After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.
Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.
Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.
As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.
This is the second book in the Blue Ridge Romance series but it worked great as a standalone novel. I have not read the first book in the series but the author explained everything in a way that I never felt confused or as if I was missing information.
The story follows Hope and Brady as Brady finds himself in a difficult situation where he needs to go to court for custody of his son. It’s a modern day marriage of convenience story that I found very unique and endearing.
The characters in the story felt very real and I truly cared about them. The romance in this story is slow burning and the timing was perfect. I loved that it was a love that began as a friendship. I also really appreciated the way the author handled the intimacy issues that were inevitable in the plot…it was handled in a clean way but also was realistic to the relationship and situation that the characters were in.
The story kept me gripped from the beginning to the end and I am eager to read more books by Denise Hunter. I highly recommend this sweet story!
I received this book from the author/publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.