Quarterback Daddy (Harlequin Super Romance #1619) [NOOK Book]

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A party-loving sports figure is not an ideal parent in Alexis Brown's eyes. Too bad quarterback Dan Delito is the only parent her niece has. Alexis isn't in a position to raise the baby on her own, which means she needs Dan's help. And that means she'll have to make nice with the unsuitable man. Fine.

Much to Alexis's surprise, however, Dan is good with his daughter. He also knows he needs help, so he convinces Alexis to act as a nanny until he gets this parenting thing down. ...

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Quarterback Daddy (Harlequin Super Romance #1619)

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Overview


A party-loving sports figure is not an ideal parent in Alexis Brown's eyes. Too bad quarterback Dan Delito is the only parent her niece has. Alexis isn't in a position to raise the baby on her own, which means she needs Dan's help. And that means she'll have to make nice with the unsuitable man. Fine.

Much to Alexis's surprise, however, Dan is good with his daughter. He also knows he needs help, so he convinces Alexis to act as a nanny until he gets this parenting thing down. And soon their uneasy friendship changes into an unlikely romance. But can a football player, a lawyer and a baby really make a family?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426848568
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Suddenly a Parent Series , #1619
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 159,923
  • File size: 517 KB

Meet the Author

When anyone asks Linda how she met her husband, she always says, "by accident," because on their first date the couple hit a telephone pole and ended up in a ditch. They crawled out of the car and hitched a ride to the local hospital in upstate New York. Totaling the car and getting a few stitches didn't bother her. How to tell her very protective dad did! She figured it out and is happy to report that her marriage to Michael is going strong with three grown sons, two lovely daughters-in-law and three gorgeous, amazingly intelligent and fabulous grandchildren.

Always an avid reader, Linda discovered the romance genre as an adult raising her family in Massachusetts. The emotion and satisfying endings hooked her and became her lifesaver through long northern winters. One day, she found herself at the kitchen table, typewriter in front of her. The reader had become a writer...or was trying to become one.

Linda's writing life changed when she and her family moved to Texas in 1995. She joined the West Houston chapter of RWA, attended every workshop and conference they sponsored and wrote, wrote, and wrote some more. She sold her first book to Harlequin's Superromance line in May 2000 and continues to write for that line. She also contributes to the Everlasting Love line, her first book scheduled for November 2007.

Linda grew up in New York City and is a graduate of Hunter College with a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S. in education. When she's not composing fiction, she writes resumes for homeless job seekers and manages a food pantry in a non-profit agency.

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THE BOSTON GLOBE Friday, July 6

MURDER-SUICIDE ENDS WITH BABY BORN IN AMBULANCE

Sherri Brown, 25, and nine months pregnant, was shot and left for dead last evening in front of her sister's apartment building in the Leather District. The assailant then turned the gun on himself and died at the scene. Ms. Brown succumbed in the ambulance, where her child was delivered by emergency cesarian section. Her sister, Alexis Brown, was with her. Preliminary investigation revealed the gunman to be a former boyfriend of the victim.

Three monthsafter the tragedy, Alexis Brown deliberately removed the news clipping from her kitchen message board and placed it in an envelope for safekeeping. Reading wasn't necessary; she'd memorized the article. The headline, however, still had the power to suck the air out of her. Even now, as she handled the clipping, her pulse fluttered when memories of that night tortured her like scenes from a well-made horror movie.

She remembered running downstairs after Sherri to return a child-care book her sister had forgotten to take. Arriving just in time to watch a man shoot himself, and to see Sherri lying on the sidewalk. Calling 9-1-1 on her cell phone. Watching the doctor and the EMT deliver the baby. Holding Sherri's hand, straining to hear her last words, whispered directly into Alexis's ear.

She shivered head to toe, her stomach cramping as she thought about the police report, the result of a first-rate investigation. She'd learned more than she'd really wanted to know.

