A cute surprise baby/second chance romance
What happens when you meet a great guy, have the time of your life, but you don't get his name or number...Then you realize that great time led to a baby...and you're on your own because you can't find the guy. In the new contemporary romance About That Night by Laura Brown, this is what Izzy has been dealing with...
She's been on her own for 18 months and has a 9 month old baby boy. As luck would have it, she starts a new job and finds - you guessed it, her baby daddy. Only problem is, he's kind of in charge of her - and there's a strict no dating policy at their job. So despite the fact that she's still attracted to Nolan (her Baby Daddy), and despite the fact that she wishes they could all be one big happy family, that can't happen. As for Nolan, he's completely thrown for a loop when Izzy tells him that he's a father. And I hate to say, it takes him a bit of time to step up. He's scared that he's going to screw up and he wonders if Izzy and his kid would be better off without him. With all these complications, can this couple find their way back to each other, or are they destined to just be co-parents and nothing more?
This was a cute contemporary romance and I liked how it introduced me to the Deaf community. Nolan is deaf and he and Izzy work at state agency that is geared towards assisting the Deaf community. It was refreshing to read a character like Nolan. I also liked that the two characters were Jewish - again, something that is kind of rare in the romance world. I liked how the very real struggles a new mom faces when she tries to have a career as well were showcased in this book. It's not easy - and when you're a single mom it's even more challenging. Izzy was lucky enough to have her sister to help, as well as having a really understanding boss. I mean, at one point, she is able to bring the baby to work - so unusual!
The romance was sweet, but I will say I did wish that Nolan could be a bit stronger sometimes - don't get me wrong, he was a very realistic character. He has doubts and concerns about being a father, and he fears repeating his past mistakes and he has a lot of self esteem issues. He's nerdy and a bit of a dork - which is cute. He's a very realistic guy. I just found myself wishing that he could have been a bit more...manly. Okay, I said it. Sorry - not sorry. Maybe I've been reading too many Alpha Male romances. Anyway, that being said, it was nice seeing him gradually accept his new life and seeing him step up to the plate to be there for Izzy.
All in all I liked this sweet surprise baby second chance romance and I think you will too. Since you're probably not as shallow as me (see above alpha male comment), you'll embrace these imperfect characters as they discover how to be a family. Thank you to the author and to Grey's Promotions for the ARC in exchange for the honest review.
Izzy Fineberg can take on any challenge--and she's had some big ones lately. After one fateful night with the hottest Deaf man she'd ever met, Izzy found she was pregnant with his child. And she never caught his name. She's been doing the single mom thing for nine months now, and surely, nothing could be more challenging than that. But her first day at her new job, she meets her supervisor...and recognizes him immediately.
Nolan Holtzman never expected to see Izzy again, and now, she's the new hire at the agency he works in. He'd think things were finally going his way for once, if not for the iron-clad ban on interoffice dating. He'll have to keep his distance from her if he wants to keep his dream job helping the Deaf community. Much easier said than done when Izzy drops the bomb that she's a single parent...of his son.
It's the shock of his life, but that won't stop him from stepping up to be a dad. So when Izzy is suddenly in need of a place to stay for a week, Nolan invites her and the baby to his home. But even as difficult as it is, keeping their little family a secret from their employer isn't their biggest challenge ahead...
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Meet the Author
After spending her childhood coming up with new episodes to her favorite sitcoms instead of sleeping, Laura Brown decided to try her hand at writing and never looked back. A hopeless romantic, she married her high school sweetheart, though they didn’t even go to the same high school! They live in Massachusetts with two cats with cerebellar hypoplasia, and an energetic kid who keeps them on their toes. Laura’s been hard of hearing her entire life but didn’t start learning ASL until college, when her disability morphed from an inconvenience to a positive part of her identity. It’s important to her to create strong, competent characters with hearing loss, as she didn’t have that growing up. At home the closed captioning is always on, lights flash with the doorbell, and hearing aids are sometimes optional.
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