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Rico swore he had deceived her to protect her from a ruthless killer— and that now, to save her life, they must pretend to be lovers. But to be so close to this man, day after day and night after night, was sweet torture, ...
Rico swore he had deceived her to protect her from a ruthless killer— and that now, to save her life, they must pretend to be lovers. But to be so close to this man, day after day and night after night, was sweet torture, showing them the truth of a love that had never died, that could never die… .
And then there was the most dangerous secret of all— the truth about the children he did not know were his… .
Posted June 15, 2001
Annabella Ramsey had gotten on with her life after the death of her lover, best friend, and childhood savior, Rico Carella. She had their four-year-old twins, Rebecca and Rafe and Rico's mother, Lina to care for and love. She was a successful cartoonist whose comic strip Double Trouble, mirroring her twins mischief live, ran in syndicated newspapers. The biggest regret she had was that Rico died believing she had betrayed him with other men and he didn't know that he had children. Gage Moran was in the witness protection program, but someone had been trying to hack into Rico Carella's files and then hunting for any living relations. Needing to protect his mother Gage finds Lina Carella living with his former lover Annabella, then he sees Anna's twins, who look just like him and his twin brother. After Rico had reenlisted he had gone into special service working to bust drug lords, he was captured during a mission, beaten nearly to death and held prisoner, thoughts of Anna had been the only thing that saved him. After much reconstructive surgery Rico had a new face to go with his new name. Now danger had traced Anna, Lina and the twins to Rico, so he has moved in next door to watch after them. When the twins climbed out of their backyard going to the neighbor's mailboxes to collect colorful junk mail for their collage Anna made them return the mail and apologize. When Gage opened his front door to Anna and her adorable children he had to pretend not to know them, when Rebecca gave him a hug he thought he might chock on his tears. When danger moves in trying to kidnap Rafe, Gage must tell Annabella who he really is. Could they protect their children from danger? Could Annabella forgive Rico for leaving her all those years ago? And could Rico forgive his mother for lies she told to him, getting him to leave Miami and not marry Anna? TWICE UPON A TIME has one of the most forgiving heroine I've ever read. Jennifer Wagner takes a plot of deceit and misunderstanding, turns the other cheek with forgiveness. While growing up in a lower class part of Miami Rico was Annabella neighbor and savior. When friendship turn to lovers Rico's mother want more for him that just returning for the services to an apartment and raising a family in the projects, so she tells Rico that Anna was seeing other men while he was away. What is so amazing, Anna not only forgave Lina but also forgave Rico for believing his mother's lies instead of her. There are some misunderstanding to work out but they spend time talking about not only their children but feelings they had while being separated. This is Ms. Wagner's first book, I look forward to her next hoping she might lets us know what happens to Anna's cousin Brooke and one of the men on Rico's military squad. Debbie GilbertWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2001
Can true love receive a second chance? Jennifer Wagner's first novel, TWICE UPON A TIME, searches for the answer to this powerful question as it explores the human heart. Annabella Ramsey is a single mother to twins Rebecca and Rafael, friend to Lina Carella and, in her heart, a widow to Rico Carella. Torn apart by mistrust and jealousy, Anna and Rico's lives took different paths. Believing Anna had betrayed him, Rico joined an elite military unit, only to be killed in the line of duty. Anna went on to raise their children and became the creator of 'Double Trouble', a cartoon strip chronicling the twins' lives. Moving to a small, peaceful town in Idaho, Anna thought she was far away from the dangers she and Rico had grown up with in Miami. Yet circumstances are seldom as they appear, as a thirst for revenge and a sinister presence is surfacing in the sleepy town. Enter Gage Moran, the handsome, scarred, and mysterious stranger next door. Gage was sent to Idaho to protect Anna and her family from any threats on their lives; but what will protect Gage's heart when he is forced to live near Anna without telling her of his secret? Gage must keep his secret, as if word got out that Rico Carella was alive and living as Gage Moran, the lives of Anna and her children would be in serious jeopardy. Aside from dealing with potential killers, Anna and Gage have to reconcile their past and work together to build a future for themselves and their children. Will Gage be able to accept that Anna did not cheat on him in the past, and will Anna be able to forgive Gage's deception and silence over the years? TWICE UPON A TIME is the story of one couple's rocky path to love, complete with second chances, rebuilding trust and a healthy dose of passion. Ms. Wagner has given us characters to love, with the promise of more to come. Introduced near the end of the story are some of Gage's military friends, leading this reader to hope that these characters' books will be written soon. The children, Rebecca and Rafe, are portrayed as real children -- they're funny, adorable, and in tune with how children their age actually behave outside of a book's pages. Ms. Wagner's excellent storytelling ability will leave readers breathless, as she entwines humor, passion and love together into a wonderful novel. This touching story of forgiveness, courage and love will remain with readers long after the last page and is sure to mark Jennifer Wagner as a permanent addition to readers' to-be-bought lists. -- Julie Shininger, Escape to Romance ReviewsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2001
I didn't expect to get so hooked on the ARC I received for a first time author, but couldn't put this book down from the moment I opened it. Twice Upon a Time is wonderful! I fell in love with Ms. Wagner's characters, loved the story, and stayed on the edge of my seat until the end. Pick this one up. It's worth it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2001
Make room on your keeper shelf for the debut novel by Jennifer Wagner. Twice Upon a Time takes hold of your heart from the prologue and keeps you enthralled until the very end. It has all the elements of excellent romantic suspense... a strong woman making a life for herself and her family, a mysterious stranger and forces from the past that endanger them both. Add a pair of adorable twins and the stakes are boosted even higher. Ms. Wagner's evocative style and skillful storytelling demonstrate that she's a hot new star in romance writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.