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The Secret Baby Bargain (The Forrester Family)

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  302 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Jake Marriot had always been clear about the terms of his relationships--no marriage, no babies. So when Ashleigh Forrester found out she was pregnant with his child, she ran! But Jake's back. The billionaire has returned to convince Ashleigh that she belongs in his bed. But when he meets her little boy, the resemblance is too obvious to ignore. Jake no longer wants her as ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Harlequin Books (first published August 4th 2006)
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Poor girl, it's a wonder she could stand up what with not having a backbone and all. He railroaded her. There were places where he accused her of stuff that she totally had a rebuttal for but she just agreed with him, 'yes, you're right, I should be ashamed that I kept your child from you even though you went ballistic at the mere thought of having kids.' And then when he decides to marry her, her family totally takes his side. I don't care how handsome he was or how lame the other guy was. You ...more
Leona's review does a great job on the story and how flawed it is, so I won't repeat.

Here's one plot aspect that was original, finding a brand new way to repulse me. We get to enjoy "hero" Jake's thoughts hoping heroine hasn't been with anyone else since their 2 year relationship, while he happily reflects on how he's replaced heroine "numerous times" over the 4.5 years since they split with many subsequent lovers...which is supposed to impress us because they haven't "affected" him like heroin
Apr 01, 2012 Leona rated it did not like it
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Very disappointing read...The book started off great, but then took a bad nose dive. It's sad because, Ashley actually comes off very strong in the beginning having left Jake 4 years earlier because she was pregnant with his child. Jake was adamant that he didn't want marriage or children. Ashley ran back to her family so afraid that he would force her into terminating the pregnancy. She picked up her life, raised her son and is about to marry another man. She appears strong, happy and caring.

The plot goes as Ash met Jake when she was 20 and lived with him as his lover for 2 years,from start Jake made it very clear he did'nt want children nor marriage so when Ash come to know she was pregnant she was scared and sure that if she told Jake then surely he will drag her to nearest abortion clinic and terminate the pregnancy irrespective weather she wanted to keep the baby or not also there were other issues like Jake always shutting her off,he also lied to her about many things which led ...more
Dec 24, 2012 Tia rated it it was ok
This novel starts off so strong. I was proud of the heroine, she left the hero because she was pregnant and knew he'd ask her to terminate the pregnancy. Then all of a sudden the hero comes back and she's some weak victim that is being pushed into getting married, etc. I was kind of dumbfounded by this and it ruined the novel a bit. Other than the first bit, I felt no emotional connection to the characters.
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Dec 15, 2010 Alexis-Morgan Roark rated it it was ok
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Oct 20, 2015 ʝαиє rated it liked it
Kinda have lots of emotions while reading this book. I do dislike Jake when he appear in the book. His actions, his words. It's like why the hell Ash must meet up with him after 4 years? And does he expect she's waiting for him back home when he come back to Sydney? I was like.. Want to smack him. Then comes Ash. Who's fighting the urge of want and don't want to inform him about Lachlan. Then another character comes into the picture is Howard. I don't think that he loves Ash. He like her but not ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Paige rated it liked it
Because of his past childhood, Jake Marriot never wanted children. So after coming back into Ashleigh Forrester life 4 1/2 years later he was shocked to learn she had a son. A son that is the spitting image of him. So here starts his courtship to try to get Ashleigh to marry him. Something she always dreamed of him asking her. But she can't help but think he's asking her for the wrong reasons. Can Jake move on from his past and embrace his waiting family?
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I grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Sydney and as a keen horse rider, often competed in local gymkhanas and even broke in a few horses from time to time. As I was surrounded by animals, I decided at an early age to become a nurse, however I couldn’t stand the sight of blood and so opted for a career in teaching. It’s a bit ironic that I married a surgeon.

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