Hi and welcome everyone! It's Thursday and I can't wait to tell you about the book I picked for this week's reviewer showcase. So sit back and relax for a few minutes while I talk about: The Daddy Issue by Melissa Beck
. I really enjoyed reading this story and I couldn't help but fall in love with Gretchen and Daniel.
Daniel, being a successful businessman and honored with the title "Chicago Bachelor of the Year,
" has everything in life that he could hope for. Well, honestly, he doesn't have everything to make his life complete. He doesn't have a family of his own that he can go home to at night. There's no one to greet him at the door after having a busy day at work. He really lives a lonely life. Yes, he could buy anything he desires or ask any woman out that tickles his fancy, but he knows deep down they're only interested in him because of his status and money.
During his Businessman of the Year
reception, he receives the shock of his life. While mingling with the guests, he runs into an acquaintance from years ago that he met through his girlfriend at the time, Gretchen Parks. Charlotte just can't help but show off the picture of her best friend, Gretchen's daughter, Amy. He figures that Gretchen met someone special and decided to get married and have a baby. But when Charlotte explains that Gretchen never married and Amy is just 4 years old, Daniel just doesn't know how to handle the thought that Amy may very well be his. Once he really looks at her picture, he notices that she undoubtedly has his mother's eyes. Why hadn't Gretchen contacted him to let him know they have a child together?
He does the next best thing he could think of, he flies out to Ohio and wants to ask Gretchen to her face if Amy is very well his daughter also. Is he ready to become an instant father to Amy? Is now the right time to think about settling down finally and does he have a shot at rekindling the relationship he once had with Gretchen? Would Gretchen even take him back? All of these questions can be answered when you read this wonderful story.
If you would like to find out more about this talented author and see what else she has available for purchase, you can visit her at: http://www.melissabeck.com/
That's it for me everyone! I hope you enjoy the review and please feel free to drop Ms. Beck a comment or two. Please note: The week of August 27 there will not be a blog posted on Thursday. My next reviewer showcase entry will be available the following week on September 3. Until then, enjoy the rest of the summer and see you all on September 3!
The Daddy Issue
Author(s): Melissa Beck Website
Review Date: Jul 26, 2009
Print Book Price: $13.99
E-Book Price: $6.00
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Street Date: Out Now
The Daddy Issue - Book Excerpt
Daniel Nicholson, Businessman of the Year and Chicago Bachelor of the Year, is exactly where he wants to be in his life. He has everything going for him and he’s worked hard to achieve everything he has. Since his disastrous divorce though, he refuses to be tied down to anyone or even married to them. No one is going to get in his way of being as successful as he is.
But during his Businessman of the Year reception, his world seems to turn upside down in a matter of minutes. He runs into an acquaintance he met some years back in Chicago while he was dating Gretchen Parks. Charlotte fills him in on how Gretchen is doing and just how wonderful of a mother she is. He assumes, since it was five years ago that he dated Gretchen, that she must have met someone and moved on with her life. When Charlotte explains that Gretchen never married and that Amy is four years old, the news hits him like a ton of bricks. Calculating in his head, he realizes that this could very well be his daughter’s picture that he’s looking at. Seeing the resemblance of his mother’s eyes in Amy’s picture just about sucker punches him in the stomach. Could Amy be his daughter? But how could it be since they used protection that night?
Doing what he thinks is best, he finds out where Gretchen and Amy live and flies to Marydale, Ohio to find out once and for all if this child is truly his. If so, why hasn’t Gretchen contacted him to tell him the news? But the question really is what is he going to do when he finally confronts Gretchen and asks her if Amy is his daughter? Is he really prepared to hear the truth? Is he ready to accept his responsibility if Amy is his child? Could this be the connection back to having Gretchen in his life?
Ms. Beck penned a wonderful story within these pages. Her mastery of her characters’ emotions were penned with such intensity I felt as if I was one of the characters feeling everything that was going on firsthand. I hoped that Daniel was Amy’s father and that this would fill in the gaps he was severely suffering from in his lonely life. Yes, he could have any woman he wanted, but they ultimately were all just after his money and the notoriety that came with being associated to Daniel. It was time that he settled down, but this time it would be for all the right reasons. I’m new to Ms. Beck’s writing, but after reading this story, I’m definitely a fan now!
Book Blurb & Info for: The Daddy Issue
The last souvenir small-town girl Gretchen expected from her Chicago vacation was getting pregnant from one night of delight. The sexy, successful CEO she hooked up with told her he wasn't interested in a family, so she never revealed what had happened.
Five years later, Daniel is at the top of his game in both business and womanizing, but he's shaken off his pedestal when a friend hints that he might have a daughter. Daniel heads for the boondocks to uncover the hidden truth—and pick up where he and Gretchen left off. But his fast-paced lifestyle can't compete with Gretchen's idea of a hometown father and husband. When Daniel's career beckons him back to Chicago, he's faced with the decision of his life—go back to his wild bachelor ways or surrender to his sensual desires and stay and build a family.
280 Pages, Sensual
Review available at: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.aspx?daoid=3915