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Her Secret, His Surprise

Her Secret, His Surprise

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Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she'd achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up...until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life

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Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she'd achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up...until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life.

Logan Alexander hasn't forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can't afford complications. It's difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn't faded...and then he meets Cass's daughter.

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ISBN-13:
9781633750241
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
07/14/2014
Series:
Entangled Bliss
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
35,545
File size:
2 MB

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Her Secret, His Surprise


By Paula Altenburg, Kerri-Leigh Grady, Jessica Snyder

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Paula Altenburg
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-024-1


CHAPTER 1

Cassiopeia Stone blinked a little behind her black-framed glasses as the alcohol settled in her stomach and spread relaxing warmth through her limbs.

The hotel bar was dark, deserted, and smelled a bit funky. Like a few too many beers had slopped over the tops of overfull steins. The atmosphere was intimate, and the tables secluded enough for private conversation.

In other words, based on her limited experience, it was fairly typical of conference hotel bars.

"We've held the Canadian first- and second-line maintenance manuals contract on P-3 aircraft for the past twenty-seven years, and were one of the first Canadian contractors to bring interactive electronic manuals into service. We continue to innovate," Cass heard herself babble. "We use the same software providers your company does. If you decide to use Kramer Aerospace's publications department on your upcoming contract, you won't be sorry, Mr. Finder."

"I'm sure I won't be," the colonel murmured. "Please. Call me Chris." Under the table, he dropped his hand to her nylon-clad thigh. "Perhaps we could take this back to my room."

Cass knew how she would have handled this situation when she was sixteen. At twenty-five, and in a business environment, she chose to be more circumspect. It was a shame that Christopher Finder, who had to be at least seventy, seemed to have a thing for younger women — along with a wide strip of ego — because this was where she drew the line. She wasn't sleeping with him. Not even to score a multimillion dollar contract.

"I won't take up much more of your time. I promise, I only have a few more slides."

She inched away from the colonel's groping fingers, then knocked back her drink maybe faster than was prudent. The next business trip she took, she told herself, she wasn't getting her fashion advice from the company vice president's executive assistant. Maxine always looked so elegant, but now Cass knew beyond a doubt that a business suit would have been far more appropriate for the national defense conference than high heels and a short skirt.

Crooking one long, corkscrew curl behind her ear with an index finger, she moved on to the next slide of her PowerPoint presentation. She nudged the laptop around so the retired lieutenant colonel could get a look at the screen and stop staring down the front of her blouse.

She'd come to this conference to staff the exhibit booth for Kramer Aerospace and Defence, and landed a private pitch with the vice president of international business development for one of the major North American aerospace defense companies. She had her eye on a director's position at Kramer Aerospace that was opening up in a few years. Bringing in a new contract for that department would fast-track her for promotion.

The colonel eyed the half-empty glass on the small round table in front of Cass, then raised a hand to signal for the cute bartender to bring them two more.

She didn't protest. She simply told herself to slow down. She was nervous and eager, not stupid, and while her new friend Chris might be an old lecher, she had no real concerns about her personal safety.

What she did have was serious angst as to how this meeting might be recapped later if things didn't turn out the way the colonel would like. Her boss had taken a risk by sending her to this conference in his place, and she wanted him to know that his faith in her hadn't been a mistake. She needed to wrap up her presentation with some semblance of professionalism.

A ringtone pealed out "Baby Love" by the Supremes, loud in the empty room. The colonel pulled his phone from a pocket and checked the number displayed. He frowned. "Excuse me a moment. I have to take this call."

He edged his squat wooden chair away from the low pedestal table, scraping it across the funky carpeting so he could stand. Cass breathed easier as he disappeared in the direction of the foyer and men's room.

The bartender brought their drinks. Her brain was foggy enough by now that, when combined with her relief that the presentation was almost done, and the conference was over, the smile she gave him as he settled her drink in front of her was extra-high wattage.

