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All I wanted was a baby. No daddy? No problem. That’s what anonymous donors are for … But when the fertility clinic accidentally sends me a letter addressed to a man whose ID matches my paperwork, I discover my child’s father is none other than world-renowned tennis champion Fabian Catalano—famous for his gorgeous face, chiseled abs, and broody, wildcard reputation. Only eve All I wanted was a baby. No daddy? No problem. That’s what anonymous donors are for … But when the fertility clinic accidentally sends me a letter addressed to a man whose ID matches my paperwork, I discover my child’s father is none other than world-renowned tennis champion Fabian Catalano—famous for his gorgeous face, chiseled abs, and broody, wildcard reputation. Only everything changes when the clinic calls us in for damage control—and Fabian drops the bombshell of the century. Turns out the intense Adonis wants to get to know his daughter. So I invite him to stay with us—temporarily. Ground rules and all. And our arrangement is simple … until it isn’t. Between 2 AM feedings and stolen kisses, my sweet little simple life has taken a very complicated left turn. But oh, baby. What happens next—is a game changer.


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All I wanted was a baby. No daddy? No problem. That’s what anonymous donors are for … But when the fertility clinic accidentally sends me a letter addressed to a man whose ID matches my paperwork, I discover my child’s father is none other than world-renowned tennis champion Fabian Catalano—famous for his gorgeous face, chiseled abs, and broody, wildcard reputation. Only eve All I wanted was a baby. No daddy? No problem. That’s what anonymous donors are for … But when the fertility clinic accidentally sends me a letter addressed to a man whose ID matches my paperwork, I discover my child’s father is none other than world-renowned tennis champion Fabian Catalano—famous for his gorgeous face, chiseled abs, and broody, wildcard reputation. Only everything changes when the clinic calls us in for damage control—and Fabian drops the bombshell of the century. Turns out the intense Adonis wants to get to know his daughter. So I invite him to stay with us—temporarily. Ground rules and all. And our arrangement is simple … until it isn’t. Between 2 AM feedings and stolen kisses, my sweet little simple life has taken a very complicated left turn. But oh, baby. What happens next—is a game changer.

30 review for The Match - A Baby Daddy Donor Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lady Raven RAVE!

    4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Style: Contemporary Romance Story: 3.5/5 Enjoyment: 4/5 Dark Level: 0/5 Sexual Level: OK-GOOD Triggers: No Violence: No Male: Tennis Player, Moody & Sexy Series: Pages: 299 Audio: N/A Kindle Unlimited: Yes STORY: Sometimes you always read the same themes and concept, but what pulls me in is the way the author conveys the story to me. I loved this story. The moment I got a taste of Fabian’s attitude, I was curious with how this story would unfold. I think if Fabian was too nice in this role at t 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Style: Contemporary Romance Story: 3.5/5 Enjoyment: 4/5 Dark Level: 0/5 Sexual Level: OK-GOOD Triggers: No Violence: No Male: Tennis Player, Moody & Sexy Series: Pages: 299 Audio: N/A Kindle Unlimited: Yes STORY: Sometimes you always read the same themes and concept, but what pulls me in is the way the author conveys the story to me. I loved this story. The moment I got a taste of Fabian’s attitude, I was curious with how this story would unfold. I think if Fabian was too nice in this role at the start point of this story, it wouldn’t have worked for me. He came off moody and grumpy in the beginning, while Rossi balances out this chemistry with a down to earth attitude. I enjoyed watching their story unfold. This definitely was a sweet romance for me. Even though Fabian is a tennis player, the story stayed focus on his and Fabian’s relationship. So for the none sport romance reader, it’s not heavily sports related and would still be a likable read. CHEMISTRY: So, I love their emotional connect, but was not a fan of their physical connection. Would have loved a little more in this department because I personally think Rossi deserves it. I felt this was rushed to get it out the way. SECONDARY CHARACTERS: Carina- Rossi’s sister Carina, loved her. I loved her whole family. Fran- I was hoping there would be an epilogue closure of an after with Fabian. I found myself wondering if they stayed connected. Overall, I found it to be a pleasant read and found myself invested in the story. ****I don’t equate these stories to real life. It’s about personal taste and what you would or want to tolerate with the books you read. I know we all have different opinions and preferences with what we read. I based my book reviews on my preferences and what I like, and while these preferences may not be the same for others, I hope this review was still helpful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hinson

    Rossi Bianco is the perfect woman. She’s all curves and honesty, tender and selfless, independent, successful, and down to earth. The mother of my child … The Match is an all new standalone featuring the single mom/sports star romance of Fabian Catalano and Rossi Bianco. She just wanted to be a mother.....after a nasty divorce she decided she didn’t need a “daddy”, someone who should’ve stayed anonymous. But when she accidentally receives a letter from the fertility clinic that was meant for a ma Rossi Bianco is the perfect woman. She’s all curves and honesty, tender and selfless, independent, successful, and down to earth. The mother of my child … The Match is an all new standalone featuring the single mom/sports star romance of Fabian Catalano and Rossi Bianco. She just wanted to be a mother.....after a nasty divorce she decided she didn’t need a “daddy”, someone who should’ve stayed anonymous. But when she accidentally receives a letter from the fertility clinic that was meant for a man matching her donor’s ID. The father of her baby is none other than world famous tennis champion Fabian Catalano, not only is he the hottest man on the planet but he wants to meet his daughter. Four weeks of living together so he can get to know her, four weeks to resist the temptation of him being across the hall. Rules are set and broken, lines are drawn and crossed, and in the end she might be willing to give their new little family a real chance......but it’s easier said than done when there are those around them that would do anything to see it not work. Can a normal girl like her find HEA with a guy like him? This entire thing is surreal. And almost too good to be true. But we’re doing it. For four weeks, we’ll be one happy little casual family. I LOVE Winter Renshaw, she being one of the only authors I could ever sign on to review ARCs because I don’t have to lie to give her books 4-5 stars. She’s like a breath of fresh air, giving me new experiences that are unique....this one was no exception. Rossi and Fabian’s story was one that was different in its plot but featured the same talented storytelling Winter is known for. It’s not a realistic story, yet through these two you want to believe it could be. Rossi is a heroine we can all see a little of ourselves in, Fabian is as genuinely good as he is devastatingly beautiful, their journey is one that gives you the feel goods without all the unnecessary drama.....all the while keeping you glued to the page and loving every minute of it. I may not know Rossi Bianco—yet—but already she’s a breath of fresh-fucking-air. And that puts her miles above any other woman I’ve ever met. Maybe I came here for Lucia … but I might have to stay for her mother. The Good: Every now and again I’m in the mood for a feel good-er, something that isn’t all super angsty or full of drama.....this is exactly that kind of book. There is a little angst, a little uncertainty, but for most of this book these two are just figuring it out on their own. I liked that, it was necessary for these two to reach that deeper connection. It’s not realistic, I mean the blurb should make that pretty clear....but it didn’t need to be, these two made you want to believe in them despite the unbelievable way they connect. Speaking of these two, Rossi Bianco is a dream heroine..... .....one that is relatable, the kind you could see yourself in but also one you want to be friends with. Her love and devotion for her baby, the way she is so committed to her career and her need to be her own independent woman. As for Fabian, at first I wasn’t sure how he would be..... .....but soon it’s clear he’s one of the good ones. One of the sweetest parts of this book is seeing his absolute uncertainty when it came to how to be a dad, yet his openness and eventual devotion to being the best one he could be was the ultimate “porn”. I absolutely LOVED Carina, she is quirky and just added something that made me yearn to know her better. I doubt we will see her again, but I’m still holding out hope we will eventually be able to follow along her journey to HEA in the future. The “Bad”: There were only two minor issues that prevented me from giving this 5 stars.....the first being that I felt at times Lucia was an “after thought”, that she wasn’t the priority and instead just the piece that brought them together. That doesn’t last long and for that I was thankful. The other isn’t the fact there isn’t a lot of drama, it’s the fact that the little that is there is so dang predictable. Nothing was a surprise, nothing was introduced without an almost immediate resolution. I do love myself a drama-free feel good-er, BUT I wish that the little bit that was introduced was given a little more time to build the suspense and angst just a bit longer. The Verdict: The Match is yet another reason Winter is one of my few go-to authors, an author I know is going to deliver one hell of a story no matter what sub-genre of romance she tackles. Rossi & Fabian are easy to love, easy to connect to, and most importantly easy to root for. It you have experienced Winter before, you know what to expect.....if you haven’t, get ready to add a new author to follow. Now just to hope that she eventually revisits Carina, that’s a girl I know has an interesting story to tell! Nonna always said everything happens for a reason. Who’d have ever thought my reason would be Fabian Catalano?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Myla

