"A wonderful story with friends crossing the line and becoming lovers." – All about Romance on Knowing You
On the night of her best friend's beachside wedding, Stevie Ryan did a very bad thing—she slept with Paul Candellano, twin brother of her ex, brother of her BFF, son of her surrogate mama. Unfortunately for Stevie, that very bad thing felt so achingly good that she can't get Paul out of her mind.
Was she with the wrong brother all along? Paul is everything Nick was not—thoughtful, brilliant, faithful. But if they give in to the yearning in their hearts, all of Chandler, California will be buzzing about the coffee-shop owner trying to trade one brother for another, and Stevie and Paul will risk tearing apart the close-knit Italian family they both love.
USA Today best selling author Maureen Child is the author of more than ninety romance novels and novellas. Maureen is a five time nominee for the prestigious Rita award from Romance Writers of America.
One of her novels, A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE, was made into a CBS-TV movie called The Soul Collector, starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Greenwood and Ossie Davis.
Maureen is a native Southern Californian who has recently moved with her family to the mountains of Utah where she's learning to deal with snow on the road and deer in the yard.
"Maureen Child infuses her writing with the perfect blend of laughter, tears and romance. "-Jill Marie Landis
For the first time in his life, cameras aren't focused on football star—make that former football star—Nick Candellano, and he doesn't like it. Even so, scandal is not how he wants to return to the limelight, so when an 11-year-old claims Nick is his dad, Nick wants to keep it quiet before the press and his Italian mama find out, at least until he knows if Jonas really is his son.
Tasha Flynn, Jonas's fiercely protective foster mother, won't let anyone hurt the boy she loves like a son, even a man who might be his father. But Nick's charms are hard to resist. The more time she spends with him, the more conflicted she feels. He's kind, good to Jonas, and his kisses set off a fire inside her—but he could be the reason she loses Jonas forever. How can a single beautician with no kin compete with a rich pro athlete, especially one of the close-knit Candellanos who can give Jonas the family he's always dreamed of?
After tragedy struck, Carla Candellano retreated from an elite search and rescue squad to her hometown, where she's safe from everything except her Italian mama's meddling. When a handsome stranger moves in next door, Carla can't help being drawn to Jackson Wyatt and the silent child at his side.
Reese hasn't spoken since her mother died, so Jackson brought her to Chandler in hopes that the beach-town charm would bring back the laughing little girl she once was. This is not the time for the strongest desire he's ever felt. He should be focused on Reese, not falling for the beautiful woman next door. But how can he stay away when his precious daughter soaks in the affection of Carla and the close-knit Candellanos? And when his own heart begins to feel again for the first time in a very long time?
Over one passionate summer, Carla and Jackson will discover that no matter where you try to hide, destiny has a way of finding you.