Baby, Be Mine (Life, Love And Babies Book 3)(8)By: Samantha Chase
“I have no schedule, mom. I’m on sabbatical, remember?”
“Yes, yes, yes, I remember. What is that anyway?”
“An extended mental-health vacation.” Which she clearly was no longer going to have. “Look, I’ll go over there and help Jake out so that Mike can leave. You stay where you are and finish recuperating. You know it’s the right thing to do.”
“Are you sure, sweetheart? I don’t want to ruin your mental health thing.”
Too late. “You’re not ruining it.” Jake Knight is. “It’s not a big deal. The important thing is that you get better.”
“You were always so good with children, Olivia. You were the most sought-after babysitter in town, remember?”
Not really. “Well, it’s been a long time since I babysat anyone, and hopefully I’ll be able to make Jake see some reason – he needs to hire a nanny. He’s not doing himself or those babies any favors by struggling so much.”
“Don’t go in there with a superior attitude, Olivia! Jake is in a tough place right now, and he needs to be surrounded by people who love him. Now, I’m trusting you to go there in my place and help out, not harp on him.”
Olivia rolled her eyes. “I don’t harp, mom.” Much. “All I’m saying is that it would be better for all of them if he didn’t try to take it all on himself.”
“Please just go and be an extra set of hands, that’s all. Don’t try to fix anything, don’t lecture, and for the love of all that is holy, don’t be so bossy.”
There was no point in arguing with her mother, so Olivia simply agreed to behave herself before hanging up. She’d go and do what she could to help, but if Jake asked her opinion on something, there was no way that she was going to be able to keep her mouth shut.
Kicking the blankets off of her, Olivia rose and looked around the room. Luckily she hadn’t unpacked her suitcases, because it looked like she was going to be packing them back up and heading off to play nanny.
She only hoped that she wouldn’t walk away needing more of a break than she did already.
“Olivia?” Mike said with surprise as he opened the door. “What are you doing here?”
Before she answered, she stepped around him and into Jake’s house. “Don’t go acting all surprised. You played dirty, and you know it.”
“Me?” he asked, all innocence. “What did I do?”
“You called mom, who in turn called me and laid on the guilt trip.”
He couldn’t help but smile. “Really? That’s so unlike her.”
“Oh, knock it off. You knew exactly what you were doing and got your way,” she said sarcastically. “Now I’m here, and you can go and play over-seas-lawyer while I babysit.”
It would have been easy to rile her up some more, but instead Mike just pulled her into his embrace. “I knew you still had a heart in there,” he said softly. “I really appreciate this, Liv.”
Pulling back she gave him a crooked smile. “Yeah, yeah, yeah…sure you do.” Ruffling his hair as she walked by she added, “Now go get my luggage.”
Walking into the family room, Olivia saw what looked like two make-shift bassinets. Essentially, they were dresser-drawers that now contained the sleeping infants. Unable to resist, she ran a hand gently over each of their backs and sighed.
That’s how Jake found her. Stepping from the main-floor master bedroom after his shower, he was shocked to find Olivia standing in the room. He was shirtless and drying his hair with a towel and he simply froze at the sight of her. She hadn’t noticed his presence yet so he took a moment to just look at her. Long, chestnut hair pulled back into a ponytail, her curvy body cased in snug, faded denim and a t-shirt had her looking better than he had ever imagined.