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The Baby Claim

(Alaskan Oil Barons #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  29 reviews
USA TODAY bestselling author

From a family a one-night stand ending in heartbreak.
Now will these rivals get a second chance at love?

Rugged oil tycoon Broderick has avoided temptation for years. But an abandoned baby forces him back into his ex-lover's world. He needs Glenna. For the child, for himself...for untangling the ties that bind their families. For di
Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Harlequin Desire (first published February 1st 2018)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
the baby claim catherine mann

The Baby Claim is book one in the Alaskan Oil Barons series by Catherine Mann. I won this book in a giveaway.

The Mikkelsons and the Steeles were sort of like the Hatfields and the McCoys of Alaska. Both families were tycoons in the oil industry and for as long as they could remember had been in a constant battle over dominance of the industry.

the baby claim catherine mann

Broderick Steele and Glenna Mikkelson had always felt a sort of attraction between them. When they were in college working on a project together, they fina
Jacob Proffitt
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I picked this up with the intention of getting a feel for the Harlequin Desire line. I'm hoping it was a poor choice of start. The thing with this is that there's a lot to love on the wish-fulfillment side and Mann gives a really fun twist on the Romeo & Juliet feuding families trope by having the heads of the family be the ones who break the feud—by falling in love. So her mother and his father are discovered "in flagrante" and announce that the feud is over. Bummer for the main characters beca ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Wendy Keel
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harlequin
WOW! This is one of those books where I honestly didn't know what to expect. I knew somehow there would be a HEA but I didn't know just how they'd get there. The characters are well written and engaging. The story-line is fast paced and intriguing. I have to say that this one for me was fresh and new, an interesting take on the "who's the baby's father" story. I recommend you pick up THE BABY CLAIM if you are looking a wonderfully written engaging story about two people finding a way in a world ...more
Traci Westling
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happy to say that I recently finished this & I’m excited to share my completely honest review in exchange for getting this advanced copy! I’ve read Catherine previously so I know that I already enjoy her work BUT this one REALLY good ... maybe extra good because it’s set in Alaska & Catherine did a marvelous job of describing the region. The whole story was quick to start & I just loved all the initial chemistry between Broderick & Glenna because you immediately learn the basis for the the whole ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
What? Feuding families aren't feuding anymore? The Steeles and Mikklesons are major rivals in the oil business in Alaska. But major changes are in progress. What's happening and what changes are going on are what readers will enjoy finding out in Catherine Mann's book, the Baby Claim, Book #1 in her Alaskan Oil Baron series.

Catherine Mann has plotted out an entertaining, well-written storyline with lots of sweet, yet hot romance, some surprises and a Happily Ever After which is just perfect! I e
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Baby Claim is set in Alaska where you can find got romances, suspense with twists and surprises. The story without giving too much away are about two families that have been feuding between them. 

Broderick Steele and Glenna have a brief world wind romance back in college, but ended suddenly years ago. Until they meet again where they don't have a choice, but to rekindle the old flame not just for themselves? But for the families. Watch how the sparked fly between them. 

I highly recommend thi
Jess Lawson
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Baby Claim is modern day Romeo and Juliet with a few twist and turns. It is also the first book in the series Alaskan Oil Barons by Catherine Mann. Broderick and Glenna have history but are also enemies in the oil Baron industry. One has to come out on top and it can't be both of them.

Yet a baby thrown in the mix innocent and helpless yet needing the two of them to take care of it. That could spell disaster. The family feud keeps them from having a civil conversation yet they both want to d
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Theoretically, they should never have cross paths. But their feuding families' constant battle over dominance of the oil industry kept Glenna and Broderick in each other's social circles."

"Their gazes held and the air crackled. She remembered the feeling all too well from their Romeo-and-Juliet fling in college."

Lovers for a short time years ago and rival in business, the first pages set the tone for a nemesis chemistry between our two protagonists. But there's more than one surprises that awai
Lynn Brooks
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

Can the infamous feud between the Steele's and the Mikkelson's actually be mended? Circumstances beyond their control have Broderick and Glenna stepping in to bridge the gap between their siblings as business discussions lead to more when a baby is abandoned in front of them. Whose baby is it? And what will the possibilities bring to these two families? There were a few places that I think could have been built up more to give a more complete love story, but overall this was a fast-p
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

I keep hearing rumors that Harlequin is changing their Desire line, especially in light of the demise of Blaze. Catherine Mann’s latest, The Baby Claim, is one of the new more edgy Desires. I am a longtime fan of Mann’s and this book drew me in from the beginning. It felt more like one of her full length novels as opposed to one of her category. The slow build between the hero and heroine is given time to play out over the course of the story, as opposed to when the formula dictates. If you were
Janet Rodman
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Anita Hayes
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Without giving spoilers away, you all really need to get this book. Catherine does not write a bad book. This is different, fast paced, lots of fun, and honestly, I am really looking forward to the next one in this series to see where it goes. Start it early enough though, because it is one of them, once you start it, you do not want to put it down.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!! While a little confusing to start, it quickly kept me enthralled with twists you wouldn't expect. I totally enjoyed it and look forward to reading about the rest of the Steele/Mikkelson clans. ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Baby Claim by Catherine Mann

Enticing. A good word for the pull of attraction that Broderick and Glenna feel for each other.

