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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Made the Grade: The Montanari Marriages Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 256; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1876 KB | Expected Release Date: April 1, 2016 | Publisher: Harlequin Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"The Billionaire's Baby Swap" [The Montanari Marriages Series, Book 1] by Rebecca Winters

Author's Book Description : Single mom Valentina Montanari was abandoned while pregnant, yet she’s besotted with her tiny son, Ric. But why doesn’t he look like her?

Gorgeous Giovanni Laurito bonded with his new baby Vito after a difficult divorce, so discovering Vito and Ric were swapped at birth is a huge shock!

When Valentina and Giovanni meet to reclaim their children, sparks fly. They’ve already fallen for each other’s babies. Could this unexpected beginning create the family of their dreams?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Two single parents (a man and a woman) find out that the children they brought home from the hospital aren’t actually theirs two weeks after the babies were born. When the children are finally switched back, they realize that it won’t be any easy fix, in more ways than one. Soon they come to the conclusion that helping one another out would be the best solution. But what will it cost them?

Oye … I so wanted to love this novel but it was so hard to keep finding the good points. In truth, I find this novel more adapt to a sort-of “real life” situation that you could get, if the odds were stacked against the couple like they were for Giovanni & Valentina. I felt for them, I really did. Being a mother myself, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to bond with a child who you thought was yours than to find out your actual child was with another family. I would be devastated even if you get your own child back, I agree with Valentina that I would love both children and feel like they were both my own. Therefore, what Giovanni & Valentina do to counteract the bad circumstance is help one another co-parent the babies to help them overcome the situation. It’s a wonderful idea and because each are single parents, it brought them closer together too.

I liked how their relationship grew and flourished. In addition, I appreciated how this novel was a sweet romance in a very PG-way so Valentina didn’t feel like she was compromising her morals (as she had before when conceiving her son) while her romance blossomed with Giovanni. They really were a great partnership.

Now while I might get some grief about my next comment it still holds true, I would have given this novel a higher scoring if Giovanni’s ex-wife (and mother to his son) didn’t have a change of heart. I know I’m bad in thinking that/feeling that way but there is no way around it. I am happy with how it played out on a moral level, like if I heard about this in real life and the mother changed her mind I would be rooting for her like crazy. Yet, in a story like this you, at times, feel like you are the heroine and because of that it was hard to be like Valentina (who encouraged the relationship between the ex-wife and baby) as I would probably be jealous of the other mother feeling like she was taking away my son (even though he wasn’t mine by blood). But this is why I feel that its plot has a realistic-ish feel.

Nevertheless, I DO recommend this novel to those looking for a sweet Italian romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Shop Your Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty (Book 2) | Alibris (Paperback) USD / GBP / EUR : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty (Book 2) & Fortune's Prince Charming | Kobo (e-Book) USD : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty (Book 2) | Amazon (Paperback) USD : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty (Book 2) | Barnes & Noble (NOOK Book) USD : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty (Book 2) | Barnes & Noble (Paperback) USD : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty (Book 2) | Barnes & Noble (NOOK Book) USD : Harlequin Romance May 2016 Box Set : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty\In the Boss's Castle\Rafael's Contract Bride\One Week with the French Tycoon | Kobo (e-Book) USD : Harlequin Romance May 2016 Box Set : The Billionaire Who Saw Her Beauty\In the Boss's Castle\Rafael's Contract Bride\One Week with the French Tycoon


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Amazon (Paperbacks) USD : The Montanari Marriages Series
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Barnes & Noble (NOOK Book) USD : Harlequin Romance April 2016 Box Set : The Billionaire's Baby Swap\Tempted by Her Tycoon Boss\Holiday with the Best Man\Tempted by Her Tycoon Boss

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Having the Frenchman's Baby

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters :

Book Teaser(s) :
"I can understand why there's a rule that parents don't meet under a situation like this. The sooner we get our birth babies home, the sooner we can bond with them. But you and I have met. I'm not sorry."
After a slight pause she admitted, "Neither am I."
"Thank heaven you said that because I have to tell you I love Vito from the bottom of my soul. To forget him would be impossible. I want, need, to stay in touch with you." ~ within Chapter 2

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