Child of Mine Child of Mine
Book 4 - Boston Classics

Child of Mine

    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings
    • $5.99
    • $5.99

Publisher Description

★★★★★ "5 '80s loving' stars for this fourth installment of Karen's Boston Classics!!" Pixiedustreads

The bigger the secret, the harder it is to hide.

I may be a hard-working nobody of a single mom now, but I was a celebrity before my first kiss, my first date, or my first sip of alcohol. Playing the bad girl in my early twenties—both on and off the set in New York City—allowed me to make up for lost time. But now, back home in Boston, with my "checkered past" behind me, all I want is to raise my six year old far away from the spotlight.

When a job offer takes me back to the PBS station where I got my start, the last person I expect to see is the guy I haven't laid eyes on since a fateful one night stand we shared seven years ago. He's as hot as ever, but he's also a grumpy jerk who seems to hate kids, so it's easy to justify keeping him away from my daughter. 

After all, revealing my secrets could mean losing everything.

In this sexy, heartwarming, second chance, secret baby romance—a couple has to face the past before they can find a future… together.

★★★★★ "5 '80s loving' stars for this fourth installment of Karen's Boston Classics!!" @Pixiedustreads

★★★★★ "One of the most delightful books I've read all year...As secret baby books go, this is one of my favorites… Grey's writing is whip-smart with wonderful dialogue (especially the voices in Bella's head), interesting developments, and steamy sexy times." Once Upon a Page Blog

★★★★★ "If you are a fan of a nostalgic 80s romance with a hot grumpy yet caring man, a determined strong single mama, a sweet and smart little girl (secret baby!), the perfect touch of steam, forced proximity, a little bit forbidden workplace romance, catching up with some favorite past characters, some dark issues, and a swoon-worthy heartfelt HEA, then you will absolutely adore this book." @JodiReadsNListens

★★★★★ "A funny, sweet, sometimes emotional, but ultimately heartwarming story featuring endearing, three-dimensional characters and a well-crafted second chance romance." Laurie Reads Romance

★★★★★ "Grey did an amazing job with the secret baby/second chance romance in Child of Mine. Both tropes can be hit or miss, but Ms. Grey took the ball and ran with it and gave her readers a funny, sexy, and endearing story." Blogging by Liza

★★★★★ "Lots of nostalgia, loads of humor, just enough drama to keep it interesting but not too much to overload you, and overwhelming feelings of love and happiness in the end." LA Loves Romcoms

★★★★★ "If you enjoy a secret baby romance, a second chance, and workplace romance, a really sweet and very smart child, and handling the aftermath of being a child TV star (ie. substance abuse, rehab and everything that goes along with it, which is well researched and very well handled in the story context), you will surely love this one as much as I did!" Bella Reads Romance

★★★★★ "One of my favorites of the series, if not the best for me!" Lisa Loves Literature

★★★★★ "Child of Mine was a great rom com read and I HAVE to go back and read the other books in the series. While I'm late to the game, Karen Grey's writing has me completely hooked!" LB Book Blog

GENRE
Romance
RELEASED
2021
December 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
374
Pages
PUBLISHER
Karen Grey
SELLER
Draft2Digital, LLC
SIZE
876.5
KB

Customer Reviews

RellimReads ,

One of my favorites of the series

Child of Mine is the 4th book in Grey’s Boston Classics series set in the late 80s. Bella’s been a secondary character in the Boston Classics series since the beginning and behind “Hot” Steve she’s the story I was most looking forward to. You could start here as there aren’t any spoilers for previous stories (other than they end up together – but this is romance, so yeah). However, I definitely recommend reading/listening to them in order.

I admit that “secret baby” is not my favorite trope. Mostly because I usually find the MC’s reasons for keeping the secret pretty lacking. However, I really loved the way Grey handled it here. No spoilers – so I’m not telling, but it worked for me.

Henry & Bella have a fling and external forces keep them apart for 7 years. Now that they’ve met again – the previously extinguished flame is rekindled. Bella is faced with revealing that they have a child, major career & life choices, plus moving beyond mistakes from her past.

No, she does not consider Lilah one of those mistakes. Bella is a devoted mom and I appreciated Grey’s inclusion of Lilah as an integral part of the story. She wasn’t a prop or someone to be on page for a few minutes just for a joke to work. I also liked Henry’s efforts to get to know his daughter.

There’s a little drama/angst as Bella, Henry, and even Lilah react to the new dynamics. It worked well in giving the story realism and depth. There’s also some healing for Bella and Henry individually that helped me believe they were ready for their HEA. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and a great addition to a fun series.

Gesnaughts ,

Fab Second-chance romance

Babies and Bookshop Cats and Shakespeare, oh my!

Child of Mine is the fourth installment of Karen Grey’s Boston Classics series. I have read this book twice and I can’t wait until the audiobook comes out so I can experience it again! Child of Mine is an outrageously fun, touching, cheeky retro romcom. Karen Grey has outdone herself once again with more 80’s fun!! Bella is a member of the Shakespeare Boston theatre company and has been an ancillary character throughout the series. I am overjoyed this talented, sassy, brilliant single mom finally got her HEA!

Child of Mine is a fantastic romcom teeming with Karen Grey’s signature humor, wit, fun eighties nods, and amatory exploits! There are wonderful character catch-ups from the Shakespeare Boston company throughout the book and even some nuggets of wisdom from the Bard sprinkled in. Run, don’t walk back in time to dive into this spectacular second-chance, secret baby retro romcom with a lot of heart and plenty of steam!!

Mslizalou ,

Loved so much!!!!

Child of Mine is one of the books I've been waiting for since the very first book in the Boston Classics series. Single mom Bella is such a strong character, and I love how much she loves her daughter and keeps her needs front and center at all times. I always wondered about Lilah's father, and we finally get all the answers in Child of Mine. I really feel like each of the books in the series build upon each other, so readers will understand the character dynamics a bit better if they have read all the books in the series. However, you can read Child of Mine as a stand-alone story as well.

I've enjoyed each of the books in the Boston Classics series, and Child of Mine was another winner. I felt like much like in You Spin Me, there were parts of their history that were darker than in other books in the series, but I think that is one of the reasons I've adored the last 2 books in the series so much. I There is so much growth in the characters in the 7 years they have been apart. They also had to really work to figure out the new dynamics of their relationship. I loved that Henry and Bella's chemistry was every bit is strong 7 years later.

I loved once again revisiting the 80's, as I grew up in the 70's, and 80's the "historical" mentions of passing notes, cell phones not being the norm, and tv shows you had to watch when originally aired, or you never got to see them again were all part of my childhood and high school years. Honestly each mention brought back lots of happy memories.

Karen Grey did an amazing job with the secret baby/second chance romance in Child of Mine. Both troupes can be hit of miss, but Ms. Grey took the ball and ran with it and gave her readers a funny, sexy, and endearing story. I’ve actually listened the audiobooks for each of the other books in this series, and can’t wait to re-read Child of Mine once the audiobook is released.

Updated to add audiobook review.

I felt that both Erin Mallon and Tom Taylorson did a really great job with Child of Mine. I felt like they did great job distinguishing the voices of all the different characters. I was never pulled out of the story with the narrator’s transitions, and I really felt like Erin and Tom helped totally bring this story to life.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)
Performance Rating: 5 Stars (A)
Review copy provided by publisher

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