    The Match was a pure feel-good romance. There was something easy and inviting about it that kept me turning the page. I loved the characters; Rossi was smart, independent, and gorgeous. A character you could really root for. Fabian, a sex-on-a-stick tennis superstar who was attracted to Rossi when they first met. The moment he knew that she's the baby mama, he doubts her real intention. But things change when they spend more time together for the sake of their child. The attraction between them The Match was a pure feel-good romance. There was something easy and inviting about it that kept me turning the page. I loved the characters; Rossi was smart, independent, and gorgeous. A character you could really root for. Fabian, a sex-on-a-stick tennis superstar who was attracted to Rossi when they first met. The moment he knew that she's the baby mama, he doubts her real intention. But things change when they spend more time together for the sake of their child. The attraction between them grows deeper. There was still enough of a surprise at the end but everything was well wrapped up and I enjoyed reading this book.  Winter Renshaw didn't disappoint when it comes to contemporary romance with good writing where characters were nicely developed and a storyline that captured me right from the start. Definitely recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really loved this and it would have probably been a five star read but once it got to the 70% mark, it went a little down hill. I felt like the last 30% was just slapped together really quickly. The conflicts and resolutions should have been fleshed out, and I would have liked to have actually seen it on page, instead of the hero telling me about it weeks after. Otherwise, this was a solid read and as always, I’m looking forward to whatever Winter Renshaw writes next. ARC received in exchange f I really loved this and it would have probably been a five star read but once it got to the 70% mark, it went a little down hill. I felt like the last 30% was just slapped together really quickly. The conflicts and resolutions should have been fleshed out, and I would have liked to have actually seen it on page, instead of the hero telling me about it weeks after. Otherwise, this was a solid read and as always, I’m looking forward to whatever Winter Renshaw writes next. ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    RomanceBookVixen

    4.5 Stars!!! I came across this little gem on amazon while looking for something else. The title, storyline, and book cover sold me and I had to get it. To my surprise I absolutely enjoyed this story and devoured it in one sitting. My only complaint was that the ending was too rush. First time reading this author, and now I am so excited to see what else she has written.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Schneider

    I don’t usually read romances, but Winter Renshaw is the exciting exception that makes my heart pound. (Ditto the great books she writes under her suspense thriller pen name, Minka Kent – she’s just so good that I read her books in practically one sitting.) When a young and broke college student, Fabian Catalano made some money by donating to a sperm bank. Now he’s a rich, famous tennis star who has no interest in having a baby…until he gets a big surprise. Rossi Bianco endured a failed marriage b I don’t usually read romances, but Winter Renshaw is the exciting exception that makes my heart pound. (Ditto the great books she writes under her suspense thriller pen name, Minka Kent – she’s just so good that I read her books in practically one sitting.) When a young and broke college student, Fabian Catalano made some money by donating to a sperm bank. Now he’s a rich, famous tennis star who has no interest in having a baby…until he gets a big surprise. Rossi Bianco endured a failed marriage but wanted a baby, and, fretting about her biological clock she was willing to have a child on her own. She chose her donor and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, agreeing to never know who that baby's father was...until she received a letter mistakenly sent to her by the fertility clinic that revealed his identity. They meet by chance in the fertility clinic parking lot, and there begin the doubts and apprehension of what to do. There is an attraction. Fabian is extremely likeable, not at all full of himself, and instant chemistry threatens. What to do? Winter Renshaw does a wonderful job creating two realistic, extremely likable characters. Rossi is fun, successful, and happy with her family and her life. What’s most special is watching these two get to know each other, despite many obstacles, for the sake of their daughter. This is a special book, and I loved it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    short cute novella, just 2 hours reading fluffy and cute a bit of drama faithful to each other a bit of too sweet for me

  8. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was a good read. Rossi uses a clinic to get pregnant. She accidentally finds out who the father is. They end up meeting and spend time together. There are some complications but in the end they get their happy ending.

  9. 5 out of 5

    READ ME ROMANCE

    The Match is an original sports romance that kept me intrigued from the very first page. It is so refreshing to read a storyline that I haven’t before, and I especially enjoyed that they met under unusual circumstances. If you’ve read the introduction, it’s no surprise that our hero, Fabian Catalano, is the not so secret sperm donor which resulted in Rossi Bianco’s beautiful baby girl, Lucia. I loved that Rossi longed to be a mother with or without a man in her life, and how she ventured to do it The Match is an original sports romance that kept me intrigued from the very first page. It is so refreshing to read a storyline that I haven’t before, and I especially enjoyed that they met under unusual circumstances. If you’ve read the introduction, it’s no surprise that our hero, Fabian Catalano, is the not so secret sperm donor which resulted in Rossi Bianco’s beautiful baby girl, Lucia. I loved that Rossi longed to be a mother with or without a man in her life, and how she ventured to do it on her own. She was independent, fiery, and had an interesting career as a genealogist. I learn something new from every book I read and found her career inspiring and wanted to research my own lineage. She worked from home and her sister doubled as her nanny, and I loved their close relationship as well as their parents. Fabian is a pro tennis player and was a nice change from the usual football, hockey, and baseball that I usually read. As a reader you get his back story which makes you so much more invested in rooting for them as a couple. When Fabian and Rossi meet after a mix up with the lab, there are instant sparks, and these two strangers have to navigate their new role as parents and what the boundaries mean. He never wanted to be a father in the traditional sense, and after meeting his daughter and her mother, he’s entire life takes on new meaning. After spending time with them, Fabian realizes that even with all the fanfare and money, he’s lonely and wants more out of life. He experienced tremendous character growth throughout the book and I like how he was honest with his feelings and willing to make adjustments to get to know Rossi and Lucia better. He is torn as their arrangement is to be temporary, and he is experiencing something he never knew he wanted. And you can guess what happens next! I’ll tell you this, Fabian and his panty-melting smolder, charm, and vulnerability will have you hot and bothered as this author can certainly write some slow burn and steam. There is so much I loved about The Match by Winter Renshaw, but there are two things that I didn’t, thus my lower rating. So read no further if you don’t like spoilers.... Rossi had a creepy male neighbor that was open about his feelings for her. She didn’t reciprocate, telling him she just wanted to be friends, but I felt she still led him on by having family dinners and spending alone time with him. When Fabian started spending time with them, he unyieldingly laid his claim to his new little family and when the neighbor did something to get back at him which was wrong on every count, Fabian reacted violently taking the guy off guard. Fabian is 6’2 and all muscle, and he lost major hero points with me for this act, especially after he continued his revenge by sabotaging the man’s livelihood. I would have much rather had him take legal action so he got what he deserved, not bully him. The other thing that bothered me is how Rossi would fluctuate her feelings for Fabian every other chapter. “Stay away I want to be a single mom...no I want to get to know you come stay with us...no now that you have feelings for me go away.... no come back...go away...come back.” I realize in a romance you need tension and push and pull, but her behavior was very unbecoming to me. Overall I liked her character and admired her on many counts, and realize it must have knocked her through a loop as she never thought she’d meet and fall in love with her sperm donor, but just wished she would have expressed her feelings for him more genuinely and not played games. Kudos to the author for how well she incorporated the very sensitive topic of how children and adults feel regarding their identity which often results from how they were raised and by whom.

