I’m a rather reclusive writer myself, so falling in love with brooding yet charismatic Ethan was easy for me. His love for his super-adorable little daughter Daisy made him believable and even more attractive. And what a contrast sassy nurse Leah was to him, yet they fit together like two (or rather, three) pieces of an intricate puzzle. Often in books, you find the heroine suffering because of her ex-boyfriend or ex-husband, but in this novel, it’s different. And let me tell you, I hated Anna with a vengeance!
I wouldn’t say the story was an easy or fast-paced read, but it was filled with emotions and authentic characters, and once again the setting came alive too. The story flows well and was entertaining as well as thought-provoking.
At the beginning of the book, Ethan sums his situation up quite succinctly: “Holy Mother of God, his messed-up life had just gotten ten times worse.” There’s a noticeable shift towards the middle of the book when he says: “You’re not making my life harder, Leah. You’re just scaring the hell out of me.” It’s all the more rewarding to see how much things have changed by the end of the story: “I want you, Leah. I want you in my life. I want you in Daisy’s life.”
About the Book
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
There's safety in solitude…isn't there?
Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove's most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.
Ethan's first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn't going anywhere; she's afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder..
On the other side of the front door, the kitchen/dining room stretched from the front to the back of the house. Even though it was in semi-darkness, Leah could see straight through to some French doors at the back, the only illumination coming from the overhead light of the stove as it glinted on steel toward the center of the room.
Snapping her gaze to Daisy, Leah’s opinions on personal tastes flew to the wayside. The little girl’s eyes were wide as she chewed her bottom lip. Leah frowned. “Are you all right, sweetheart? Do you want me to knock?”
Daisy nodded and raised her arms toward Leah as though asking to be picked up. “Yes, please. Daddy might be mad.”
“Oh, Daddy won’t be mad.” Leah bent down and picked her up, hitching her onto her hip as Daisy’s arms wound around her shoulders. “If Daddy’s mad, I’ll show him how to calm himself down real quick. Don’t you worry about that.” Leah lifted the brass knocker and let it fall a little harder than necessary.
Narrowing her eyes, she knocked again.
She was readying to knock a third time when the door swung open.
“I told you to get the hell out of here and not come back.” The man’s dark hair sprouted from every angle, his raging eyes bulging and his right hand swathed in a blue and white––and bloodied––dishtowel. His gaze held Leah’s for a split-second before he snapped his attention to Daisy. “My God, Daisy. What are you…” He cupped Daisy under her armpits, wincing slightly as he pulled her from Leah’s arms to hold her close. He pressed a lingering kiss to her temple, his raging eyes hidden behind his closed lids.
Leah stared, completely stunned by this flannel-shirted, blue jeaned, incredibly good-looking man…despite the bulging eyes. She coughed in a bid to find her voice. “Mr. James?” She planted her hands on her hips. “You’re Daisy’s father, I presume?”
He opened his eyes and Leah stepped back.
Apparently when his eyes had softened and were filled with regret rather than rage, they looked good. Really good.
She stilled. Oh, good Lord. Be damned if those weren’t the eyes of Templeton’s reclusive novelist, Ethan James.
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About the Author
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelBrimble & https://twitter.com/TempletonCove
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble