contemporary romance, Divided loyalties, Family Conflict, forbidden love, in love with brother's wife, marriage of convenience, obstacles to love, Pregnant Heroine, second chance love, small town romance
I love small town romances. There’s something irresistible about a love story set in a town of quirky characters, unique businesses and even interesting pets.
Into that amazing, quirky little town we drop our hero and heroine. Sometimes they’re both natives of the town. Perhaps they’ve lived there all their lives and have harbored secret feelings for each other for years. Or maybe one of them has recently returned home, either permanently or for what they believe will be a short stay.
In my new release, CHILD OF MINE, Lauren Walsh returns to her hometown of Masonville, North Dakota to bury her husband. She wanted to come home, but she never imagined this would be the reason. Her brother-in-law Cole had left for a few years to go to school to become a veterinarian and couldn’t wait to come home. For Lauren and Cole, Masonville means home and family and it’s where they want to be. Even if it means living a lie.
As great as small towns are, they can have a dark side. There’s no anonymity in a small town. Everyone knows your business. So, when there’s any kind of scandal, everyone knows. And everyone has an opinion about it.
That’s what Lauren and Cole are facing. Lauren has to decide if Cole means more to her than the good opinion of her hometown. Because she’s got a big secret: her dead husband isn’t the father of the child she’s carrying. Cole is. And she’s afraid if people find out, her reputation in Masonville will be ruined.
Which will she choose; the man who’s been her friend forever or the good opinion of her small town?
CHILD OF MINE – Book 1, The Masonville Series
Is Lauren’s love for Cole stronger than her fear of scandal in her hometown?
Lauren didn’t intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband’s funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she’s not sorry. Cole’s given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He’s been her friend forever, though she never told him or anyone else how unhappy her marriage to his cheating brother was. And she’s afraid to tell the small town that considered her husband a hero that the baby isn’t his.
Cole’s been in love with Lauren since he was sixteen. It kills him that everyone believes the baby is his dead brother’s. All he wants is to claim the baby, and Lauren, as his own. Though she marries him, will Lauren’s heart ever be his?
Lauren must tell the truth or risk losing Cole. Is her newly-discovered love for him greater than her fear of scandal in her hometown?
Cole wrapped her in his arms. He held her securely, whispering reassurances. “It’s all right, Lauren. Don’t cry. It’s going to be okay, sweetheart.”
She clung to him, her face buried against his neck. How wonderful to be held, to be touched. It had been so long—
What was she doing? This was Cole, her friend. She pulled away from him. “I’m sorry.”
“You don’t have anything to apologize for.”
She turned away and tried to wipe the tears from her face. After she got her tears under control, she made herself smile at him. “Do you remember the homecoming dance? The time I tripped in my new high heels and sprained my ankle?”
“Of course I do. You couldn’t walk, so I carried you from the school gym to Billy’s car, and he drove you home. I remember you were a lot heavier than you looked.”
She swatted his shoulder, hiccupping laughter mixing with her tears. “Very funny. I was trying to make a point.”
He wiped the tears from her cheek with the pad of his thumb, his dark eyes full of tenderness. “So what was your point?”
“You’re a good friend. You’ve always been there every time I’ve needed you, and here you are again. Thank you.” He stared into her eyes, but said nothing. She couldn’t look away. He continued to stroke her cheek with his thumb, the tiny caress acting like a balm to her battered heart. She placed her hand on his cheek.
They reached for each other in mutual need. He pulled her against his chest, his mouth descending on hers in a hungry, urgent kiss. She sighed against his mouth, and he brought her closer. He wants me. It had been so long since someone had wanted her. Only her.
The Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/6519-child-of-mine.html
Kobo (Canada): https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/child-of-mine-16
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with an elderly Pug/Terrier named cross Lou. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com
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