Do you like romance books with children in them? Kids are a part of many readers' lives, including mine. But do they belong in a romance? Yes! Authors put children in stories for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it's because children can say things that other characters can't. Other times, authors can use the children as humor. The kids do some crazy things.
Author Jennifer Raines has a child at the center of her latest romance-TAYLOR'S LAW. Tessa is left in the care of her aunt after the death of her mother. The young girl's father is out of the picture but when a legal letter arrives, it brings Tessa's grandparents into the light and potentially a battle for the young child.
TAYLOR'S LAW is an award winning and page turner that keeps you invested in what happens to the child. Jennifer Raines' first book, TAYLOR'S LAW will draw you into the story and keep you reading into the night.
Tell me a secret and I’ll tell you a lie.
Ella Anderson adores her niece. Despite struggling to make ends meet, accepting her dying sister’s request she raise Tessa as her own is a no brainer. Until she receives a summons from a legal goliath on behalf of a wealthy stranger claiming paternity and, potentially, custody of her child.
Jake Taylor has been ripped off one too many times. Yet the letter from a woman claiming his cousin fathered her child feels real. His aunt and uncle are desperate for a grandchild. When the child’s aunt shows up in his office in place of the child’s mother, he smells fraud.
Secrets and lies bubble to the surface, threatening Ella and Jake’s growing attraction. In a minefield of divided loyalties, can Ella trust Jake to make the right decision about custody of Tessa?
Jennifer’s book is great for fans of contemporary romances where attraction blossoms into breath-stealing passion, where mutual respect leads lovers to also being friends, and where humour and tolerance enliven a deep and abiding love.
Jennifer likes to think her readers get occasional hints of the deep passion of a Nora Roberts or the unshakeable loyalty of a Grace Burrowes where love conquers loneliness, distrust and fear.
“This isn’t about me.” Taylor waved an impatient hand. “What do you want?”
“I want to see Chrissy’s letter to you.” To know what Chrissy asked for. What she offered in return. Then I will wake up and discover this is all a bad dream.
Because I only have your word that she wrote to you! was the answer Ella ached to give, but she had no power in this place. She was the supplicant. “Your letter mentioned custody.” She licked her dry-as-a-dirt-bowl lips. “Chrissy lived with me. As you can imagine, I talked to her often about Tessa’s upbringing. I’d like to confirm if her letter to you is consistent with our conversations.”
“She asked for money. Lots of money,” he replied.
Ella’s brain simply shut down. Dear heaven. Lots of money?
“Blackmail is an unpleasant business.” Taylor seemed to relish the accusation.
“Chrissy was dying, not a criminal.” Terrified was a better description. Adrenalin surged through Ella’s system, and she welcomed the anger. “You’re twisting her meaning. Seeking child support is not blackmail. It’s a child’s right.” She’d explained the concept more times than she could count to absent fathers resentful of their obligations. Working alongside the community justice centre lawyers brought her into daily contact with family disputes.
Tessa tugged on her hand. “’Ootles doesn’t like fighting.”
“We’re not fighting, darling.” Ella ran her fingers up and down Tessa’s back in a soothing manner, although she needed the contact more than the child. She met Taylor’s smoky stare over the child’s head. Her outburst hadn’t tempted him to hand over Chrissy’s letter. Was the claim for cash in exchange for custody?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Australian Jennifer Raines writes contemporary romances set mainly in Australia, but not exclusively – think Malta, Finland, New Zealand or ?. A dreamer and an optimist, her stories are a delicious cocktail of mutual respect, passion and loyalty because she still believes in happily-ever-afters. Jennifer loves those days when words flow and the joy of writing makes the hard slog worthwhile. She’s always made up stories about strangers in the street, in a café or strolling through an airport terminal; finding inspiration in snippets of conversation, news items and the sheer puzzle of human interactions.
Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and is a three time finalist in the Emerald competition, 2017, 2018 (Taylor’s Law) and 2022. She’s a member of Romance Writers of New Zealand, winning the Pacific Hearts competition twice, including in 2019, with Grace Under Fire, the sequel to Taylor’s Law. She’s also a member of Romance Writers of America and has been a finalist in chapter competitions in 2019, 2020 and 2021 (Taylor’s Law).
Jennifer lives in inner-city Sydney, Australia, with the requisite number of partners (1) and animals (2). Her desk overlooks a park which nourishes her soul when she raises her head from her keyboard. She gets some of her best insights during long yin yoga poses or walking—anywhere. Jennifer adores historical romance but chose to write contemporary because she thought (wrongly) it needed less research.
Jennifer can be reached through her webpage https://jenniferrainesauthor.com and via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jenniferrainesauthor
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