Between duty, honor…and a baby! Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child.
Six months. That’s how long Rita Marchetti has mourned Jack Buchanan. Yet here he is, alive, standing in front of her, perfect…and devastatingly sexy! Even more amazing is the former marine’s admission that he wanted Rita to think he’d died. But the two of them are about to become three and Jack is back just in time.
That baby Rita is carrying is his. Despite the pain he holds so close to his heart, Jack can’t walk away from his child. A marriage in name only would solve everything. Everything except a desire too deeply buried and too long denied…
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Reunited when she least expects it! A touching story about how the memories of the past can haunt someone's life. Strong characters, but bittersweet because he was pushing her away the entire time instead of enjoying their growing connection. Ended well though! Baker Rita Marchetti had an impetuous fling with a Marine on leave and lost her heart forever! She thought they had a future, but when she didn't hear from him as promised, she assumed he had been killed at war. Without any contact info for him, she could only grieve the loss and rue the misfortune of meeting her love at the wrong time in life. Jack Buchanan meets up with Rita again purely by happenstance, and he can't believe she's pregnant. He's not sorry she thought he was dead. He feels dead, and he can no longer give her the future he promised. He doesn't want anything to do with her or their baby, but he refuses to let the baby be born without his name. A temporary marriage in name only with a quick annulment after the birth will fix that!
What a roller coaster ride this story turned out to be! Rita Marchetti had been on holiday when she met and fell in love with a marine, Jack Buchanan, who was on leave for a week before being sent on deployment. Their attraction was mutual and he promised to write . . . then he didn’t. She mourned his loss and actually moved to set up a bakery near where they met. That’s where he found her again and discovered she’s having his child! There are so many different issues raised in this story as their attraction is still there but there are so many other aspects to be resolved before they can have any chance of attaining their HEA. Jack has shut his emotions down and isn’t relating to anyone, not even his close family, as he had before deployment. He’s very emotionally scarred by his experiences and this is a story of Rita trying to breech the walls he’s erected to protect himself and to rediscover the man she loves. Rita is a brilliant, feisty, Italian spitfire - independent, considerate and loving! A very different romance, exploring the impact of traumatic war events on servicemen returning to civilian life. There are some heart breaking moments in the story but keep going, it’ll be worth it in the end! I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.