The Marriage Solution
Harlequin American, May 3 2011, $4.99
In Howard, Missouri Dylan Ross meets Tara Montgomery at his mom’s daycare center where she works. She recognizes him as a love 'em and leave 'em hunk; having met one before; Jay dumped her when she got pregnant four years ago. Now she raises her Jimmy as a single mom, but her child’s paternal grandparents are suing for custody insisting she is unfit though they only know her from her bad girl Jay days.
Violet Durant calls Dylan asking if he will attend her daughter’s funeral and what he plans to do about four year old Lily who he did not know existed until now. The computer guru and the day care provider share a common problem to which he offers a solution. She accepts his marriage of convenience proposal, as long as he understands her child comes first in her eyes.
Although the theme is not new, the characters turn this into a warm family drama filled with love as each has to overcome a misconception about the other. Neither adult can help but fall in love with the other’s child and subsequently each other. Contemporary fans will enjoy the Marriage Solution as neither parents anticipated the love.