Genre: Small town contemporary romance
Themes: Marriage of convenience, friends to lovers, second-chance love, family conflict
Keywords: smalltown romance, addiction, damaged hero, infertility, troubled past,
ISBN: 978-1-5092-3829-3 Paperback
Length: 352 pages
Heat Level: Spicy – R
Release Date: September 27, 2021
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Tagline: A marriage of convenience. An unexpected love.
Single dad Ben Greyson wants only to retain custody of his two stepdaughters. A dysfunctional childhood has made family the most important thing in his life. When his late wife’s parents sue for custody, a desperate Ben is left with two choices – run away with his girls or marry his next-door neighbor.
Jamie Garven wants to be a mother. She’s intrigued by her handsome new neighbor and falls in love with his little girls. Then Ben is faced with losing his children, and Jamie agrees to marry him for a chance at motherhood. They’re determined to show the world, and the girls’ grandparents, two loving parents.
Their marriage of convenience turns into unexpected love. But Ben interprets Jamie’s efforts to save their family as betrayal—they could lose everything, including each other.
Ben was assailed by an overwhelming need to talk to someone. Jamie had been a good listener. He’d told her more about his circumstances, and his feelings, than he’d shared with either his brother or sister. He wasn’t sure why he’d opened up to her. He only knew she’d been kind to the girls. And to him.
Before he could talk himself out of it, he was looking up the number for the clinic on his phone. A moment later he listened to the phone ring.
What the hell am I doing? She didn’t want to hear from him, especially in the middle of a busy day at work. He was about to end the call when someone answered.
“Masonville Veterinary Clinic. How can I help you?”
Ben cleared his throat. “Can I speak to Jamie, I mean Dr. Garven?”
“I’m sorry, she’s with a client right now—oh wait, she just left the examining room. Can I tell her who’s calling?”
Again, he considered hanging up. Instead he heard himself say, “It’s Ben Greyson.”
“One moment please.”
The line went silent as she put him on hold. Ben paced back and forth on a small patch of gravel road in front of the clinic. He stared at his shoes, noting the dust covering the smooth leather. He didn’t know what he was going to say to Jamie. Why was he even calling her?
The moment he heard her voice, his whole body relaxed. “Hi. I’m sorry to bother you at work. I know you’re busy.”
“No problem. What can I do for you?”
“Well, the girls have been asking about meeting Hector. Do you think it would be all right if I brought them over some time?”
“Yes, of course. I’m not working on Friday. Why don’t you guys come over for dinner?”
“I wasn’t angling for a dinner invitation.”
“I know. I’m offering. I’m a fantastic cook, if I say so myself.”
That made him smile. “Now I’m intrigued. Thank you. What time should we be there?”
“Come a few minutes before five and I’ll introduce Bella and Sophie to Hector.”
“Okay. See you then.”
“See you. Bye.”
Ben grinned as he put his phone in his pocket and began walking back to his office.
Everything was going to be okay.
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B09CG2MVS7
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com
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