Clasping a pen, she wrote Michelle's name on the envelope, sealed it and filed the newspaper article with the baby's other legal papers in the bottom drawer of her desk. When her niece grew up, she'd be entitled to read it.

When her niece grew up… Alexis tiptoed to the crib in the bedroom where Michelle napped peacefully, her little forehead unlined, her breathing strong and even. Beautiful, sweet and innocent. Exactly the way a baby should be, and the way Alexis had vowed this baby's life would be. She wouldn't fail Michelle the way she'd failed Michelle's mom.

Leaving the bedroom quietly, Alexis returned to her desk in the main area of her apartment, a condo conversion. She loved the place, but she'd have to sell it, and the market was awful. Prices were falling in the depressed economy, and she'd be lucky to break even.

Money. Everything always came down to money.

She reached for the phone, hoping Roz would be available to brainstorm. Only a few years older than Alexis, the baby's social worker had been supportive from Day One, and Alexis trusted her as much as she could trust anybody.

With Roz's cheery hello, Alexis sighed in relief. "How are you feeling about problem solving today?"

"Diaper rash or teething?"

"If only. I need a miracle, Roz, like hitting the day-care lottery."

"Ouch. That's a tough one."

"You said it. Every place I visited downtown is way out of my reach. I can't afford any of them, and I don't qualify for reduced fees despite earning peanuts." She felt panic start to build inside her. "I've got to return to work on the twenty-ninth. That's only three weeks away!"

"Easy, Alexis," Roz soothed. "Easy. I'm listening."

"I know, but I'm stuck, Roz. Between the student loans and the mortgage, I don't have a lot of savings. I've only been working for two years. My credit card is maxed out with all the baby stuff and…and…my normal expenses."

"I'm listening to your every word, Alexis, but I didn't hear you mention the biggest culprit of all, and certainly not a 'normal' expense. As usual, you're being too hard on yourself."

Alexis remained silent, fighting tears.

"Funeral costs are high," Roz continued, "and you've shouldered that alone."

"Did I have a choice?" Alexis whispered, her throat hurting. "Sherri would still be lying in the morgue if I'd depended on Cal and Peggy. You know how 'parental' they are." She swallowed her sarcasm with a deep breath and regained her balance.

"I know all about them, and sadly, what you say is true," said Roz. She sighed deeply, so deeply that Alexis heard the woman's exhalation through the phone.

"Ironically, your sister would have qualified for financial aid, but you don't. You're off work right now, however, so I can give you vouchers for neighborhood food pantries…"

"Food pantries? Roz, I'm not homeless." She heard the horror in her voice. Even her family had never resorted to food pantries.

"Right," said Roz. "And we're trying to prevent that."

Stay calm. Her palms began to sweat. "I can earn a living for Michelle and me. I worked hard to get through college, then law school…."

"I know that. You've impressed me from the first time we met, but I've got to speak honestly here," said Roz. "You've got temporary custody of Michelle until it's finalized in the courts. You are the baby's closest and, in my opinion, most capable relative. But if you think you can't handle the responsibility right now, we could go the foster route just until—"

"No! Please, no foster care. I'll handle it. I'll even use the food vouchers. And—and I'll put the condo on the market. Today. The hell with the financial loss."

Damn! She shouldn't have called Roz after all. Give Michelle up? Never!

The baby already recognized her. She knew Alexis's step, her touch. Since Michelle had started smiling a week ago, they'd laughed and played silly games all day long. They were a team. They loved each other. Michelle's home was with Alexis. Period. In a few more months, Alexis would become Michelle's legal mom. End of story.

Roz was still talking and Alexis tuned in again.

"There's one other possibility," said the woman. "I wonder… Alexis, when you packed up your sister's apartment, did you go through her clothes, look in her pockets? Maybe letters, notes, phone messages?"

Alexis had returned to Sherri's place two days after Michelle's birth, once the police had searched for evidence and removed the yellow tape. Her sister's belongings had been scattered about in her usual haphazard style.

