Next in the Harlequin Desire line of Billionaires and Babies comes Maxine Sullivan's "Secret Son, Convenient Wife" for May 2011.
Running in to her ex-lover was not what Gemma Watkins was expecting, especially while in the hospital with the child she hadn't told him they'd had! Yes, it's another of the "secret" child story lines and what really gets old to me is that these men (in all of the stories) usually push these women out of their lives rather coldly and then have the nerve to act hurt and angry when they find out that they have a child! And, what burns me even more is that they throw their money around and tend to threaten the woman upon discovery with taking custody away!
Why do we even like these men??
Such is the case with Tate Chandler. Upon finding out that Gemma has had his child, he is angry and demands that she marry him or he'll take custody of their child. Their breakup had been based on a case of mistaken identity where Gemma had been set up to be found with another man so Tate already has trust issues with her. Add to that the fact that she kept their child from him and you have one angry man.
So you have an awkward arranged marriage, lots of tension and poor Gemma, who just can't seem to catch a break, has her unsympathetic parents show up to cause her some grief. But it is at that point that Tate starts to soften towards her because he realizes that perhaps he has misjudged her and that he really didn't know her at all when they were together.
Gemma is hard to relate to because it just seems like so much keeps happening to her that after a while it seems a bit much. I wish Maxine has lightened up on the hardships a little! But all in all this was a good story and it ends, of course, with Tate realizing all that he'd done wrong and how things are not always the way they seem. I love when a strong man can admit when he is wrong!
This is another good story by Maxine Sullivan and she is an author who is definitely an asset to the Harlequin family.
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