The Badge and The Baby is Alison Kent's contribution to Temptation's
Bachelors & Babies miniseries. It's also her contribution as one of the
hottest and best reads of the summer.
Cop Joel "The Big Bad Wolf" Wolfsley is antsy. He's on enforced medical
leave until his leg heals. He's ready to go back on duty, but his doctor
wants the leg to heal more. A whacked out drug dealer shot Joel in the leg
AND then ran over the same leg with his car. Those two injuries have
combined to slow down even The Big Bad Wolf. He'll be in a cast and using
a cane for at least a few more weeks.
Thirty-four-year old Joel, the only male and oldest Wolfsley, has four
younger sisters. His love for his family is a constant in his life. When
one sister asks -- begs, really -- for him to babysit his ten-month-old niece
Leigh, he agrees. He's thinking, "Sure, it'll only be for one night.” Wrong!
Joel will be keeping Leigh for at least a week. The first problem he
encounters is his doctor's appointment the next day. He can't take Leigh,
so he enlists the aid of his nearest neighbor, Willa Darling.
Willa, a no-nonsense, straightforward woman, has been interested in Joel.
Willa, who boards dogs, is feminine without all the frills. Joel can't help
but notice how fit she is. Anybody'd have to be dead not to notice Joel's
gorgeous body and potent sexuality, but nothing's ever come of Willa's
interest. That's because Joel has a basic rule, and he's never broken it,
He's a cop-first, foremost and always. He's going to remain unattached,
period. That way nothing can interfere with his concentration on his job.
Sure, we women know that's a screwy attitude, but nobody ever said that men
Willa soaks up her time with baby Leigh. For the week that Joel has Leigh,
they enjoy the fantasy of the perfect family.
The Badge and The Baby is a metamorphosis story. Joel has convinced himself
for years that in order to be an effective cop, he's got to remain single. Willa has known for years that an incident in her past would probably cause her to remain unattached herself. Both are forced to reevaluate lifelong held beliefs.
Alison Kent uses dialog that's lively and sparkling, part innuendo,
part persuasive and all seductive. Joel is near the edge, sexually speaking.
"If I don't get inside you and quick, I'm afraid I'm gonna go off."
"Are you saying we may be dealing with an accidental shooting?"
"Does the term ‘weapon misfire' mean anything to you?"
In addition to dialogue that's great to read, here's a descriptive passages
that's right on the money in describing baby Leigh during a dinner scene.
"The queen of Cuisinart had squashed each bean into a pulp of green strings
against the high-chair tray, mashed already mashed potatoes between her
fingers, sucked a crust of bread until she'd turned it into glue and
dreadlocked half the hair on her head."
Isn't that dead on in
its accuracy of small children and their hands-on feeding habits?
Combine high energy, sexually explosive scenes and a tender love story. You
end up with a story that's 99 and 44/100% guaranteed to make your summer