"I bagged her clothes for donations, emptied drawers. Took whatever baby clothes and items she'd bought. What are you getting at?"

"It takes two people to make a baby, kiddo. Michelle's father—"

"Did you find out who he is?" Alexis interrupted, her throat tight once more, her heart beating in double time.

"No, I didn't," replied Roz slowly. "I was hoping you might have discovered a clue, something in Sherri's apartment maybe. DNA ruled out the guy who killed her. We know that much."

The negative DNA results left the path open to someone else, someone Alexis had been able to target. She was not ready, however, to share that information. So she took a deep breath and lied to her closest ally.

"I didn't find anything, Roz. Nothing. Nada. I don't know any more than you do."

Protecting the baby was and would always be her highest priority. She would initiate a thorough investigation of the baby's possible father on her own before she made her next move. She had two weeks to figure it all out, before she had to start considering bankruptcy to eliminate some of her debt. Just like her own dysfunctional parents had done recently. The irony didn't escape her.

Dan Delito, starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, slouched in his favorite club chair, staring at the wallet-size picture of Kim that he carried with him at all times. Tonight would have been their ninth anniversary but for the breast cancer that had consumed her almost two years ago. He stroked a shaking finger across her beautiful face and down her long dark hair, wavy and soft. Oh, baby, baby...I miss you so much. It was so unfair. To her. To him. His gentle, loving wife had deserved better than virulent cancer cells and toxic chemo. She'd deserved a long life, with children and family and good times. He would have given her twelve kids if she'd said the word. Whatever she'd wanted, she could have had.

He eyed the bottle of single-malt Scotch on the table next to him. It was half-gone, and his empty glass stood waiting for a refill. No one could say he was a cheap drunk, that's for sure. He grabbed the bottle and poured. The smooth amber liquid would make the pain go away.

"Danny? You didn't hear the bell, so we let ourselves…Danny! What are you doing? Dear God, not again!"

He turned his head, glass to his lips. His folks. He took a swallow. "Come on in. Grab a couple of glasses and join me. It's my anniversary, and we have to toast Kim. My Kimmy."

He took another sip, watched his parents put down aluminum-foil-wrapped packages. The aroma from them was delicious, homemade from his parents' Italian deli, but his stomach suddenly rebelled. "Be right back."

Ten minutes later, he found his folks in the kitchen, warming up some braciole. The marinated steak was one of his favorites. His mom served it in spaghetti sauce with a salad and warm bread on the side. He wanted it, but his insides threatened another revolt.

"I need some air." He opened the back door and stepped onto the patio of his four-story town house. Kim had loved this place, and she'd turned it into a real home for them. Her presence lingered in every room, and that made him feel good.

He inhaled the crisp autumn air. Football weather. The best time of the year. Goose bumps popped out all over his body as he thought of this weekend's home game. Another deep breath cleared his head, settled his stomach.

He sensed a big shadow behind him. His dad.

"You can't go on like this, son."

"I'm fine, Dad. Don't worry. It's because of the anniversary, that's all."

"And what was the excuse last week?" Nicky Delito wasn't letting go.

"Last week, I knew it was coming," said Dan. "Come on, Dad, we're tied for the best record in the league. What more do you want?"

His dad equaled him in size, but suddenly loomed larger than ten linebackers, as he had when Dan was a kid.

"What more do I want?" Nicky bellowed. "I want a sober son again. I want your mother to stop crying over you. Praying on her knees every single night. Your brother… your sister… the kids. You're always the topic

of conversation and it's enough. You hear me, Danny-boy? I want a son I can count on. That's what I want!"

"Nicky, stop yelling." His mom stood in the doorway to the patio. Danny waved to her, but then addressed his father.

"You can count on me, Dad. On the weekends, on the field. I haven't let the team down yet, and I don't intend to. My coaches, the management—everyone's happy with our performance so far, and we have a home game this Sunday."

Nicky raised both arms up in the air and let them fall to his sides. He looked at his wife. "He doesn't get it. Who gives a damn about a football game when his life's a mess?"

