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SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE Author: Jane Godman Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 288 Genre: Romantic Suspense
She’s alive! Vincente Delaney has finally found his girlfriend, Beth Wade, who disappeared a year and a half ago, alive. But he’s shocked to discover someone with her: their child, a little girl he never knew about! Once upon a time, lone wolf Vincente never expected forever with Beth, but now he must put everything on the line to protect her and their family.
Beth was forced to leave Vincente to protect everything she held dear. But now the threat to her loved ones’ lives has reared its ugly head again. As danger approaches, she and Vincente must delve into her past to cast out the darkness jeopardizing their future.
As he approached, he sized up the building. Nothing about it made him think of Beth. It had a slightly neglected air, as if the owner didn’t have the time, energy or money to spend on it. He contrasted that with the Stillwater house she had lived in. That had been as neat as wax. Being organized seemed to come effortlessly to Beth, spilling over into how she dressed, her surroundings
and how she dealt with other people. Vincente wondered, not for the first time, if the reason she had struggled with their relationship was because she couldn’t neatly package up her feelings for him. When they were together there was no controlling what they felt. It had always been raw, primal…and incredible.
The thought spurred his feet up the front step. His heart was pounding so loud it almost drowned out the sound of his knock on the door. Prepared for disappointment, his nerves—already under intense pressure—were ratcheted up to crisis level when he heard a voice calling out.
“Did you forget something, Detective ?” It wasn’t just any voice. It was Beth’s voice.
He wondered how she would react if she checked who it was through the peephole in the door. Her words indicated she thought Laurie had come back again and he heard a key turn in the lock immediately after she spoke.
The door swung open and the smile on her lips faded. As she gazed at him in shock, Vincente took a moment to drink in her appearance. Her hair was shorter, just reaching her shoulders now instead of the waist-length mass in which he had loved to bury his hands. It was scraped back into an unflattering ponytail. She looked thinner. And tired, definitely tired. Almost to the point of exhaustion. But maybe the reason for that was sitting on her hip.
The baby wore pink sweatpants and a T shirt with butterflies embroidered all over. Not quite a toddler, she was a perfect little girl. Her black hair clustered in a halo of curls around her head and she studied Vincente with eyes that were huge, dark and framed by thick, spiky lashes. The hint of olive to her skin and the full ruby lips were additional confirmation of his first suspicion. It was
like looking in a mirror .
Vincente almost took a step back in shock as he gazed at his daughter.
This book is my catnip. Romantic suspense, secret baby, second chances and small town. Yep, Ms. Godman had me at the title of the book. Then throw in the cover, the blurb, and the first paragraph. But really sold me on the book as a whole was Vincente and Beth. I loved reading about how they ran hot and cold during their first run as a couple. The fighting, the hot making up sessions afterward. Catnip. Both characters had some issues when it came to relationships but none more than Vicente.
I times I really wanted to slap Vincente upside his head when it came to how he viewed relationships. Look, I get the abandonment issue with his mother but his stepmother did everything that she could to make him feel wanted and loved. Keep this in mind though, I haven’t read Bryce and Cameron’s books so maybe I missed out on some more of their backstory in regards to how they were brought up but still. Vincente…get over yourself. You have a second chance with the only woman that you ever truly loved and a daughter now. Anywoos…other than that, Vincente was a dream. He realized that he did need to finally put the past behind him and get it together if he wanted a second chance with Beth.
Beth, I could totally understand the motivation to disappear. I would have freaked out if I got the letters and photos. That was just too creepy for me and then to find out in the end who was doing it? I honestly thought it was someone else and I was wrong. Love when an author does that to me. I’m no Sherlock but sometimes I do get it right. Not here. Ms. Godman puts up a few red herrings so when the truth is finally revealed, you are left gobsmacked. Plus, the secondary characters from the past were interesting. Rick really sticks out for me. You will have to read the book to find out why. Plus, since I didn’t read the other books in the series, I loved getting to know Laurie, Cameron, Bryce, and Steffi. They are great at being there for Vincente and Beth. Let’s also not forget about Vincente and Beth’s daughter, Lia. She is NOT plot device but a character in her own right.
In fact, the line from Vincente is classic: “She trashed the place,” he whispered. He expression was stunned. “As soon as you left the room, she just went for it.”
Nothing can prepare a new daddy like Vicente like that. There were other moments between Lia and her daddy. I had the giggles at times with Lia and the dog, Melon. I know that they could be perceived as humorous plugs but in the end…well, you just need to read the book.
