today’s book: A Baby on His Doorstep by Leigh Riker
We are moving right along on our summer-long Road Trip Reads Giveaway where we will be visiting all 50 states on the pages of recently released books. Because road trips are always better with friends – and books – right? So grab your fave snacks, a cold soda or bottled water, an upbeat playlist and let’s head west, to where my husband is from!
today’s stop: Kansas
A BABY ON HIS DOORSTEP by Leigh Riker
SERIES: Kansas Cowboys #11
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2023
His surprise baby…
Could be her saving grace
Workaholic veterinarian Max Crane has sworn off entanglements. Then he wakes up to an infant on his doorstep—and a note saying the tiny girl is his. With his ex MIA, Max hires Rachel Whittaker as his live-in nanny. The grieving widow has her own reasons to keep their relationship professional, but when tongues start wagging, a fake engagement seems the perfect solution. Until they both start falling for the baby…and each other.
From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.
In this scene from A Baby on His Doorstep, town veterinarian Max Crane and Rachel Whittaker, a widow who has been helping him care for the baby, have been talking about the growing local gossip (she is living in his house):
He cleared his throat. “Maybe there’s another way. What if we use those rumors to our advantage, let people think we’re romantically involved after all?”
Rachel blinked. “I don’t know what you’re saying.”
“Engaged,” he said, forcing the word out. “You and me. That will quiet the gossips. Plus, with a ring on your finger, this town will really have something to talk about. Before you know it, they’ll be planning our wedding. So let them. What do you think?” He added, “It’s not as if there’s nothing there. I mean, we did kiss—once. Of course, we wouldn’t have to repeat that. This would be a fake engagement….”
Rachel was staring at him. “Max, I—I don’t know. This makes sense in a way, but do you want people to start planning an event, believe we’re in love…then, maybe when Averill [the baby’s mother] comes back, we split up? Everyone in Barren will feel sorry for you, and they’ll hate me. I do like you, Max, and you make some good points. But—”
Please, he thought. He could sense her weakening. “We can make this work. We can worry about afterward later.” He gazed at Rachel until she finally smiled. “Yes?” he asked.
“This is strange, but okay,” she murmured. “Yes.”
As if to seal the deal, and surely not because he simply wanted to, Max enfolded her in his arms. When he bent his head to kiss her, she didn’t resist. He liked this kiss even better than he had their first. Pretend, or not.
Leigh Riker, A Baby on His Doorstep
© 2023. Used by permission.
Leigh Riker can’t imagine anything better than having a good romance novel to read–unless it is to write one! When not writing or thinking about writing, this award-winning author also likes to garden, play the piano, travel and try to learn Spanish. At home in the Southeast with her husband/hero and their mischievous Maine Coon cat for inspiration, she is at work (of course) on a new novel. Please visit her at leighriker.com.
Leigh Riker is offering a print copy of The Reluctant Rancher & Last Chance Cowboy (the first two books in the Kansas Cowboys series) plus some other fun goodies to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read A Baby on His Doorstep by Leigh Riker? Have you ever visited Kansas?