Friday, April 15, 2016

Secret Father w/Review

Title: Secret Father
Author: Suz deMello
Publication Date: Feb. 15, 2016
Genre: Sweet Romance

 Secret Father: A Sweet Romance by renowned storyteller Suz deMello. When Linda Travers was fourteen, Dave Madsen, then age seventeen, rescued her from a snowy death. They later met at an end-of-term party at their college and lost their virginities to each other before Dave left the country.

And now...Despite spending her teenage years mooning over Dave, Linda Travers has moved on with her life. Being left pregnant and alone will force that on a gal. Age twenty-five, she lives in their hometown with their six-year-old, Mac. Then Dr. Dave Madsen reappears. He's spent the last years exploring in the Amazon, searching for new plants and medications. A vicious snakebite has left him needing rehab from the only physical therapist around—Linda.

Their college lovemaking was the first time for both, so Linda and Dave remember each other. She’s amazed to feel the same old anger, hurt, and need. Less emotional, Dave’s curious about Linda, wondering why she didn't leave her address and phone number for him when what they’d shared had been so good. Neither totally believes the explanations the other offers.

Since the rescue, Dave was always Linda’s hero, but she doesn’t know him anymore. Is he worthy of fathering their son? And what of their love? Can they create a future…together as a family?


4/5 *
What a sweet romantic read! I enjoyed the ending I must admit.
OK so Dave Madsen suddenly, and literally overnight comes face to face with the woman he never stopped thinking about, left wondering why she didnt leave her address. AND his 6 year old son Mac. One injury leaves him on a maybe permanent leave form the life he loves. But opens up a whole new list of options. Mac will slowly become every thing he never knew he needed.
Linda couldnt believe her eyes! Was it really him? Theres no way she could possibly mistake those eyes. She had been staring at the mini version for years now. How to tell him?
I had a little issue with Linda's state of mind. She was so beyond back and forth. She was angry with Dave (even if it was only surface), when she had herself to blame. She spent so much time blaming him for things, losing her job, gossip around town, etc. When in truth it was her own fault. On one hand as we all know small towns talk. How no one ever put 2 and 2 together in those 6 years is beyond me. Then she gets put on leave from work (still confused about this) and she goes home and packs?! Why not fight, or commute, or something. Shes worried about her sons life being disrupted by "daddy" coming home, yet shes gonna uproot his whole life? There were just little things like this that were a bug to me. 
On the other hand, I LOVED the hero's take on biology and such. I also enjoyed that the author was able to make Linda and Mac appreciative of nature without needing to make them biologists or such. Dave is a naturalist, so it was nice to not feel Linda and Mac as forced into appreciating nature. I didnt quite feel the heroine as much as I would have liked, but the other characters were really easy to love, and feel aligned with.

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for such firms as Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists. A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

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