"If I didn't care about the game, Dad, I'd drink all the time. Now, I only drink in the middle of the week." He clapped his dad on the shoulder. "Don't worry. I can handle being a part-time drinker."

"Maybe you should join a twelve-step program," said Rita Delito.

"Are you kidding, Ma? Those programs are for real alcoholics."

His parents stared at him.

"What?"

Their silence continued.

"Oh, come on. I can stop whenever I want to."

"Prove it." His dad wasted no time. "No more drinking at all. Not even midweek."

His mom looked so hopeful, her brown eyes wide and shining up at him. God, he loved these two people.

"Okay. I won't have another drink for the next seven days."

"It's a start," said Rita.

"I'm going to empty the liquor cabinet when we leave tonight," Nicky said. "Just to make sure."

Dan's mind raced, picturing the rest of the house. Yeah, he'd brought a bottle to his bedroom last week.

"Okay."

"And I'll check out the rest of the place," Nicky added.

"No," Dan replied quickly.

His dad was like that. Always knew what was going on in his kids' heads, in their lives. Dan, Joe, Theresa— none of them ever got away with anything when they were small, and it seemed they wouldn't as adults, either. Not even the quarterback for the New England Patriots.

"No?" repeated Nick softly. "I've done some research, Danny. That's what a twelve-step sponsor would do with you. Together, you'd clean out the house. Your brother and I, we're going to act like your sponsors."

"No. You're not." He gulped for air. A face-off with his dad was an extraordinary event, but now he looked Nicky straight in the eye. "I'm over twenty-one, Dad. I can handle it."

Stalemate. Until his mom's soft voice interrupted. "What would Kim say, Danny, if she saw you like this?"

Mothers. He grabbed the back of a chair with two hands. "If I could have her with me again," he replied, his Adam's apple bobbing, "I'd give up everything. The bottles. The touchdowns. The career. The house. The money. Nothing I've got is worth a damn thing without her."

Fighting the tears behind his eyes, he turned around, walked past his mother and into the house, opened the fridge and took out a longneck. "Anyone else?"

"There's no talking to him," said Nicky.

Rita sighed and banged a plate onto the table. "At least eat first. Today is only Tuesday. Do we have to come back tomorrow?"

Ordinarily,Alexis wouldn't have connected the crisp cool days and blazing autumn colors of New England with perfect football weather. In fact, she wouldn't have noted the football season at all. Alexis was not a fan of the game, a game where grown men tried to kill their opponents and themselves. During the three months since Michelle's birth, however, she'd made it her business to read the sports pages every day and track the progress of the New England Patriots. She'd focused mainly on one particular player: Dan Delito, starting QB and captain of the team. From what she read, the man obviously knew his business, worked hard and was leading his team in a winning season.

On Wednesday, two mornings after her phone conversation with Roz, Alexis noted the NFL schedule for the following Sunday and then headed toward her bedroom, where it sounded as though Michelle had awakened from her nap. As soon as the baby saw her, she flashed her magical baby grin, and Alexis's heart melted one more time. Her love for this child constantly astounded her. In the beginning, after Michelle was born, Alexis had had no idea how awesome motherhood would be.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    This interesting New England romance stars two adults with issues as each has problems with their past

    Attorney Alexis Brown has no time to mourn the death of her sister Sherri who was killed by her former boyfriend.. Sheri was nine months pregnant when the murder-suicide occurred but the baby was saved. Alexis has big debts due to college loans, mortgage and her sister's funeral, but also must take care of her infant niece Michelle. Alexis needs financial help so she decides to ask the baby's father New England Patriots starting quarterback Dan Delito for childcare funding.

    A widower Dan does not deny his relationship with Sherri, but as a celebrity distrusts lawyers and aunts so demands DNA testing. When the results prove he is the father, he informs Alexis he will raise his child Michelle. This breaks Alexis' heart as she loves her niece, but legally with no grounds to stand on, Alexis leaves. However, Dan and Michelle miss Alexis, as she has sacked both their hearts; but will he beg her to come home?

