Forever His Baby (The Baby Saga #1) by Airicka PhoenixForever His Baby by Airicka Phoenix
Published December 2014
Series: The Baby Saga #1
Genres: New Adult
four-half-stars
Format: eBook
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Two brothers. One impossible choice.

From the moment her suspicions are confirmed, Lily knows she’s screwed. What the hell is a nineteen year old with no future going to do with a baby? She can barely take care of herself. She needs help.

In walks Sloan McClain, the only man Lily has ever truly wanted — and the brother of the boy whose baby she’s carrying. While Lily expects a great number of outcomes when she tells Sloan her news, him proposing marriage and asking her to keep the baby is not one of them, especially not when she has every intention of giving the baby a better future by giving it the home she can’t.

Having spent the majority of his life protecting his brother from the bone-breaking fists of their father, Sloan is no stranger to hardship, loss and abandonment. He has learned long ago never to rely on anyone to take care of what was his, and that baby is his. He isn’t about to let Lily give away his family, nor can he allow that child to destroy the future he has built for Cole. His only option: marry the mother and claim the baby as his.

But no secret ever stays hidden forever.

Lily Price just received devastating news. After losing her virginity together with her best friend Close, the 19-year-old girl is now pregnant with his baby. However, her best friend who she has no feelings whatsoever for, is 6 hours away at university. Now, her only way to reach him is to ask Cole’s brother Sloan McClain for help, even if Sloan hates her and she’s got the biggest crush on him ever since she turned 13.

The moment Lily tells Sloan her secret, they both agree that Cole should never know so as to guarantee him a bright future, which he couldn’t have if asked to play dad. However, what Lily doesn’t expect, is Sloan urging her to keep the baby and asking her to marry him. Even if she loved him for years, she won’t let herself have this when Sloan is asking her out of obligation. Or is he?

What I loved about this book:

  • Lovely characters
  • Romantic read that causes butterflies
  • Story oozes underlying sexual tension and steamy scenes are great

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Epilogue leaves open-ended questions as to what arrangements have been made to solve the actual problem at hand.

In summary, I really, really enjoyed this book and had it finished in no time. It’s just of of those romantic reads that gives you a constant warm feeling. It sucks you in from the start because you just want to know what the heck is wrong with Sloan, and darn it, why would Lily sleep with her best friend when she doesn’t even have feelings for him? Well and even if it soon becomes pretty obvious why Sloan kept his distance from Lily all the time, I still loved reading on and was dying to finally get to the moment when they both realize what’s going on between the two of them.

Finally, when he did find the perfect one, the one that made his blood stir and his heart race, she was so out of his league that they weren’t even playing the same sport.

I simply loved all characters, but none of them were as charismatic as Sloan, who is the perfect alpha book boyfriend. The kind of guy who would do everything for his family and loved ones. He was such a strong character and often clashed with other characters like Cole (who seemed a bit too weird and oblivious to me) and even Lily, who was cute but just didn’t have such a strong character.

Aside from the characters, the writing here was really great, and a very well executed 3rd person writing with alternating POVs in the likes of R.L. Mathewson. It was the perfect way to catch a glimpse of both MC’s thoughts and make the story even more intense. I loved the anticipation that built between them and after the 50% mark, I was rewarded with some mindblowing sexy times between the two. Steamy scenes rarely felt as intense as they do in Forever his Baby, so kudos to the author!

In the end, I was a bit disappointed. Not so much by the storyline, because I kind of expected that the secret got revealed, but rather by the actual end of things and the ending of the book itself. In the end, no real solution to the problem was found, and the decisions that were made (albeit no easy decisions) turned out to make everyone’s lives a lot easier. The epilogue gives us a glimpse into the MCs future, but there are no real pointers as to what arrangements exactly were made. I just felt that the closure I needed to this story wasn’t there, which is unfortunate.

But I still liked the book and would highly recommend it. Just keep in mind that you might not necessarily get all the answers to your questions in the end.