⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heroine is hard to like

Baby's Daddy

I’ve got mixed feelings about this book, because while I enjoyed a lot of it, the characters were really hard to like. They both act juvenile in their own ways and that had a major impact on my enjoyment of the story. It’s more than just an alpha who takes awhile to grow on you; these two have larger issues than that. That being said, I can see why this author is frequently on the bestseller list – the writing itself is good, the story flows well, and I definitely saw growth in our hero.

The story follows Jax, a football star known for his playboy ways. A recent incident has gotten him into the news in a big way, and now he’s being forced to lay low in the hometown he swore he’d never return to. The only good thing about the place (in his opinion) is the girl he left behind, Liv. They were high school sweethearts and when he left for college, it was difficult to say goodbye to her. Eleven years have passed, and it quickly becomes clear that Liv’s perspective on the past is very different than his. She holds a lot of resentment for the way he left, and is now a mom who seems to hate his guts. Old feelings stir up, and Jax discovers he may have left more than one good thing behind when he left town.

It’s a fast-paced story that still has a little of everything – these two go from feuding to friendly to forever, there is some tension and heat as well as tender moments, and I liked how much Jax changed throughout the story. He definitely doesn’t come across the best in the beginning, but honestly my main issue lays with the heroine. Liv is a bit all over the place, and her justification for not telling Jax about his child is flawed at best. I was really hoping Liv would have a good reason for never telling Jax about his child, but “being dumped without notice” just doesn’t cut it. It’s not even like they cut off all contact at the time – she knew how to reach him but didn’t want the complication. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth, and her continued insistence that it has nothing to do with him was a major strike against her. I think if the circumstances surrounding their child were different, my enjoyment of the book would’ve been significantly greater. I would definitely check out more of this author’s work in the future because it’s really a character issue for me and not an issue with the writing as a whole. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Baby’s Daddy by Aubrey Wright. My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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