Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise

Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise

by Kate Carlisle
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Overview

Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise by Kate Carlisle



Marriage and kids? Not for confirmed bachelor Cameron Duke. Then an affair with Julia Parrish changed everything. Once he discovered the pretty cupcake maker had borne him a son, Cameron's priorities did a complete turnaround. He would marry and give his child the Duke name. But he'd be keeping his heart.

A marriage of convenience? That wouldn't have been Julia's first choice. Yes, she had always craved Cameron, and becoming his wife could be sweet indeed. But once she said "I do," this new bride and mother realized she wanted more from her husband. She wanted love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426876011
Publisher: Silhouette
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Series: Silhouette Desire Series , #2058
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 192,173
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

Kate Carlisle writes for Harlequin Desire and is also the New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile Mystery series for NAL. Kate spent twenty years in television production before enrolling in law school, where she turned to writing fiction as a lawful way to kill off her professors. She eventually left law school, but the urge to write has never left her.



Kate and her husband live near the beach in Southern California where she was born and raised.

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Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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_Michelle_ More than 1 year ago
A tender romance with mass appeal. Bestselling author Kate Carlisle's second romance is a cupcake for the soul. It's a traditional romance full of love, lust, flawed individuals, a fabulous family and all kinds of sweet treats. Pastry Chef Julia Parrish's parents died when she was eight. With a trust fund to support her, she grew up lonely under the influence of nannies and the house staff. After a weekend tryst with sexy billionaire Cameron Duke, she learns she is pregnant. Cameron's refusal to return her calls or emails leaves her to raise their son on her own, which is just fine with her. When the two are set up for a not so accidental encounter by Cameron's mother, all that changes. Cameron wants his son, Jake, and Julia in his life. He promises her everything but love. The only problem is that love is the one thing she has always craved. Cameron and Julia both had challenging childhoods that put up barriers to their happily ever after. Those backgrounds brought to the story the elements that intrigued me the most. How do you let go of your past and embrace the future? Even in the midst of their own personal struggles to open up, the two found lust and without even knowing it, true love. All along the way, the chemistry was undeniable and the rompin' was rampant. The pacing was slow and steady, in a good way. The journey to their bliss was a sweet and fulfilling ride. This is a mass market book with mass appeal. The perfect thing to grab as you jump on the airplane or sit by the pool. (Hey, I'm in Miami. It's always pool time here.) Or for all you northerners, it's perfect to snuggle up with in front of a fire. I tend to like a little more tension. A little more drama. Maybe a wee bit more steam in the bedroom. In general, I like my books intense and unforgettably uncomfortable. This is so not uncomfortable. It is utterly comfortable and decadent, like Julia's pastries. Which is why I think I could recommend it to just about anyone. Like I said, mass appeal. So, no matter where you will be spending this winter, I feel confident in recommending Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise for a delicious, feel-good day of decadence. Enjoy!
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LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise is pure romance with wonderful heart that left this reader feeling very happy and satisfied. I had such a fun time reading this story and there were so many moments that truly thrilled me because the writing and characters were so well done. Cameron Duke is ex-military who prides himself on his self control and his mastery of everything and any endeavor he tasks himself. He is a man who, through the love of his adoptive mother, became the man he is from the broken little boy he was. His early emotional trauma however tends to color and twist certain events in his adult life and when he finally meets the woman who could truly heal him, he resists. I absolutely adored this man who deluded himself into rationalizing away his whole relationship with Julia, the heroine. He is scared and has trained himself not to do anything that would jinx his perfect plan which of course is why reading about his decent into love's arms is so delicious and special. Julia is quite the forgiving woman. At one point I thought perhaps she was being written as a weak love-sick doormat. Instead, she's a woman who doesn't hide from her true feelings. She may fight them a bit but she's a realist yet optimistic and hopeful. She actually is a strong woman who knows her mind yet that strength is compromised by elements of self-doubt from her own childhood. She too has to lay to rest certain emotional traumas that happened since the loss of her parents. She has a loving and giving nature and nothing makes that more apparent than when she interacts with her son, Jake, and Cameron's mother, Sally. Seeing these two injured soul-mates dance around each other - wanting and resisting, pursuing and retreating made for an entertaining and endearing read. The best writing in this tale revolves around Julia and Cameron's son, Jake, and Cameron himself. There were many moments of beauty mothers and favorite aunts could appreciate because they've lived through it. At no time was the child a prop but an integral character to the plot as a whole. Little Jake was the catalyst that brought these two lost hearts together and it truly is a heartwarming story. In fact, the "awww" moments are the kind readers would share with each other because they are adorable. I know I would but it's so hard to do it without spoilers. Throughout the book, Cameron and Julia seduce each other with glances, touches, words and tender actions. When they spontaneously combust in each other's arms, it makes for delightful and spicy reading that appealed to my internal romantic. Ms. Carlisle didn't miss a trick in reaching into my innermost emotions and bringing them to life in the relationship between Cameron and Julia in a setting rich with family camaraderie, exotic settings and yummy hot cocoa and frostings. Sweet Surrender, Baby Surprise simply delighted me with its personable characters, sweet romance and spicy seduction. There is humor, hope and a family anyone would be happy to be a part of. I know this review doesn't do justice to the wonderful characters that Ms. Carlisle created and I wish I could share with you the parts that made me giggle and sigh but I want readers to get the full impact. Not knowing what delights await is part of what made me enjoy this book. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
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GHott More than 1 year ago
Julia Parrish wave up on Duke Cameron almost two years ago. Yes, they had that one fabulous weekend and he did say that when it was over he'd walk away and never look back, but she didn't realize how firmly he held that resolve. Julia had no idea that he wouldn't accept her calls or read her emails. She had no idea that she's be left to raise their child on her own. Not to worry, though. Julia is a strong resilient woman - she handled it. Now, however, with a little help from a scheming mother they've ended up alone in a hotel room... well, not exactly alone and need to figure out how to be parents to their adorable son - if Cameron will ever get it through his thick skull that not everyone likes him for his money! My Thoughts: I love a Kate Carlisle book. They're quick easy reads and I crave the story long after I've read them. There is just something about her stories that compel me to read them time after time. I'm sure that this one will be no different. I know, the single mom making it on her own until a knight shows up to save her even though she really doesn't need him to is a bit of a cliqued plot but I was that mom so I love stories that remind me how happy I am that I'm with hubby because I love him and not because I need him - if you know what I mean. (Though don't try to explain it to him he wants to be needed...) Anyway, this was a fun book that was quick and easy. Grab it for a bit of relaxation and some smiles.
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EASY TO READ. GOOD PLOT. WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!!!!