MORE THAN HE EXPECTED - Andrea Laurence
Harlequin Desire #2172
The Hamptons, Long Island, New York - Present Day
Alex Stanton and Gwen Wright met when they were serving as best man and maid-of-honor in their friends Will and Adrienne's wedding, and the chemistry was undeniable. They spent two weeks together before Alex had to go to New Orleans for business, but neither had been hoping for more of a relationship. Eight months later, though, Alex hasn't been able to get Gwen out of his mind, and knowing that she'll be spending the weekend at Will and Adrienne's, he's excited to see her again. What he hadn't expected was to see Gwen, visibly pregnant. Alex has never been interested in commitment or family, and while a part of him recoils from the thought that he might potentially be a father, another part feels a little thrill.
Gwen has always picked men she knew weren't going to stick around, but she's decided to make some changes in her life. First, she plans to swear off men for a year; a plan that will be helped by serving as a surrogate for a couple who can't have a baby. She figures that once Alex sees her expanded waistline and faces the reality of the pregnancy, she won't have to worry about resisting him. So, Gwen is a little shocked when he finds her just as attractive as he did eight months ago. She's determined to stay away from Alex and any fantasies of family and ever-after, because neither Alex nor the baby is hers to keep.
Alex finds MORE THAN HE EXPECTED when he reunites with Gwen in this touching, romantic tale. Both Alex and Gwen were shaped by the way they were raised. Alex's parents married because his mother got pregnant on purpose to snare his rich father, and Gwen's father took off before she was born, and her mom spent all of Gwen's life trying to find a man to complete her life. Because of this, both of them avoid commitment so as not to repeat their parents' mistakes. Gwen had already decided to make some changes in her life, and the year devoted to pregnancy will help her to evaluate things. Alex isn't thinking along the lines of changing his lifestyle, so he's surprised by the way that Gwen's memory has stuck with him through the months. Even though they haven't seen one another, she's still the only woman he's interested in. Learning that she's pregnant should have changed his mind about reigniting their fling, but instead it brings out some surprising feelings in him.
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