Wednesday, December 10, 2014

REVIEW: Baby by Design by Elley Arden


Trish DeVign knows what she needs to be single, successful, and satisfied. She needs a baby. With recent relationships falling short of her expectations, she’s single by choice. With a thriving interior design company, she’s got successful covered. It’s the satisfied part that eludes her, and that’s her mother’s fault - not her adopted mother, but the mother who gave her away, sentencing her to a privileged life with two good people who don’t share with her a single drop of DNA.

Tony Corcarelli has spent his adult life as the black sheep of his large Italian-American family ever since he turned his back on running the family carpentry business so he could live a more laidback life, forcing his sister to take the reins. Now, Tony’s grandmother has cancer, and he’s expected to join the family in making her wishes come true. Unfortunately, the two things Nonna wants most for Tony are two things he can’t fathom: a wife and kids or the priesthood. There has to be another way.

When Trish asks her best friend’s brother, Tony, to escort her to a wedding, a night of fun and flirtation turns serious, with Trish confessing she wants a baby. Could a calculated conception be the answer they’ve both been looking for?

Title:  Baby by Design
Series:  Designing Love
Book #: 1
Author:  Elley Arden
Approximate Book Length:  190 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Mild


This was a cute story, though it definitely had its share of awkward moments. It was very predictable, but had a surprise or two. I didn’t get all the foundations for their personalities and the reasons they had to behave the way they sometimes did, but they were who they were and it still worked out as a story. Not an exceptional or stand out story, but still cute.

Bottom Line:

Baby by Design is a sweet story about family. Don’t miss out if you just want a nice, easy read with no gratuitous love scenes.



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