BABIES IN THE BARGAIN (sweet and spicy in the genre of ER and Grey's Anatomy): Ebook/paperback at The Wild Rose Press.

Romance Junkies:

BABIES IN THE BARGAIN is one novel that pulls you into the story and holds you captive to the last page. My heart broke for Marc and the touching way little Paulito comes into his life. At the same time, the baby forces Holly to acknowledge her feelings for Marc – feelings she’s been trying hard to ignore. Mona Risk delves into the intense life and death situation babies in the NICU face and tempers that overwhelming emotion with a high intensity romance in a storyline that will truly touch the reader’s heart.

The Long & Short Reviews

Ms. Risk has done an outstanding job with Babies in the Bargain and is a very talented writer who gives the reader what they are after. The plot line was amazing and I found the entire book to be spot on with the medical terminology and procedures. Ms. Risk was able to evoke raw emotion from me throughout the book and I found it to be a most exciting and thrilling read. I highly recommend this book to those who love Medical Romances. This one will keep you on your toes and make you beg for more. I can't wait to read more of Ms. Risk's work in the future.

Short Synopsis:
With only one year left to complete her medical training in Neonatology, Dr. Holly Collier vows not to let anyone mess up her sacrosanct schedule. Especially not the drop-dead gorgeous Dr. Marc Suarez who broke her heart seven years ago.

When a tragic accident transforms the carefree playboy into a dedicated but novice father to his nephew, Holly gives in to her maternal instincts and turns her structured life upside down for the orphaned preemie. But can she learn to trust Marc again and believe in true love?

Marc stared at the infant suckling and the gorgeous woman feeding him as if he was her own child. A perfect picture of maternal love. For a moment, he imagined her in a silk dishabille, baring a breast to a hungry child, while his knuckles caressed the baby’s cheek and the mother’s flesh in the same loving gesture.

Blonde and lovely Holly.

Mesmerized, he sucked in a deep breath and squatted beside the rocking chair, clenching its arm with itching fingers.

Paulito needed a loving mother, but even with imaginative effort Marc couldn’t picture himself married. At least not yet.

Holly could be the closest thing Paulito would ever have to a mother, if...

“Move in with me,” Marc whispered.

“What?” The bottle dropped from her hand. Her gaze shot to him, incredulous and bewildered.
“What did you say?” Her voice lowered to a rough murmur.

“Come live in my condo,” he said, with a firm tone to convince himself his request wasn’t completely crazy.

His eyes strayed over her blushing cheeks, her parted lips. He inched closer, unable to resist the sweet temptation...then jerked backward.

Conflicting feelings twitched his insides. His baby needed Holly, the best mother in the world. If she agreed to live under his roof, he swore he’d never take advantage of their proximity in the same house. He’d behave like a gentleman—even like a monk—to make her forget his playboy reputation. And he’d battle his attraction to Holly every step of the way, so as not to scare her away.

“Are you crazy?” Her jaw sagged and her eyes rounded, two beautiful turquoise pools shimmering with uncertainty.

“I’ve never been more serious in my life.” He stroked the baby’s scalp. “Paulito needs you and you love him.” It was the only possible way he could give his son a loving mother...and protect himself from a noose around his neck and his Abuelita’s nagging.

She exhaled, her gaze following his fingers’ gentle motion on Paulito’s head. “Of course I love him, but I have my work. I’m as busy as you, if not more.” Her lips pinched as she narrowed her eyes.

“If you move in with me, we could dovetail our shifts and share his care.”

Please, Holly, say yes.

“You and me, living together? Just like that?” She flipped her hand open. “How could you even think about it?”

“Oh, I didn’t mean to imply any...hmm.”


He blinked. The thought had filtered through his mind, but to his credit, he’d discarded it right away. “It’s just a roommate arrangement. Consider it a business proposal, cross my heart.” With all due respect and no hanky-panky, so help me God.

Marc gazed at her with deep longing. This arrangement would torture him for sure, but to have Holly caring for Paulito, Marc would squeeze every bit of lust out of his system. He silently vowed to maintain his part of the bargain if she agreed.

Buy link: at TWRP



  1. Mary Marvella // August 17, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

    Hey, Mona, Great post! A 2 for 1 day!

  2. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 18, 2009 at 3:44 AM  

    Mona, congrats on the recognition for your book! You are an amazing writer and deserve the praise!

  3. Beth Trissel // August 18, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

    Mona, this is wonderful!

  4. Jianne Carlo // August 18, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

    Wow Mona!

    Great reviews and an amazing book! In my TBR pile.


  5. Mona Risk // August 18, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

    Thank you Mary, Scarlet, Beth, Jianne. It has been an incredible weekend. What surprises me the most was my DH's enthusiasm. He was checking the LASR site every 15 minutes as if his life depended on it and was cheering the percent increase of votes even more than when he's cheering a football or tennis game.

    The Pink Fuzzy Slippers group has been fantastic. Every one voted. It's really a one for all and all for one.

    To think that all this excitement happened with me sitting next to my Mom's recliner and she hasn't even been aware of it.

    Thank you my dear friends.

  6. Judy // August 18, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

    Congratulations, Mona, on your success with this book. It's a lovely story!

  7. Mary Ricksen // August 18, 2009 at 7:52 PM  

    Mona I am so happy for you. Remember what I said, "You belong there!"

    Sam is a sweetheart.

    Your mom already knew how great you are, this is not your first wonderful accomplishment, just one of many. She is well aware of your talents. I'll bet on it!

  8. Helen Hardt // August 18, 2009 at 8:26 PM  

    Congratulations, Mona!

  9. Nightingale // August 18, 2009 at 11:01 PM  

    Mona, this is fantastic. You must be over the moon.

  10. Joanne // August 20, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

    Hurray, Mona! Let the awards for "Babies" keep on coming.