The First Time I Saw You

The Friessens

Book 16
Lorhainne Eckhart
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Like his parents Andy and Laura Friessen, Gabriel knows what it means to face an impossible situation. What he doesn’t realize when he puts up an ad looking for a roommate he never expects to meet a down on her luck gorgeous single mom with a meddling family, a crazy ex-boyfriend, and enough chemistry between them to heat a county. The only problem is she doesn’t believe in happily ever after and sees falling in love as a mistake only fools make. But Gabriel can’t stop thinking about her, wanting her, and is determined to show her the road to love isn’t as dangerous as she believes.

Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.

Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)

The Forgotten Child
A Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)
Fallen Hero
The Search (Short Story FREE)
The Awakening
Secrets
Runaway
Overdue (Short Story FREE)
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)
The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)
A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)
A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

I’ll Always Love You

A Reason to Breathe

You Are My Everything


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About the author

With flawed strong characters, characters you can relate to, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart writes the kind of books she wants to read. She is frequently a Top 100 bestselling author in multiple genres, and her second book ever published, The Forgotten Child, is no exception. With close to 900 reviews on Amazon, translated into German and French, this book was such a hit that the long running Friessen Family series was born. Now with over sixty titles and multiple series under her belt her big family romance series are loved by fans worldwide. A recipient of the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Award for Suspense and Romance, Lorhainne lives on the sunny west-coast Gulf Island of Salt Spring Island, is the mother of three, her oldest has autism and she is an advocate for never giving up on your dreams. 
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Lorhainne Eckhart
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Jul 25, 2018
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200
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9781928085720
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English
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Western
Fiction / Sagas
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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What was supposed to be a simple rescue by a stranger turns into so much more. 

Everyone’s favorite family is back! “The chemistry between Ric and Chelsea smoulders from the beginning, then begins to burn brightly. You won’t want to miss this book! Definitely a keeper!” (Rebmay)

And as a special bonus to all who pre-ordered and purchased WELCOME TO MY ARMS there is a link inside for a FREE Bonus short story not available anywhere.

Everyone in Columbia Falls, Montana believes that Chelsea Friessen is a spoiled princess who is more trouble than she’s worth. They’d be wrong though, considering that tale was spun by a scorned high school crush and two years later is still the first impression everyone has of her.

But when she meets a man whose personality is as arrogant as he is drop dead gorgeous that if Chelsea was in her right mind should have her running away from him. The only problem is that this badass stranger walked into her life knowing he saved her from humiliation, a stranger and a kiss she couldn’t resist where he pretended to be her fiancé. The only problem with pretending is it suddenly becomes far too real.

 Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.


Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)
The Forgotten Child
A Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)
Fallen Hero
The Search (Short Story FREE)
The Awakening
Secrets
Runaway
Overdue (Short Story FREE)
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

I’ll Always Love You

A Reason to Breathe

You Are My Everything

 

 

It was the hottest night of sex he’d ever had. Jeremy Friessen had heard the whispers that he was just like his father, with his looks, his bad ass attitude, and arrogance, and he’d never forget the night he’d spent with his best friends sister until she up and left, one day just three years ago.

But now she’s back, he’d caught a glimpse of her at the traffic light again at the store and when her eyes connected with his, she pretended as if she didn’t know him, and that made him angry until he realized she couldn’t hide her reaction to him.

 

But what Jeremy doesn’t know is why she left, whatever her secret is--whatever her reason was for disappearing, Jeremy is determined to find out everything, and when he does he may wish he’d never found her.

 

Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.


Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)
The Forgotten Child
A Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)
Fallen Hero
The Search (Short Story FREE)
The Awakening
Secrets
Runaway
Overdue (Short Story FREE)
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

I’ll Always Love You

A Reason to Breathe

You Are My Everything

 

 

Up and coming hockey rookie Michael Friessen has everything going for him: a future few could hope for, parents who are his everything… He doesn’t want anything more until one weekend before he secures a spot with the Canucks, when he wakes up with a ring on his finger and the hottest, sexiest blonde sound asleep beside him.

He tries to tell himself it was a mistake, that he isn’t looking for a relationship, and despite everything about her, including the night he’s still trying to remember, he’s determined not to fall for her. But the closer they get, the deeper he falls—until he learns that the night they met may not have been accidental.

Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.


Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)
The Forgotten Child
A Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)
Fallen Hero
The Search (Short Story FREE)
The Awakening
Secrets
Runaway
Overdue (Short Story FREE)
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment 

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas 

In the Silence 

In the Stars 

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences 

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

I’ll Always Love You

A Reason to Breathe

You Are My Everything



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Everyone knows the first time you meet that special someone: Your eyes connect from across the room, and you smile and work up the courage to say hello. It’s a simple feat for most people, but not for Trevor Friessen, who struggles to fit into this world and thinks he always will—that is, until he meets a girl who is as different from him as she is the same.

