Heir To Scandal
Harlequin Desire, Sep 2 2014, $5.25
Congressman Xander Langston returns to his Cornwall, Connecticut hometown to begin his reelection campaign. Thankful to strawberries and understanding the importance of avoiding scandal, Xander needs to limit the fallout from the human remains found on Eden Farm where he and three other boys (see A Beauty Uncovered and Undeniable Demands) were raised as foster children.
When Xander and his high school sweetheart Rose Pierce meet for the first since she ended their relationship over a decade ago; both realizes they remain attracted to each other. However, he struggles to adhere to his mantra of no scandal; while she is a single mom raising a son Joey, whose age implies Xander is his father. When Rose’s brother Craig calls her that Joey was injured, Xander takes her to the hospital where he asks the Big Question.
The third Secrets of Eden is an exciting second chance romance that moves forward the overarching premise and stars a likeable cast. Although the motif of hiding the fact from a father that he sired a child has been overused and unfair even when the rationale is altruistic, the efforts to keep the potential out of wedlock scandal from exploding make for a warm family drama.