The Seal's Baby

The Seal's Baby

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When navy SEAL Heath Stone's wife died, he thought his heart was closed forever. When he finds Libby Dewitt, eight months pregnant and stranded outside Bent Road, Oregon, he is drawn to her beauty, but also to her sweet and generous nature. But how can he even think about being with someone else? He had love once and lost it-- and he's not sure he can take that kind of loss a second time.
Publisher: ©2014
Don Mills, Ontario :, Harlequin American Romance,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781460333662
1460333667
9781306528306
1306528305
0373755244
9780373755240
Characteristics: 1 online resource (218 pages)
Summary: When navy SEAL Heath Stone's wife died, he thought his heart was closed forever. When he finds Libby Dewitt, eight months pregnant and stranded outside Bent Road, Oregon, he is drawn to her beauty, but also to her sweet and generous nature. But how can he even think about being with someone else? He had love once and lost it-- and he's not sure he can take that kind of loss a second time.

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FindingJane Jan 10, 2017

I was mildly pleased by this novel of a grieving widower learning to love again. Heath Stone (a telling name if ever there was one) is a curmudgeon who’s reluctantly swayed by the beaming light of the cheerful Libby Dewitt, a neo-hippie with blue-blood family connections. Libby’s known her share of tough times, too, but she’s determined not to let it bother her too much—even though she has an illegitimate baby on the way.

Their romance is typical, with Heath pulled in by Libby’s sweet-faced charm and Libby intrigued by Heath’s air of brooding suffering. He’s surly but oh so charming and rugged.

What annoys me, however, is how the romance gets going. Heath and Libby find themselves kissing, much to Heath’s subsequent embarrassment and chagrin. They both try to brush it off as something that just “happened”. Then he dares Libby to go skinny-dipping with him and…well, you can guess what occurs then. Then Heath withdraws AGAIN, with the hasty babblings that he didn’t intend it, that it just “happened”. They both got naked in a pool, for goodness sakes! Did they not think that would have consequences?

This is completely intolerable, the kind of lazy, inadequate writing that you find in amateur fanfic writers. When will people get it through their heads that sex isn’t something that just happens? This is the excuse of drunkards, morons, the irresponsible, cheaters, liars or hormonal adolescents. It doesn’t just happen, especially to a man who’s been married before and knows well enough what occurs between sensuous, mature adults and a woman who’s carrying another man’s baby.

I don’t care for this kind of so-called romance that uses such cheap tactics to get the ball rolling between its leads. Surely, a seasoned writer can do better than this.

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