Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory s always had an affinity for animals and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he s just never been in a hurry to settle down. It s not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town s famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He ll know The One when he sees her. . .right?
Oaklee Ferguson is the kid sister of Rory s best friend and, even now that she s all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor s charms. When she shows up at Rory s clinic late one night devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car Rory s so-called bedroom eyes are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise. . .and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along?
Somebody’s Baby is Book 3 in Donna Alward’s Darling, Vermont series. Like the others, this one is a classic sweet category romance. It features the youngest Gallagher brother Rory and Oaklee Collier. He is a veterinarian, and she is the town’s social media coordinator. The two have known each other most of their lives since Rory is Oaklee’s brother Cam’s best friend. Oakley has had a crush on Rory since they were in high school, but Rory has always seen Oaklee as his best friend’s annoying little sister. When they are forced together late one night after Oaklee accidentally hits a stray dog on her way home, both of them realize that neither is the person they knew before, and their attraction is not just one-sided. However, Rory is a one night stand kind of guy and he is not about to do that to his best friend’s little sister, and Oaklee has denial issues of her own. By the end of the book, it seemed everyone could see what was going on between the two of them except them. There were times when I wanted to reach through the book and shake them until they got a clue. I was relieved when they finally got it together because there was a feeling of “it’s about time.” I really enjoyed this book. If you’re a category romance fan, you will probably like this one. Like the last one, the one negative thing I could say is that at times the pacing of the story seemed slow, and I just wanted them to get on with it. Still, it’s a sweet and enjoyable book.