BABY ON BOARD by Dahlia Rose

Description: When the baby daughter he didn’t know he fathered literally gets left on his doorstep, Major Rafe Steele turns to Ivy, the sexy nurse next door for help. But can he convince his practical neighbor that he’s not the frat boy lothario she thinks he is?

The Good: Ms. Rose does a good job of painting Ivy as defensive and insecure without making her too tiresome. She’s defensive because she doesn’t look like the other women on their block, who are always throwing themselves at Rafe; and she’s insecure because she has endometriosis and isn’t sure if she’ll ever be able to have children, which was a refreshing change as far as heroines go. I also really liked seeing Ivy’s day-to-day life as a nurse at Walter Reed, and her best friend/co-worker there was get-out funny. Rafe’s mother is also a funny and caring gem of a character, and an on-going conflict with another neighbor is wrapped up in a surprising way.

The Bad: The overall read suffers from too-long block paragraphs and overly long character speeches. Also, the book could actually be a few chapters shorter as it feels like it’s treading water in a few places. It’s a thin line between day-to-day details and unnecessary content. Lastly, readers who have actually had fertility issues might not appreciate how neatly Ivy’s are dealt with in the end.

The Naughty: Steamy. 69. Explicit language.

Editing issues: 3 typos. Weird indents on Kindle.

Publisher: Sugar and Spice Press

Length: 133 pages

Final Grade: B

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Theodora Taylor writes and reviews in Pittsburgh, PA.