Baby by Design (Designing Love Book 1) by Elley Arden
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2013
Trish DeVign knows what she needs to be single, successful and satisfied. She needs a baby. With recent relationships falling short of her expectations, she’s single by choice. With a thriving interior design company, she’s got successful covered.
It’s the satisfied part that eludes her, and that’s her mother’s fault—not her adopted mother, but the mother who gave her away, sentencing her to a privileged life with two good people who don’t share with her a single drop of DNA.
Tony Corcarelli has spent his adult life as the black sheep of his large Italian-American family ever since he turned his back on running the family carpentry business so he could live a more laidback life, forcing his sister to take the reins. Now, Tony’s grandmother has cancer, and he’s expected to join the family in making her wishes come true. Unfortunately, the two things Nonna wants most for Tony are two things he can’t fathom: a wife and kids or the priesthood. There has to be another way.
When Trish asks her best friend’s brother, Tony, to escort her to a wedding, a night of fun and flirtation turns serious, with Trish confessing she wants a baby. Could a calculated conception be the answer they’ve both been looking for?
I absolutely adored this book!
Baby by Design by Elley Arden follows Trish DeVign, a successful interior designer who desperately wants to have a baby and what better way to have one then asking your best friends brother? If you could see me right now, you’d know I’m grinning. I genuinely enjoyed the plot of this story.
Trish was completely uptight and so high strung, but it was part of her charm and I liked how her character craved family. Even from the beginning of the story we got to see how Trish strives to fit in. She’s been looking for someone to Father her child for a while, but with no luck until she decides to ask Tony Corcarelli, her best friend Angie’s brother.
Tony is awesome. I love how snarky and charming he is. The way he’s described it the book probably made me swoon as much as Trish did. I really like his friendship with Trish and how they expand their working relationship to include more. Arden’s plot involving Tony’s grandmother and family was the perfect way to push Trish and Tony together and it didn’t feel forced like a lot of storylines.
While I loved Tony’s family, I didn’t like how Angie and Vin were always judging him and putting him down. Despite Tony’s carefree lifestyle he’s genuinely a good guy and I love his interactions with Trish. I think my favorite scene had to be the dance at her family’s wedding. The scene was so hot and yet at the same time, it was just a dance.
There were so many great parts in this book, but I don’t want to give them all away by talking about them here. The story was sweet and the characters were great. I don’t think there’s one person I didn’t like. It was a quick and entertaining read and I’d highly recommend it for anyone looking for something sweet and fluffy to read.
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness. Elley writes provocative, emotional contemporary romances for Crimson Romance.