"Enjoying the conference?" he asked, smiling back at her, deep indigo eyes dancing as if they were sharing a private joke. He added a wink for good measure.

Cass met his eyes and read unconcealed interest. She had to admit, she was floored. The man was beautiful. He wore his dark, tousled hair a bit long and brushed away from a high-cheek-boned face in a surfer-dude style. Laugh lines bracketed a wide mouth. If he'd been the one plying her with drinks, she wouldn't think twice about taking her pitch somewhere more private.

She was riding a bit of a high right now, which brought out an innate recklessness that she knew from experience could swing either way for her. She'd always liked to take risks and was quick to seize opportunities. It had gotten her disowned by her father when she was eighteen. It had also gotten her scholarships and an engineering degree without any help from the unforgiving bastard.

That evil inner voice nudged her, the one that pushed her to take risks and sometimes got her in trouble. It said she was a two-hour plane ride from home. No one would know what she did. It also reminded her of the three condoms in her purse that had been there for so long they were due to expire.

While the bartender was worth checking out, he'd undoubtedly been hit on enough in his line of work that he'd know exactly what was up, and that irked her a bit. She didn't like being seen as a cliché.

Then again, she didn't have to care what his impression of her might be, no matter how cute he was. Let him think what he liked. She'd never see him again. Besides, he could always say no if he wasn't interested. She had a darned good position with a prestigious company. Years of hard work were paying off, and she wanted to celebrate.

"It's been a long week. I'm about ready to unwind," she replied. "But I hate mixing business with pleasure." The colonel reappeared, tucking his phone back in his suit jacket pocket as he strode toward them. Cass gave the good-looking bartender another lift of her lips meant to convey an interest on her part as well, and then she turned back to the colonel, her drink, and the tail end of a presentation she could hardly wait to be over.

* * *

Logan Alexander knew when he'd been dismissed.

He tried not to laugh, but she made it hard. He earned his living by reading people, and traffic had been lightin the bar all evening so he'd spent most of the past hour watching her work. The pretty little professional playing dress-up seemed to think the black-rimmed glasses she wore made men take her more seriously.

If that was her intention, she should have done something about her hair, too, because the only serious thing her tangle of long, golden-brown ringlets whispered was sexy librarian. She'd done her best to fasten it all back with some sort of fancy gold clip, but instead, managed to look more like she'd just crawled out of bed.

That turned her into a sleepy, sexy librarian.

In reality, Logan suspected she was the company eye candy, probably junior management level, sent here to pretty up an otherwise generic display booth. She'd been attending the annual Canadian Defence Industry conference, or the "See-Dicks," as he liked to call it. That was because the conference was full of dickheads.

Since he'd nailed one of them to the wall that afternoon, he was feeling pretty damned good. By day, he worked for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He'd filed his final report to his CSIS superiors and technically, the case he'd been following was now closed. Most of the conference attendees were gone and the hotel was quiet.

He liked tending bar, so he'd offered to finish out this last shift before the regular bartender returned from "vacation."

Besides, right now Miss Professional was making a sales pitch to a retired light colonel who was only interested in what was inside that silky white blouse, not her PowerPoint presentation, and it was like watching a train wreck unfolding in slow motion. She had no idea the guy she was trying to impress didn't have any buying power. The retired colonel was one of the many ringers private companies hired to send to these functions so they could schmooze up any important contacts they had left over from their military careers. The real meetings happened away from the actual conference. She was wasting her time.

So was the colonel. He'd never get her drunk enough to score. Miss Professional, although young, was wise to that plan. It also appeared as if she could hold her liquor.

Logan had made it easier for her. The drink he'd passed her was virgin. He watched her take a small, cautious sip.

Her gaze cut to the bar over the rim of her glass. For a second, a slight smile of acknowledgment licked at the corners of her full lips before disappearing.

He relaxed. She had a good sense of humor. Not to mention, self-preservation.

