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Bundle of Joy (Christmas is for Kids series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Bretton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One Man + One Woman + One Night = One Big Surprise

Rocky Hill Romance - Book 2

Everyone in town knew Caroline and Charlie just weren't meant for each other. Like oil and water or chalk and cheese, the ex-Navy cook and the beautiful shop owner were a bad match, and although the small New Jersey town was filled with inveterate matchmakers, even the most determined of the lot had to admit this was one match that would never happen.

But nobody had figured on Caroline and Charlie getting locked in a storage vault with an automatic timer set for the next morning . . .

And Caroline and Charlie definitely hadn't figured on the little surprise they got a few months later when they discovered there was a baby on the way!

Caroline is sure she can handle everything alone but Charlie has other ideas: a modern marriage of convenience!

At first there isn't anything convenient about living with the all-male Charlie Donohue but before long Caroline's defenses are down and her husband-in-name-only is sharing her bed.

Is there even the slightest chance this marriage of inconvenience could turn into the real thing?

(Originally published in print by Harlequin American)

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1823 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Press (November 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8PP8IQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute but predictable love story November 21, 2012
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I have read this author a few times so figured I had nothing to lose on this free book. It was a pretty good love story but a little predictable. Your typical guy hates girl, girl hates guy based on what they "think" they know about each other, basically judging a book by the cover. The guy Charlie does a favor for a friend to help the girl Caroline and they get locked in her fur coat freezer for 18 hours. They both hate each other but find a night of passion to keep warm before they go back to hating each other again. Since the title of the book is "Bundle of Joy" Caroline of course gets pregnant. Charlie insists they get married but divorced right after the baby is born (which really doesn't make sense how that will help) but Caroline agrees. Charlie moves into Caroline's guest bedroom and they start a marriage where they can't stand each other. The book goes through Caroline's whole pregnancy and of course the slow love story of Charlie & Caroline both figuring out the other is not like the image they put on in public and they have more in common then they think. They slowly become friends and have a sexual chemistry that they can't resist.

Even though this publishing date says Nov 2012, I am pretty sure its a reissue. Charlie was in the Navy, in the book he is 35 years old and refers to his tours of duty being in "Nam", not too current. Also they have walkman's and cassette tapes and VCR's, which I don't think the teens these days knows what theses things are. But this doesn't really distract from the story, just kinda funny to read. I also think this book is in a series, there are references to other characters like they had previous books about them. The sex in the book was pretty good, nothing erotic but certainly more than other romances.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story but... November 29, 2012
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I like the story and thought it was a cute story. If I based my review solely on the story line I would have given it five stars.

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I gave the book four stars because of the inconsistencies concerning the time line of the pregnancy, and when the baby was due. The due date was stated as March, however, the baby came in December, and it was stated that Caroline, one of the main characters was eight months pregnant. The math doesn't add up. The christening was first written as being on Sunday but took place on Saturday. I found the inconsistencies and discrepancies a but distracting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a While, But I Liked It November 24, 2012
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I had to force myself to keep reading this one, but I ended up being glad I did. The problem was, I really didn't connect AT ALL with the snotty, snooty, snobby heroine, Caroline (how's that for some harsh alliteration?). The whole "don't touch my precious clothing" thing was way over-the-top for me. I was glad to find out she had her reasons for being such a shallow witch -- and she actually wasn't.

If you can hang in there and stick it out, I think you'll appreciate this love story. I'm not usually one to keep reading when I feel such a disconnect with the heroine, but again, I'm glad I did. Maybe it was because I liked the hero so much!

Good luck reading, and I hope you enjoy this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT, GREAT November 25, 2012
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I LOVED this story. The hero is a short order cook in a N.Y. bar and grill. She is a rich, snobby business woman. They get locked over night in a cold storage locker and a few months later she discovers she is pregnant. There are lots of secrets, lots of things to work through, some very serious moments and some very touching ones as well. It is a great, great story. You won't be able to put it down until the last page. I loved it and highly recommend it. Read and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun November 23, 2012
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This was definitely a fun story to read. The two main characters, Charlie and Caroline, have such an amusing exchange of words whenever they met, that I kept forgetting that he had a mustache (Just one of my pet peeves. Must have a beard, goatee, or something to go with the mustache. I just can't stand a mustache by itself). They both put on a great show of how they hate each other, but even everyone around them can tell they have feelings for each other. The town people have always tried to get them together, which is one the reasons they end up stuck together in a cold, dark fur vault for several hours; leading to pregnancy.

Charlie and Caroline are complete opposites of each other. Caroline always has clothes, glamor, and the opinion of society on mind, though it is not for the reasons that it seems. Still, her thinking and behavior got on my nerves in the beginning. I would not be able to stand that character of Caroline if I met her in real life. She becomes much better during her pregnancy. Her feelings and thoughts towards life change as the ninth month approaches. I loved how Charlie took the time to learn about pregnancy, perhaps even more than Caroline. He took very good care for her. His surprise for her and their child at the end was wonderful!

Charlie and Caroline share very playful and exciting moments together. It was cute and heartbreaking at the same time, what they ended up saying or doing during fights. In the middle of the story, things did get a little boring when Charlie and Caroline barely saw each other despite living in the same house.

It was very nicely written and although the general plot was of a common sort, I loved reading it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This was a really sweet book, they didn't have the normal courtship. They actually didn't have any courtship. They just happened into each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie in Florida
Bundle of Joy by Barbara Bretton is a delightful romance. The story is of two young adults who are hiding the truth about their miserable backgrounds as children. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eddi
4.0 out of 5 stars like the book but there are timeline major errors
I really like this story. But there are time discrepancies. It's mid October, then It says two months pass in a blur, then Thnksgiving. And making a turkey. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars I rarely get novellas - I like to have a lot of depth to the...
I rarely get novellas - I like to have a lot of depth to the characters and story - but I bought this one because this author has gotten better and better. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rodney The Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Bonnie Melvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another good read
Published 3 months ago by susan tindle
2.0 out of 5 stars Two and 1/2 stars
Not as good or as believable as the first in the series, Mrs. Scrooge. Still, I enjoyed this Christmas romance.
Published 3 months ago by jbetht
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I could not put this book down. I loved everything about it. I will follow Bretton. Can't wait to get the next book.
Published 4 months ago by Paulette Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Better than book one and it was wonderful. So well written I laughed and cried. Love the characters and story line. A must read
Published 4 months ago by ky_ibleedblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Bundle of Joy
a delightful wonderful Christmas story it is a great holiday book I'll reread every year loved it thanks Barbara for being a great author
Published 5 months ago by Fantastic great book waiting for the next these are great books by a great author LOVE all her books
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In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn't believe it either if it hadn't happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes.

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance!

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.

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