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Elysa Hendricks is 5'6" tall. She has curly hair and brown eyes. She's an author, a wife, a mother and a daughter. Everything else is subject to change without notice.
After trying her hand at a variety of careers, insurance underwriter, video storeowner, home day care, and domestic goddess for other people, Elysa Hendricks, a longtime reader sat down to write a short contemporary novel. When her heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien, Elysa decided she enjoyed writing stories set in different places, times, and realities. She's published 14 full-length books, ranging from sweet contemporary to sexy sci-fi, as well as numerous short stories.
While living in north east Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter and the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapters of Romance Writers of America, and taught workshops on writing at writer’s conferences and at community colleges. Recently relocated to sunny Florida she’s happy to be part of the TARAN family.
Her "real life" motto is: Boring is good. Excitement is vastly overrated, so she saves the adventure and excitement for the characters in her books.
on March 16, 2013 :
Sweet romance. Mild twist on the marriage of convenience trope.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Ana Shea Ann
on April 02, 2012 :
This book is defintely worth the read. The main characters are well developed; you smile for them, you sympathize. That is no small achievement.
The undesired marriage of covenience with the initial agreement, whether spoken or silent, is very overplayed in the romance genre -tip for future writer if you going the marriage of convenience path how about where they agree to the marriage bed from the get go for a change- anyways, though this is trodding that overplayed path there a wonderful spin that makes that path a totally different experience - the fact that the baby factor is done in a race aagainst each other manner rather than the typical race against time with a set deadline.
The overall story is great, however after the big family dinner at the Reed mansion and the revelation made there the writing feels rushed.
There is an error early on where the author refers to Race as Jared.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on Nov. 30, 2011 :
Thanks to her wandering parents, Claire Jensen never knew a permanent home. Now that her parents are dead, she's determined to make sure her half-sister doesn't endure the same fate. But her bid for custody may be short-lived unless she marries the grandson of the town's most powerful matriarch. Abused and neglected as a child, Race Reed rehabilitates mistreated animals and places them in loving homes. That dream is coming to an end if he can't make his mortgage. His grandmother offers him a monetary windfall if he marries and has a son before his cousins.
But what starts out as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes complicated.
Will they remain safe in their cage of protectiveness or take a chance on love?
The Baby Race is a poignant retelling of a classic theme. Ms Hendricks does a wonderful job of slowly unveiling Race's scars and deepest desires. Trusting and naive, Claire is an excellent foil for Race's darker past. While the heat between the two is sometimes scorching, it is the little moments of caring and respect that make The Baby Race a true romance that will last through the ages.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Nov. 12, 2011 :
THE BABY RACE is a wonderful novel. A couple of nights ago I started reading chapter 1 and ended up finishing the entire book in a single sitting. Though I knew Race and Claire would end up together I felt like cheering when things finally worked out for them. I also loved the small-town setting and the way Ms. Hendricks develops the romance gradually. When Race and Claire begin to feel an attraction that turns to love, it's entirely convincing--not to mention Hot.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2011 :
The Baby Race is a delightful, sweet romance that features wonderful characters. Race is very much the hero with a painful past, but it doesn't turn him into a jerk. He's understandably reserved, wary, and cautious, but he's also still kind and thoughtful. It's not easy to gain his loyalty, but it's definitely worth winning, as Claire quickly learns. Circumstances bring the two of them together, sexual attraction makes them want to get together, but it's their basic integrity and the warmth and kindness of their characters that makes readers root for them from the start. Once I started the story, I didn't want to stop. I could hardly wait to find out how Race and Claire would overcome their problems to get together and how the baby race situation would work out. It seemed like such a no-win situation. I was charmed when the author managed a solution that featured a few twists I never saw coming.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)