Overall, I just loved this book. I read it in one afternoon but it has definitely stayed with me. I’m still thinking about the scene in the bedroom when Vicente went all “bossy” with Beth and her reaction to it. Oh yes, this book has some sexy times and they are hawt. Just a friendly warning. *wink*
I will definitely look Ms. Godman’s books up. She is a new to me author that I really liked. Her style of writing, pacing, characters and overall, how did she fool me in the end, has me hooked.
About the Author
JANE GODMAN worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England. Home is now the Wirral, a beautiful English peninsula situated between Wales and Liverpool.
Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history. Venice, Dubrovnik, and Vienna are among her favorites.
When Jane isn’t reading or writing romance, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent.
Jane writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and self-publishes her steamy historical and gothic stories.
So I’ve done it for the second time in a row. I know. But I just couldn’t help it this year. What’s surprising is what IS NOT on the list. I didn’t read a lot of romantic suspense (at least for the blog) and only 3 books made the list. A lot rom-com’s made the list. I needed to laugh this year and I did…a lot! Some New Adult books made it, too. Some debut authors, new to me authors and personal favorites. Another surprise is that a paranormal didn’t make the list at all.
I don’t want to get preachy this year but I’m not sure what is going to happen. I’ll still be blogging and reviewing. But I probably won’t be reviewing as much as I did. Working as a substitute teacher is a full-time job for me now. I work pretty much every day now and I love it. Baseball season for Thad and Brian is going to start next month and let’s not forget that we are going on a 7-day cruise during our Spring Break. We can.not.wait either. Cozumel, Jamacia, and the Grand Caymans here we come. If you can believe this, it will be our first family vacation EVER. No family, no friends. Just the 3 of us.
I did accomplish some things that most bloggers already knew how to do. I’m old and a bit slow when it comes to being on trend. This blog will be 10 years old in October and I couldn’t be prouder of what I’ve done, the authors that have been on and the friendships that I have made just blogging. That said, here goes to what I’ve learned:
Goodreads – I was challenged last year in Monica Murphy’s group to sign up for the Reading Challenge. I signed up to read only 50 books and ended up reading 87 books. This year my goal is 75 books.
Hashtags – Still learning this but I’m getting more retweets because of them. And followers.
Instagram/Pinterest – Still learning but I’m doing some Instagram only posts. It’s been fun and interesting all at the same time.
Learning to say no to me. One of the hardest things a blogger/reviewer can learn. I’m not Wonder Woman and I have a life outside of the publishing world. I intend to keep it that way.
No matter what I say or do, I’ll never be an author’s assistant, work for a publisher, or make a buck writing. Yes, after too many “no’s”, being laughed at and then told no way in hell, I decided to just forget about it.
In reference to #5, this is also why I won’t be blogging as much as I have in the past. I feel like, at times, that my blog is just a joke to some. To me, it’s not. You try to do this for almost 10 years. Sure, I don’t have a posse of reviewers, authors beating down my door, networking at conventions/conferences but I think I do alright.
Its okay to review a book and post to Amazon, Goodreads, etc. and NOT the blog. I’ve been doing that a lot lately and I love it. No pressure to post to the blog because of scheduling.
Here are my top 20 books for 2017 in no particular order.
Ethan’s Daughter by Rachel Brimble. I know, she makes my list every year but this book is bittersweet. It’s the second to last book of her excellent Templeton Cove series. And yes, I have read book #8 and I cried a bit. I can’t believe the series is over but I know that my English Rose won’t leave me hanging when it comes to her books. But I will however still be in the corner trying to process it all. (Contemporary, Harlequin, romance, series, sensual)
Claimed by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops #5) by Cara Bristol. As I said in my review, why are you NOT reading this series? It has alpha men, strong heroines, just enough sexy times and action/adventure. Ms. Bristol doesn’t dumb down the sci-fi to her readers and the plots are relatable. (Romance, series, spicy, action/adventure, Sci-Fi)
OH Henry (OHellNo series #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. I will admit that New Adult is finally growing on me. The books that I have read last year are relatable, funny as hell, sexy and the characters just make sense. I’ve told yall a million times. My teens and 20’s were a blast. Maybe too much of a blast but my life isn’t angsty like most books in this genre. Ms. Pamfiloff just nails it with this series. I can’t wait to see what she has in store with book 3. (Contemporary, New Adult, series, romance, funny, spicy)
Why the Earl is After the Girl (Ways of Love #1) by Tabetha Waite. Debut author. Took a chance. Glad that I did. Loved this book. I have read the second book in the series and waiting impatiently for the 3rd one. You really need to check her out. (Historical, romance, series, debut author, sensual)
Mr. Dirty (a London Billionaire standalone) by Nana Malone. Ms. Malone is fast becoming an auto-buy author for me. She writes funny, sexy as hell, fast-paced books about characters that you really care about. Plus, there is depth to the story and characters. (Contemporary, romance, spicy, series)
His Baby Dilemma (Indian Shores novel) by Catherine Lanigan. This is one author to watch out for. She writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and I just can’t get enough of her writing. Her characters come to life for me and this book, in particular, is her best yet. Yes, its sweet but trust me, you don’t miss the sexy times. (Contemporary, romance, Harlequin, series, sweet)
