by Carol Burnside
She was the incubator,
until the parents died tragically.
Now she’s having Nobody’s Baby.
For Kate Morissey, becoming a surrogate seems like a great way to refill her tuition account and get the education she’s always wanted. After putting her life on hold to raise and educate her two brothers, she’s desperate for freedom and a college degree that will secure her future. Weeks away from realizing her dreams, a freak accident threatens everything.
Adopted as a boy into the safety of the Hawthorne family, Rio swore he’d never become a father. He won’t pass along his cruel legacy of abuse. When he inherits the last Hawthorne heir, obligation and duty dictates he abandon the challenges of guiding safari’s and become a parent. Convincing Kate to teach him infant care was the easy part. Proving his love isn’t her prison may be the hardest thing he’s ever done.
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Nobody’s Baby has a Christmas holiday ending.
Rio couldn’t figure Kate out. At first he’d thought her greedy, but she lived modestly and he saw no evidence of extravagance in her life. He would’ve thought she’d be happy to be pampered for awhile. Instead, she was fiercely independent and acted like they were punishing her.
He’d carried her into the house, glad the reporters were absent for once and not here as witnesses, and deposited her on her bed with the extra pillow elevating her feet. Following her instructions, he’d found her suitcase and opened it beside her, then proceeded to fetch the various items she called for. Surely she had enough stuff in that bag to last her a month of Sundays by now. “Is that everything?”
“Ah, no.” Kate’s gaze darted around the room, and he could swear her skin was pinker.
“Just point me in the right direction. What do you need?”
Her gaze bounced off him and wandered again. “Um … underwear.”
“Oh.” He stared at his feet, his mind racing for alternatives to her moving from the bed.
“I can get them. It won’t take but a second.”
“No way. Just watching you hobbling to the bathroom hurt me.” Hell. It was bad enough having to carrying her, feeling her soft breasts pressed against his chest, inhaling the feminine scent that was part soap, part shampoo, part essence of Kate. It had done strange things to his insides that he still hadn’t fully recovered from. He didn’t need to know what kind of things she wore closest to her soft, fragrant skin. “Tell me which drawer. I’ll bring it to you.”
“Good idea.” She beamed at him. “The top middle one in the dresser.”
Rio slid it out and off the track before his gaze dropped to its contents. Oh, man. He’d been in Africa too long, been without a woman way too long when the mere sight of bras and panties in a drawer made him imagine what they’d look like on a woman eight months pregnant. Never thought he’d see the day, but had to admit the mental picture wasn’t an unattractive one when the woman was Kate.
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Carol is an award-winning author of Sweetwater Springs, a series of contemporary, small town romances with serious sizzle and a generous dose of southern charm. She enjoys a second-chance-at-love story with her husband of over thirty years. A native Texan, Carol’s love of travel coupled with a history of living in her share of small towns and metropolitan areas gives her a broad range of settings to choose from. She admits that as long as she has her hubby and dogs with her and a generous supply of sweetened tea, she can make her home almost anywhere.
Writing as Annie Rayburn, she produces alternate reality, soft sci-fi and lite paranormal erotic romances.
Carol blogs on her website at www.CarolBurnside.com.
“This is not the first book of Carol’s I have read but it is definitely a favourite. I’ll probably read it again by the end of the weekend!!” — Boots, Goodreads 5-star review
“I’m not done yet but I am really enjoying this book! I hope all ends well. I am already recommending this book to people” — Andrea, 4-star Amazon review