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His First Choice (Where Secrets are Safe)His First Choice
(Where Secrets are Safe #8)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2016 by Harlequin Superromance

The best decision they’ll ever make

Lacey Hamilton is used to living in the background. Overshadowed her entire life, she stepped out of the Hollywood limelight and into the role she’s meant to play: a counselor, part of the High Risk Team started by The Lemonade Stand women’s shelter in Santa Raquel.

Her caseload leads her to the doorstep of Jeremiah “Jem” Bridges to rescue a little boy. She’s not supposed to fall in love with the rugged construction worker and his adorable son. Love and duty, though, don’t always agree. Especially when a truth is uncovered that neither she nor Jem is prepared to face.


As you know, I’m a lover of all things Ms. Quinn.  She writes with such heart and emotion that once you start a book of hers, it is hard to put down until you are finished.  I found this to be one of those books that I had to plug the Kindle in because I literally ran the battery down while reading.

Once again, Ms. Quinn writes about a topic that is NOT discussed at all and that’s domestic violence against males.  Oh yes, it also deals with child abuse but the crux of this story is domestic violence against men.  Especially against our hero Jem.  I spent a lot of time when I was reading this gem of a story with my heart breaking in two for Jem.  A wonderful man that on the outside had everything.  Worked for everything that he had and loved his son Levi with all of his heart.  I don’t want to spoil how he comes to the realization that he is a victim but it does take the love of Lacey to finally come to terms with it.

Again, it starts out with the investigation of Levi and his broken arm.  Trust me, when I was in the corporate world, my bank sponsored a division of caseworkers in Dallas and I was the chairperson.  I saw first hand what caseworkers dealt with on a daily basis.  Plus, my sister in law used to be a caseworker.  I’ve seen and heard the stories.  Truly heartbreaking and disgusting at the same time.

Jem has full custody of Levi and his ex-wife, Tressa has only weekend visits.  Tressa was a piece of work and once you get into the story, you really start to feel for her but then BAM, she not only breaks Jem and Levi’s trust but yours, too.  Ugh! I won’t go too in-depth with her story but she plays a big part in not only Jem’s story but the romance between Lacey and Jem.

Lacey is a strong person.  Smart, Jem’s equal in so many ways but a little lost herself.  Living in the shadow of her twin sister Kacey hasn’t been easy.  (I have aunts that are twins so I know some of the issues that Lacey and Kacey have with each other and as individuals.)  While there is some discord, in the beginning, it is quickly resolved and they girls are what they need in their lives in the right now.  In fact, watching the girls interact with Jem and Levi was great.  Kacey is a trip and so different from Lacey but that’s what makes their relationship and in a distant way, they way Lacey deals with her feelings for Jem and Levi.  Also, how she reacts to Jem and his situation.

I can not stress that while Ms. Quinn’s books have a message there is also some of the best love stories to date.  Poignant, relatable and emotional.  You can’t help but fall in love with both characters.  Ms. Quinn tackles the hard issues but in the end, love always wins.  Always…

Wish I could give it more!
Wish I could give it more!

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The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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