    This interesting New England romance stars two adults with issues as each has problems with their past; her with her parents and him with the death of he wife several years ago. The lead couple makes the contemporary tale work as the lawyer and the football star fall in love with each other and with Michelle, but unless they overcome their fears of trusting their respective hearts; their relationship is at fourth down and seconds to go with no more timeouts.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Great read

    Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2010

    Recommend this book for your collection.

    Story is well written. An easy relaxing read that you can get into. A little predictable but well worth it.

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  • Posted February 12, 2010

    This books a keeper!

    Linda Barrett has done it again. from heart wrenching to heart warming. This story throws two strangers together for the sake of a baby girl who they both love.

    Quarterback Daddy begins with a newspaper clipping of the shooting death of Sherri Brown, who was nine months pregnant. From this heart griping tragedy, we meet Alexis Brown, Sherri's sister and temporary guardian to Sherri's newborn, Michelle.

    Alexis, whose heart is completely captured by little Michelle, finds that with funds dwindling and foster care looming, her only option is to seek out Michelle's birth father.

    Dan Delito is not only the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, but also a man still grieving the loss of his wife, a man who's enjoying his six-pack too much.

    Alexis has serious concerns: Will this "party loving sports figure" be a good father?
    Dan wonders if Alexis is setting him up for scandal, or extortion, or her 15 minutes of fame? Will this hurt his team, his career?

    Neither initially trusts the other. It doesn't take long, however, before Dan discovers his daughter owns Alexis's heart. Alexis cannot miss that Danny is immediately besotted by baby Michelle and will do whatever is necessary for her care and safety.

    As the two deal with Michelle's care, cracks appear in their wall of distrust. Slowly, a friendship develops and perhaps.just perhaps, the possibility of something more.

    First, however, there are big issues to confront. Will past traumas forever keep them apart or will they be able to reach the goal of true love and a happy family life?

    You'll be turning the pages quickly to find out how Alexis and Dan figure out the answers to these questions.

    Quarterback Daddy is a contemporary love story with fully developed characters, great conflict, and a rocky road to its HEA. T

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Another Heart-warming Romance by Linda Barrett

    Alexis Brown has lost a sister to a murderer, but has gained custody of her baby niece. After a three-month leave of absence from work, she's running out of time and money and decides to contact the baby's father. Only problem is the man is a hard-drinking, party-hearty professional quarterback. How can she trust a big shot like that with her sister's precious baby?

    Dan Delito seems to be living the life of the privileged. He's rich, he's famous, and he's the star quarterback for the New England Patriots. But looks can be deceiving. Inside, he's battling demons and living a half-life after losing his beloved wife to cancer. Is it any wonder that he drowns his sorrows in the bottle?

    When Alexis shows up with the baby on Dan's doorstep, neither makes a good first impression on the other. Dan has been drinking, grieving for Kim and their wedding anniversary he must celebrate alone. Alexis doesn't tell him the baby is his, only hands him her business card and leaves.

    Dan calls Alexis and she gives him another chance. He's shocked that he has a daughter and plans to take full custody. Alexis is afraid she will not be included in the baby's life. Unable to find a suitable nanny, Dan hires Alexis to live with him and look after his daughter.

    Alexis is pleasantly surprised at how well Dan takes to fatherhood. She's envious of his supportive loving family, something she's never had with an alcoholic father and a mother who enables him. She slowly finds herself falling in love with Dan, but knows she can't compete with his wife's ghost.

    Even though Alexis could be Kim's identical twin, Dan grows to appreciate the characteristics that make her unique; he loves and desires her for her own sake. How can he convince her he's not like her father and loves her more than life itself?

    Linda Barrett has written a wonderful love story interwoven against the backdrop of the game of football. She makes us believe that a professional athlete is just like a regular guy who can indeed fall in love, enjoy a normal family life and live happily ever after.

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