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TBR Challenge 2011: Walk on the Wild Side

This month’s theme for the TBR Challenge hosted by Wendy the Super Librarian is “marriage of convenience.”
I chose Walk on the Wild Side by Natalie Anderson. While the h/h don’t get married in the book there is an accidental pregnancy that to my mind is similar to the “marriage of convenience.”
Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

A fling with sinfully hot champion snowboarder Jack Greene isn’t Kelsi Reid’s normal behavior…but one glimpse of his wicked eyes has Kelsi throwing caution to the deep blue sea (along with her clothes!). After all, who better to go crazy with than a man who deserves a gold medal for his prowess on the slopes and in the bedroom…?

Then Kelsi crashes down with a terrifying bump—of the baby kind. They couldn’t be worse matched—Jack is Mr. Right-Now, while Kelsi craves stability. But it’s hard to keep your feet on the ground once you’ve met the man who turns your world upside down….

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I wouldn’t call it an “opposites attract” story in terms of personality but Jack and Kelsi definitely have incompatible lifestyles to begin with. Kelsi is a quirky character who enjoys wearing exotic color contacts to match her mood and wears long skirts partly to cover her extremely pale skin. Not what I think of as the typical Harlequin Presents heroine! Of course this book is in the HP Extra line which is known for a more modern feel.

Kelsi also has a very unique decorating style, and Jack allows her to have input into the redesign of her apartment when he purchases the whole building after discovering she’s pregnant. Yes, that’s one of those rich alpha-hero grand gestures that seems over the top but works well in Harlequin Presents land.

It was a very sweet story overall and I thought the author did great job of telling the story within a short word count. Though in real life I think babies are not that romantic, I would have liked to see a brief epilogue after Kelsi and Jack are married and have had the baby.

What about you? Do you like epilogues in romance novels, especially those involving babies?