I found it a little troubling that Cullen had relationships with other women during the early part of his relationship with Misty. And this knowledge detracted from the romance of the story for me. However I loved the fact that Misty was little older than Cullen and the passion between them smoldered from page one. While the pregnancy storyline is one that is used often, Heidi Betts, writes it so well, that I found myself unable to stop turning pages.
I love the Elliotts' series....fast,quick read. Cullen Elliott is bound to marry his Las Vegas dancer (mistress) after he is called from NY to LV to check on her from a dancing student when he finds her in the hospital pregnant with his child and having complications, he takes her back to NY to nurse her back to health and convince her to marry him...she feels she is not the sort that the Elliott family want in their family tree....Cullen has to convince her he doesn't care what his grandfather says...he loves her and wants to be there for her and their child. Great story!
This is book 5 in The Elliotts series. In this book, Cullen, youngest son of divorced parents Daniel and Amanda, finds out he is to be a father in 7 months. The mother is his mistress, Misty Vale, a former Las Vegas showgirl and five years his senior. Misty kept the pregnancy secret until she faints at her dance studio that Cullen bought her when she became injured and could not longer dance. Cullen wants to get married right away and Misty rejects his offer. He does convice her to fly back to New York to rest for a while. While there, he thinks he can talk her into marrying him. She continues to reject his offer. In New York, more family members question his decision just to make sure it is what he really wants. This story parallels that of his parents. They were sweethearts and she got pregnant out of wedlock. Patrick, father and grandfather to Daniel and Cullen respectively, forced the marriage. Everyone wants to make sure the same mistake does not happen again. Cullen realizes that he does love Misty and does not care what others think. Misty packs to leave and Cullen walks in on her. Cullen finally admits he loves her and she accepts his proposal. Patrick finally makes an appearance during the wedding. He speaks to Misty and welcomes her to the family and states that he noticed a change in Cullen since he started dating her. He implies that he knew of the affair for a very long time. And this book, a wedding scene is finally included.
I liked this book. This couple is not one of my favorites, but I did enjoy them. This is very simple read. One of the more enjoyable aspects was that much of the story was told from Cullen's point of view.
In writing this review, I realized how all of the authors up to this book, have done such a great job of keeping Patrick's character the same. He is the same ornery character in every book. His actions, however, go against what his family sees of him. And these characters are supposed to be very intelligent, but only see him in one dimenson.
I did not like Bridget in this book. She speaks first and doesn't think at all. My first introduction to her was the second book in the series, "Taking Care of Business." She seemed so mature unlike this book.
There are at least three foreshadows to Bridget's and Daniel-Amanda's stories. The most interesting foreshadow was to Bryan's story.
I found at one inconsistency in book. On page 152 Cullen takes off his suit jacket, but on page 161 he has it back on.