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Title: The Secret
Author: Christie Ridgway
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About The Secret:
Being butler to a widower and single father is a dream job in more ways than one for Charlotte “Charlie” Emerson. She helps keep businessman Ethan Archer’s household running without a hitch and enjoys every minute she has with his six-year-old son, Wells. But as time passes, the situation feels alarmingly intimate and when her heart starts beating faster each time Ethan steps through the door, Charlie must exert rigid control over her feelings.
With her secret, falling in love would be all kinds of bad…
Ethan Archer values the woman who keeps his life in order and cares so much for his motherless boy. He and Charlie act in harmony with each other and it’s not hard to picture them as a little family…in fact, it’s so easy, one reckless night he proposes a marriage of convenience.
What will he do if Charlie says yes? And worse, what if she tells him no?
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“Wednesdays is when that pair of drill sergeants come in from Beverly Hills for the mid-week boot camp at the park. Nobody wants to miss that.” The blonde seemed to think for a minute. “Well, everybody wants to miss that, but no one dares admit to it, so we all show up and out-Jones each other until we crawl home, whimpering for our mothers.”
Maybe I have disaster in my DNA.
“Lucas says she’s quite a catch for us.” Wells giggled. “Like we were fishing for her. But she’s been in our house the whole time.”
I’ve come to realize that crying and laughing and loving are all important. Necessary. No more hiding anything away. Let’s feel all the feels.
I was unfamiliar with Christie Ridgway, despite her large body of work (109 according to Goodreads), and will admit I flinched and grimaced when I noticed the title contained the word “Billionaire,” ack… however, I was pleasantly surprised and then outright delighted by the interesting and well-plotted storyline, quality of writing, and endearing characters. Sign me up for more as Ms. Ridgway has a magic pen. I enjoyed the overall premise as well as the nibbles and bits served up with hits of humor, amusing and observant details, clever heart-tugs, the precious little boy, predatory single-moms, and intimate scenes that sizzled and snapped, oh my! For a man who had been out of commission with grief for four years, Ethan had a head full of salacious creativity and a mouth full of bawdy talk. For your uninterrupted reading pleasure, I suggest the preemptive plan of ceiling fans on high and cool drinks within reach. You can thank me later.
About the Author:
Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of fifty contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes award-winning, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to college in Santa Barbara, and now is married to the sweetheart she met there.
She started off as a technical writer and moved on to computer programming before having two sons and pursuing the dream she’d held since childhood—writing romance novels. Her first book stars a hero who was a former professional surfer and since then she’s written about businessmen, TV stars, soldiers, journalists, vintners, race car drivers, and horror novelists. What her heroes have in common is their resistance to love and their hardest of falls when they finally do find their right woman.