She was also adorable. If he had to guess he'd say she'd once been a rebellious teen seeking her daddy's attention, then turned her life around before too much damage was done — possibly with the intervention of a private school for wayward teenagers. But that was a guess.

He'd bet he had the rebellious teen part right though, and that she wasn't so far past those years she'd forgotten what they felt like. She had a reckless streak in her, or she wouldn't be having drinks with the colonel.

The meeting wrapped up. The colonel, realizing he wasn't going to get what he wanted, passed Miss Professional his business card with a press of his palm to hers and an overlong handshake.

To Logan's acute disappointment, Miss Professional left the bar without a backward glance. The colonel made a phone call, most likely to his wife, judging by his abrupt change in manner. Then he left, too.

And there went Logan's entertainment for the evening. He started to clean up the empty bar, wiping down tables and straightening chairs.

Miss Professional returned half an hour later, wearing tight jeans that clung to long legs and a white T-shirt emblazoned with a company logo. She was tall, probably close to five ten, and at six foot three himself, Logan liked that in a woman. The mass of light brown ringlets was loose now, draping over her shoulders and spilling down her back.

He had to admit, he found those curls sexy as hell. He could imagine his fingers all caught up in them, his naked body pressed to hers, those long legs wrapped around his hips ...

He grinned as she walked up to the bar where he leaned against the gleaming surface. The black-framed glasses were gone. She had wide, hazel eyes with long, gold-tipped lashes that brushed her cheeks whenever she dropped her gaze.

Right now, her gaze was direct. She smiled right back at him. Every predatory instinct he owned went on red alert.

"Is it too late to order another mojito?" she asked.

"Not at all. Virgin?" He reached for a glass.

She blinked, those lashes fluttering up and down. "What?"

He held up the glass. "Your mojito? Would you like this one with or without alcohol in it?"

She laughed, her eyes dancing with fun and happiness at the shared joke, and he was completely, 100 percent smoked.

"With, please."

She was celebrating. Since he knew the colonel wasn't in a position to offer her anything business-related she'd be this excited about, it had to be something else.

Something that mattered to her. A lot.

He could identify. He felt like celebrating, too. His job was to investigate the activities of the Canadian Department of National Defence's maintenance contractors. The dickhead he'd nailed had sold off an entire inventory of aging weapons systems — meaning aircraft that could be turned into bombers — to a third-world country with nuclear capabilities. Illegal on so many levels, not to mention completely lacking in morality. The guy had no doubt thought that by selling the aircraft in pieces he wasn't breaking any federal laws. Or at the very least, had managed to circumvent them.

Logan's brother-in-law had been shot down over Afghanistan, on what was meant to be a peacekeeping mission, because some bureaucrat like this had gotten greedy. Six soldiers lost. Nine children left without fathers, his two young nephews included. People handed a little authority could turn into such self-entitled assholes sometimes, with no regard for the consequences to others.

Yet this guy he'd tagged today had been only one link in a very long, complicated chain. The customer who'd bought those weapons systems remained active, and as yet, unidentified.

Frustrating.

He flipped the switch on the blender. When the drink was ready he poured it into a glass, added the garnish, and passed it over with a flourish. Then he reached across the bar and offered her his hand.

"Logan," he said.

"M-M-Mary," she stuttered as she took it in hers. "M-Mary Smith."

She sucked at lying. That intrigued him even more. First, because she was bad at it, and he'd assumed she'd be more of a pro. Second, because she felt the need to lie to him about her real name.

She was slumming.

With anyone else, he would have backed off at this point. He didn't mind the slumming. Being invisible was part of his job. He had no time to pursue permanent relationships with women who needed impressing.

But she'd had a few drinks. She was here on business. And she was celebrating something. In his experience, that often led to reckless decisions that they'd both end up regretting later. He didn't like liars either, not in his line of work, but with M-M-Mary, it qualified more as withholding the truth. Plus he was working, too. Officially, even though the report had been passed in, he was still on the CSIS clock. He'd need to show up at the office for debriefing first thing in the morning.

