Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Athena's Daughter

Athena's Daughter 
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Seven years ago, Athena Hill made a hasty decision that hurt the two people she loves most, only they don’t know it. Yet.
When Athena discovers she’s pregnant after her blissful summer in England, she isn’t too worried. After all, she and Derek Marshall plan to get married anyway – they’d already be married if it wasn’t for her visa expiring, sending her back to the States to apply for another one. But when she calls Derek to tell him about their baby, a girl answers the phone; a girl who tells Athena that she is Derek’s fiancĂ©e. When Athena’s sister urges her to forget about a man who would use her and then toss her aside, she’s conflicted. But frightened by her sister’s warnings that such a man might also try to take the baby from her, Athena enters into a hasty marriage of convenience with a man she doesn’t love.
Seven years later, Athena is divorced and raising Derek’s look-alike daughter on her own and regretting not finding a way to tell Derek, even if she could reach him. His once fledgling rock band is now a success and he’s surrounded by security, making contact with him impossible. Or so she thinks until the owner of the record store where she’s manager books the band for a personal appearance.
Now she’s face to face with Derek again, and he’s furious. He was never engaged to anyone else and has spent the past seven years thinking Athena ran out on him without a word. Realizing she was played for a fool, and ashamed for keeping Derek’s child from him, Athena knows she has to make right the colossal wrong she committed seven years ago.
But breaking through Derek’s anger at what he thinks was her callous abandonment of him is harder than Athena thought. That anger is nothing compared to his reaction when she finally tells him about his child, and it destroys the loving connection they’d re-established.
Now Athena’s daughter has the father she always wanted and needed, and Derek is overjoyed to have his child in his life. But even though there’s still an undercurrent of passion and desire between Athena and Derek, he still treats her like someone he used to know. Will he ever be able to forgive her for what she did, or have her past actions destroyed any chance of happiness with the man she still loves?


*****The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****
"With trembling lips she stares into Derek's eyes; eyes that were the same vivid blue as Elizabeth's."
Athena Chandler didn't plan for her life to be what it is today. A 25 year old single mother with a daughter to the man who broke her heart, divorced from a man she never loved in a time when it was shunned. The doubts still plague her about her choices after spending an amazing summer after high school in England, with a man she planned on spending the rest of her life with. She struggles every day trying to provide the best life she can for her daughter Elizabeth while trying to remember the girl she used to be.
What if a miscommunication changed everything you had planned for the future, causing you to lose the love of your life? What if 7 years later you found out you had a daughter? Derek Marshall wasn't planning on a woman that he thought was merely just a ghost that plagued his memories returning to his life, or that she would deliver the news that would change everything. A guitarist for the highly successful band Wolf, his world gets turned upside down when Athena comes back into his life with pictures of a bright blue eyed girl that looks just like him. A chance encounter, the truth and the journey to see if love really can conquer all.
This book makes me want to run out and find more by this author. I knew once I got started I could kiss sleep goodbye and read it from cover to cover in one sitting, not even noticing the hours ticking by. I loved our characters, they were smart, likeable, and very easy to connect with. I caught myself tearing up several times throughout the story, really cheering them on and letting my heart break along with them. This isn't some naive heroine gets swept away and taken care of by some alpha hero. This is real people going through real life. It's the perfect book to curl up and get absorbed in for any romance fan. 

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  1. Absolutely love the sound of this book ~ what a great review! :-)

  2. OMG, Laura, this makes me want to read the book - and I wrote it! :) Thank you SO much for such a fantastic review. I can't tell you how thrilled and humbled I am that you liked the book so much!

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