Title: SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE
Author: Jane Godman
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.
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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.
Secret Baby, Second Chance (doesn’t the title say it all, really? 😉 ) is the third book in the Sons of Stillwater series but works just fine as a standalone. If you’re going to go back and read the other two brothers’ books there are slight spoilers here, but nothing that should dampen your enjoyment of any of them.
Vincente and Beth had a tempestuous on-again-off-again relationship until a year and a half ago, when Beth disappeared and they feared that the serial killer who had been terrorizing their town had made her one of his victims…until Vincente’s sister-in-law, a police detective, finds out where she’s been hiding.
And her location isn’t all she’s been hiding (see title)…
I liked Beth, Vincente, and Lia (and Melon!). Right from their first scene together it wasn’t hard to picture them as a family, despite their rocky past and Vincente’s hang ups. The danger that had Beth on the run wasn’t one that could be solved easily–there were some clues, but a whole lot of red herrings were thrown in the mix as well to keep you turning the pages. All in all it was a decent romantic suspense–the romance was a bit stronger than the suspense, but overall it was an entertaining read.
Rating: 4 stars / C+
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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.
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Secret Baby, Second Chance.