But Miss Mary Professional Smith possessed an odd mix of innocence and adventure that he found more than a little appealing, and she had fun in her eyes. She didn't want to celebrate whatever it was alone, and for some reason, had decided he was safe. She wasn't reckless so much as spontaneous, and she'd sized him up right. All the next moves would have to be hers.

He was curious how many more she was willing to make.

* * *

The drink hit Cass harder than she'd anticipated, probably because of the three she'd had earlier in the day.

That wasn't going to change her mind about tonight. She was a good judge of character. It had kept her out of jail as a teen. If Logan hadn't slid her that first virgin drink, she wouldn't be here right now, sounding him out. She found his quiet confidence attractive. She liked his smile, and the way he didn't try to pretend not to know what she was after. He also didn't put on any pressure.

She was in charge.

The drink merely served to relax her.

"What are you celebrating?" he asked.

She ran her finger around the rim of her glass and fidgeted on the bar stool, surprised by the astuteness of the question. She prided herself on being more difficult to read than this. "What makes you think I have something to celebrate?"

"You give off a happy, self-satisfied vibe. While my ego's healthy enough, I'm pretty sure it's not all thanks to me."

She wiped her damp palms on her thighs. This was a hookup, nothing more. She didn't want to share anydetails of her life with him. She wasn't after a relationship. She liked who she was and where she was in her life, but every once in a while, it was nice to pretend to be someone else. Something different. This was the perfect opportunity. And the right guy.

She might as well go for outrageous in answer to his question. She'd stumbled over the fake name, and therewas no way he hadn't noticed because he didn't seem stupid. Besides, she'd picked the lamest one imaginable. She could blame that much on the alcohol.

"I just got out of prison," she said. She let out a dramatic sigh as she braced her elbow on the bar and plantedher chin in her palm. "You have no idea what a relief it is to finally meet a good-looking man who isn't dressed in a Corrections Canada uniform."

His eyes lit up like twin blue lasers as he played along. "Good-looking, huh? What were you in for?"


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg, Kerri-Leigh Grady, Jessica Snyder. Copyright © 2014 Paula Altenburg. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Paula Altenburg grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was likely to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn't going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother.

A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King's College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, again meant writing was the logical (meaning only) career path for her, although it did confirm her belief that learning is a life-long experience. She's taken business courses, writing courses, and physiology of aquatic animals courses, all at the university level and all for fun.

She reads in all genres, which isn't as surprising considering her life is all over the board, but fantasy and paranormal romance are her writing loves.

Paula writes demon westerns for Entangled Publishing LLC. Paula also co-authors paranormal romance under the pseudonym Taylor Keating. Visit her at www.paulaaltenburg.com.

