BY RACHEL BRIMBLE
Series: Templeton Cove Stories # 7 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
There’s safety in solitude…isn’t there?
Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world.
Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder..
On the other side of the front door, the kitchen/dining room stretched from the front to the back of the house. Even though it was in semi-darkness, Leah could see straight through to some French doors at the back, the only illumination coming from the overhead light of the stove as it glinted on steel toward the center of the room.
Snapping her gaze to Daisy, Leah’s opinions on personal tastes flew to the wayside. The little girl’s eyes were wide as she chewed her bottom lip. Leah frowned. “Are you all right, sweetheart? Do you want me to knock?”
Daisy nodded and raised her arms toward Leah as though asking to be picked up. “Yes, please. Daddy might be mad.”
“Oh, Daddy won’t be mad.” Leah bent down and picked her up, hitching her onto her hip as Daisy’s arms wound around her shoulders. “If Daddy’s mad, I’ll show him how to calm himself down real quick. Don’t you worry about that.” Leah lifted the brass knocker and let it fall a little harder than necessary.
Narrowing her eyes, she knocked again.
She was readying to knock a third time when the door swung open.
“I told you to get the hell out of here and not come back.” The man’s dark hair sprouted from every angle, his raging eyes bulging and his right hand swathed in a blue and white¬¬––and bloodied––dishtowel. His gaze held Leah’s for a split-second before he snapped his attention to Daisy. “My God, Daisy. What are you…” He cupped Daisy under her armpits, wincing slightly as he pulled her from Leah’s arms to hold her close. He pressed a lingering kiss to her temple, his raging eyes hidden behind his closed lids.
Leah stared, completely stunned by this flannel-shirted, blue jeaned, incredibly good-looking man…despite the bulging eyes. She coughed in a bid to find her voice. “Mr. James?” She planted her hands on her hips. “You’re Daisy’s father, I presume?”
He opened his eyes and Leah stepped back.
Apparently when his eyes had softened and were filled with regret rather than rage, they looked good. Really good.
She stilled. Oh, good Lord. Be damned if those weren’t the eyes of Templeton’s reclusive novelist, Ethan James.
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Rachel Brimble – Why I Decided To Write About A Single Dad…
Deciding characters’ occupations, marital status, financial status and a hundred and one other things is how I start every story. The first thing I wanted to do when I began writing Ethan’s Daughter was make either my hero or heroine a novelist – purely because nineteen books in and I have never given any character my vocation. Writing what I know rather than what I don’t know would be fun!
The second thing I wanted to include in this book was a child – I love writing kids. As a mum to two daughters I have their young voices still ringing loud and clear in my mind. Not to mention the funny things they have said and done over the years. Adding a child into the plot often brings a great angle for humour as well as suspense.
We love and fear for our children (and other people’s) in equal measure.
My Templeton Cove series is published by Harlequin Superromance and one of the main factions of the line is family and community. So I had my chosen career and a young daughter set in my mind. The question next was, who to give them to? The hero or the heroine.
I decided on the hero as I thought it would add a different perspective using the male POV with his child rather than the female. My husband is very close to our girls, but I still wonder how different they would become as women if I wasn’t around. It was something I wanted to explore. Those early lessons and values a father would instil in his children rather than what a mother would had to be different, right? Or was I wrong and children become what they are meant to be whether raised by a mother or father alone or as a couple?
At the start of the story, Ethan has been raising little Daisy alone for five years – her mother left them when Daisy was just two years old. These early foundation years are important and often run through a person’s life forever. I wanted Ethan to be imperfect, make mistakes and judgments based on his own fears and flaws rather than those of Daisy. How would this affect him and her?
Then I thought of the perfect romantic match for him – the woman who had caring and nurturing, healing and supporting as part of her everyday life for years. Along came Leah Dixon who had already appeared in three previous books. As an ER nurse, Leah has seen her fair share of child accidents and neglect, as well as the powerful connection between children and the parents who adore them but are as equally capable as the rest of us of messing up.
The three of them are thrown together in dangerous and suspenseful circumstances which leads to each of the characters reacting and behaving in conflicting ways. Ethan’s Daughter was a fun story to write and reviewers are saying the book has everything – romance, family, intrigue, suspense and love. I hope your visitors give the book a try and entirely agree!
ABOUT RACHEL BRIMBLE
Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eight coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
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