  10. 5 out of 5

    READ ME ROMANCE

    The Match is an original sports romance that kept me intrigued from the very first page. It is so refreshing to read a storyline that I haven’t before, and I especially enjoyed that they met under unusual circumstances. If you’ve read the introduction, it’s no surprise that our hero, Fabian Catalano, is the not so secret sperm donor which resulted in Rossi Bianco’s beautiful baby girl, Lucia. I loved that Rossi longed to be a mother with or without a man in her life, and how she ventured to do it The Match is an original sports romance that kept me intrigued from the very first page. It is so refreshing to read a storyline that I haven’t before, and I especially enjoyed that they met under unusual circumstances. If you’ve read the introduction, it’s no surprise that our hero, Fabian Catalano, is the not so secret sperm donor which resulted in Rossi Bianco’s beautiful baby girl, Lucia. I loved that Rossi longed to be a mother with or without a man in her life, and how she ventured to do it on her own. She was independent, fiery, and had an interesting career as a genealogist. I learn something new from every book I read and found her career inspiring and wanted to research my own lineage. She worked from home and her sister doubled as her nanny, and I loved their close relationship as well as their parents. Fabian is a pro tennis player and was a nice change from the usual football, hockey, and baseball that I usually read. As a reader you get his back story which makes you so much more invested in rooting for them as a couple. When Fabian and Rossi meet after a mix up with the lab, there are instant sparks, and these two strangers have to navigate their new role as parents and what the boundaries mean. He never wanted to be a father in the traditional sense, and after meeting his daughter and her mother, he’s entire life takes on new meaning. After spending time with them, Fabian realizes that even with all the fanfare and money, he’s lonely and wants more out of life. He experienced tremendous character growth throughout the book and I like how he was honest with his feelings and willing to make adjustments to get to know Rossi and Lucia better. He is torn as their arrangement is to be temporary, and he is experiencing something he never knew he wanted. And you can guess what happens next! I’ll tell you this, Fabian and his panty-melting smolder, charm, and vulnerability will have you hot and bothered as this author can certainly write some slow burn and steam. There is so much I loved about The Match by Winter Renshaw, but there are two things that I didn’t, thus my lower rating. So read no further if you don’t like spoilers.... Rossi had a creepy male neighbor that was open about his feelings for her. She didn’t reciprocate, telling him she just wanted to be friends, but I felt she still led him on by having family dinners and spending alone time with him. When Fabian started spending time with them, he unyieldingly laid his claim to his new little family and when the neighbor did something to get back at him which was wrong on every count, Fabian reacted violently taking the guy off guard. Fabian is 6’2 and all muscle, and he lost major hero points with me for this act, especially after he continued his revenge by sabotaging the man’s livelihood. I would have much rather had him take legal action so he got what he deserved, not bully him. The other thing that bothered me is how Rossi would fluctuate her feelings for Fabian every other chapter. “Stay away I want to be a single mom...no I want to get to know you come stay with us...no now that you have feelings for me go away....no come back...go away...come back.” I realize in a romance you need tension and push and pull, but her behavior was very unbecoming to me. Overall I liked her character and admired her on many counts, and realize it must have knocked her through a loop as she never thought she’d meet and fall in love with her sperm donor, but just wished she would have expressed her feelings for him more genuinely and not played games. Kudos to the author for how well she incorporated the very sensitive topic of how children and adults feel regarding their identity which often results from how they were raised and by whom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nedra

    I’m at a complete loss for words after finishing up this overwhelmingly, emotion-packed read. Who ever says you happiness comes at the least expected time, knew exactly what they were talking about! Going into this, not knowing what to expect not what I was getting myself into, the amount of unpredictability left me on my toes and unable to put the book down until it was complete. Rossi is determined to give her daughter the best life possible, even though she was conceived through artificial in I’m at a complete loss for words after finishing up this overwhelmingly, emotion-packed read. Who ever says you happiness comes at the least expected time, knew exactly what they were talking about! Going into this, not knowing what to expect not what I was getting myself into, the amount of unpredictability left me on my toes and unable to put the book down until it was complete. Rossi is determined to give her daughter the best life possible, even though she was conceived through artificial insemination from an anonymous donor. That is until her life is completely changed after her donors identity was accidentally leaked by the facility. Upon first glance for Fabian, he knew his life would be forever changed, even with all his popularity in the sports world and his championship status. But, Rossi was different, she wasn’t after him for money and happened to be the mother of his beautiful daughter. Not knowing what to expect from this story contributed to my addiction to continue. I have read numerous sports romance stories in the past, but this one took the lead with these characters. Fabian’s willingness to go above and beyond for his newfound family, melted my heart right away. His feelings of loneliness, even with everything he has, was enough to edge his way into my heart forever. Also, experiencing a struggle from the female characters perspective rather than the male always being unsure was a breath of fresh air and contributed to captivating my emotions of an amazingly beautiful story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cynema

    THE MATCH OF HIS LIFE ISN’T EVEN ON THE TENNIS COURT **4.25 stars** “Maybe I came here for Lucia … but I may have to stay for her mother.” What’s that saying about an “an immutable object meeting an immovable force”? Well, something’s gotta give, and that something is pro tennis god and world-class panty-dropper Fabiano Catalano. He’s all about the game … tennis, that is. Don’t judge. He’s got his reasons. But a certain mix-up at the fertility clinic, a couple of letters, and a meeting that never THE MATCH OF HIS LIFE ISN’T EVEN ON THE TENNIS COURT **4.25 stars** “Maybe I came here for Lucia … but I may have to stay for her mother.” What’s that saying about an “an immutable object meeting an immovable force”? Well, something’s gotta give, and that something is pro tennis god and world-class panty-dropper Fabiano Catalano. He’s all about the game … tennis, that is. Don’t judge. He’s got his reasons. But a certain mix-up at the fertility clinic, a couple of letters, and a meeting that never should have happened brings together Fabiano (37) and down-to-earth Rossi (35). Yep, Fabiano – “the man, the myth, the legend” – never wants a wife and kids, but he’s about to meet his match in the suburbs, instead of the tennis court. If you’re thirsty for a sweetly romantic and uncomplicated tale, without the usual high drama, no stupid conflicts and also really digs into the feels, then this one hits the sweet spot. Resistance is futile against the sperm donor, the baby mama, and a shared bundle of joy that brings two strangers together in the most unusual circumstance to find love and family no matter how it happens. I grooved on the unique and clever twist of fate that brings the threesome together and puts an opposites-attract couple in each other’s paths for a once in a lifetime shot at getting in touch with what really matters, meeting a girl who’s honest and real without affectations, and a baby Fabiano never knew he wanted, let alone needed. He’s Malibu Ken and she’s Midwestern Martha Stewart in a Barbie body. But, even old dogs can learn new tricks. Getting to know each other ain’t easy, and Fabiano’s all thumbs with his baby skills and no idea how to woo a hesitant girl like Rossi … but where there’s a will, there’s a way. So prepare for some utterly heart-tugging and sweet moments, some steamy stolen sex, some family depth, and a double epiphany about love. Fabiano: “Home. That word on those lips makes me feel some kind of way . And I’m here for it.” Rossi: “The after-effects of a mind-blowing sexual exchange with Fabiano Castalano are suspiciously close to those of a mild concussion. A girl could used to this. Even if she shouldn’t.” It’s not an angsty type of romance. There’s some predictability and tell vs. show, and I was down for more interaction and bonding between Fabiano and baby Lucia to seal the deal, and less of a moving side plot that stole some focus. OW/OM issues (NOT THE CHEATING KIND!), resolved quickly. But, I really enjoyed Fabiano’s transformation, that suburb mom Rossi was an independent woman who didn’t need a man to rescue or take care of her, and that their love was genuine and normal for a rich guy living a jetsetting, celebrity life. And that sweet epilogue. Overall the story left me feeling warm and happy. “This. This woman with the curves and the hard-hitting questions and the wild dark hair. This is the woman I love.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thuy Taylor

