Book Review ~ Must Love Babies by Lynnette Austin


Book: Must Love Babies

Author: Lynnette Austin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release: Sourcebooks Casablanca | June 5, 2018

This baby’s not the only one in need of a cuddle…

Brant Wylder is a bachelor and loving it! He’s in Misty Bottoms, Georgia, property-hunting for his vintage car repair shop when he gets the call. His sister’s been in an accident, and Brant has to drop everything and take care of his five-month-old nephew. That’s the end of the bachelor lifestyle.

Bridal boutique owner Molly Stiles is all business all the time, until she sees that Brant’s in trouble. In this Southern town, nobody ever has to go it alone. And besides, how can she resist that beautiful baby in the arms of a beautiful man…?



I believe the title tells all in this book. If you want to read and enjoy this book to the fullest, you Must Love Babies, because the majority of the book chronicles the adventures Brant has with his nephew, baby Jax. If you know me, you know that I love stories involving children, especially the heroes’ interactions with them melt my heart, but be prepared to read a lot of baby Jax and Brant.

I have to admit, I felt this story was more Brant’s unexpected and sudden plunge into parenting territory than the romance. It was quite fun to read about a man who enjoyed his bachelor status to the limit becoming the father figure to a little baby—and struggling with it completely— but if I have to be honest, that took a bit away from what he could’ve had with the heroine. Perhaps a little less of the baby—and I can’t believe I’m saying this because again, I love children in stories— and a little bit more with Brant with Molly would’ve been much better for this contemporary romance.

And for those who think this is a factor in choosing their reads, all the sex happens off the pages. This is no matter for me, even though I like my sex, it’s not a deciding factor that there isn’t any in the book.

Few other details, an example being Brant’s brothers who I assume will have their own books in the series, didn’t sit well with me. First and foremost, it took quite a while for them to rush over to their sister and nephew’s side for help, and eventually Brant’s, to give him a hand in caring for the baby. I just thought a detail like this was a bit off putting since these guys will have stories later on.

It was fun, and the baby was very sweet, but the romance and the rest maybe needed a bit more adjustment for my taste. If you love babies in stories, this one might prove to be a fun read for the summer—and I know I’ve said the word ‘baby’ a million times in this review!

I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into hodgepodge.


Must Love Babies series by Lynnette Austin:

  1. Must Love Babies
  2. I’ve Got You, Babe

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