HIS SECRETARY'S LITTLE SECRET Catherine Mann
The Lourdes Brothers of Key Largo , Book 2
Harlequin Desire #2481
ISBN: 978-0-373-73494-8
November 2016
Contemporary Series Romance

Key Largo, Florida Present Day

As millionaire scientist Easton Lourdes's dependable office assistant, Portia Soto has always kept their relationship purely business. But a tropical storm a few weeks ago forced them to seek shelter together and it led to a sizzling night of sex. The next morning, Easton seems to regret what happened and Portia accepts it, but now she's discovered she's pregnant. How will telling him affect their relationship and does he even want children? She puts off telling him, even as the attraction begins to rekindle between them.

Easton can't understand his attraction for Portia and why he can't forget that night with her, because, above all, he values their friendship first. A day trip for work soon turns into a night spent together at a motel when (another) storm forces them off the road. It's there that Easton realizes he wants to pursue things with Portia, but she seems reluctant to agree, even as their heated kisses turn them on. He senses there is something else going on, but it isn't until later that he learns the truth. He's going to become a daddy.

A child conceived during a night of passion changes Easton's and Portia's lives in HIS SECRETARY'S LITTLE SECRET. They've worked well together at the wildlife sanctuary founded by Easton and his brother, and neither wants to rock the boat. But a dark and stormy night together found them giving into the underlying desire that sprang to life against the backdrop of fear and danger. Portia must figure out how to tell Easton, knowing that he has problems with the idea of fatherhood due to abandonment issues from childhood. She is, however, prepared to raise the child on her own, without his help.

Easton has dedicated his life to working at the sanctuary and being an uncle to his brother's daughter. The thought that he's going to embark on fatherhood himself scares him, and he reels away from Portia at first. Would he end up being the same type of parent as his own were? As an honorable man, he does offer Portia marriage but she refuses. He wants to do what's right, but will the decision to marry and become a father change his life forever?

In HIS SECRETARY'S LITTLE SECRET, we have a couple struggling with how to do what's best for their unborn child. Portia also has the financial responsibility of her brother's college tuition and she's trying to grapple how the pregnancy will impact that. Easton is a good man, but he's a bachelor at heart. A lot of soul-searching and another storm will need to happen before they come to a satisfactory resolution. With the beauty of Key Largo and the wildlife sanctuary in the background, readers will soon be cheering on Portia and Easton to find their happily-ever-after. Grab this gem for an enjoyable reading journey.

Patti Fischer