His Lullaby Baby (The baby Saga #5) by Airicka PhoenixHis Lullaby Baby by Airicka Phoenix
Published September 2015
Series: The Baby Saga #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
two-half-stars
Format: eBook
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Nothing ever happens by accident.

Ex-combat search and rescue officer Toby McClain had seen all aspects of humanity in his ten years of service until friendly fire took him out of action. But bitterness was something Toby could never do. He was alive. He had his family and, after being ambushed by a door, he had his eyes on the sexy new innkeeper.

Adelaide Nixon had felt the burn of love once already. It was a mistake that cost her six years of her life. It was a punishment she never wanted to feel again, especially when there were two little people who depended on her to keep them safe. The last thing she wanted or needed was the attention of a guy whose family kept the gossip mills turning.

But no secret ever stays hidden in a place like Willow Creek. Even as Toby breaks through Addy’s walls, a new threat comes to town, leaving her no choice but to put more than her heart in Toby’s hands and trust him not to destroy her.

His Lullaby Baby is the story of Toby McClain, another character from the McClain clan, which readers of the Baby Saga will already know a little about, as he is the son of Beth and Cole McClain. Toby is back in his hometown of Willow Creek as he has been accidentally shot in the army and suffers from severe pain in his hip. Soon, he meets inn-owner Addy Nixon and her 2 children, and is absolutely enthralled by her – to the point that he offers to help her with repairs for her inn in exchange. While the attraction between the two is very noticeable, Addy’s past prevents her from getting to close to Toby.

His Lullaby Baby (what a weird and unrelated title – let it be said) is Book 5 in the Baby Saga which seems to just go on from generation to generation. It also mean that there’s always a huge family history behind all characters and that makes the whole picture quite complicated. While the author does her best to explain how all the characters are related (or not related…) it still gets quite confusing some times, especially since this book encompasses 3 generations.

I’ve read every single book in this saga and must say that with every book, the author gets more polished in terms of writing style and vocabulary. The storylines also become more polished and less flat; and the characters become less impulsive. And in His Lullaby Baby, the story definitely has several angles which make it enjoyably complex, and the characters have more mystery to them (even characters which you thought you knew, like Toby’s mother Beth).

However, one of the things which totally did not work for me in this book was the pace. It was horrendously slow. The plot took AGES to unfold and it feels like it was always sidetracked by something (namely: antics from the rest of the ever-present McClain clan). It was great to see all those characters again, but at times it was just too much.

There was such a huge buildup where the plot was concerned, and when the shoe finally dropped, it wasn’t such a huge thing. There was maybe also a lot of unnecessary drama. And same thing goes for the relationship between Toby and Addy: huge tension buildup, and poor execution which happens VERY late in the book (if you get my meaning).

So all in all, while this could have been a great story, I just spent most of my time on this book in a totally bored state, so I can’t really recommend it…

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2.5 Stars
Characters
3.5 Stars
Writing
4.5 Stars
All the feels
2 Stars
Overall: two-half-stars