The Daughter He Wanted, Harlequin Superromance, January 2015
The Daddy Surprise
Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he's the biological father of a four-year-old girl and everything changes.
Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there's Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous—especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget
If your looking for a sexy and sweet romance this book is for you. I thought the characters were great, I especially loved Alex...wow...he's sexy as hell, sweet as can be and still mourning his late wife but when he meets Paige his life turns around for the good and he gets back to being Alex the sexy as hell park Ranger, the guy who wants to love again and have a family. Paige I loved her personality, I thought she was a great mom and loved how she loves her job and excepts the changes in their lives. Kaylie is sweet and so damn smart you can't help but love her too. But what I loved the most was the getting to know each other stages, the sweet kisses the holding hands and the dysfunctional family, wow Paige's mother is a witch (with a B)..lol but I love how Paige and Alex rally together and not take crap from either family. I loved their hot as hell sex too. I loved halloween ok ok I know there are a lot of things I loved about this book, But I did want to know what happens next for these two though, like how did alex's in laws take the future and will their be another baby...lol.. I love a sexy as hell happily ever after...oh yeh and Tuck wow, I hope he gets his happily ever after too. great story ...4.5 to 5 stars
"Would you like some iced tea?" Prim and proper and not at all what she wanted to ask. She wanted to be direct, tell him he had no business here. That he needed to leave. Something held her back.
Alex shook his head and Paige motioned him to sit at the island counter while she refreshed her glass. She wasn't thirsty but it was something to do with her hands so she fussed with slices of lemon and added more ice before putting the pitcher back into the fridge.
Finally there was nothing left to do so she turned back to the man at the counter, trying to ignore the assessing way he watched her. Despite the casual clothes, Alex Ryan was the mirror image of everything she had left behind in her parents' home, from the set of his shoulders to the judgment she saw in the thin line of his mouth. Rigid standards and rules she could never live up to. Expectations that had left her heartbroken and wounded. She didn't need his approval, she reminded herself. It wasn't like she'd asked him to come into her home and disrupt her life.
It wasn't as if she'd had his permission to use his semen, either.
The clinic sent a file with his pertinent information, but Paige couldn't force herself to read it. A small piece of her had hoped that if she ignored the report the man would ignore her. Now she wished she had read it cover to cover instead of putting it in her bottom desk drawer.
Her gaze caught on the picture of Kaylie at her fourth birthday party, cake frosting up to her eyebrows, princess crown askew, charging after the boys with her blue lightsaber.
Kaylie was the reason for all of this. Paige had wanted a family, so much so that on her twenty-fourth birthday she'd decided to take life by the horns and create the family she dreamed of. The sweet, smart, silly girl was everything Paige needed. No men needed to apply and since Kay-lie had been born, not even a handful had stuck around through dinner.
And here was one more. A man so afraid of commitment he hadn't known whether to get out of his car or run screaming into the warm Missouri afternoon.
No, that was unfair. She didn't know anything about Alex Ryan.
A man so gorgeous the rebellious part of Paige, the part of her she couldn't get rid of no matter how much she tried to pretend it didn't exist, was glad her daughter wasn't here. Wanted to flirt. Wished they'd met at a bar or under any other circumstances so that she could flirt and touch and see if the attraction she felt for him, he felt for her, too.
She glanced at her watch. Just over an hour until her best friend, Alison, would bring Kaylie back from her swim lesson at the rec center. The principal at her school required impromptu meetings now and then; today Alison was able to step in and help Paige. She was grateful. Alison was her biggest supporter and cheerleader. Paige hated missing the lesson, but Alison liked playing auntie for Kaylie from time to time. This introduction needed to get moving and get over with because, until she knew exactly what Alex Ryan's intentions were, he was not getting anywhere near her daughter.
"So, this is awkward." She blurted the words out, not sure where else to start. "We have a child together but I don't know anything about you."
He offered her a half smile, making his eyes crinkle at the corners and accentuating a little scar at the corner of his full lips. The tension she'd felt when he'd brushed past her ratcheted up a notch and she admitted to herself it wasn't fear at all. It was flat-out excitement. Want. She couldn't remember the last time she'd felt such an instant attraction to a man. Attraction was bad. Very, very bad. Attraction meant throwing all her rules about relationships out the window. Attraction led to mistakes and mistakes could hurt Kaylie.
She gulped some tea, hoping it would put out the sizzle of heat that seemed to grow with every second Alex was in her kitchen.
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.
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