Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg

Posted April 4, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula AltenburgHer Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg
Format: eARC
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Military, Pregnancy & Babies, Romance
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Conflict of interest is an understatement…

Since being disowned by her strict father, Cass Stone has spent her adulthood trying to prove him wrong. Her drive has led to more success than her family ever thought she’d achieve, and life is looking great. Not even an incredible and mysterious one night stand that leaves her a single mom can trip her up...until the father of her baby stumbles back into her life, as sexy and unreliable as ever.

Logan Alexander hasn’t forgotten the night he spent with Cass two years ago, but he never expects to end up undercover as her assistant. His job saves lives—like it should have saved his brother—and he can’t afford complications. It’s difficult enough to maintain his cover as a carefree wanderer when he realizes his attraction to Cass hasn’t faded...and then he meets Cass’s daughter.

Sometimes I really like the whole secret baby story line, I mean sometimes I hate, especially when the mom hid the kid for vindictive reasons, but when it’s done well, I tend to like them. Besides the baby/kid almost always results in some interesting conversations and awkward encounters when the situations comes to light, and what can I say I like a little bit of drama.

So this book has kind of a lot going on, you have Cass who is a very driven woman who has a one night stand while on a work trip with Logan, the bartender. Well, she thinks he’s a bartender. He’s really an undercover agent whose job it is to basically find leaks of military information. And wouldn’t you know it, Cass works for defense company. Two years and one baby later, Logan shows up at Cass’s work, only this time he’s her temporary administrative assistant and not the bartender. Talk about complicated.

So I liked Cass, she ambitious but somehow she’s managed to not let that ambition make her jaded, I think its her youth. She’s also very loving when it comes to her daughter, she grew up in a family where she didn’t feel a lot of affection or love, and she wants to make sure that her daughter never has to feel that way. I loved how much Cass wants to give her daughter the life she wished she had. But what really worked for me when it came to Cass was that she really has kind of dealt with her issues about her past, they make her strong, not weaker. I also liked how she handled seeing Logan again, she let him in really quickly, and while she may not have vocalized that Olivia was his daughter, she was really kind of following his lead and not the other way around.

Logan, oh Logan, I felt for him. I understood his strong reaction when he realized he had a daughter, but I loved that he didn’t take it out on Cass. I mean he was undercover and couldn’t really tell her who he really was, but I think he needed to spend time with both of them before really having the conversation about why he didn’t find out. That being said, man this guy was being pulled in all kinds of directions. He wanted to be there for his kid, but without acknowledging that she was his, and he wanted to do good at his job, but not at the risk of losing out on time with his kid. Rock, meet hard place.

This was a cute story, with a bit of mystery in it, trying to figure out who the leak was. Definitely character driven, and it was nice seeing them evolve as a family. That being said, if you are looking for heat, look somewhere else. These is no between the sheets action, just a few sentences to clarify that it happened, but that’s it. But if your looking for a nice romance with a good pace and side of mystery then this might be the book for you.
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About Paula Altenburg

Paula Altenburg grew up in rural Nova Scotia knowing that at some point in her life she was likely to be a fiction writer. Swapping Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey books with her father guaranteed she wasn’t going to be the next Jane Austen, much to the dismay of her English teacher mother.

A degree in Social Anthropology from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, again meant writing was the logical (meaning only) career path for her, although it did confirm her belief that learning is a life-long experience. She’s taken business courses, writing courses, and physiology of aquatic animals courses, all at the university level and all for fun.

She has worked in the Aerospace industry, although now makes writing her full-time career. Happily married, with two terrific sons, she continues to live in rural Nova Scotia but makes a point of traveling as much as she can.

She reads in all genres, but fantasy and contemporary romance are her writing loves.

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