Expecting His Secret HeirBy: Dani Wade
The one-night stand who got away is back—and expecting...
Security entrepreneur Zachary Gatlin can’t decide whether to kiss her senseless or give her the brush-off, but Sadie Adams insinuates herself into his business and he’s hooked.
Sadie’s on a mission to dig up dirt on Zach and disqualify him from a multimillion-dollar inheritance. Success means she’ll be able to pay for her little sister’s medical bills. But when Zach once again proves irresistible to Sadie, she faces a fateful choice: follow her heart or save her sister. And then there’s the child she’s carrying—Zach’s child...
Well, look what snuck in while I was in the kitchen.
Zach should stay away—he really should—but knew he wouldn’t. Casually making his way across the room, he stopped to check in at a few tables while keeping Sadie in view. Her laughter, her smile were beautiful things, though she wasn’t overtly flirting. Still, a surprising surge of anger streaked through him. He found himself circling slowly, almost like a lion studying his prey from all angles.
Coming in from behind, he could no longer see her face, but he could finally hear her words.
“So did they know someone was sabotaging the mill before this?”
Every cell in his body went alert at the question. Why was she asking?
“Oh, yeah,” one of the locals eagerly replied. “Of course, those of us that work there knew it way before any manager did.”
She nodded, which caused the muted lighting to glint off her ruby curls.
Standing right behind her, Zach felt a moment of evil satisfaction that he stood so close, yet she seemed unaware. Every time he was around this woman, his hackles rose.
He wasn’t sure whether to shake her or kiss her.
* * *
Expecting His Secret Heir is part of the series Mill Town Millionaires from Dani Wade.
My mama used to say that when you married someone, you married their family, too. In Expecting His Secret Heir, family is the one thing that brings Zach and Sadie together—and the very thing that keeps them apart. Family can be complicated, happy, troubled or, in this case...a secret.
Zach and Sadie are each working hard to keep their families safe, and I was amazed how such noble intentions could cause so much conflict between two people trying to do their best. Still, they can’t stay away from each other. Will they both get what they want? Or will one of them have to sacrifice their good intentions on the altar of a new family waiting in the wings?
I’d love to know what you think about Zach and Sadie’s story! You can email me at [email protected] or keep in touch with me through my website www.daniwade.com. I’m also active on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/dani.wade.1.
From her crouching vantage point, Sadie Adams sized up the composition before her with an artistic eye.
Wide, straight shoulders of a towering man, silhouetted against the smoking buildings and rubble. A small strip of dead cotton plants in the foreground. The sun lightening the top of his thick head of hair, leaving the rest of him in shadow. Standing in profile, hands on his hips, head hung as if in despair.
As the shutter clicked, she wondered about his story. Had he been an employee of the ruined mill behind him, or was he there to help? As several men approached, he raised his head, giving her a clearer view of his rough-cut features.
I should have known.
Those broad shoulders, clothes that fit a tight, strong body in all the right places—he was the most capable man she’d ever known. The most incredible lover she’d ever had. The one it had almost killed her to walk away from.
Zachary Gatlin was the reason she was back in Black Hills, South Carolina. But he could never know that.
She took a few more pictures, surreptitiously inching in the other direction, as he talked with the men surrounding him. Yet she kept Zachary Gatlin in her line of sight. Five years ago, he had blended in with the crowd. A worker bee. Now, he was clearly in charge, directing those around him with decisive gestures and a firm tone that reached her even though she couldn’t make out the words.
Had he worked his way up into management at the mill? Would that change how he treated her? Would it change how he saw her?