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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Island Interlude by Anne McAllister. She could never regret Sam's birth, but it was time to move forward But Libby hadn't anticipated that Alec would also return to the island and his steely determination to get to know his son sent all her plans awry Get A Copy.
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To view it, click here. This one is a bit more down to earth and pragmatic in tone. The h is actually from Iowa and had a brief affair with the H eight years earlier when she was an 18 year old nanny for the summer in the Bahamas. The H was 26 and a newbie film director who was grieving over the loss of his BFF stuntman, who died on the set of the H's big break movie. The h and H grew very close during his t Re Island Interlude - Anne McAllister has her shot at the H marrying another woman trope, including seekrit baby.
The h and H grew very close during his time of grief, until a beautiful actress showed up on the island one day and the H married her, dumping the h a day or so later.
The h went home to Iowa and to college, but she turned out be preggers from her time with the H. Tho she called and even wrote the H to let him know about the baby, the H had his people deflect her calls and he callously sent her letter back unopened with a note saying he was married and done with her. So the h gave up on contacting him, and I totally agreed with her decision, she would have had to go through lawyers at that point and that would have just completely disrupted her and her supportive family's life even more.
Then the h felt even more a fool when she opened a gossip mag and found the H had a daughter almost the same age as her son. The h was bitter, as you are when you totally get eclipsed by a hot blonde Marilyn Monroe type bombshell who pips you at the preggerness post, but her parents and her brothers rallied around and she and her son are now very happy and the h is even engaged to a biology professor who is a great step-dad in the making too.
The h is sent back to the Bahamanian island she originally met the H on, this time to finish her Masters degree by gathering an oral history of the island from it's residents. The h and her son are going together, it will be little travel experience for her son and the h is hoping she can fully put the past and her heartbreak behind her by revisiting the scene of the crime.
Of course that isn't going to happen in HPlandia and there will be no handsome frog growing biology professor as a future husband, cause who should also be on the island at the same time?
The now widowed H and his lovely blonde daughter. The h is hoping to avoid the H, but he seeks her out and acts like she should be delighted to see him. She is not, but she straight out tells the H he is a father and then the fireworks really get going.
The H is all cranky and accusing and the h shoots him down without a qualm. She tried, her blew her off, his loss. The H gets all snarly and since his son looks exactly like him, paternity testing is not going to be an issue. The H wants in on the family duo situation and he starts imposing his presence on a very reluctant h. He does seem sorry for the abandonment, but I wasn't feeling much love for him and his demanding little wimpy ways - especially without a really good explanation of why all the sudden he needs to be proclaimed the h's son's father publicly.
The h is feeling besieged and even a visit from her actual fiance doesn't make this H back off. The H doesn't want to hear that someone else took "his" place and so he gets irky about things. Then he goes out for a full seduction of the h, mostly to just get his own way and cause he is angry the h didn't encase herself in ice and mourning until he got around to maybe looking her up again.
Which he clearly had NO intention of doing, it was only cause they happened to be in the same place at the same time again that he looked her up, and then he expected her to treat him like he was a gift from HPlandia heaven and jump to be his lurve club holder. This made me like the H even less. First he refuses contact with the h when she tried to tell him of the impending stork arrival when he knew he might have been careless on the mojo blockade a few times, then he demands full fatherhood status immediately to a child he gets along with but barely knows.
The H also determinedly breaks up the relationship between the h's son and the man who the son thought was going to be his new dad and who spent a lot of time with the kid. All because the h isn't jumping to proclaim him number one dad AND he expects the h and her son to just take to his somewhat difficult daughter at the drop of a dime. This H was passive-aggressive all the way through this book and when he did not get his own way, he cries. I wanted to use the skillet on him multiple times.
So after the lurve club mojo explosion has completely obliterated the h's roofied braincells, she and the H decide they should be together. But there is a complication with the h accidentally meeting a reporter, who keeps asking her out but has no idear she knows the H, conflicting demands on the H's time as he is in the planning process of a new movie and then ANOTHER actress comes to fling herself upon the H. Once again the H takes off without a word to the h. She has been abandoned all over again and this time it is even worse, cause she really believed the H was serious this time.
So the h finishes her research and she and her son go back to Iowa. She once again gets to open a gossip mag and see the H's name coupled with another actress and she is hurt, humiliated and kicking herself for being a fool for the second time. Fortunately she is a nice person and her family loves her and her ex-fiance is nice too, they all try really hard to be supportive in her mopey moment.
Then the H shows up and once again has a wobbly because the h left the island - like she is only some wind up doll that is only supposed to be animated when he is around.
The little girl is the child of the actress he married and his BFF stuntman who sadly passed away. The H felt the actress was falling apart and needed his support, so they married and tried to be a family. But the actress turned to alcohol and affairs and the H had such a hard time making big blockbuster movies and trying to hold his family together on infrequent trips home, until his wife ran off with a reporter lover and they died in a car crash, that he really had to suffer a lot the last several years.
The actress he left with this time is actually his daughter's aunt and she wanted her parents to have the opportunity to know their grandchild, especially as the grandmother was having open heart surgery. That meant that he had to explain to his little girl that she had another daddy and then he and the daughter had to go see the new grandma to give her a reason to try and survive the surgery.
This drama was so rushed that this time he couldn't even leave a note for the h and her son that there was an emergency and he would fill in details later and apparently not even being a bazillionaire director on par with Steven Spielberg can get you close to an actual telephone or an underling to go Western Union.
But the H really loves the h in spite of all that and he knows that she doesn't love him as much because he lurved her up with his best mojo moves and she was still kinda distant afterwards. So now he is going to cry like a big baby until the h takes pity on him and agrees to marry him and love him back. Hopefully she will also put some kind of tracking device on him so she can have a dim idear of where he is running off to in the future, while she does the parenting bit to both kids and tries to shield them from the dubious joys of the H's immense fame.
Needless to say, I was feeling a teensy bit snarky by the time I finished this one. I liked the h and her son and the H's daughter was kinda background wallpaper. I did he believe he loved the h, I just thought he was fairly worthless in the reliability and fatherhood stakes and really the biology professor would have been a much better option for this HPlandia outing. View all 5 comments. Jul 14, Saly rated it really liked it Shelves: 2nd-chance-at-love , category-romance , harlequin-presents , harlequin-silhouette , read-in In many ways this book was predictable maybe because I have read way too many HP's but sometimes predictable can be fun.
This was not the typical secret baby plot because the heroine had tried to let the hero know eight years before despite the fact that right after making love to her he had married another woman.
When they meet again, right in the place where she fell for him, she tells him the truth outright, bravo for her and I loved Libby, her strength, how she rebuffed the hero, everything. I could guess what had happened eight years before and it was so obvious to me that the hero was crazy in love with her and didn't only want her for their son. I did want to find out if his marriage had been a real one and would have loved to see on page them telling Sam the truth about his parentage.
Heroine had been eighteen and naive when they met while he was already a famous star and their age difference eight years played a part in him making a unilateral decision that she wouldn't want more. I did like seeing the heroine more cautious and wise and the hero very sufficiently tries to make up for the past while trying to win her back. The heroine obviously can't see that and isn't sure of his motives.
All in all I enjoyed the book because the hero was so uncertain and kept giving chase. View all 3 comments. Nov 30, Leona rated it really liked it Shelves: hqn-presents. Finally, I got my hands on this beaut and I was not disappointed! A young 18 year old girl goes to the Carribean to nanny for the summer and falls in love with a man who runs off to marry another woman.
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