HER SECRET, HIS SURPRISE

HER SECRET, HIS SURPRISE               PAULA ALTENBURG
Posted: July 21, 2014

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg***This is a Red-Hot Bliss Title! As such, it contains sexual content***
Conflict of interest is an understatement…
Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up...until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.
Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded...and then he meets Cass’s daughter.

MY REVIEW:
     Cass Stone had always been a head strong and high spirited child.  This totally did not go over well with her judgmental, strong handed, and verbally abusive minister father.  So, it was no wonder when she was five and she tried to run away, not getting far due to a neighbor, and she was hit and she hit him back.  Not winning her any points with her father and dubbing her a willful child.  From that moment on she knew she needed to get away.
     She ran away at 15 and was gone for 3 months until all the money she has saved was gone and she applied for a job.  Where she applied knew she wasn’t old enough and called DPSS.  The social worker said the way to get out was with a good education.  They took her back home where she buckled down and earned a scholarship to engineering school.  Her father said no way no daughter of his was taking a spot away from a man.  That she was to apply for nursing or teaching she said no so when she turned 18 he kicked her out and told her never to return, call, or contact them in anyway.
     Now at twenty-five she is in a job where she uses her engineering skills but also works the corporate end of the business.  She is working her way up the ladder in fact she is at a conference she had just attended that went well.  She had one more meeting in the bar of the hotel she was staying at with a retired military Colonel.  He wanted her more that he wanted her business, she was there for.  The bartender caught on to this and knew his type and wanted to help her out.  So, when the Colonel ordered another round which would make it their third he made Cass’ a virgin drink.
     Cass had noticed him when the Colonel went to take a call.  He was sexier then hell.  Sparkling blue eyes and a smile that could melt your panties right off.  When she takes a sip and realizes what he’d done a hint of a smile plays on her lips and she makes eye contact with him.  There was that smile.  After that meeting she packs up and leaves.
     The bartender Logan Alexander feels disappointed he was hoping on his last day at his gig at playing a bartender he could do a little celebrating for the real job he was there for.  He was able to close the case for CSIS arresting the people involved with selling information to foreign enemies.  And it looked like Miss Hottie was celebrating something too.  Oh well, he would clean up and close up.  When he hears someone walking in Miss Hottie had changed into a tight pair of jeans a top.  “M-M-Mary Smith” he knew she was lying when he asked her name she wasn’t a good liar.  That’s okay she was harmless and wanted some excitement so did he.
     She leaves her extra key and asks him to be a good employee and return her lost key to her after his shift.  They hook up, they make a much deeper connection than they both expected for a one night stand, but Logan has a job to do so does she.  He sneaks out in the early morning she pretends she’s sleeping to save the awkward good-bye moments.
     Fast forward two months later Cass is ralphing into the toilet.  She knows she needs to try and contact him but just too at least let him know there is some of his DNA out and about.  When she final does try that evening and calls the bar they say that no one by that name ever even worked there ever.  Now she knew for sure she and her baby were 100% alone.  Not that she was ever going to ask him for help or anything like that, but there was that mustard seed of hope that he would want…
     I really enjoyed this book it had a lot of things going on between the two characters, the work employees, and her home life.  It really kept you interested.  Then there was Logan’s grandma she was a hoot and how that would impact all their lives especially Cass’s and Olivia’s.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by net galley. 
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