Slade only cares about two things…his job and his team. He’s never been interested in settling down or starting a family. Those are attachments he doesn’t need. But when he goes to check on the boy left behind by the death of his business partner’s ex-wife, Slade meets Bethany Simmons. This computer programmer is smart as a whip and beautiful as well. And Slade can’t help but take notice.
When Bethany contacted Slade Security to let them know of her sister’s death, she never thought it would be Slade who would show up. With his tanned skin, salt-and-pepper hair, and ripped body, one look at Slade makes her go weak in the knees. But despite her attraction, Bethany’s not going to let anyone take her nephew away from her. Not even a silver fox like Slade.
Bethany’s determined to find a way to adopt her nephew. But as the simmering attraction between her and Slade grows, a dark secret is revealed. And it just might change both their lives forever.
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: His Secret Child
Series: Slade Security Team #2
Author: Leslie North
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 23, 2022
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I’m having such a good time with the Slade Security Team series and loved His Secret Child. Slade received a message from the past, from the sister of the woman who had divorced his partner, his best friend, Brock (who we met in His Stubborn Lover). He made the trip to Bethany’s home with the thought of a quick in, find out what she wanted and get out fast. But as often happens with plans he got more than a few surprises on this trip to the past… and perhaps into his future.
His Secret Child is a relatively short story, so saying too much would be giving away parts of the story that each reader should really discover on their own. Yet, I fell in love with this couple, and one small boy almost immediately. There is no bad guy, no villain to be tracked down just a woman who couldn’t face the truth and her death revealed far more than Slade was ready to hear.
Bethany and Slade have a lot of unanswered questions to navigate as well as their intense attraction to each other, but at the heart of it all is one little boy who lost his mother and cannot lose his aunt as well. Bethany is stubborn, independent, and realistic. Slade is certainly a silver fox with more than a few secrets of his own but combined with Bethany and Jason his world was far more complete and complex than he ever bargained for.
We’ll be updated a bit about the story arc that covers this series, steamy moments as two people give in to an attraction too strong to ignore, and life changes for them both. I enjoyed returning to this world so much… but I don’t intend to give away this world’s secrets either. If you love a sizzling romance with a few secrets, lots of emotions, and a realistic couple to champion – then His Secret Child is perfect for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
Available for the Kindle (as this series is currently in KU)