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Child of Mine --  Jana Richards

 

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?

Heat Level: Sizzling

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Heat Level: Sizzling

reviews

I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.
Angela Hatfield, Amazon reader

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one.  It's ripe for drama and conflict but surprisingly (and happily) Richards steered away from that.  Instead we get a couple of people going from friends to lovers, with just a few bumps along the way…This is the first book by Richards that I've read but I definitely doubt it will be my last!  I loved her characters and she does a fabulous job of giving them a story that treats them well.  
Romantic Reads and Such

This was a sweet story of redemption and second chances. I loved the characters and how real their situations were. They capture your attention and heart because the constant battles they have had.
Book Lover

I found this an interesting, unusual premise and I liked the realistic depiction of the conflicting emotions and fears Cole and Lauren go through.I empathized with both main characters and understood their dilemmas.
Mary S.

Ms Richards weaves the plot with sensitivity, eliciting sympathetic responses to both of the main characters, although we feel at times as if we would like to give them a good shake, coupled with advice to just tell the other what they are thinking and feeling. Eventually they both 'come clean' and have their HEA. Overall an enjoyable read.
Bookophile

Child of Mine is a sweet second chance story with a few twists and turns that I never had expected.
The writing is great and I liked the story and the characters.
KD

I loved this story…this is their story of loss, betrayal, misunderstandings, fears, insecurities, hope and love.I was unable to put it down, enjoy.
Penny

I so enjoyed reading about Cole and Lauren…Can Cole overcome his brothers shadow to be with the one women who has always had his heart or will both of their insecurities keep them from being happy and a family. Gotta read this amazing love story to find out.
A Book Thief

Lauren has just buried her husband... and she’s not really mourning him... Cole is her brother-in-law... she’s pregnant... after making love with Cole once... but she pretends the baby is her deceased husband’s...
Doesn’t that just grab your attention?!?!
I enjoyed this book and hope Lauren’s sister and brother get there own stories. I’m guessing since this is book 1 they might. This is my first book by this author. I do recommend it.
Jessica

excerpt

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.”

“Really?”

“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?