Book: Binding Arbitration
Series: Binding Arbitration #1
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Through the corridors of the Windy City’s criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she’ll go to save her cancer-stricken son’s life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to take her fight all the way to the majors.
Circumstances force Libby to plead her case at the cleats of celebrity baseball player Banford Aidan Palowski, the man who discarded her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she’s attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he slid through the birth canal and landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. But helping Libby and living up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his baseball career.
If baseball imitates life, Aidan admits his appears to be silver-plated peanuts, until an unexpected confrontation with the most spectacular prize that’s ever poured from a caramel corn box blindsides him. When he learns about his son’s desperate need, it pricks open the wound he’s carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.
All Libby wants is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan has a magical umpire in his head who knows Libby’s a fateball right to the heart. When a six-year-old sage and a hippy priestess step onto the field, there’s more to settle between Libby and Aidan than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness.-Goodreads
Review: Even though I didn't care for the prequel, I was interested to read this because the plot sounded very intriguing. Libby's son has leukemia so she tracks down Aidan (the baby daddy who signed away his parental rights, now a rich and famous professional baseball player) and asks him to get tested to see if he is a bone marrow match. Almost immediately, Aidan realizes he wants to be in both Libby and Cass' life and tries to make amends. Since he abandoned her and signed away his rights without a backward glance, Libby isn't so quick to trust him. At least, that is what she tells us but he very quickly weasels his way into her and her son's life. Because I didn't buy into their love the first time around, it was hard to see them realize as adults that they never really knew each other, yet have this profound love. The book still kept my interest until they finally got together and then it stalled. I don't know if it was the subplots (and there were several), the six-year old who doesn't speak like any kid I know (I'm a mother of a soon to be 6-year old...believe me when I say Cass' dialogue was almost comical), the absolutely ridiculous one-dimensional ex-fiance (everything she said and did was asinine) and the minimal attention to their actual child's' illness. He was around, but when he *spoiler alert* dies, I didn't even tear up. No emotional response. He shows up as a ghost at the end and I found myself rolling my eyes. I really wish I cared more about him because he was a very sympathetic character.