His Son, Her Secret

His Son, Her Secret

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"For more than a year, Byron Beaumont has tried to get over Leona Harper. Not even living overseas could erase the memory of their affair...or her betrayal. Her family has been out to destroy his for decades, and despite Byron trusting her, making love to her, Leona kept her identity hidden. Now that Byron is back--as her new employer--he wants answers. But what he gets is another surprise. Leona has given birth to his son. He'll do what it takes to care for his family, even if it means spending days--and nights--wanting the one woman he can't have..."-- From back cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2015]
ISBN: 9780373734115
0373734115
Branch Call Number: FIC ANDERSO
Characteristics: 192 pages ; 17 cm.

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FindingJane Sep 24, 2016

Secrets permeate this book, leading to a lot of misunderstandings. I found myself doing a slow burn at the deliberate obtuseness of Byron Beaumont. A man who turns to cooking to soothe his feelings is a different kind of male protagonist and I found myself liking him in the beginning. But his constant needling of his supposed love interest was grating in the extreme. He kept accusing her of lying, which is the telling of deliberate untruths. But Leona never lied to him, only kept her background hidden. Fool for love that he is, he never really did any digging because he was so besotted with her (or rather let the little head do the thinking for the big head). It seems as if it would have been ridiculously easy for him to connect the dots. After all, her name is only one vowel away from Leon Harper, the nemesis of the Beaumonts. How could he not figure out who she was?! She also never lied about being pregnant or having Byron’s baby. How could she, when she never told him about it in the first place? Leona is afraid that Byron will turn out to be like his father, an autocratic, dictatorial womanizer and serial husband. Mr. Beaumont, Sr. had the ugly habit of tiring of his wives, divorcing them and keeping the children for himself…a habit shared by Leona’s own father. Byron’s constant loss of temper doesn’t help the situation. Leona claims, quite rightly, that she won’t have him around her baby when his moods swing from sullen anger over her perceived untruthfulness to loving daddy. I get her point. So when she agrees to marry him, I was ready to tear out my hair. Even near the end of the novel, he insists on her telling him the truth. How, exactly, is she or anyone to guarantee complete and constant honesty? Should she take a blood oath? Such a man would be impossible to live with; he would torment a wife constantly. However, I really prized the moments when Leona is working on decorating and designing Byron’s restaurant and when she finally stands up to her own cold-blooded, hostile father. I also liked reading about Byron’s cooking and his determined care of his son. Those moments meant a lot more to me than the sex or furious arguments. Kinda depressing, when you think about it.

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