Nudes (Exposed #1) by Sarah Robinson. Her book Not A Hero made my list last year and she didn’t disappoint me again. Brilliant writing, engaging characters, and a plot that is on topic. (Contemporary, series, romance, spicy)
Girl Crush by Stephie Walls. This book. It was my favorite rom-com of the year. I never laughed so hard at someone trying to bat for the same team because men just suck. This one has stayed with me for a long time. (Contemporary, romance, romantic comedy, spicy)
Force & Enforce (The Force Duet) by Minx Malone and Nana Malone. The only romantic suspense book to make the list this year. I just so love this writing duo. The Shameless duet was superb and my review of Deep is Monday. Even though the books are duets, it centers around a security agency and the guys are just too hot, dirty talking, take no prisoners alphas. Of course, the women are kick ass, too. (Romantic Suspense, series, spicy)
His Fake Alien Fiancee (Out of this World #2) by Patricia Eimer. I challenged myself to read some sci-fi last year and let me tell I’m glad that I read this one. It’s relatable, it happens on earth and our heroine is just flat out funnier than hell. It read more like a rom-com but the sci-fi is there in spades. If you are looking for a hilarious sci-fi romance, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed. I will tell you that I haven’t picked up the other books in the series. I know, I suck. (Sci-Fi, Romance, series, spicy, comedy)
Christmas at Cade Ranch (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1) by Karen Rock. Another Harlequin Heartwarming by one of my all-time favorite authors. Ms. Rock never disappoints and this series is no different. And yes, I’ve read the second book in the series. This series deals with real issues that most people face every day. Plus, it has cowboys. (Harlequin, contemporary, romance, series, sweet)
Ruck Me (a Dublin Rugby romance #2) by Rebecca Norinne. A new author to me and it’s a New Adult. OH.MY.GOSH. Ireland, the accent, Rugby. I was a goner before I even read a page. This one deals with more real-life issues that people at this age experience and she doesn’t gloss over it. It could be considered over angsty but I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t stop reading. I’ve read the first book in the series and it was just as good. Now I need #3. Did I mention Ireland? Pubs? Rugby? (Contemporary, romance, New Adult, series, spicy)
Leather Pants (Happy Pants Cafe #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. *swoon* This book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I’m glad. Ms. Mimi doesn’t disappoint with her contemporaries and this series is perfection. You will definitely fall in love with Mr. Leather Pants. (Contemporary, romance, series, spicy)
Forever (a Friends Novel #3) by Monica Murphy. #CuddlewithTuttle This series has all the feels of what a Young Adult novel should be. Angsty, a swoon-worthy hero and heroine, the friends that you want to slap and I really felt like I was back in high school. Ms. Murphy just nails it with this book. She must have snuck into a high school and took notes, like Cameron Crowe because a lot of what she wrote, I experience as a substitute teacher at our high school. (Contemporary, romance, series, Young Adult)
The Billionaire in Her Bed by Regina Kyle. An Indulgence title that didn’t disappoint. In fact, I kinda wish it were longer. Ms. Kyle writes about a topic that is so newsworthy, relatable and being able to find the family that you were looking for. Yes, these book is about rich people or the fact that come from money but she writes it in such a way, that money isn’t the issue. This was my first book from Ms. Kyle and won’t be my last. (Contemporary, spicy, romance)
Meadow Shores series books 1-4 by Eva Charles. Why are you NOT reading this series? It’s about grown-ups. Yes, real grown-ups and how they relate to their jobs, their families and ultimately, their love partner. One book sticks out to me and that’s Petite Madeleine. Drew and Cassie’s story is a second chance romance that just hits all the buttons for me. But of course, all the books hit the button but this one…it just stuck. Oh and Ms. Charles is redoing the covers. (Contemporary, romance, series, spicy)
Reckless Need (Hearts Temptation novel) by Scarlett Scott. A spicy, well written historical that I just couldn’t put down. This one dealt with a submissive man and a woman that just might be what he needs. Yes, they are married, but their secrets almost consume them. I loved the interaction between the other couples, too. (Historical, spicy, series, romance, BDSM elements)
In Walked Trouble (Under Covers @3) by Christina Elle. Run. Don’t walk to get this book. Ms. Elle will surprise you with your dialogue, humor, action, pacing, and characters that you will become invested in that you will laugh and at times cry for them. Perfection in my book. And it’s only her SECOND BOOK. And the grandmas. Too much. (Romantic Suspense, comedy, military, series, spicy)
Blame it on the Bet (a Whiskey Sisters novel) by L.E. Rico. Hennesey, Bailey, Walker, and Jamieson walked into a bar. Oh wait, they own the bar and seriously, those are their names. This book has all the feels for me. It’s character driven, the priest is hilarious, there are cats in costumes and Hennessey and Bryan are just too loveable but stubborn to ignore. I can’t wait to find out about the other sisters. (Contemporary, romance, series, sweet)
Undercover Attraction (the O’Malley’s #5) by Katee Robert. *thud* This series. Mafia and I don’t read mafia romances. But there is something about the O’Malley’s that I just can’t get enough of at this point. This is a must-read for anyone that loves action-packed, hard loving, dirty talking men and the women that somewhat tame them. And the covers are totally lickable. Just saying. (Romantic Suspense, spicy as hell, series)
So there you have it. I read more than 20 books but those are my top picks for last year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings me to read.