    I seriously just inhaled this whole book in no time. Now, I'm having a major book hangoverrrr!!!! Fabian, Rossi and Lucia brought me into their world and I didn't want to leave it. Total heartmelting Fabian. Rossi, a thirty something year old, life threw her some challenges but she won't let anything get in her way, she needed a donor to be a mother, she had her baby girl, but a letter lands into her hands meant to be for her daughters, anonymous donor is none other than famous tennis player, Fab I seriously just inhaled this whole book in no time. Now, I'm having a major book hangoverrrr!!!! Fabian, Rossi and Lucia brought me into their world and I didn't want to leave it. Total heartmelting Fabian. Rossi, a thirty something year old, life threw her some challenges but she won't let anything get in her way, she needed a donor to be a mother, she had her baby girl, but a letter lands into her hands meant to be for her daughters, anonymous donor is none other than famous tennis player, Fabian Catalano. Fabian becomes aware of the mix up and tries to fix it on his own terms. Never really wanting kids, Fabian is starting to feel, see and want things in his life as soon as he spends time with Rossi and Lucia. Is this what he's missing in his life? I really adored this book. I loved their chemistry and growth together, I loved having Fabian's POV especially all those thoughts when he realizes what these two meant to him. Soooo heartmelting. There are some eye opening moments, little twists and fun sister moments, the sweetest moments with Fabian and Lucia. Love this addition to WR's stories!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    ☘ Lily ☘

    I didn't plan to read and finish this one in one sitting. I thought I would've just sampled a few first chapters. Nope. I got hooked. It actually ain't that bad. I truly enjoyed it. The pace was nice and the ow & om drama didn't overwhelmed the story. It focused more on Fabian's journey to sudden parenthood and his upbringing. Which is what I wanted when I started out this book. So yeah. Definitely recommended if you want a nice sweet read about a guy who didn't want kids suddenly got himself a s I didn't plan to read and finish this one in one sitting. I thought I would've just sampled a few first chapters. Nope. I got hooked. It actually ain't that bad. I truly enjoyed it. The pace was nice and the ow & om drama didn't overwhelmed the story. It focused more on Fabian's journey to sudden parenthood and his upbringing. Which is what I wanted when I started out this book. So yeah. Definitely recommended if you want a nice sweet read about a guy who didn't want kids suddenly got himself a small family.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Rossi & Fabian's story is a pretty quick read, with lots of banter & fun, a smidge of heat, and a lot of heart. Family plays a huge part in the overall story line, which makes sense since Rossi's career is as a genealogist. I really enjoyed the characters & the way they met. Fabian didn't know who she was at first, and he's still intrigued. I love the plot of him moving in for a bit to get to know Rossi & their daughter. I like the way they all interact & enjoyed the family dynamics. And the ban Rossi & Fabian's story is a pretty quick read, with lots of banter & fun, a smidge of heat, and a lot of heart. Family plays a huge part in the overall story line, which makes sense since Rossi's career is as a genealogist. I really enjoyed the characters & the way they met. Fabian didn't know who she was at first, and he's still intrigued. I love the plot of him moving in for a bit to get to know Rossi & their daughter. I like the way they all interact & enjoyed the family dynamics. And the banter is just adorable!! There's a bit of a quick mystery that I felt could have been developed more (lots of build up & then it just kinda went phhht for me), but that hiccup didn't dim my enjoyment, really. And I really loved the epilogue, even though I wanted it to be longer! : )

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rena

    3.5 stars ARC received in exchange an honest review. This story was warm and fun! It had all the baby fever feels! The narrative was easy to follow and checked all the romantic vibes with small plot twists! The only thing I thought was lacking was the ending didn't flow, it was too fast and quick. I also wished there was more a little bit more sex because it was a shorter book. 3.5 stars ARC received in exchange an honest review. This story was warm and fun! It had all the baby fever feels! The narrative was easy to follow and checked all the romantic vibes with small plot twists! The only thing I thought was lacking was the ending didn't flow, it was too fast and quick. I also wished there was more a little bit more sex because it was a shorter book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dayang

    I'm a huge fan of Winter's. I've re-read Country Nights probably four or five times now. This book is one of those which you'd want multiple copies of--a kindle copy, a paperback and audiobook. It's a feel good, single parent story. I've read some sperm-donors and single parent romance and this is a swoon-worthy combination of both. I love Rossi and Fabian. Their connection was instantaneous. You can feel the electricity coursing through the pages. Loved this! Such a great and awesome read. I'm a huge fan of Winter's. I've re-read Country Nights probably four or five times now. This book is one of those which you'd want multiple copies of--a kindle copy, a paperback and audiobook. It's a feel good, single parent story. I've read some sperm-donors and single parent romance and this is a swoon-worthy combination of both. I love Rossi and Fabian. Their connection was instantaneous. You can feel the electricity coursing through the pages. Loved this! Such a great and awesome read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book was so unexpected. The trope definitely had a twist to it. What I loved most was the communication that the hero and heroine had through most of the book. These were adults and they acted like adults. The romance was a little fast but I was able to get past that one issue. Great read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    jerica (-_-✿)

    my lord!! this book is giving me a huge baby fever and idk how to take this in especially when i have the no baby notion in life so firmly set. Fabian, jesus fucking christ!! where do i find a guy like him in this Godforsaken place that makes me go " i hate men" so often. mother me tf up please!!!!! Rossi literally spoiled Miss Independent by Ne-Yo for me like i would never ever listen to that song again, i feel like i don't deserve to listen to that song let alone move my hips and all that jazz. my lord!! this book is giving me a huge baby fever and idk how to take this in especially when i have the no baby notion in life so firmly set. Fabian, jesus fucking christ!! where do i find a guy like him in this Godforsaken place that makes me go " i hate men" so often. mother me tf up please!!!!! Rossi literally spoiled Miss Independent by Ne-Yo for me like i would never ever listen to that song again, i feel like i don't deserve to listen to that song let alone move my hips and all that jazz. this book is fucking purrrrfect! pleaseeee read this!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    THE cover of this book is gorgeous , first of all. THE plot line was intriguing and it hooked me in. THE roll out? Not so much. Fabian was such an asshole THE first two chapters, then he meets Rossi and then he has like a personality change or something. This book felt like the authors did bullet points of an outline of the story and then never expanded on any. Nothing is fully developed , no personality trait of the characters is fully cemented before they are changing their stance or moving on THE cover of this book is gorgeous , first of all. THE plot line was intriguing and it hooked me in. THE roll out? Not so much. Fabian was such an asshole THE first two chapters, then he meets Rossi and then he has like a personality change or something. This book felt like the authors did bullet points of an outline of the story and then never expanded on any. Nothing is fully developed , no personality trait of the characters is fully cemented before they are changing their stance or moving on to THE next thing. So many things get introduced and then resolved within pages or just glossed over the at least end. THE whole Dan thing was so sad. Rossi dragged that poor man along and then the author turned him Into a villain who gets beat up and loses EVERYTHING. The Franky thing was holly unnecessary and irrelevant. The romance was unrealistic. I mean he fell in love with her cause she was hot and not like anyone he’d ever met because she was simple and honest ? And why did she fall in love with him ? Cause he’s got and rich. Then everyone uproots their life at the end. Like I said - This book felt more like an uncompleted draft that had potential but never gave it a chance

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tuna ⎈ Reads

    2.5 "Fabi-no" stars This was...not what I'd hoped it would be. I got the general sense from other reviews prior to reading that this was just a solid sweet, feel-good story. And I was plenty in need, because I just finished Emma Scott's Bring Down the Stars series, and that shit tore me up. I thought I broke my damn tear ducts. But for Fabian and Rossi? NOT EVEN A TICKLE, SON. I love when authors throw a baby into the mix in romance. It's such a chaotic trope, but when done well, it can make you lau 2.5 "Fabi-no" stars This was...not what I'd hoped it would be. I got the general sense from other reviews prior to reading that this was just a solid sweet, feel-good story. And I was plenty in need, because I just finished Emma Scott's Bring Down the Stars series, and that shit tore me up. I thought I broke my damn tear ducts. But for Fabian and Rossi? NOT EVEN A TICKLE, SON. I love when authors throw a baby into the mix in romance. It's such a chaotic trope, but when done well, it can make you laugh, cry, swoon—it's like the ultimate formula for drawing out intimacy between characters. Fabian took to parenting like Tom Cruise to Scientology. An unexpected but upon further reflection fully plausible turn of events. But the transition was just too smooth, and too little time I felt was spent believably conveying the transition between donor to father. But hey, there was a LOT of drama🦙 to get through. So, sorry baby Lucia. Take some prune pudding and get on that back burner because your parents need batshit conflict to seal the deal! Smaller grievances aside, what ultimately sunk this one for me was Fabian. He was unflatteringly high-maintenance, and I don't just mean his predilection for fancy sheets... Fab was a hot-head, and I can't believe I'm saying this but in literature I feel there is a very real distinction between the "good" and the "bad" kind of angry hunk. In reality, maybe it's harder to romanticize when you also have to face the reality of dirt-nasty man toes, etc. Mia Knight is a great example of an author who walks that line well. All your real world instincts are telling you, if I ever met a guy like this I'd call 911, but since I'm indulging in fiction...serve me UP some of that. Fabian crossed the line in ways that made me distinctly uncomfortable, maybe because the stakes were so low; this wasn't a mafia romance where that kind of volatility is kind of what you're signing up for. Plus, his behaviour wasn't really addressed beyond a quickly accepted apology, meanwhile my ass is watching Rossi ignore minesweeper-level red flags left and right. He was just rude, condescending, and quick to dismiss her. I swear if this book had a sequel, I see a stunt on Maury in their future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    B.