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Her Secret, His Surprise 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Logan and Cass had amazing chemistry.  They met at a hotel bar.  He was the bartender and she was a customer.  They had one night together while Cass was staying there on business.  Two years later they meet again.  Only this time Cass has a baby girl that's just about the right age to make Logan think about their one night together.  Should she tell him he has a daugthter?  Does she want a bartender to be Olivia's father? The web of secrets and lies is woven so tight that you have to wonder if they'll survive it.  That old saying, "don't judge a book by it's cover" is completely appropriate for this story.  Logan is so far from being what Cass thinks he is but he can't tell her.  His job depends on secrecy.  Fantastic story line.  It flowed so well that before I knew it, the book was over and I wanted more!  I can't wait to read more from this fantastic author. Received in exchange for an honest review.
Linda_RochesterNY 3 months ago
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* Her Secret His Surprise is a sexy, well-written romance about an undercover government agent (Logan) and a woman on a business trip (Cass), strangers who spend one night together resulting in baby Olivia. They are both surprised when they meet again two years later. He's undercover again and this time she is his boss. The real shock though, is when Logan gets a good look at toddler Olivia and realizes she's his daughter. Logan wants to be part of their lives but how can he convince Cass that he will be around for them when his undercover persona says the exact opposite? There's no explicit sex in this book but Logan and Cass have great chemistry that provides a lot of sexual tension. I especially loved the sweet moments with father and daughter. This book is a great way to spend a few hours.
Lori-Gonzo 4 months ago
Cass was a super strong independent woman with a precious baby girl. She is a woman I can really get behind. She made something of herself despite her family turning their backs on her. I admire that in a person and especially in a woman. Someone who perseveres, doesn't give up, and strives to do better. I loved the first meeting between Cass and Logan. They had an instant spark and it never went away. Their reunion was shocking in the beginning, but I enjoyed the way Logan fell for both Olivia and Cass. He was so sweet with Olivia, major swooning. And the ending was perfect, perfect in giving Cass what she always wanted. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
repsgoddess 4 months ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg is a heartfelt and sweet romance. The characters and author’s world were well-developed with the couple being a good balance to one another. With an intriguing storyline, Ms. Altenburg did a fantastic job of making it all very believable for the readers; a wonderful read through and through. This was my first time reading this author and I enjoyed it immensely.
Utemom5 4 months ago
Rhondaz 4 months ago
Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenberg...Such a sweet fun book from page one to the end. The story felt real to me like friends or family. The characters were so well written and likeable with great chemistry between Cass and Logan. You have a strong woman that does not trust men, secrets on both sides, romance, love and a baby. This is my first book by Paula Altenburg and I am looking forward to more. I received a complimentary copy of this book by publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
MELHUTCHINSON 4 months ago
This was a great, short story that you can sit down with and before you know it, you are almost done with the book! Easy reading with a smooth flowing plot line that keeps your attention all the way through. Great characters that are well developed and independent. Cass is a young lady that has been dealt a rough life when her own father disowns her. Cass is determined to not let it get her down though and is a very independent woman. When Cass hooks up with a cute bartender for a one night stand, she never dreamed that she would end up being a single mom, but guess what!! Cass is also determined to make this single mom thing work. She went back to tell the father of her child, but he was not there and they said that they had never had anyone by that name that worked there. What was she to do when she had no idea where to find him? After all it was just a one night stand. Cass is an engineer and as you can imagine, it is hard to make it in a man's world for her. When she lands a good job with a military company, her position come with all kinds of hardships. Cass is determined to make a statement with her position in this company all while still being the single mom that she needs to be to Olivia. Cass has learned how to make it work and does it well! When Logan, the bartender from her one night stand, lands a job at the company Cass is working for, she has to decide now how she is going to tell him that Olivia is his daughter. The sparks are still there for Cass and Logan. Logan has to be undercover and is playing the part of a mooching grandson so that he can get the information that he needs for his undercover position and this ends up making Cass not want to be with him. She wants more than that for her daughter. Will these two figure out how to make things work for Olivia or will they just go their separate ways and Cass continue to be the single mom and sole provider for Olivia? You have to read this story to find out. There are lots of issues that Cass and Logan have to work through for themselves, but eventually they find a common ground. A great read that will keep you turning the pages quickly! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by Netgalley and Entangled Publishing! Thank you!
