Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Book Review: 'His Perfect Baby' by B.B. Hamel

For those who read B.B. Hamel’s ‘The Santa Code’ in the anthology BAD BOYS UNDER THE MISTLETOE or any of her popular 58 published books get ready for more of the same style of writing. Though she doesn’t give much of a biography, her writing is consistent and her emphasis on bad boys who always get their way is a trademark.

The first lines of this sparkler set the tone well –‘I have never in my life been surrounded by so many nerds and I have never in my life felt so at home. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, or at least the part about feeling at home. There are a ton of nerds here, including me, considering this is a conference on autonomous vehicles. That’s right, self-driving cars. It’s a lot more than that, but the place is really buzzing with the recently approved Envoy Mark 1, the first commercially available self-driving car in the world. It’s hitting streets soon, and the inventor and CEO of the Envoy company is here at this conference to talk it up. I have only one goal here. After four years of study, of being the only girl in engineering courses, of dealing with brain-dead guys making comments about how girls can’t do math, all of that garbage, my only goal now is to meet David Carlson and get on his team. Maybe that sounds a little silly. I’m supposedly all about female empowerment, but all I want is to meet some dude. I get it but whatever. The Envoy is the most interesting self-driving car and I want to be a part of that team, and to get there, I need to meet the young CEO himself.’

The story goes like this: ‘I can’t get pregnant, but that won’t stop him from trying. David Carlson is rich, handsome, and brilliant. He’s so far out of my league that it makes my head spin. And during our one and only night together, he does the impossible. I’m not supposed to be able to get pregnant, but David makes it happen anyway. I can’t tell him about our daughter. Especially not years later when I end up working for his company. He comes to me with a business proposition, and it takes me totally off guard. He’ll pay me two million dollars to be his surrogate, but he wants to get me pregnant the old fashioned way. It won’t happen again, it’s just not possible, but I can’t walk away from this opportunity. I’m a single mom and I need the money. Plus, night after night of passion with this man won’t be the worst thing in the world. I still dream about his body, even years later. I haven’t felt so good since. I have David’s perfect baby already, but he can’t ever know about her. I’m terrified he’ll learn the truth and take my daughter away from me. He’s rich and powerful enough to make it happen. One night of passion with David gave me a baby. Several months of passion might give me so much more than that, if only I can give myself over to him completely.

Make way for very naughty, daring, scintillating erotica – it is all here on almost every page. B.B. Hamel delivers! Grady Harp, April 18

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