    Wow! Fabian & Rossi’s Story Has A Few Teary Surprises Along The Way, But Watching The Family Fall Into Place Around Little Lucia Is Heartwarming. This Story Delves Into Some Rather Deep Issues Related To Parentage, The Role Of Parents, & The Questions That Children Might One Day Have About Their Biological Parents & Other Family Members. Fabian Catalano, thirty-seven, is still at the top of his game. As the Tiger Woods of tennis, he is an easily recognizable sports star with a celebrity status an Wow! Fabian & Rossi’s Story Has A Few Teary Surprises Along The Way, But Watching The Family Fall Into Place Around Little Lucia Is Heartwarming. This Story Delves Into Some Rather Deep Issues Related To Parentage, The Role Of Parents, & The Questions That Children Might One Day Have About Their Biological Parents & Other Family Members. Fabian Catalano, thirty-seven, is still at the top of his game. As the Tiger Woods of tennis, he is an easily recognizable sports star with a celebrity status and the lifestyle to match it. The tabloids follow him as beautiful women cycle in and out of his life. Models, actresses, and influencers line up for the opportunity to be seen with him. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he was awarded a tennis scholarship to Wakecrest University. His career took off when he was spotted during his senior year. Legendary coach Reed Cartwright took him under his wing and the rest is history. The last sixteen years have been a whirlwind of trophies, travel, and women. He loved his parents, but lost them one after another last year. With only an estranged sister, he is alone in the world when it comes to family. While not opposed to the idea of having kids one day, he certainly isn’t ready to become a father now. That had led to a bit of a situation with his ex-fiancée a few months ago, but he has no regrets. Even if Tatum is Coach Cartwright’s daughter, he won’t allow himself to be pushed into anything he doesn’t want. That realization leads him to recall a time back in college when he was short on cash and desperate, when he had made a few donations at the Team Wickham Fertility Clinic. He hadn’t considered the long term implications at the time, but it is time to do something about it. He puts his attorneys to work to request that any remaining donations be destroyed. Rossi Alessandra Bianco, thirty-five, loves her life as a single mom. She once dreamed of a large family, but time somehow had slipped away from her. After a failed marriage about ten years ago, she had shifted her focus to her work. She runs her own genealogy business from home – Bianco Genealogy. Nothing is more gratifying than piecing together her clients’ history. None of her subsequent relationships had panned out, so Rossi had eventually decided to go the route of IUI with a donor. Dr. Wickham put her through a series of tests, all to help identify good matches just for her. Taking into account genetic history, personality, and psychology, potential donors were narrowed down to a list of matches. At long last, Donor W44321G checked all the boxes. Dubbed “Ambitious Athlete,” he was driven and loved adventure. He was half Italian, half French – just like Rossi. She saw it as a sign. Nine months ago, Rossi gave birth to a beautiful daughter – Lucia Evangeline Bianco – and though being a single mom is demanding, she wouldn’t trade it for the world. When a letter arrives out of the blue one day from the fertility clinic, disclosing her donor’s information, Rossi is in a bit of a quandary. It turns out the letter had been meant for donor but had been sent to her instead. The privacy breach is a serious failure, but it sets off a world of issues for consideration. She is fiercely independent and has no desire to welcome anything into her life that might change the status quo. But when taking Lucia’s best interests into consideration, things get more murky. When the donor himself reaches out to her to ask to meet, she senses a red flag alert that puts her on defense. That he might consider challenging Rossi for parental rights hasn’t escaped her as a possibility. Her little sister Carina gives her some sage advice, though, and suggests that meeting him is the right thing to do. When Fabian and Rossi first meet, the sparks begin to fly. Their attraction takes a backseat, though, as they navigate through issues of trust. There is no roadmap for how to move forward. Fabian feels he cannot pass up the opportunity to meet his child, but walking away seems harder once he has held her in his arms. He knows he has no room for a child in his jet setting life, but he hopes to somehow have a connection with Lucia into the future. Rossi is reluctant to agree to anything since she doesn’t know him personally. They come up with a plan for Fabian to spend the four weeks leading up to his next tournament living in Rossi’s guest bedroom so that they can get to know one another and get comfortable with the idea of his involvement moving forward. With the pair living in such close quarters and sharing parental duties, the draw that they feel toward one another inevitably becomes too strong to deny. But there are pressures that test their resolve as they explore their strange new family. As a tabloid sensation, Fabian hopes to keep himself out of the press so that Lucia’s privacy is not inadvertently compromised. Fabian’s ex-fiancée still cannot seem to get the message that their relationship is over, and Rossi’s good friend and neighbor Dan is not too pleased to see competition for Rossi and Lucia’s attention. Fabian’s career and lifestyle remain an obstacle, and his life is centered in L.A. Meanwhile, Rossi’s parents and sister mean everything to her, and they are all rooted in Chicago. The idea of anything permanent between the pair seems impossible. Rossi has faced heartbreak and rejection before, and it is not a road she wants to travel down again. She fears the damage that a man like Fabian could do to her heart. She tries to convince herself she can just have a little fun with him and move on, because she knows someone like him will eventually find someone exciting and new, leaving her behind. There are a few surprises and unexpected twists before the story comes to a wrap. The couple eventually earns a beautiful and very satisfying happy ending. Wow! This story delves into some rather deep issues related to parentage, the role of parents, and the questions that children might one day have about their biological parents and other family members. With DNA tests so readily available and a vast database with which to compare, privacy is no longer guaranteed when it comes to family ties. Donors can be tracked down one day, and children can likewise eventually be found. In this story, the donor made the deposit sixteen years earlier. He was young and needed money, and the consequences down the road weren’t taken into consideration. A hapless mistake exposes the donor to the recipient, and the blissful ignorance that shields them from one another is ripped out from under them. Suddenly there are two biological parents in the mix, and something like a family begins to form. Issues of parental rights and legal challenges plague both parties, especially when the donor feels he or she has something to lose. This story illustrates some of those complications, as well as other complicated family dynamics. It considers the dilemma from various viewpoints, illustrating just how complicated the situation is. Fabian and Rossie start a family in a most unusual way! Though Rossie’s baby daughter Lucia is conceived in a fertility clinic with an anonymous donor, everything changes when Fabian’s identity as Lucia’s father is accidentally revealed. There are a few teary surprises along the way, but watching the family fall into place around little Lucia is heartwarming. Fabian is hotheaded and used to getting his way, so seeing him flustered and wrapped around his daughter’s fingers shows just how much becoming a parent has altered him. The story is well-written. There are only a few very minor typos in my ARC version, which I anticipate are cleaned up in the final release (they usually are ). The plot is somewhat complex. There is just enough drama to keep it interesting, but not too much angst aside from the terribly complicated circumstances of the anonymous donor’s identity coming to light. The characters are complex and nicely developed. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Fabian and Rossi. I rate this book 4.5 stars. I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    B.