If you are looking for me on Amazon, my reviewer name is Brian’s Mom. I know, not original but it works. On Goodreads, it is Harlie Williams.
His Baby Dilemma (Shores of Indian Lake #9) Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Must they always be continents apart?
Nobody expects Paris fashion designer Grace Railton to settle down in her Indiana town, least of all Mica Barzonni. Fifteen months ago, he turned to her for comfort and compassion following a farming accident that left him permanently injured. Then she returned to France and went silent on him.
Until, suddenly, Grace shows up on his doorstep with life-altering news. Mica, a father? He’s barely learned to navigate his postaccident life. But this could be his chance to become the man he’s always wanted to be—the husband and father Grace and their baby son need. Now Mica just has to convince her to stay.
Okay, I’m just going to say it. This is Ms. Lanigan’s best book. Yes, best book. If you can get past the awesome cuteness on the cover, the inside is pretty spectacular also. Don’t get me wrong, all of her books are good but this one stands out; especially for the line that it is written for. Let me explain:
The plot is pretty standard but what Ms. Lanigan does with it is brilliant. The hero, Mica, is physically wounded and reading about how it doesn’t deal with and then deals with it is relatable. Sure he wallows in pity but once he realizes that he is a father, the light bulb comes in and makes for some pretty funny scenes with the baby.
Gorilla Tape – I was having flashbacks during this scene. When our son broke his wrist, my husband used zip ties to put the plastic bag on his arm so our son could take a bath. Needless to say, they were cutting off the blood flow and my husband panicked. Our son thought it was hilarious.
Grace is a strong woman. She never comes off as weak unless she is kissing Mica. 😉 But what sets her apart is that even though her life is in Paris, she realizes what she has missed with her life. Friends, family and a sense of calmness that she doesn’t get in Paris.
The clothes in the closet. Oh my, I would still give my right arm for a Chanel dress. My grandmother used to dress in couture and I still have some of the pieces that she wore before she died. Can I wear them? Nope, but I do like to take them out and touch them every now and again. Plus, who wouldn’t kill for a closet like that?
The Barzonni family. I just love them as a whole and it was nice to hear Mrs. Barzonni’s true feelings about what love means to her and how it shaped her life and her children. She doesn’t mince words with Mica and he needed to hear it.
While the plot is standard in places, Ms. Lanigan’s writing and ability to make us feel for Mica and Grace and what is holding them back is great. These two will frustrate you because they are so in love with each other and won’t admit it. Plus, add in their stubbornness and it made for great reading.
This book is very fast paced. Usually, Heartwarming stories have a slower pace but not this one. This story grabs you from the beginning and then before you know it, its over. I don’t like when I book this good is over. I actually read it in one sitting.
I know that a “sweet” book isn’t for everyone but you really need to read Ms. Lanigan’s books. This is a second chance romance and it was fun watching Mica and Grace dance around each other, try to be parents and fall back in love with each other. Overall, this is the best book in the series and her best book…PERIOD! Pick it up and you’re welcome.
Other Books in the Series
About the Author
Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.
Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.
Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling,Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.
– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a Prize Pack that includes: autographed copies of Family of His Own and Katia’s Promise, a gold edged Paris latte mug, and hand soap in a pretty pump bottle (prize pack to US only, if international winner then gift card only)
– 1 winner will receive an ebook of Family of His Own (open internationally)
– Ends December 13th