“Our families and everyone around us, what they don’t understand is that we too feel love.”

 Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.


Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)
The Forgotten Child
A Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)
Fallen Hero
The Search (Short Story FREE)
The Awakening
Secrets
Runaway
Overdue (Short Story FREE)
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

A Reason to Breathe

I’ll Always Love You

You Are My Everything

 


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What was supposed to be a simple rescue by a stranger turns into so much more. 

Everyone’s favorite family is back! “The chemistry between Ric and Chelsea smoulders from the beginning, then begins to burn brightly. You won’t want to miss this book! Definitely a keeper!” (Rebmay)

And as a special bonus to all who pre-ordered and purchased WELCOME TO MY ARMS there is a link inside for a FREE Bonus short story not available anywhere.

Everyone in Columbia Falls, Montana believes that Chelsea Friessen is a spoiled princess who is more trouble than she’s worth. They’d be wrong though, considering that tale was spun by a scorned high school crush and two years later is still the first impression everyone has of her.

But when she meets a man whose personality is as arrogant as he is drop dead gorgeous that if Chelsea was in her right mind should have her running away from him. The only problem is that this badass stranger walked into her life knowing he saved her from humiliation, a stranger and a kiss she couldn’t resist where he pretended to be her fiancé. The only problem with pretending is it suddenly becomes far too real.

 Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.


Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)
The Forgotten Child
A Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)
Fallen Hero
The Search (Short Story FREE)
The Awakening
Secrets
Runaway
Overdue (Short Story FREE)
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

I’ll Always Love You

A Reason to Breathe

You Are My Everything

 

 


A big family romance series from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart.


The family you thought you knew.
A reunion you’ll never forget.
A love that lasts forever.

Welcome back to a very special Friessen reunion, in which Becky and Rodney renew their wedding vows. Joined by their sons Brad, Jed, Neil and their nephew Andy, along with their wives and children. This family will show you how love will see them through all the heartache and obstacles life throws their way.

—“I love love love these Friessen men. To have a love so deep and pure for their women is awesome. They show the true meaning of family and togetherness.” – Kindle Customer

—“This is a tight knit family, along with their cousin Andy, his wife and their children. The kind of family we all wish we had.” – Susan

—“This is a series you will go back to time and again to re-read. Lorhainne is that type of writer, you love her stories about family and there journey.” – J. Moore.

—“Through thick and thin this family sticks together.” –A. Tinsley

The Friessen Family Series in reading order:

The Outsider Series

The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)

A Baby And A Wedding

Fallen Hero (Jed, Diana & Andy)

The Search

The Awakening (Andy & Laura)

Secrets (Jed & Diana)

Runaway (Andy & Laura) 

Overdue

The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)

The Wedding

The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy & Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil & Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad & Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline

The Promise

The Business Plan

The Decision

First Love (Katy)

Family First

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Now a USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

Join the five McCabe siblings on their journeys to the dark and dangerous side of love! An intense, exhilarating collection of romantic thrillers you won’t want to miss.</b></p><p><b>Don&#39;t Stop Me (Vic)</b></p><p>Fifteen years ago, Vic McCabe was headed down a one-way road to destruction with the love of his life. But then the unthinkable happened, a mistake that changed their lives forever.</p><p>Successful billionaire contractor Vic McCabe is a man every woman wants, but he gives his heart to no one. However, one day a reporter shows up, asking questions about a past he’s buried, a mistake he made fifteen years ago that could destroy his future and that of the woman he’s tried to forget.</p><p>After evidence surfaces, dredging up details of the night that changed his life forever, Vic is forced to seek out the only woman he’s ever loved—the woman who has sworn to hate him forever.</p><p><b>Don&#39;t Catch Me (Chase)</b></p><p><i><b>He stopped a robbery. Now he has to do the right thing. </b></i></p><p>Having left his life in politics, lawyer Chase McCabe is on his way to meet his brothers and sort out family matters when he stops for gas and walks in on a robbery in progress. However, he discovers the culprit is just a kid, and her situation may not be as clear as he thought. Authorities have written the girl off, and his need to fix everyone’s problems sets in, putting him on a collision course with a mysterious woman with secrets of her own and entangling him in a precarious relationship that ties him to a place he was just passing through.</p><p><b>Don&#39;t Run From Me (Aaron)</b></p><p>Fresh out of the fighting circuit and to those that didn’t know him, Bad Boy Aaron McCabe seemed as if he had it all. Except what everyone doesn’t know is the nightmares that haunt him, the woman he loved who left him and a tragedy that’s driven him to who he is today.</p><p>But soon Aaron is caught up in a complex web of secrets, second chances and a gripping twist with two mysterious women that entangles him in a relationship he never believed he was ready for.</p><p><i><b>A compelling emotional tale about the undeniable power of second chances.</b></i></p><p><b>Don&#39;t Hide From Me (Luc)</b></p><p><b>Sometimes what we can’t see is standing right in front of us all along.</b></p><p>Luc McCabe is a man on the edge. Not only has he given up on his ideal happily ever after, which includes a man who’ll love him and children of his own. He’s leaving behind his old life that has been only about endings.</p><p>What Luc doesn’t realize is sometimes love happens unexpectedly.</p><p><strong>Don&#39;t Leave Me (Claudia)</strong></p><p><em>One moment in time could change her future forever.</em></p><p>From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart comes a riveting and edgy romance about a young love driven to the breaking point.</p><p>Even though Claudia is part of the McCabe family, with four older brothers she barely knows, she has a dark side no one in their right mind would mess with, and she still sees herself as alone. That is until one night, when she witnesses an unspeakable crime that blurs the lines of morality. Her first instinct is to run, but when a mysterious handsome man enters her life, promising to keep her safe, she’s caught up in a web of secrets, not knowing who to trust. When her brothers unite, will they expose the truth or destroy any hope Claudia has of finding love?</p>