    Wow! Fabian & Rossi’s Story Has A Few Teary Surprises Along The Way, But Watching The Family Fall Into Place Around Little Lucia Is Heartwarming. This Story Delves Into Some Rather Deep Issues Related To Parentage, The Role Of Parents, & The Questions That Children Might One Day Have About Their Biological Parents & Other Family Members. Fabian Catalano, thirty-seven, is still at the top of his game. As the Tiger Woods of tennis, he is an easily recognizable sports star with a celebrity status an Wow! Fabian & Rossi’s Story Has A Few Teary Surprises Along The Way, But Watching The Family Fall Into Place Around Little Lucia Is Heartwarming. This Story Delves Into Some Rather Deep Issues Related To Parentage, The Role Of Parents, & The Questions That Children Might One Day Have About Their Biological Parents & Other Family Members. Fabian Catalano, thirty-seven, is still at the top of his game. As the Tiger Woods of tennis, he is an easily recognizable sports star with a celebrity status and the lifestyle to match it. The tabloids follow him as beautiful women cycle in and out of his life. Models, actresses, and influencers line up for the opportunity to be seen with him. Born and raised in the Chicago area, he was awarded a tennis scholarship to Wakecrest University. His career took off when he was spotted during his senior year. Legendary coach Reed Cartwright took him under his wing and the rest is history. The last sixteen years have been a whirlwind of trophies, travel, and women. He loved his parents, but lost them one after another last year. With only an estranged sister, he is alone in the world when it comes to family. While not opposed to the idea of having kids one day, he certainly isn’t ready to become a father now. That had led to a bit of a situation with his ex-fiancée a few months ago, but he has no regrets. Even if Tatum is Coach Cartwright’s daughter, he won’t allow himself to be pushed into anything he doesn’t want. That realization leads him to recall a time back in college when he was short on cash and desperate, when he had made a few donations at the Team Wickham Fertility Clinic. He hadn’t considered the long term implications at the time, but it is time to do something about it. He puts his attorneys to work to request that any remaining donations be destroyed. Rossi Alessandra Bianco, thirty-five, loves her life as a single mom. She once dreamed of a large family, but time somehow had slipped away from her. After a failed marriage about ten years ago, she had shifted her focus to her work. She runs her own genealogy business from home – Bianco Genealogy. Nothing is more gratifying than piecing together her clients’ history. None of her subsequent relationships had panned out, so Rossi had eventually decided to go the route of IUI with a donor. Dr. Wickham put her through a series of tests, all to help identify good matches just for her. Taking into account genetic history, personality, and psychology, potential donors were narrowed down to a list of matches. At long last, Donor W44321G checked all the boxes. Dubbed “Ambitious Athlete,” he was driven and loved adventure. He was half Italian, half French – just like Rossi. She saw it as a sign. Nine months ago, Rossi gave birth to a beautiful daughter – Lucia Evangeline Bianco – and though being a single mom is demanding, she wouldn’t trade it for the world. When a letter arrives out of the blue one day from the fertility clinic, disclosing her donor’s information, Rossi is in a bit of a quandary. It turns out the letter had been meant for donor but had been sent to her instead. The privacy breach is a serious failure, but it sets off a world of issues for consideration. She is fiercely independent and has no desire to welcome anything into her life that might change the status quo. But when taking Lucia’s best interests into consideration, things get more murky. When the donor himself reaches out to her to ask to meet, she senses a red flag alert that puts her on defense. That he might consider challenging Rossi for parental rights hasn’t escaped her as a possibility. Her little sister Carina gives her some sage advice, though, and suggests that meeting him is the right thing to do. When Fabian and Rossi first meet, the sparks begin to fly. Their attraction takes a backseat, though, as they navigate through issues of trust. There is no roadmap for how to move forward. Fabian feels he cannot pass up the opportunity to meet his child, but walking away seems harder once he has held her in his arms. He knows he has no room for a child in his jet setting life, but he hopes to somehow have a connection with Lucia into the future. Rossi is reluctant to agree to anything since she doesn’t know him personally. They come up with a plan for Fabian to spend the four weeks leading up to his next tournament living in Rossi’s guest bedroom so that they can get to know one another and get comfortable with the idea of his involvement moving forward. With the pair living in such close quarters and sharing parental duties, the draw that they feel toward one another inevitably becomes too strong to deny. But there are pressures that test their resolve as they explore their strange new family. As a tabloid sensation, Fabian hopes to keep himself out of the press so that Lucia’s privacy is not inadvertently compromised. Fabian’s ex-fiancée still cannot seem to get the message that their relationship is over, and Rossi’s good friend and neighbor Dan is not too pleased to see competition for Rossi and Lucia’s attention. Fabian’s career and lifestyle remain an obstacle, and his life is centered in L.A. Meanwhile, Rossi’s parents and sister mean everything to her, and they are all rooted in Chicago. The idea of anything permanent between the pair seems impossible. Rossi has faced heartbreak and rejection before, and it is not a road she wants to travel down again. She fears the damage that a man like Fabian could do to her heart. She tries to convince herself she can just have a little fun with him and move on, because she knows someone like him will eventually find someone exciting and new, leaving her behind. There are a few surprises and unexpected twists before the story comes to a wrap. The couple eventually earns a beautiful and very satisfying happy ending. Wow! This story delves into some rather deep issues related to parentage, the role of parents, and the questions that children might one day have about their biological parents and other family members. With DNA tests so readily available and a vast database with which to compare, privacy is no longer guaranteed when it comes to family ties. Donors can be tracked down one day, and children can likewise eventually be found. In this story, the donor made the deposit sixteen years earlier. He was young and needed money, and the consequences down the road weren’t taken into consideration. A hapless mistake exposes the donor to the recipient, and the blissful ignorance that shields them from one another is ripped out from under them. Suddenly there are two biological parents in the mix, and something like a family begins to form. Issues of parental rights and legal challenges plague both parties, especially when the donor feels he or she has something to lose. This story illustrates some of those complications, as well as other complicated family dynamics. It considers the dilemma from various viewpoints, illustrating just how complicated the situation is. Fabian and Rossie start a family in a most unusual way! Though Rossie’s baby daughter Lucia is conceived in a fertility clinic with an anonymous donor, everything changes when Fabian’s identity as Lucia’s father is accidentally revealed. There are a few teary surprises along the way, but watching the family fall into place around little Lucia is heartwarming. Fabian is hotheaded and used to getting his way, so seeing him flustered and wrapped around his daughter’s fingers shows just how much becoming a parent has altered him. The story is well-written. There are only a few very minor typos in my ARC version, which I anticipate are cleaned up in the final release (they usually are ). The plot is somewhat complex. There is just enough drama to keep it interesting, but not too much angst aside from the terribly complicated circumstances of the anonymous donor’s identity coming to light. The characters are complex and nicely developed. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Fabian and Rossi. I rate this book 4.5 stars. I received an advance copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    BB

    Quick. Decent? OK? Fine? Fabian and Rossi aren't anything special. "Fate" low key stars in it. A lot of implied "meant to be" nonsense. And it is nonsense, if the thing that brings your characters together is some instinctive urge beyond their control before they know each other- well that sucks, because it means it doesn't matter who they are or what goes on. I'm relieved to say the "psycho" ex and the obsessed neighbor stayed out of violent/mental break down territory. Which was a concern for Quick. Decent? OK? Fine? Fabian and Rossi aren't anything special. "Fate" low key stars in it. A lot of implied "meant to be" nonsense. And it is nonsense, if the thing that brings your characters together is some instinctive urge beyond their control before they know each other- well that sucks, because it means it doesn't matter who they are or what goes on. I'm relieved to say the "psycho" ex and the obsessed neighbor stayed out of violent/mental break down territory. Which was a concern for a second there. Honestly it read a bit like there was no forethought in how any of the side characters fit into the plot. I think it's my first book by this author? It was fine. It's on KindleUnlimited so. Why not. Edit: oooooh awkward, not my first read, they're just... very forgettable

