That Thing Called Love
Harlequin HQN, Jul 31 2012, $7.99
In Razor Bay, Washington, the deaths of his grandparents Kathy and Emmett Pierce leaves thirteen year old Austin in the temporary care of his adopted older “sister” Jenny Salazar while the attorney contacts the lad’s biological father Jake Bradshaw, who when the lad’s mother died during childbirth, he left his baby behind.
Now an international photographer, following a National Geographic shoot, Jake returns home to take his teenage son back with him to live in Manhattan. However Austin wants nothing to do with the man who deserted him as a newborn and Jenny distrusts the globetrotter has any relationship staying power (outside the bed). As Jake tries to prove to his doubting son and the kid’s fierce petit protector that he is not the same SOB who fled the Pacific Northwest, he knows he wants both in his life permanently.
This is a warm second chance family drama starring a man who needs to rectify the error of his youth though encouraged to take a rare opportunity to do so by his in-laws. His rationalization of why he stayed away comes crashing down when his heart fills with regret upon meeting his son. Although the storyline is thin and goes as expected even with his refrain of I’m Not In Love” (10Cc), fans will appreciate this engaging tale as Jake learns love comes in different packages.