Splashesintobooks1 4 months ago
This review is for the closed door Bliss version of the story that was released in April 2016 rather than the original Red-hot Bliss released in 2014. This is a delectable, quick, easy read, well written second chance romance that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It has a strong, independent female lead in Cassiopeia Stone who ran away from her home and domineering father at fifteen, only to be forced back until she finally left to follow her own dreams when she was eighteen. Now she’s a fully qualified engineer on her way up the corporate ladder. After a stupendous one-night stand left her pregnant, she did seek to contact the father, Logan Alexander, but he’s mysteriously disappeared so she maintains her independence but adds loving her gorgeous daughter in her life. When the one night stand turns up to work as her temporary administration assistant things are going to be fraught - especially as he’s staying with his grandmother who lives next door to Cass. How will he react to seeing his daughter? What’s with his mysterious past? Logan’s actually an undercover agent, trying to locate who is selling military ordinance information to foreign agents and can’t tell Cass what his real job is. She thinks he’s a loser, moving from one short term job to another. She’s also terrified how he’ll react to discovering his daughter . . . but the attraction between the two is still rampant but with so many secrets at stake, do they stand any chance of a HEA? This is a great read, one that keeps you turning pages and forgetting to look at the time! Cass has plenty of problems at work with ex-military misogynists, people not following secure procedures, making inaccurate assumptions about how she’s become head of department and, unknown to her, a spy in their midsts. Logan is fighting his need to be honest with Cass and his need to keep quiet about his true life until the security breech has been identified and closed - no wonder the tagline for it highlights the conflict of interest aspect! The story has a well paced flow that keeps your reading. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a delightful second chance romance to escape into with well developed characters and a mystery to be solved. I was gifted a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
gromine49 4 months ago
I have read several "secret baby" books before but I loved this one because it was very light-hearted and fun. Enjoyable and very realistic in how the characters acted, this story made me want to read the author's other books. Great story.
Lashea677 4 months ago
One unforgettable night between strangers leads to plenty of surprises. Rebellious teen years left Cass unhappy, disowned and determined to prove to herself and her father that she can and will pave her own way. Not easy in a male charged work environment but she has faith. Logan is a chameleon of sorts. He does whatever it takes to make life easier for others. Sort of a tribute to fallen heroes. His world revolves around secrecy. I received an ARC of Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg in exchange for an honest review. A fun intro to Ms. Altenburg's work. Comfort and escape set this couple on a course that ended up giving them the one thing they craved but were afraid to pursue. A family. This was a cute read.
Laura_F 4 months ago
As soon as I started this book, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop reading it until the end. There was some mystery and suspense, love, and two strong lead characters. Cass is an strong, independent, smart engineer. While at a work conference, she meets Logan, the hotel bartender and they spend the night together. When Cass realizes she's pregnant two months later, she can't find Logan. Fast forward two years and Logan shows up at Cass' job as her new assistant. Logan is an undercover intelligence agent and his current assignment at Cass' company has him investigating her and everyone she works with. Cass and Logan have amazing chemistry and challenge each other at every turn. Dual POV made connection to each character so easy. * I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
KaraS 4 months ago
If you are looking for an enjoyable, light-hearted romance – this one is it! This is a previously published book, but I just discovered it via Entangled Publishing recently. This is an Entangled Bliss story which always equates to sweet romance and this one does not disappoint. I found it refreshing as it wasn't a typical one night stand that leads to an "oops" baby with an unsuspecting baby daddy. This story revolves around Cass Stone and Logan Alexander who meet in an Ottawa bar and immediately click. One thing leads to another…which leads to a baby. Fast forward two years later when Logan meets Cass again as an undercover investigator – not only with her company, but looking into her department. His feelings for her are complicated enough, but things get more complicated once he meets their daughter, Olivia. Understandably, he can’t blow his cover, but he can’t help being pulled into their lives and wanting to know Olivia better. As they grow closer, Logan realizes that Cass may not be so forgiving to the fact that he’s lied to her from the beginning. On the one hand – he’s not the anti-commitment drifter she thinks he is, but can Cass open up to a man who’s lied to her from day one? I enjoyed that the story gave a little insight