The Daddy Verdict

Author: Karen Rose Smith

Publisher: Silhouette

Release Date: September 1, 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: Print

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Ben Barclay is successful and attractive, every woman’s dream man, but his desire for the opposite sex is minimal at best.  He’s a busy ADA who’s been burned before.  His mother left his brother and him when he was young.  He never got over her betrayal and the affects her leaving had on his brothers and father.  He rarely trusts so when the woman with whom he spent one passionate night returns to proclaim she’s having his baby, he is skeptical at best.  He’s determined to know the truth and is willing to use whatever means possible to get to the truth.

Sierra Girard is a free spirit.  Somewhat forgotten by her parent’s drive to succeed and their love for one another, she has learned how to survive.  Yet she is still optimistic and when she finds herself pregnant by a man with whom she had one night of passion, she does what she knows is right and tells him.  She never expected a declaration of love, but she certainly expected Ben to believe her.  His cold response and questioning nature leave her feeling as though she made a mistake telling him at all.


Can these two one-time lovers find a balance to raise their child or will their desire for one another find them building a family neither of them knew they wanted?


Karen Rose Smith has rounded out her DADS IN PROGRESS series with the last remaining Barclay brother clearly saving the best for last.  Ben is a multifaceted hero with layers of emotional baggage that endear him to the reader and can’t help but make you want to love him.


Sierra is strong and independent with a vulnerability that makes her a heroine to whom anyone can relate.  She makes the best choices for her and her unborn child while still managing to open her heart to Ben, showing him that true love truly exists.


THE DADDY VERDICT is moving and touches you, as what began as duty for Ben, blooms into the love of his life.  Believable characters, clever dialogue and numerous memorable moments place THE DADDY VERDICT on my keeper shelf and have me anxiously awaiting Karen Rose Smith’s next novel.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Jenn L

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