Child of Mine
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?
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His wife. Sometimes he could scarcely believe she’d agreed to marry him. He was so lucky to have her in his life, to soon be having a child with her. But his joy was tempered with the knowledge that if his brother hadn’t died, she wouldn’t be living with him. She’d still be with him.
“Do you need me to do anything else?” he asked, pushing the disquieting thought away. He wouldn’t let anything distract him from enjoying this day with her.
“I think we’ve got things covered for now. We should be ready to serve Christmas dinner at twelve-thirty. Charlotte will be able to spend some time with us before she has to go to work at three,” she said with a smile. “Thank you for everything you’ve done. You’ve peeled potatoes and carrots, set the table, swept the kitchen floor, washed the dishes. I couldn’t have asked for a better assistant.”
“I live to serve.” He held out his hand. “Come sit down and rest for a bit. You’re going to have a busy day.”
She grasped his hand and allowed him to tug her toward him, laughing as he pulled her onto his lap.
“I’m too heavy, Cole. You’re going to lose all the feeling your legs.”
“Don’t be ridiculous.” He held her closer. “You’re as light as a feather.”
“You’re such a liar. But thank you for that.” She paused a moment. “You know I’m not always going to be this weight, right? Once the baby’s born, I’ll get back to my pre-pregnancy shape. Hopefully.”
He wasn’t sure where this conversation was going. “I’m sure you will.”
“Does it bother you that I’m getting so big, that I’ve gained so much weight?”
He looked into her green eyes and saw she was serious. “Of course it doesn’t bother me. It means you’re having a healthy baby. My baby.”
“Yeah, really. Sweetheart, I know it must be hard for you with all the changes your body’s going through. I wish you could understand how beautiful I think you are. You’re beautiful now, and I’ll still think you’re beautiful once we’re old and gray, and rocking our chairs in the nursing home.”
She searched his eyes before resting her head against his shoulder and snuggling closer. Cole pulled another chair towards them so she could put up her feet. He buried his face in her fragrant hair, the scent reminding him of the coconut cookies she’d baked a couple of days ago. She was soft and warm and beautiful.
How could she not know that every time he looked at her he was blown away by her beauty? His chest tightened, and he could barely get air into his lungs when she smiled at him. How could she not know that he’d crawl five miles on his hands and knees for one touch of her hand?
How could she not feel his love?