into both of their thoughts and it had drama to keep it interesting and heartfelt feelings and romance to keep your romantic heart happy as well. Received ARC from the Publisher via Net Galley for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good drama...good suspense...enjoyed it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Meh, just so-so for me. There were too many things I didn't like. The heroine is this super smart confident business woman who deals with government defense contracts, yet when she's nervous she stutters. Also, I didn't really care for the hero. He lied for a living and it came to him way too easily; He walked out every time the heroine wanted to talk; He was mad that he wasn't contacted when she was pregnant, however HE was the one who took off in the middle of the night with no last name and without giving her his number. And since he was once again conveniently "undercover" the hotel didn't know who he was. And I can't stand the instant forgiveness at the end. Some groveling was in order and we didn't get it. Bummer.
artfullee More than 1 year ago
Cass Stone is career driven, totally committed woman with a wild, independent streak. When she wanted to assert her independence, she found that she didn't conform to her families ideals, and was cold-heartedly cast out at a young age. Cass then learned to survive on her own, making her own way in life on her own merits and I loved this strong, courageous woman that she had become. I really liked her. A one night stand changes her life forever and she became focused on her child, her whole career built around making a safe and happy environment for her little girl. After trying to track down her baby's father with little success, she is stunned to see Logan walk back into her life two years later. He is equally stunned to see this beautiful little girl with his eyes staring back at him. But Logan is undercover, trying to infiltrate the company that Cass works for to find who is selling top secret documents to the enemy. Because of this he must tread carefully with Cass and not reveal his true purpose for being there. But he can't stay away from Cass or Olivia. Logan's character was so likable. I sympathised with his predicament, the situation of finding out he has a daughter and then having to avoid talking to Cass about it until his assignment was finished. It tore at my heartstrings to see him in pain, but also endeared me to him when he found himself falling instantly in love with his little girl. Of course he was hot, but he was also thoughtful, considerate, loving and totally committed to pursuing life with his new family. The dialogue between these characters was really enjoyable, I loved the witty banter and humor they both showed and I could feel the magnetism between them. When Logan sets about his seduction of Cass, it was sensual and sweet, sexy and passionate and I really liked them together. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters and storyline were easy to relate to. The growth of their characters and their relationship was heartwarming to see and both were very likable. It was a nice blend of romance and secrets with a little bit of angst that fitted in well. I will definitely be checking out this authors other titles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Redds Biography is at 'emma' res 2. You can do anything with her. I don't care. Just make her a major chracter. Thanks!
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
First time I read anything by this author and it won't be the last. I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters and the fact that they had a past. The mystery of the workplace was kinda weak, but since the main focus was on how Logan and Cass were gonna fix their personal problems I could totally overlook that. I think the only thing missing was a nice little epilogue showing them settled in a little. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
When Cass Stone and Logan Alexander meet, it's not love at first sight. Both pretending to be someone that they're not, neither Cass nor Logan was looking for more than a fun night, with no strings, then they'd go their separate ways. Funny how things never go as planned. Fast forward two years. Cass is an independent successful woman, striving to be taken seriously in a field dominated by men. Life has not turned out exactly as she'd expected, but she is smart and secure enough in herself and her goals to roll with the changes that life has thrown her way. Finding herself a single mom, she has more than risen to the occasion, and is raising Olivia with the love that she never experienced in her own childhood. While Logan has spent the last two years dedicated to his job, he hasn't ever forgotten that night with Cass. When the two meet again, it's like the sexual tension has been simmering under the surface, and like they haven't been apart at all. Finding out that Cass (or Miss Mary, as he calls her; seriously sexy!) and he have a daughter rocks his world. Even though he is angry that she's kept Olivia from him (or so he thinks), he can't fight the attraction for Cass that's still as strong as ever. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is humor, intrigue (it's a spy story, after all!), passion, and so much love. The characters are well-developed and likeable, the kind of people that you absolutely want to hang out with. Paula Altenburg has written a book that drew me in and kept me reading, and I look forward to reading more from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What happens when you mix one high-powered female corporate executive on the fast track with major daddy issues and a bartender who is not all as he appears?  