by Brenda Novak
Harlequin Super Romance
$5.25 U.S. / $6.25 Can.
. . . is a baby. A baby of her own. At thirty, she longs to break away from the constraints of her life. Longs to reach out for her heart's desire. She'd prefer marriage as well, but there's no man in Dundee, Idaho, she interested in marrying.
Then one winter night she and her best friend, Rebecca, go to Boise with the intent of finding a man for Delaney. She meets a handsome stranger named Conner, a man who might be able to provide her with the solution she needs . . . and the baby she wants!
Afterward she thinks she must have been out of her mind. But it's too late. Because she's pregnant. And because the stranger isn't a stranger anymore. Conner Armstrong is now living on a ranch just outside Dundee.
Sometimes impulsive actions can lead to grief.
But sometimes they bring bliss.
And sometimes both . . .
All her fears concerning what would happen if Conner learned about the baby seemed to float at the forefront of Delaney's mind. The possible custody battles, the difficulty of sharing a child, her worry that he might not be the best influence, considering what she'd heard about his reputation . . .
She didn't want to do anything that would risk the security of her baby's future. But the truth was the truth. She couldn't get around it anymore. She'd cheated him, and her sense of justice demanded she admit it.
"Yes," she said
He gulped air into his lungs as though she'd slugged him, then jammed his hands into his pockets and whirled toward the door. Delaney thought he was going to walk out on her without another word, but after two steps he turned back. "You did it on purpose," he said "You meant to get pregnant. That's what you had in mind from the very beginning."
The loathing in his voice hurt even more than Delaney had imagined it would. "Yes."
"And what the hell do you hope to gain from it?"
"Nothing, I just want the baby. That's all I've ever wanted."
"Yeah, right," he said, and strode out. Then silence fell. But the peace was gone.
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