Over 500,000 copies sold worldwide. Now translated in German & French

How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?


—    This is by far one of the best books I have read. Lorhainne Eckhart proved herself yet again by pulling you in with a heartfelt story and keeping your attention with the passion that fills the pages. -- ROMANCE JUNKIES

—    I didn't expect I'd fall for the four main characters as hard as I did, but The Forgotten Child is an amazing book, not just for a romance fan like myself, but for single parents who may or may not have a child with autism.-- Reviewer -- Adria

—    A Real Tear Jerker: Omg, I loved this book. I stayed up all night trying to finish it. I cried, My heart broke, I have an 18 year old with autism. This would make a fabulous movie... Tammy

—    "Brilliant, there is no other word for it, heart grabbing, heart warming, gut wrenching, well written well researched, wanted to read it over & over again." - Maureen

In THE FORGOTTEN CHILD, Brad Friessen wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.

Emily Nelson, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder--to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable--a connection sparks between them. But just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier.

Crystal must've had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what's hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating.  Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what's his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice--Emily, and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever.

The Forgotten Child is the first book in The Outsider Series, the beginning of this romantic family saga of the Friessen men and the women they love, which now spans three series.  The Forgotten Child is a love story between the oldest of the Friessen brother's Brad and Emily, a woman he hires to take care of his autistic child.  

Read THE OUTSIDER SERIES in order now spanning three series:  

The Forgotten Child (Brad & Emily)  

A Baby And A Wedding (FREE An Outsider Series Short)  

Fallen Hero (Andy, Jed & Diana)  

The Search (FREE An Outsider Series Short)  

The Awakening (Andy & Laura)  

Secrets (Jed & Diana)  

Runaway (Andy & Laura)

Overdue (FREE An Outsider Series Short)

The Unexpected Storm (Neil & Candy)

The Wedding (Neil, Candy & The Friessen Family)

The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

Don't miss the new spinoff series coming January 2017 - The McCabe Brothers

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It was the hottest night of sex he’d ever had. Jeremy Friessen had heard the whispers that he was just like his father, with his looks, his bad ass attitude, and arrogance, and he’d never forget the night he’d spent with his best friends sister until she up and left, one day just three years ago.

But now she’s back, he’d caught a glimpse of her at the traffic light again at the store and when her eyes connected with his, she pretended as if she didn’t know him, and that made him angry until he realized she couldn’t hide her reaction to him.

 

But what Jeremy doesn’t know is why she left, whatever her secret is--whatever her reason was for disappearing, Jeremy is determined to find out everything, and when he does he may wish he’d never found her.

 

Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.


Reading order:

THE OUTSIDER SERIES (The Friessen Legacy)
The Forgotten Child
A Baby And a Wedding (Short Story FREE)
Fallen Hero
The Search (Short Story FREE)
The Awakening
Secrets
Runaway
Overdue (Short Story FREE)
The Unexpected Storm
The Wedding


The Friessens: A New Beginning

The Deadline (Andy and Laura)

The Price to Love (Neil and Candy)

A Different Kind of Love (Brad and Emily)

A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas

The Friessens

The Reunion

The Bloodline (Andy & Laura)

The Promise (Diana & Jed)

The Business Plan (Neil & Candy)

The Decision (Brad & Emily)

First Love (Katy)

Family First

Leave the Light On

In the Moment

In the Family: A Friessen Family Christmas

In the Silence

In the Stars

In the Charm

Unexpected Consequences

It Was Always You

The First Time I Saw You

Welcome to My Arms

I’ll Always Love You

A Reason to Breathe

You Are My Everything

 

 

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