The Four Irish Brothers Winery series is a fun one! And you can read each book as a standalone. I've read a couple of them and need to go back to make sure I finish all of them. Today, we are talking about the fourth book in the series, The Baby Contract, and I have my review below. There's also an excerpt from the book and a great giveaway at the end. Be sure to follow the tour to maximize on all of the fun!
She wants a baby…he wants a family
Firefighter and paramedic Tierney Ashton has always been a bold adventurer, but at thirty-four she longs to embark on a new adventure—motherhood. But who will be the father? Although financially challenging, a sperm bank appears to be her best option. That is, until she shares her dream with her long-time pal, Brendan Flaherty.
Government analyst and world traveler Brendan Flaherty returns home to River’s Edge to help out at his family’s thriving winery and his brother’s new community theater. He also plans to finally achieve his lifelong goal of writing a novel. But when Tierney shares her wish, Bren offers to be her baby daddy—with one condition. Marriage.
It seems like a perfect contract, but will love get in the way?
Read an excerpt:
This could work.
She wasn’t involved with anyone and neither was he. Fact was, his job kept him so busy with late nights and travel and meetings all over the world, it had been hard to maintain much of a romantic relationship with anyone in DC. Since he’d been home, he’d dated a little, but that spark he’d waited for all his life had yet to materialize.
However, he truly meant what he’d said to Tierney. “Why?” he repeated with a bit more force. “Why is it any crazier than picking a father for your baby off a website?”
Tierney’s eyes narrowed. “You would do that? Go to Nell’s with me, collect a... a sample, and let her inseminate me? Just like that?”
Brendan nearly had to pick his jaw up off the table. That’s what she thinks I'm suggesting? How could she have known him for her whole life and believe for one moment that he’d simply give her his... his... Oh, good Lord. And then what? Walk away? He ran one hand over his face “Of course not!”
She sat up straighter. “Then what, Bren? Because, honestly, right now, that’s all I’m looking for.”
“Well, we... I... I-I can’t do that.” He was floundering, which frustrated him because he rarely floundered. He made presentations regularly to large groups of highly placed government officials all over the world. He could explain the intricacies of diplomacy, answer questions, and meet-and-greet in seven different languages. Now, he was stuttering in front of a woman he’d known since they were both kids. Who knew the most awkward moment of his life would be with Tee? Go figure.
I've only read one other book in this series, the one that comes just before this one, and I know I really need to go back and get the first two now. I love these characters! Tierney was the feisty friend that I know I would want in my inner circle. And Brendan was kind of the elusive quiet one that we didn't really know yet. You just know that they are going to be perfect for each other, even though they don't yet realize it and Brendan thinks he is just doing Tierney a favor.
And of course, we get to check in with the other characters from the series and see how they are doing. I love getting the updates. And you really do not need to have read the other books in the series to understand what is happening in this one. But as I always say with a well-done standalone series like this one, you'll want to go back and read the others because the characters are great. I could definitely do with finding a group of people like this. The winery is an added bonus.
I had moments of laughing out loud and even shed a few tears. This one was easily devoured in an afternoon poolside.
Thank you to Goddess Fish and the author for fulfilling my review request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Although she loves her life as an editor, writing is Nan’s first and most enduring passion. She can’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t writing—she wrote her first romance novel at the age of ten, a love story between the most sophisticated person she knew at the time, her older sister (who was in high school and had a driver’s license!), and a member of Herman’s Hermits. If you remember who they are, you are Nan’s audience! Her latest series, the Four Irish Brothers Winery series is available from Tule Publishing and all book retailers. Books 1 through 3 are currently available; Book 4 releases July 16, 2020 and is available for preorder.
Visit Nan’s website at www.nanreinhardt.com, where you’ll find links to all her books as well as blogs about writing, being a Baby Boomer, and aging gracefully…mostly. Nan also blogs every third Tuesday at Word Wranglers, sharing the spotlight with five other romance authors, is a frequent contributor the RWA Contemporary Romance blog, and she contributes to the Romance University blog where she writes as Editor Nan.
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Nan Reinhardt will be awarding a set of 6 handmade wineglass charms and a $10 Starbucks gift card. (USA only) to 5 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.
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