Hunter, Kelly, Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy (Hot Bed of Scandal, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2009).
Title: Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy (Hot Bed of Scandal, Book 2)
Author: Kelly Hunter
Imprint: Modern Heat
When pampered heiress Simone Duvalier sashays back into Rafael Alexander’s life, Rafe can’t wait for her to head back to France where she belongs and leave him to his empire-building in Australia. He’d believed in her once but not any more. Loved her once too but those days were over. All that remained were unwanted memories and a compulsion to bed her that he would not surrender too.
Simone has never forgotten Rafael, the housekeeper’s unloved, unwanted, fiercely ambitious son, or the hold he once had on her heart. Making amends isn’t easy. Gaining his trust is next to impossible, but she is making headway.
Until a princely secret threatens to destroy his fragile trust in her forever…
In my last book, Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnate, I wrote Gabrielle and Lucien’s story, and fought hard to keep Gabrielle’s brother Rafael off the page. Not because he was bad, but because if I’d given him any leeway whatsoever he’d have dominated the story and captured my heart – and I couldn’t have that. It wasn’t his story.
In Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy Rafe’s been allowed full rein – and reign he does. Emerging from a cold and traumatic childhood, Rafael is an enigmatic, driven man with a clear moral compass, a closely guarded heart, and a steely determination to protect those few people he loves.
The last person he wants to see at his sister’s wedding is bridesmaid Simone Duvalier, who witnessed so much of his childhood humiliation and broke his heart as a young man. But Simone brings acceptance and understanding with her, along with revelations guaranteed to turn Rafael’s world upside down.
Simone and I gave Rafael a very hard time. There’s no denying that. We shattered his present. We forced him to re-examine his past. We forced upon him a future he wasn’t ready for. But we also lost our hearts to him in the process, and I hope you will too.