Title: Reunited by a Baby Bombshell
Author: Barbara Hannay
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 1st April
A secret he never knew about
Prima ballerina Eva Hennessey has made her life in Paris–far away from her childhood sweetheart, Griffin Fletcher. But when an invitation arrives for her school reunion, she nervously accepts!
Griff never imagined he would see Eva again, and now he wants some answers. She may be more beautiful than he remembers, but she also masks a pain only he can see. It’s a secret she’s kept far too long. And when she finally tells him, their worlds change forever…
Source: ARC from Mills and Boon Cherish via NetGalley
If you’re looking for a read that firmly tugs on the heartstrings in a thoroughly second chance romance way, then this may well be the book for you. Eva goes through quite the emotional ride in this book – and Griff doesn’t get off lightly either – but in amongst all the drama is a passionate romance that never died.
I really felt for Eva. No matter what she loves, it seems like she’s destined to lose it all in this book. And yes, while it was her choice to leave Griff and deal with things the way she did, that didn’t mean it didn’t hurt. She was also very young at the time, and even though the decision was difficult, she showed great strength in how she handled things.
While I liked that these things had been difficult for her over the years, I was a little sad that at times she feels like everything was worthless. She has a career to be proud of, and yes, it could all have been so very different, but I wish she’d shown a little more pride in her achievements at times. Then again, she’s in a pretty low emotional place throughout most of this book, so her lachrymose outlook is kind of understandable.
As for Griff, he might not get as much of an emotional kicking as Eva, but he still has plenty of challenges to face. I liked how he didn’t let his anger overrule everything, though, and I really liked how the pair of them have a chance to really get to know each other again as adults, so their romance isn’t just based on their teenage years. I would have liked a bit more of an emotional resolution for him regarding Eva’s decisions, because his feelings sort of fade out as the book progresses. The story really is more about Eva than him, so I would have liked a little more Griff focus from time to time.
Having said that, overall, I really enjoyed this. It’s emotional and bordering on melodrama at times, but in the best possible way. It also has a really lovely ending, neatly tying up Eva’s emotional journey. In all, a stirring, heartfelt read.
Reunited by a Baby Bombshell is out April 1st.
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