The Secret Son by Joan Kilby


A birthday card out of the blue from his estranged father sends successful Seattle marketing man Alex Chernoff on a detour to Cherry Lake in search of answers about his past. A day, maybe two, to tie up loose strings and he’ll be out of there, heading for Mexico, margaritas and blondes in bikinis.

Emma Stanhope is all too familiar with hot, rich, entitled guys like Alex. They never hang around for long, especially not for a Plain Jane like herself. No problem. She’s smart and logical, like any good scientist, and knows better than to lose her heart.

What Emma doesn’t count on is chemistry—of the romantic kind. What Alex doesn’t count on is meeting the girl who’ll make him want to change his ways. But when he learns that he’s a secret from his father’s real family, he can’t stay in Cherry Lake… even if he wants to.

Will love be enough to convince Alex to stay… for good? 


I really enjoyed getting to know Alex and Emma in this story.  Emma is feisty and challenges playboy Alex, which leads to some exciting and entertaining scenes between the characters.  The story development is well done as Alex pieces together the mystery behind his family and trying to figure out if he wants a relationship with them.  This book has the perfect mix of serious and funny, producing a heartwarming story about what makes a family.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


Joan Kilby is the award-winning author of thirty contemporary romance novels published by Tule Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Harlequin, Carina Press and self-published.

Joan's novels range from heartwarming family drama for Harlequin and Tule to fun, sexy stories for Entangled Induglence and Brazen. Whatever the imprint, her books are known for their warmth, humor and realistic characters.

Before becoming a writer Joan was a marine biologist for many years. An ex-pat Canadian, she lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. When Joan's not writing she enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking, traveling and reading. Find out more about Joan and her books at


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