideal.
“Babies in the Bargain” could serve as an object lesson on how to ‘show’ and not ‘tell’ a story. You always know exactly what the characters are feeling, indeed, for the most part you 'feel' along with them. It’s a great read.
The heroine is a doctor who is working to get board certified in neonatology. The hero is a respected anesthesiologist who had an affair with the heroine seven years earlier. When a family emergency took the hero away to Puerto Rico he seemed to have abandoned her. She has always loved him and now seven years later he has come back into her life by moving back to town. His brother and sister-in-law are soon killed leaving a premature baby that the hero must raise. Of course he is in need of a mother and thinks the heroine is the perfect candidate. The heroine has ideas of her own.