Secrets, Lies & Lullabies

Secrets, Lies & Lullabies

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"No problem's too big for CEO Alexander Bajoran...until a baby is left in his boardroom with a note stating he's the daddy. The mother must be Jessica Taylor, an unforgettable though regrettable one-night stand. Why would she do such a thing? When Jessica returns, desperate and remorseful, there's no way Alex will let her walk away with his son. And after discovering that she's connected to his jewelry empire's biggest rival, the mogul wonders if the pregnancy really was an accident. What will he gamble to keep his heir...and the woman who still has a stranglehold on his heart?"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, ©2012.
ISBN: 9780373732067
0373732066
Characteristics: 185 pages ;,17 cm.
Alternative Title: Secrets, lies and lullabies

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FindingJane Mar 12, 2017

Rich guy meets poor girl down on her luck while she’s changing his sheets. This is porn-fantasy-meets-romantic-tripe territory, all right. Excuse me, I meant romantic trope.

Jessica Taylor was once part of a wealthy family that designed jewelry in partnership with the Bajorans. Due to some skullduggery or misunderstanding, the Taylors were forced out of business while the Bajorans continued to thrive. Enter a bitter, conniving cousin who’s determined to get back on top and we’ve got revenge thrown into the mix to spice up the plot.

Jessica is immediately hit hard by the testosterone-laden hottie that is Alexander Bajoran and he’s intrigued by the multiple earrings and blue streak she sports in her hair. She’s hotel staff and knows better than to get mixed up with the clientele. But when has common sense or the need for self-preservation ever stopped romantic ninnies like her? So, after a very brief acquaintance, they tumble into bed the night with nary a condom in sight…and you know what happens next.

One-night stands combined with criminal acts run rife through romances and this proves no exception. Jessica wakes up the next day, steals a valuable item from his briefcase and vanishes. The pregnancy that follows, leaving her in a financial bind, is also tiresomely predictable.

Recriminations, an illegitimate baby, reparations and reconciliations follow. Honestly, I wonder what Alexander sees in Jessica. Practically every single thought he has when he looks at her is how sexy she is and how he wants to strip off her clothes and ravish her. In spite of coming to know her as being (somewhat) intelligent and knowledgeable about jewelry design, his thoughts about her rarely progress beyond the carnal. The same could be said about her but her feelings are also wound up with guilt and shame over her felonious behavior.

This is yet another tiresome romantic entry about a couple who are more or less interchangeable with every other Prince Charming-meets-his-Cinderella pairing. Read it or stick your head into a pumpkin. What’s the difference?

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