Max Jordan is one of America’s most powerful, leading corporate lawyers. He is also the major stockholder and head of the billion dollar corporation – Jordan Diamond Empire. Max must marry soon to keep the business safe and secure from a takeover. Returning to England in search of the only woman he knows and trusts – he tracks Amy Denver down, and asks her to marry him.
Amy Denver wants nothing to do with Max Jordan . . . and she certainly wants nothing to do with his marriage proposal. Five painful years have passed since Max disappeared from her life and a lot has happened to her in between. Amy now has a secret she’d rather Max didn’t discover . . . her secret is Jake . . . their son. Once again Amy finds herself surrendering to Max and his demands as he whisks her and Jake off to Waterfront, his private, secluded home in the Hamptons.
TEMPORARY BRIDE is a romance novel that delivers love, passion, and desire to its readers.
Targeted Audience: Contemporary Romance Readers
Arabella Sheen is a successfully published British author. Her novels – Blinded by Desire and Temporary Bride – have been well received and are acquiring excellent reviews from her loyal following of romance readers. Arabella likes nothing more than the challenge of a blank page. Starting a new novel, with new ideas and new plots, she aims to excite her readers, drawing them into the sparkling, elegant world of romance, love and passion. Her novels are for the true romantic. They’re places where readers are able to escape with jet-setting billionaires, be flown to exotic locations and cosmopolitan destinations, only to be caught up in the heartbreaking decisions and emotional conflicts her sophisticated, strong alpha hero’s and equally strong resourceful heroine’s have to make.
One of the many things Arabella loves to do is read and when she’s not reading or writing modern romantic novels she is either on her allotment, sowing and planting with the seasons, or she is pandering to the demands of her attention seeking cat.
Having worked and lived in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for nearly twenty years, she now lives in the South of England with her family. As well as constantly developing and promoting her writing career she also works in a busy international hotel where she is able to meet lots of interesting people from various parts of the world and from whom she often gains inspiration and ideas to include and incorporate in her contemporary romance novels.
Arabella hopes her readers have as much pleasure from her ‘easy reading’ ebooks and paperbacks as she has in writing them.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
What inspired me to write TEMPORARY BRIDE was watching a single parent friend struggle as she raised her child. She’s had to make some tough decisions. Decisions not only about her child, but also about her career and life. It was my friends strong determination and strength of mind that brought the heroine, Amy Denver, to life on the page.
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Sample from Book:
Amy fixed a beaker of warm milk and was about to take it upstairs to Jake. Instead she passed the milk to Max.
“Here you do it. If we’re going to play happy families then we’re doing it my way. You see to your son,” she said with just a hint of anger in her voice.
“Shouldn’t we leave this for another time? I’m not sure how he’s going to respond, having me here,” Max said hesitantly.
“Jake will be fine . . . but the sooner you get used to your new role the better,” Amy said playing him at his own game.
Max took the offered beaker and went upstairs to his son’s bedroom. He found Jake sitting up in bed amongst his soft toys waiting for his drink. Amy followed Max into the room. She wasn’t sure how Jake and Max were going to react together and she waited to see what happened.
“You’re him aren’t you?” Jake was looking at Max and pointing to a framed photograph on the bedside table.
Max handed the milk to Jake and picked up the picture.
“Looks like it. It was taken when your mum and I were at the seaside together,” Max said.
It was a snapshot of Amy and Max on a beach.
The day had been spent windsurfing with some friends and someone had captured a photo of the two of them together. It was the only photograph she had of Max.
“Mummy say’s it’s my daddy,” Jake said innocently.
“Does she?” Max raised an eyebrow amazed that Jake had been told anything about him.
“Are you my daddy?”
Amy sat on the bed and brushed Jake’s hair from his eyes. She remembered how Max had stood at the window downstairs, threatening to take Jake from her. She was so tempted to tell Jake a lie.
“It’s your daddy Jake . . . and sometime soon we’re going to live with him for a while.”
Amy wasn’t looking at her son. She was looking up at Max, assessing his reaction.
Jake gave Max an intense examination from top to toe and then looked at Amy.
“You mean live with my daddy properly . . . like my friend Hector at school lives with his mummy and daddy?”
“Yes,” Max said, “Properly . . . if that’s alright with you and your mum?”
“It’s alright,” he said. It was a child’s simply answer to an adult’s complex question.
“And now it’s time for you to be asleep.” Amy gave Jake a good-night kiss and switched off the bedroom light, leaving the door slightly ajar. “We’ll talk about this tomorrow.”
Downstairs Max was pulling his jacket on. He was about to leave.
“Thank you for telling Jake the truth. For telling him I’m his father.”
“Max . . . right now I love our son more than I hate you. The only thing I would gain by telling Jake you’re not his father would be the satisfaction of knowing I hurt you. I would never lie to my son and I would never knowingly hurt him.”
“We’ve got plenty of time to sort things out . . .” he said as he turned to leave.
“No we haven’t Max . . . there is nothing to sort out . . . this is business and you’ve got six months of my time. It’s a fixed term contract and the clock is ticking.”