Friday, December 27, 2013

Project: Runaway Bride - Heidi Betts (HD#2280 - Jan 2014)

Series: Project: Passion (Book 2)

Handbag designer Juliet Zaccaro should be walking down the aisle, so why is she running out of the church instead? Because she just found out she's pregnant, and not by her cruel, distant fiance Now it's up to private investigator Reid McCormack to bring her home. But once he finds her, he'll make sure she doesn't go back to her fiance--especially since the baby she's carrying might just be Reid's Even as Juliet denies their explosive chemistry, can Reid convince her that there's more between them than a baby bump?

Good book.  Juliet has always been the "good" girl of the family.  So even though she has her doubts, she's all dressed in her wedding finery ready to marry her fiance, rather than cause trouble by previously ending the engagement.  Until she takes a pregnancy test and discovers she's pregnant - and the baby isn't her fiance's.  So she runs, hoping to have a little time to decide what to do.  Reid is the PI sent by her sisters to find her and bring her home, not knowing that Reid and Juliet have been having a hot and heavy affair.  It doesn't take him long to track her down.  What he doesn't expect is to find out about his impending fatherhood!

I really liked Reid.  He has some trust issues thanks to a previous relationship, but he is a good guy at heart.  He first met Juliet during Lily's book (Project: Runaway Heiress) where he felt an immediate attraction to her.  He knew of her engagement so he tried very hard to keep their meetings on a professional level, until the day he saw signs of physical abuse.  I loved his protectiveness that day as he escorted her home to be sure she was safe.  That was also the beginning of their secret get togethers, first as friends but then escalating into lovers.  It was easy to see that Reid was falling hard for Juliet, but was resisting because of not wanting to risk his heart again.  Finding out she was pregnant brought out that protectiveness again, but he has some trouble convincing Juliet of their need to be together when he won't admit that his heart is involved.  I loved the ending and seeing him lay it all out for her.

I liked Juliet overall, but had trouble with some of her actions.  I couldn't understand why she stayed engaged to Paul after the abuse started.  I was glad when she broke it off to be with Reid, but totally stunned by her idiocy in breaking it off with Reid and going back to Paul.  I don't care how much trouble it will cause the families she shouldn't have done it!  I was glad to see her run when she did.  I liked the flashbacks of her history with Reid, but I really wanted to smack her.  To break things off with Reid because it wouldn't "look right" for her to be with him right after breaking things off with Paul was stupid and selfish.  I completely understood how that would make Reid angry.  Especially since Juliet knew she didn't love Paul during the time she and Reid were together, and that she was falling for Reid.  By the time Reid found her after the non-wedding she had accepted her feelings for him.  His marriage proposal just reminds her that she doesn't want another marriage without love.  I did like the way that she was going to make sure he was fully a part of the baby's life.  I also liked the way she started to take control of her life by telling her family the truth.  She finally became someone I could admire by the end of the book.  Now I'm really looking forward to Zoe's story.

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