Monday, April 18, 2016

Secret Father by Suz deMello ~ Review Tour

Title: Secret Father
Author: Suz deMello
Publication Date: Feb. 15, 2016
Genre: Sweet Romance

 Secret Father: A Sweet Romance by renowned storyteller Suz deMello. When Linda Travers was fourteen, Dave Madsen, then age seventeen, rescued her from a snowy death. They later met at an end-of-term party at their college and lost their virginities to each other before Dave left the country.

And now...Despite spending her teenage years mooning over Dave, Linda Travers has moved on with her life. Being left pregnant and alone will force that on a gal. Age twenty-five, she lives in their hometown with their six-year-old, Mac. Then Dr. Dave Madsen reappears. He's spent the last years exploring in the Amazon, searching for new plants and medications. A vicious snakebite has left him needing rehab from the only physical therapist around—Linda.

Their college lovemaking was the first time for both, so Linda and Dave remember each other. She’s amazed to feel the same old anger, hurt, and need. Less emotional, Dave’s curious about Linda, wondering why she didn't leave her address and phone number for him when what they’d shared had been so good. Neither totally believes the explanations the other offers.

Since the rescue, Dave was always Linda’s hero, but she doesn’t know him anymore. Is he worthy of fathering their son? And what of their love? Can they create a future…together as a family?


5 stars
Secret Father is my first book by Suz deMello and I feel like I've had my head buried in the sand, how did I miss this author before?
At 14 years old Linda was saved by 17 year old Dave.
That's the day she fell for him.
Their paths cross again in college at an end of year party and lose their virginity to each other. Then Dave is off to pursue his dream, spending the next six years in the Amazon.

Meanwhile Linda is left to face the reality of their actions.
She's pregnant and alone. Dave's living his life and she's now forced to readjust everything.
She struggled to finish school and raise their son Mac, but she made it. Yes she had to fight hard for what she wanted but Mac never took second place, Linda's an attentive mom who loves her son more than anything.

After six years away Dave is in need of a physical therapist and it just happens that he shows up at Linda's door.
She's shocked and confused by her feelings, even after all that time it brings every feeling she ever had front and center.
Dave, who is clueless to her struggles, is curious about her life, why she didn't leave him any contact information all those years ago after what he thought was an amazing night for both of them.

As the truth comes out Linda has to deal with a new reality, one where she is no longer the center of her sons world. He has his father now, and Dave loves Mac, they bond quickly and are great together. Now if only she could come to term with her feelings; feeling like she's not number one in Mac's world anymore is a tough one for any parent but on top of that are the feelings for Dave.

I loved this book early on, it hooked me quickly and wouldn't let go. I read it in one day, practically one sitting. I've been missing out on a great author and need to explore more from her.          

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for such firms as Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists. A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

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