A delightful contemporary romance set in Alaska amid the cold and beautiful wilderness and the northern lights. A family feud brought down by two pairs of lovers and a baby in need of parenting.

Broderick is enamored with Glenna and has been for years. She’s the one that got away. I liked this about him from the beginning. That he didn’t realize the depth of why was a bi
Vickie Gerlach
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let’s just get right to the point here.... I Totally Loved This Book!!
I’ve followed Cathy for many years, and think I have read everything she’s written... when she gave me an ARC of this book.... I was so excited... it is everything I want in a book...and more... I was taken in, right from the beginning.... it grabbed my interest that fast,...
I have to be honest.... I had no real interest in reading about Oil Barons... or Alaska..... And I certainly never thought I would want to take a trip to
Paula Shene
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first met Catherine Mann through her writing and my reading. She is a Rita Award writer so knowing and expecting her writing to be above the cut is a given. Her latest book, The Baby Claim is set in Alaska.

I was given an ARC for an honest review ~

It has been awhile since I read one of Mann’s books but her smooth transition into a world of high flying but yet down to earth characters are met head on where even the sensualness of the nap of rug draws you into the twists of plot quickly.

This book
Kathy B. (Tx)
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down!! Great start to what I expect will be an outstanding series! ...more
Marcie Robinson
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The Baby Claim” introduces us to Catherine Mann’s new series, Alaskan Oil Barons, and features Broderick Steele and Glenna Mikkelson-Powers.

Both Broderick and Glenna come from families dominate in the oil industry. They have been rivals for many years until they discover their parents’ involvement and are now tasked to financially merge their companies. Add in a baby with questionable paternity and Broderick and Glenna have to go to a secluded cabin to put all the pieces together.

Awareness is p
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good story with a good, realistic ending. The Baby Claim is the first book in a series, set in Alaska, by CM. I don't read many Harliquin books anymore but Catherine is one of my favorite authors so I make an exception for her books. I would recommend her books and I will continue to read this series. ...more
This book could have been so much better with a little tweaking. The characters were never really developed, the h is unrealistic in so many small subtle ways that she basically becomes a complete Mary Sue, the H is boring, there are way too many plot points going on, and frankly the whole thing was a mess.

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Mary Pitre
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mary by: I read an excerpt from the back of another book.
The Steele's and the Mikkelsons families are wealthy and are enemies. Jack Steele and Jeannie Mikkelson both lost their spouses to death. They start having an affair behind the adult children backs. Broderick and Glenna had a brief love affair in college without letting the families know they had a fling. Glenna was married her husband and her had some issues in their marriage and he dieds. Broderick goes to Glenna office to discuss paper he received. They both go to her mother's office and fin ...more
Debby Owens
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received this in advance to give my honest review :)

I love that BOTH characters are smart independent career people. The story is pretty fast paced and doesn’t drag. A nice contemporary romance that makes you smile! Give it a try.. and remember... it’s part of a series so there will be MORE! 💕💕 Lol

Don’t think below is a spoiler due to the title... but maybe don’t read below if you are worried?

PS... I read a couple other reviews where they were concerned with someone not accepting a baby due to c
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Baby Claim

They had once been lovers back 8n college. But because of bad blood between their families they never had more. Now years later they were brought together by two things. One was a baby. The other is another won't spoil it here. Suffice it to say that this story has the main characters plot plus a bonus plot line. The Baby was dropped of with a note. That the mother didn't know who the father was. Broderick or her dead husband. Now it gets interesting. And a tad complicated. I enjoy
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
An Alaskan adventure sets the stage for this baby daddy romance. A second chance story with one hiccup, an unexpected delivery and the father is one of two men but the heroine, Glenna isn't the mom.

What will happen when these two reconnect and deal with a few family surprises? Will Glenna finally be able to be a mom like she always wanted?

Will Broderick make the same mistakes again?

Grab your parka and head to Alaska to find out.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Club. 3.5 Stars
Earlene Eady
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Makes you feel good

This story gives you a good feeling has a great story line e and has a good ending. A feel good story.
M.A. Grant
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I didn’t feel like it was “my kind of book” it just seemed to build into the story slow. And I had been reading a lot of paranormal romances so not having a shifter or vampire was a little of a low for me. But I didn’t give up on the book. I wanted to give it a good solid go at it and I’m glad I did! It’s one of those books that you like but you don’t quite know how you feel about it till the end and you realize you want MORE! There is a odd love triangle b ...more
rated it it was amazing
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USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Tule. With over sixty books released in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated six RITA finals, an RT Reviewer’s Award finalist, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university inst ...more

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  • The Rancher's Seduction: A Billionaire Boss Workplace Romance (Alaskan Oil Barons Book 6)
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