THE DOCTOR’S SECRET BRIDE
ANA E ROSS
Excerpt from Chapter Two: My heroine, Michelle, is waiting to see if she has been hired as nanny to Erik, the hero’s seven-year-old daughter, Precious:
Michelle stared at a collection of Monet landscapes lining one wall of the study. A smile ruffled her lips at the idea that she and the stiff-shirt doctor had something in common. He’d probably choke on that bit of info, she thought, her smile spreading to her eyes. What, a girl from the other side of the river with an acquired appreciation for fine art?
See, that’s the trouble with people, she thought. You think you know them until they surprise the heck out of you by doing something totally unimaginable.
Take her father for instance. He’d been a rotten parent throughout her childhood. In spite of his neglect and abuse, she’d earned a four-year college degree in three years by working two jobs and attending night and summer school. She’d landed a great job as Manager of Customer Operations at a well-established company, and moved into a nice apartment on Elm Street. She had a new car and a so-so boyfriend. Since she had no college loans to pay back, she was able to save a substantial amount of her salary.
Then it was all blown to smithereens one night when her father knocked on her door. He had knocked on her door before, and she’d offered him a little food here and there—never money, because she knew it would end up in the cash register of the nearest liquor store. Once in a while, if she were in a good mood, she would let him take a shower and sleep off his intoxication on her sofa.
Michelle wiped her hands down her face. She wished she’d been in a bad mood that night. If she hadn’t been so nice to her father, when she was unexpectedly laid off a few months later, she would not have found herself penniless, homeless, and free-loading off her best friend, Yasmine.
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Loving Yasmine, a spinoff of The Doctor’s Secret Bride, will be available for pre-order on September 28, with an official release date of December 21. Loving Yasmine tells the story of Robert (Michelle’s brother), and Yasmine, (her best friend), and their journey to Happily Ever After.
Robert Carter survived an abusive upbringing from an alcoholic father to become one of the most brilliant and successful orthodontists in Boston. Now, financially secured and emotionally stable, he’s ready to settle down and raise a houseful of kids to prove to himself that he can be a better father than the one who raised him. But the one woman he desires to make his dreams come true has other ideas about love and marriage.
As a little girl, Yasmine Reynolds fantasized about raising a family with Robert, her best friend’s older brother. Now all grown up, and in demand as one of the best divorce attorneys money can buy, Yasmine realizes that love and marriage isn’t the bed of roses she imagined it would be. She becomes even more cynical when a relationship she thought strong enough to weather any storm unravels before her eyes.
Is Robert’s unwavering love enough to convince Yasmine that Happily Ever After does exist, and free her to reveal the dark secret she has been hiding from him? Or will she allow her fear of failure to send this hunk of a man tumbling into the arms of another woman?