Gail Henderson is a young widow. Her husband and son died suddenly a couple of years ago. Though she has a law degree, she works as a paralegal because it gives her more freedom than working as a lawyer. Of course, Gail doesn’t have to work at all but doing so fills her time. She’s fairly content with her life when her best friend, Crystal asks her a question that will change her life forever.
Crystal has been Gail’s friend since they were young. They’re nothing alike yet their friendship has stood the test of time, marriage and distance. Crystal was there for Gail when her husband and son died so now Gail is actually considering Crystal’s request that she become a surrogate mother for her. Crystal has been pregnant several times with each ending in a miscarriage and the last almost taking Crystal’s life. Crystal’s husband Rashid will not risk Crystal getting pregnant again.
Rashid would love a family but not at the chance of loosing Crystal. Though of Middle Eastern descent, Rashid was born and raised in the US. He pretty much agrees to whatever Crystal wants and though he doesn’t know Gail well, he’s more than willing for her to be their surrogate mother.
With misgivings, Gail agrees. The pregnancy is not the only change in her life though. She’s decided to begin to date and one of the lawyers at work has her interest. Things don’t go smoothly as Gail has some minor complications with both her pregnancy and her love life. Will there be a happy ending for everyone or will things continue to fall apart? There are more than adults involved and even extended family has to have their say.
The basis of this story intrigued me; to have a friendship so strong that you would ask your friend to have your baby. With infertility and the desire to have children in the news, I couldn’t wait to see how this story played out. There could be so many outcomes driving this story. I thought I had a good idea of the ending but I couldn’t have imagined the real one.
There were a few distracters with the story. One was the dialog. We’re told that Rashid was raised in the US yet his speech pattern was closer to a foreigner’s speech pattern than someone who grew up around English. His actions were also closer to a non-American. This caused his character to come across as stilted and not as full as he could have been. The other major distracter was editing issues. Several places it appeared that some editing was done but all the words that were editing out were not removed. Towards the end of the book, a new character was introduced and had a name change mid paragraph!
In spite of the distracters, I enjoyed this story with all its twists and turns. It took a sensitive issue and brought forth the emotions, legal issues and the human quality surrounding it. The characters weren’t perfect and mistakes are made. Gail has to make choices where there is no good choice; someone is going to be hurt. Crystal learns that some choices in life make permanent changes and no matter what you can’t go back and undo them.
If you can ignore all the edit errors, this isn’t a bad book. Gail is a very likeable character and you’ll love her mother!
Contemporary interracial erotic romance
Heat rating: 2 Novas
# of pages or word count: 266 pages
What would you do for a friend? What sacrifice would you willingly make? This is the issue facing Gail Henderson when her best friend, Crystal Al Jabbar, asks her to be a surrogate for her and her husband Rashid, using Gail's own egg. Complicating the decision is Gail's recent loss of her husband and toddler son in a fatal car accident, two years earlier. After much contemplation, Gail reluctantly agrees. Her decision sets off a chain of events none of them could have anticipated.