I’m usually anti-baby in my romance stories. Not because I hate babies, but because I’ve read so many that didn’t completely sell me on the couple being together (or convinced themselves either), before a surprise baby was added like Bondo, sealing them together for all eternity. Oh, yeah… and they’re in lurve.
But this author is three-for-three with me (with two more on the TBR), always delivering a satisfying read, so I had to go all-in on Expecting Ty’s Baby.
Financial consultant Ty Webber meets beauty consultant Patricia Owusu while on a job assignment in Ghana. They click and agree to a one-week, no-strings fling. They have a great week and then it’s bon voyage as Ty heads back to the states.
But he spends the next three months consumed with thoughts of Patricia, remembering all the little things about her and how other women don’t measure up. It goes against everything Ty believes in. He doesn’t do relationships and getting involved isn’t part of his ten-year-plan.
Patricia isn’t faring any better in Ghana, but she does sex, not relationships. She tries to push Ty from her mind and work on opening her own business when she finds out she’s pregnant.
Surprised, shocked, and saddened, the ever-practical Patricia decides to have her baby and continue to move forward… and not tell Ty about the baby. She’s in Ghana, he’s in New York and there’s no sense in building false hope.
Besides, men always leave.
But Fate has other plans for this couple when their best friends, Thane and Naaki, become engaged and plan a Ghanaian wedding.
Guess who’s the maid-of-honor and best man?
The battle of wills begin with Ty’s return, but it’s not just Ty against Patricia, but each of them against scarred childhoods that shaped the people they’ve become. Who wins?
Patricia is stubborn! But not obnoxious you’re-not-the-boss-of-me stubborn. She’s pragmatic, playing the hand she was dealt on her own terms. She’s on the fast-track to transform her high-profile on-site beauty consultancy into a brick and mortar business. She has no time for the guaranteed heartbreak love brings.
Ty has made a name for himself in high finance on four continents, but he’s eager to return to Ghana, and not just for the wedding.
The sense of belonging he’s yearned for since childhood and the connection to his ancestral roots surround and calm him in Ghana. And then there’s the captivating woman occupying his thoughts.
Ty and Patricia are both likable and their positions are easy to understand. However, Patricia had me rolling my eyes when she committed the Typical Romance Heroine dumb move. I understood her reasoning… but it was just dumb.
Emotions runs high when the truth of Patricia’s sad childhood is revealed, but will it free her or continue to keep her closed off?
The wisdom of our elders will always steer us in the right direction—if we take the time to listen—and it’s no different here. Patricia’s mom, Aunty Ama, and great-aunt, Menaesi, are priceless and enrich every scene they’re in.
Excited about their upcoming wedding, Thane and Naaki still take the time to be supportive friends and try to steer Ty and Patricia in the right direction, whether or not they want to hear it. (Loved the week of Yes!)
However, my favorite supporting character was African culture.
From the heartbreak of the slave trade through Cape Ghost Castle to the cultural pomp and circumstance of the marriage ceremony to the proper way to greet a visitor and why, the beauty of tradition is seamlessly woven throughout the story, enhancing it and making it a learning experience.
Expecting Ty’s Baby is an enjoyable romance that challenges preconceived notions, proves you can never say never, and underscores the fact we don’t always know ourselves as well as we believe we do. Kudos to the author for wiping the cynical smirk from my face.
Don’t miss out on this one!.
Author: Empi Baryeh