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sacha Fortuné

    Sacha's Book Reviews Blog 3.5 stars I grabbed a copy of this from an ARC program because I was interested in reading a trope-filled romance. The Premise In need of a sperm donor because the right man doesn’t seem to be showing up, Rossi selects “Ambitious Athlete” for the deed. A couple of years later, a clinical error reveals his name to her, sent in error to the recipient rather than the donor. As the fertility clinic fumbles to cover its tracks and make a settlement payment to protect their bus Sacha's Book Reviews Blog 3.5 stars I grabbed a copy of this from an ARC program because I was interested in reading a trope-filled romance. The Premise In need of a sperm donor because the right man doesn’t seem to be showing up, Rossi selects “Ambitious Athlete” for the deed. A couple of years later, a clinical error reveals his name to her, sent in error to the recipient rather than the donor. As the fertility clinic fumbles to cover its tracks and make a settlement payment to protect their business, Rossi meets said donor — now no longer ambitious, but a world-renowned athlete: tennis player Fabian. Though she has reservations about including him in her baby’s life, she decides to give it a try by allowing him to move in to live with her temporarily. But will his past relationships and jet-setting lifestyle be a good match for this down-to-earth mama? The Pros The story was very well-written and kept me engaged all the way through. I thought the premise was quite interesting, because the decision to be a sperm donor in your youth can come back to bite you in the ass later down the line — especially if become famous. I also liked the theme of the glittering social media life vs. what lies beneath. The “mommy blogger” scene was hilarious, as were other snippets when Fabian revealed what a relationship with a famous person was really like. I enjoyed the side character of Rossi’s sister, who breathed life and comedy into their arrangement with her teasing comments and over-the-top behaviour, but the sisterly love was still there. Though I saw it coming a mile away, the plot arc with Frankie was also a great one, and I thought Rossi’s job as a genealogist connecting families was perfectly executed here. The sexy scenes were also beautifully done — racy, but believable and not overkill at all; just right! The Cons While I liked the writing style, I was perplexed at some of the characters’ choices. Rossi jumped into sperm donation readily at 33 as a “last resort” though she was fertile and seemed to have had some kind of dating life after her divorce. To me, it felt way too early to “give up” on finding a man and decide to go the sperm donor route, particularly when your life’s work is to connect families linked by DNA. Also, Fabian apparently didn’t want children with an ex, and then suddenly wants to fit into his child mother’s and baby’s life, and Rossi’s swift pivot from not needing a man *at all* to inviting her child’s sperm donor to live with her — it felt very sudden. The setup of all of this just didn’t seem likely at times — not to mention her parents that seemed to have no reservations at her having a child via sperm donor (I repeat — at 33! — was this really the only option?), and later on uprooting their entire lives at a moment’s notice. Finally, “heroic” macho violence with no repercussions (or confirmed proof) also felt oddly placed in a romance. Beyond those general feelings, I also found there were few surprises (at least to me) and the ending felt a bit rushed — the conflict was resolved quickly, before it slides into a happily-ever-after. Conclusion I feel conflicted because I enjoyed it and read through it quickly, but there were parts that didn’t sit well with me. The timeline to “have-a-child-now-because-I-can’t-find-the-right-man” may be the root of my unease. While necessary for the set-up, it doesn’t send a great message to women. There are many kinds of families being created in various ways between all types of partners or those who choose to go it alone, and I am grateful to live in a world with so many options; but donor sperm should not be presented as such a light-hearted alternative to finding a partner — again… at 33!!! Maybe I expect a bit too much from my fiction, but it didn’t seem like she had gotten sufficient psychological counselling before embarking on creating a child that would be (or was supposed to be) fatherless. This serious issue needed a bit more delicate treatment around the role of ethics at (reputable) fertility clinics. Nevertheless, the book itself was pretty enjoyable, and if you can suspend your belief and judgement a bit, you will laugh, cringe and smile with the characters and their adorable baby. I would recommend to others who want a romance, and I look forward to more by this author. ___________ This review also appears on my blog. Visit to read more of my reviews: Sacha's Book Reviews Blog

  26. 4 out of 5

    ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    This was a steamy romance between two complete opposites that kind of gave me some Lifetime movie vibes. Carina is an independent woman who knows what she wants. When her marriage falls apart, she doesn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dreams of motherhood and opts to get pregnant through IVF and uses a donor to have her baby, Lucia. Everything is going great until the fertility clinic accidently spills the beans about the identity of her mystery donor. Which again, wouldn’t be a huge deal This was a steamy romance between two complete opposites that kind of gave me some Lifetime movie vibes. Carina is an independent woman who knows what she wants. When her marriage falls apart, she doesn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dreams of motherhood and opts to get pregnant through IVF and uses a donor to have her baby, Lucia. Everything is going great until the fertility clinic accidently spills the beans about the identity of her mystery donor. Which again, wouldn’t be a huge deal . . . except the donor is known other than multi-millionaire and champion tennis player, Fabian Catalano. When Fabian finds out that his college “donations” were used to have a child and that child’s mother now knows who he is and how much he is worth, he tries to settle things by offering some money in exchange for an NDA. Except with both Fabian and Carina being distrustful of the other’s true intentions, miscommunications and omissions leads to a strange arrangement between them. Fabian and Carina decide to co-habitat for 3 months, giving Fabian a chance to get to know his child and giving Carina a chance to trust her baby’s father. There was plenty of sweet, romantic moments, heated chemistry between the MCs and some outside drama to keep you engaged in the story which I liked. The outside obstacles seemed to be really OTT one minute and then downplayed in the next, with both the ex drama and the unbalanced neighbor drama being resolved quickly and brushed off as almost inconsequential. I actually wanted more closure for both these characters, especially in the epilogue, I think it would have wrapped things up more solidly than the actual ending did. * * * ARC provided for an honest review * * * I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[ Ages : Both MCs are in their mid to late 30’s. Cheating : Not between the MCs but we know Carina’s ex-husband cheated on her multiple times throughout their marriage and had a vasectomy without telling her. Fabian and his ex, also have drama in the form of a pregnancy the ex tries to pass as his when it’s actually someone else’s. Someone she slept with while they were still technically together. OM/OW drama : Fabian’s ex girlfiend and Carina’s too friendly neighbor. Separation : Yes, a small one. I want to say it was a few days but could have been a week or two. They both stayed celibate though. Push/Pull : At first, yes. Both were distrustful of the other but when they concentrated on their baby, they both saw a different side of the other. They end up becoming friends and than lovers. Main Pursuer of relationship : Fabian. Possible Triggers: Ex girlfriend drama, family drama and teen pregnancy (Fabian finds out his older sister is actually his biological mom) and drug abuse (off page, secondary character) HEA/HFN : Ends on a HEA and has an epilogue 5 years later. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    B. C. Booklover

    Every time I reach the end of a new Winter Renshaw book I think- this has got to be my new favorite one!  And once again, I inhaled another book of hers in record time as if nothing else around me mattered!!!  She nailed it again! The premise of how the couple in question met was definitely intriguing and the anticipation of where things between them seemed to be heading was just feel good, flirty fun in the making to me.  A super sexy, world renown tennis player, maybe alittle full of himself a Every time I reach the end of a new Winter Renshaw book I think- this has got to be my new favorite one!  And once again, I inhaled another book of hers in record time as if nothing else around me mattered!!!  She nailed it again! The premise of how the couple in question met was definitely intriguing and the anticipation of where things between them seemed to be heading was just feel good, flirty fun in the making to me.  A super sexy, world renown tennis player, maybe alittle full of himself and a very independent woman who is determined to live her life a certain way...to it's fullest and alone with her child??? Well, tell me more!! What brings these opposites together, besides fate, is an adorable, bouncing baby girl and all bets are off as they try to navigate their way into getting to know each other alittle better, short though their time together might be.  Will this be the best idea ever or the biggest mistake of all?? Some of the best parts to me, besides the sweet, burning anticipation, had to be the characters and how much I loved them all, except for one or two...you'll know who I mean!  The silly oneness that Rossi and her sister had with each other was filled with easy humor- comfortable, sweet and enviable. They had me chuckling many times throughout..I really enjoyed their witty sisterly camaraderie and so did Fabian! How could he not? What an intense, beautiful man Fabian was, set in his ways, a bit arrogant at first and not at all ready for someone as honest, real and happy with her life as Rossi.  He cautiously let her in as he slowly became enveloped in her warm, lively world and found he didn't want to be anywhere else.  I enjoyed watching him evolve into a better version of himself as those crazy Bianco girls worked their magic on him!!!  It was so much fun to watch it all unfold! Many times in romance reads, the leading man is my favorite character and main focus.  I am delighted when a sexy man catches my eye right away and Fabian did just that, but Rossi had a playful, calming presence of her own that drew me to her. I admired her strength and was fascinated by her cool career choice that added an extra layer of fun to the story for me. Together, Rossi and Fabian were on fire and their sizzling chemistry was the off the charts, weak in the knees kind!  HOT, steamy and addictive! Just what I like!!! Winter closes The Match, which is really such a perfect play on words in so many ways, with some surprising twists and the kind of HEA that any romance lover will swoon all over, including this booklover.  The dreamy epilogue was a loving glimpse into what becomes of them a few years into their future life...sigh, I just love a heartwarming end to a great romance. Fabian and Rossi's love story will hold it's first place spot in my heart until her next book becomes my new favorite Winter Renshaw book....I can't wait! ARC generously provided and honestly reviewed right here!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marnie

