WHAT HAPPENS IN CHARLESTON… – Rachel Bailey
Dynasties: The Kincaids , Book 2
Harlequin Desire #2138
ISBN: 978-0-373-73151-0
February 2012
Series Romance

Charleston, South Carolina – Present Day

For widower Matthew Kincaid, nothing matters more than his son, Flynn, not even his job at his family's corporation. With Flynn now sick in the hospital, Matthew has to make the call he thought he'd never make—to his son's biological mother, Susannah Parrish. He had promised his late wife, Grace, that no one would learn that she didn't provide the egg which gave Flynn life. But with Flynn needing a possible bone marrow transplant, Matthew has to bring Susannah to Charleston to be tested as a potential donor. He invites her to stay under his roof while she is in town, and the two soon discover a mutual attraction. Is Matthew playing with fire by getting involved with the one woman who could expose his secret about Flynn?

Susannah went through the surrogacy deal with Matthew and Grace determined to not care that she was giving up a part of herself. Meeting Flynn after all these years, she finds herself falling for the little boy who is her son. Even more so, she discovers an attraction for Matthew, knowing she should not get involved with him. Matthew is too irresistible, yet it's as if they are almost a family and it seems surreal, especially with the memories of Grace still surrounding them.

Can Susannah have an affair with Matthew and then walk away when she has to return to Atlanta ? That is the question she asks herself as Matthew and Flynn charm their way into her life. She had pushed away thoughts of the little baby she gave birth to, because she needed the money at the time, and it was the right thing to do and made a loving couple happy. But being around her son—and Matthew—draws her into feelings she never expected to have. Matthew is part of the wealthy Kincaid family, and after her prominent grandparents turned their backs on her, she has no plans to be part of Charleston society.

Matthew and Grace had a seemingly happy marriage, and he appears to be the still grieving widower, but the truth of the matter is that there was trouble in paradise. The guilt he feels is due to other reasons that he hasn't revealed to anyone. Susannah's entrance into his life stirs sexual feelings he hasn't experienced in a long time. He tells himself a brief affair will not hurt anyone as long as it's kept secret, but of course, his family figures it out. Then there is Flynn…the more his son is around Susannah, the harder it will be for mother and son to part. Can Matthew think about making Susannah a permanent part of their lives?

Meanwhile, Matthew has to continue to contend with the uproar in his family's lives after the death of his father and the discovery that his father had a second family in this second tale in the Dynasties: The Kincaids series. Half-brother Jack is threatening to control the family business, and Matthew and his brothers are determined to stop him. Then comes the news their father was likely murdered—and their mother is the prime suspect. How will the family crisis affect Matthew's future relationship with Susannah?

Set in colorful Charleston , WHAT HAPPENS IN CHARLESTON … is the perfect tale of Southern charm and luxurious living. One can picture Matthew and Susannah lying in bed, their limbs entangled in the sheets. An entertaining and enjoyable read from beginning to end, pick up WHAT HAPPENS IN CHARLESTON …

Patti Fischer