In author Paula Altenburg’s newest novel, Her Secret, His Surprise, Cass Stone and Logan Alexander have a night they intended to be care-free fun, but the night leaves them both with unexpected consequences. Her Secret, His Surprise is Paula Altenburg’s second romance novel released under Entangled Bliss. I was excited to read this novel because I enjoyed the novels of another Bliss author, Rachel Harris. This was the first book I read by Paula Altenburg, so I was interested to see what its pages would bring. After spending her formative years under the rule of her controlling father, Cassiopeia “Cass” Stone has finally figured out what she wants in her life. After getting through college on scholarships, she is flying up the ranks at Kramer Aerospace and Defence. Cass is sure her life is perfect, at least until she spends a night with Logan Alexander, the bartender at the hotel where Cass is attending a conference to represent Kramer. Once home, Cass quickly discovers she left the conference with a permanent reminder of the bartender, arriving in nine months. She tried to contact Logan, but after failing, comes to terms with the fact her daughter will not know her father. Imagine Cass’s surprise when, after her usual assistant has a family emergency, her new temporary assistant is none other than Logan Alexander. Logan Alexander was an undercover Canadian Security Intelligence Service agent working as a bartender at the conference where Cass was sent to represent her company. After their one night together, Cass returned back to Kramer. Logan went onto his next assignment. Two years later, Logan received an assignment, only to wind up as Cass’ assistant. Not only that, he was staying with his grandmother, who lived next door to Cass and her almost two year old daughter. Everything would have been fine, except he was investigating Cass and everyone in her department for espionage and the fact her daughter looks exactly like him. It leaves Logan to wonder if their night was as carefree as he had thought. Her Secret, His Surprise was a decent book, but was not great. As I was reading, my attention would shift away from the book in a few spots. It had all of the romance novel clichés with a small mystery thrown in. I did find it interesting how Paula Altenburg brought all of the clichés into one book, added a mystery element on top of it all, and managed to keep the plot moving forward at a decent pace. There probably aren’t many authors who could make it flow as well as she did. The emotions of the characters seemed genuine overall. Out of all the characters, Logan seemed the most “real” with the most relatable emotions in a given situation. Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg is a good light read for anyone who is a fan of fluffy romance novels or anyone who wants a light summer read. While not my favorite story, I understand the appeal it has to others. Paula Altenburg is a good author, and I look forward to reading another one of her books in the future.
MichelleChewWrites More than 1 year ago
The idea of the secret baby and the undercover male character in this book got me curious about how the story will unfold. The story started with how Cass and Logan met in the bar and their attraction led to one night with Logan and everything changed for Cass. A baby was coming on board but she couldn't contact Logan, who seem to disappear. The staff at the bar didn't know anyone by his name. How shocking! Two years later, they met again under some shocking situation--he's her new assistant. Another surprise--he's actually the grandson of her kind neighbour! Paula Altenburg creates relateable characters. I can understand how Cass emotions through the words, about her protectiveness towards her daughter Olivia and her wariness of Logan. Although I understand Logan's need for secrecy at times, it frustrates me to read that he's keeping a barrier when it's kind of obvious how she felt about him and him with Olivia. Logan's grandmother is a darling! I was touched that she was actually keeping a lookout for Cass! Overall, this was a cute read for me! Olivia is adorable and so are Logan's reactions to seeing and interacting with her. Looking forward to reading other works by the author. I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Cass and Logan's story!
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
This book was so much better than I had expected. Its a well written book that had me hooked from star till end. All the characters are superbly created and the story flows effortlessly which makes it so much more fun to read. Most importantly its pace is exactly what it should have been, no slow/annoying parts. It is book that every romance lover will enjoy reading for sure. I did! :) Cass and Logan turned out to be an awesome fictitious couple. Cass, who ran away from home as a teenager and then was disowned by her father, is strong and independent woman. She does not like men who have no ambitions and live a life less than what they can easily have. Logan is pretending to be just that guy. So there was no way that Cass will take him seriously. She had learnt her lesson and tend to be wary of people lacking direction. Still she cannot deny the attraction she feels for him.... Logan is pretending to be someone he isn't but he cannot reveal who he truly is. It does make things complicating between him and Cass. He will have to wait for the right time to let her in on his secret. He just hopes that its not too late to salvage what little connection they have. After all its not just Cass but his daughter as well, who needs him.