*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*
A Secret Colton Baby — Karen Whiddon
I’ve been needing some cowboy in my life, so I decided to give A Secret Colton Baby by Karen Whiddon a try. I’ve never read anything by her before, but I like reading new authors.
This book started off with a bang. Not a sexual bang… but you jump right into the story from page one. There is no leading up to the drama or being introduced gradually to the characters. You’re basically thrown into the deep in and given little arm floaties.
Admittedly, it’s a part of a series about the same family (from what I was able to discover online) so I’m guessing that the author and publisher were thinking that people who pick up this book to read should already be familiar with the characters. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me.
Not knowing really anything about the characters (because I haven’t read the other books in the series) didn’t really take anything away from my experience. Would have it been nice to have a little background at the beginning? Probably, yes. But I was able to get around that and still enjoy the book.
A Secret Colton Baby had so much going on in the book from the beginning. A woman brings a baby to Theo Colton’s ranch, claims he’s the father, and then leaves the baby in his care. A mysterious and deadly virus shows up unexpectedly in the small Wyoming town and takes the life of the baby’s mother. Theo’s new cook – slash – baby caretaker (Ellie Parker) has a few scary demons that she’s been running from, and Theo isn’t really sure he’s the baby’s actual father.
Oh. And martial law is declared and the CDC puts their entire town on quarantine.
Sounds exciting, right?
Like I said, there is A LOT going on in this book. Who is Ellie Parker’s stalker? Why is she being stalked in the first place? What is this mysterious virus that is killing people and making the CDC isolate the town from the rest of the country? Is Theo really baby Amelia’s daddy?
Ellie and Theo were a cute couple. They were frustrating though. Both of them had doubts about the other due to miscommunication… so for most of the book they danced around each other. And I do mean most of the book. They didn’t take their relationship to the next level until almost the end of the book. I’m not quite used to the main couple waiting that long, but the author made it work with all of the dancing around that she had them do. Once things heated up between them though… they really heated up.
I liked both Theo and Ellie. I don’t know if I necessarily loved them but I liked them a lot. I felt like Ellie was a little too unsure of herself and could have used an ego/confidence boost earlier in the story. I liked Theo but I wished he’d have spent less time thinking about how he and Ellie weren’t right for each other and more time thinking that they were.
Even with all of the extra stuff happening in the book, Karen Whiddon’s talent as a writer is strong enough that it didn’t get confusing and too complex. Though, I feel like if any other things had been thrown in… it would have been too much.
I got my happily ever after with Theo and Ellie, which I seriously appreciated. I didn’t, however, get any closure on what that mysterious virus was/is. Y’all know how much I dislike cliffhangers. I guess I’ll have to read the next Colton book to figure that one out.
All in all, the book was a good read. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever read… but I think part of that was because it was a part of a series that I’d never read and that there was just so much going on in the story. I liked it, but didn’t love it. If Karen Whiddon’s writing wasn’t as strong as it is… I’m pretty sure the story would have fallen apart.
8/10 would recommend.