    Insta-love, set, The Match. Written in my favourite dual POV, this book showcases the love a parent has for a child, and while it’s been just 21 years since I held my last baby, I felt every emotion that Rossi felt as though it were yesterday, and that unconditional mother’s love is still as strong. This book really tugged at my heartstrings. Rossi Bianco was the ideal heroine. Great character and amazing single mother by choice, full of unconditional love for her daughter. She’s strong, down-to-e Insta-love, set, The Match. Written in my favourite dual POV, this book showcases the love a parent has for a child, and while it’s been just 21 years since I held my last baby, I felt every emotion that Rossi felt as though it were yesterday, and that unconditional mother’s love is still as strong. This book really tugged at my heartstrings. Rossi Bianco was the ideal heroine. Great character and amazing single mother by choice, full of unconditional love for her daughter. She’s strong, down-to-earth with a side of OCD that was hilariously made fun of by her sister who also played double duty as an Aunt and a Nanny. It is Rossi’s realistic nature that actually drew Fabian in when a clerical error resulted in his details being sent to her mailbox instead of his, and she realised just how famous her anonymous baby-daddy-donor actually was! Fabian had a lot to deal with. Not only a manipulative witch of an ex-girlfriend, the media who only wanted a sensational and usually negative story, he now had the knowledge that the ‘donation’ he’d made to the sperm bank back in college, he was no longer an anonymous father and was highly attracted to his baby’s mother, who didn’t necessarily want a bar of him. Ms Renshaw’s written description of his character and reaction was everything I expected and more!!! I have to admire the effect that a few descriptive words can have on the changing chemistry between them, moving them from mere acquaintances to potential romantic partners as she writes that Fabian imagines her as carrying ‘his’ child inside of her! If he’s imagining it as sexy as well ... erm ... you know what I mean, then well I’m imagining the heat level is starting to ramp up somewhat! I’m blathering on about him, I know. Winter Renshaw created a dream man. An athletic Adonis who is having all sorts of rude thoughts about his baby mama and demanding respect on her behalf. Women around the globe are swooning over their kindle screens all for Fabian Catalano, and he has his eyes firmly fixed on the woman and a more simple life in from on him. The romance level was on high heat. This was a great read that sat at the more light-hearted end of the scale for Winter Renshaw, but was every bit as compelling a read as any of hers are. I loved it, and to be honest, it was exactly the kind of book that I needed to be reading right now. It gladdened my heart. 4.5 Stars ✰💖✰

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dickinson

    Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️ So I think my favorite part of Winter Renshaw’s romances is her ability to draw heroes who, at first glance, are so internal and cut off from the norm of society that you both love and hate them in equal measure. Take The Match, her most recent story. In The Match, at the outset of the story, Fabian, a world-class professional tennis player, is decidedly egotistical. His life obviously revolves around him, and he isn’t considerate in his treatment of his coach, his assistant Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️ So I think my favorite part of Winter Renshaw’s romances is her ability to draw heroes who, at first glance, are so internal and cut off from the norm of society that you both love and hate them in equal measure. Take The Match, her most recent story. In The Match, at the outset of the story, Fabian, a world-class professional tennis player, is decidedly egotistical. His life obviously revolves around him, and he isn’t considerate in his treatment of his coach, his assistant, and anyone in his sphere. Enter Rossi, the heroine of The Match. Rossi is independent, intelligent, and driven, and she takes her role as a mother seriously. On meeting her, you, the reader, know that she will bring Fabian to his knees, helping him find a side of himself that he has never really considered. Over and over again, Winter Renshaw crafts these heroes and heroines, and it never gets old. She’s smart in framing it through different contexts. For example, in The Match, Fabian is Rossi’s unwitting sperm donor. Wanting a child, Rossi decides to be artificially inseminated, and it’s Fabian’s sample that allows her to get pregnant. When an accidental letter is mailed to her six months after her daughter’s birth, she is confronted with including him in her daughter’s life. The context of this story allows Fabian to meet Rossi and decide if he wants more in his life. And that leads us beautifully to Renshaw’s message: that an abundant life isn’t one lived with everything money can buy; it’s found in relationships. Rossi challenges Fabian to live a BETTER life than he lived before. Now, that isn’t necessarily a new romance message. It’s actually one that we read over and over again because romance is ultimately about relationships, but Renshaw’s story feels fresh. Even though she relies on her typical unapproachable hero who is challenged by a heroine who is insightful and independent, she keeps the genre and its tropes fresh. Fabian and Rossi have chemistry from their meeting, and the challenges that Renshaw crafts in the wake of their journey invest you emotionally into her characters. Together, Fabian and Rossi’s chemistry is steamy, and their story pulls you in until the last page. If you love the idea of a sperm donor falling in love with its recipient, then you will ADORE Winter Renshaw’s The Match. Rossi and Fabian are THE MATCH you’ll want to read today.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    I was in the middle of reading another book when this hit my Kindle, and I dropped it like it was on fire to read this - the blurb had me that curious. No regrets. This author's work is always unpredictable, with unique storylines that stand out from the pack. I was hooked from the very first page, and the chemistry between this couple was undeniable. Their romance is a total WHIRLWIND, and it held my attention from start to finish. I'm sure I could pick apart the storyline and find some issues I was in the middle of reading another book when this hit my Kindle, and I dropped it like it was on fire to read this - the blurb had me that curious. No regrets. This author's work is always unpredictable, with unique storylines that stand out from the pack. I was hooked from the very first page, and the chemistry between this couple was undeniable. Their romance is a total WHIRLWIND, and it held my attention from start to finish. I'm sure I could pick apart the storyline and find some issues (things DO happen very quickly and the ending does stumble a little), but I was completely caught up in this love story and I devoured it in one sitting. So there's no denying how much I enjoyed it. The story follows Rossi, a woman who is completely fine with raising a child alone. She's got a job she loves, the perfect home for a family, and plenty of support around her, so she went ahead and used a donor's "sample" to have a baby in a less traditional way. That all gets complicated when the fertility clinic accidentally sends a letter intended for the donor to Rossi instead. Suddenly, Rossi knows who her baby's father is... and Fabian knows that he's got a kid out in the world. And while the successful, famous, tennis player has never considered having children of his own, the realization that there's already one in existence changes everything. I had no idea what to expect going in, and that made this such an addictive read. The story is not like any I have read, and I loved the unpredictability of it. The author is so very talented at creating these original love stories, featuring characters who are complex and interesting. Fabian was such a great character; he's this guy who has everything, but still feels like there must be more out there. I loved his willingness to see where everything leads, and it was refreshing to have a hero be so invested. He's had the fame and the models, but thinks the simple life is a little slice of Heaven. There are some heart-melting family moments in here, as well as plenty of sexual tension. I would've preferred a different conflict and do think that the ending was a bit rushed, but that didn't do anything to dampen my love of this book. It was so easy to binge, and I'm looking forward to whatever this author dreams up next. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this unexpected romance.

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