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Back again this month with the second of the Opposite in Love books. This time the Taurus Scorpio Connection. In some ways this book gave me a problem or two when writing since the hero and heroine refused to make love completely partly because his five year old son was in evidence most of the time. Lauren, the Taurus, wanted a home and the love of the man she’d fallen in love when she was a teenager. Alex, Scorpio, had been married to a wealthy woman who had abandoned him and their young child to flit about the world with other rich friends. He has no desire for another marriage.
Her mother was a hired nanny and her father the Mellwood Bank. This is the way Taurus Laurel Richmond describes her family. After burning out as a nurse with an international health agency, she returns to Eastlake, the one place she where she felt connected. She studied nursing here and made a number of friends. Her one problem is her wealth. Soon she will receive a fortune. But money hasn’t given her the things she wants, a home, a family and love. Since a chance visit after summer camp with a friend made there, her idea of a man to love has been Alex Carter.
Alex Carter is a Scorpio, a single dad with a five year old son. He’s a general practitioner at Eastlake Community Hospital. While attracted to Laurel, he has one problem. His ex and now dead wife had a lot of money and little sense. Drugs and her fast friends were her life. She abandoned their son who cried for hours until his father returned. Alex has no love for women with money. Attraction or not he refuses to admit he’s falling for Laurel. With the help of Alex’s son,
Laurel sets out to prove to Alex she’s in town for the long haul and she will make the perfect wife and mother. Review: Janet Lane Walters has written a charming tale. As a child, Laurel Richmond was trapped in a car with her dead parents for hours. After losing them, Laurel's next of kin was a bank. Laurel hides her immense wealth, traveling internationally as a nurse, helping the sick. She decides to settle in Eastlake, a small community. She once summered with her friend Megan, developing a huge crush on Megan's brother, Alex, who is now a divorced doctor raising his young son Johnny. Alex is leary of wealth because his rich ex-wife had no time for him or Johnny, but Johnny takes to Laurel right away. The glimpses of a family life that Laurel experiences with Johnny and Alex leave her longing for her dreams to become reality. Can she get Alex to realize that money may bring power, but love offers peace?
The plane touched down and rolled to a halt. The mass of passengers pushed to the exit like angry ants from a shattered hill. Lauren remained seated. The aisled cleared. A flight attendant paused beside Lauren’s seat. “Are you okay? Would you like assistance, maybe a wheelchair?”
“No chair, but thanks.” Lauren rose and walked to the exit. Using the railing on the right side of the covered tunnel she soon reached the end. The long hours of travel, the fever and the cough plaguing her since the flight from India had drained most of her reserve strength
At the end of the ramp she scanned the milling crowd and looked toward the barrier where people waited. Where was Megan? Without warning a memory of being sixteen and in love rocked Lauren
A tall, blonde, athletic man studied the people emerging from the flight. His glance slid past her. She walked toward him. “Alex Carter, what are you doing here?”
“Lauren Richmond, I’m here to take you to Eastlake.” He clasped her hand.
“I thought Megan was meeting me.”
“She had to work.” His gaze swept over her. “Rough trip? You look exhausted.”
“I’ve been living a hectic life. How did Megan trick you into meeting me? I could have rented a car.”
A lock of sun-brightened hair fell across his forehead. “That’s a long story. I didn’t know you were coming until six a.m. when my scatterbrain sister called. ‘Alex, I have to work and Lauren’s arriving at ten and could you meet her and I know you’re off so say yes.’”
Lauren laughed. “All without a breath and you agreed.”
He took her arm. His touch, the overheated building, the noisy crowd combined to make her feel faint. She inhaled. A trickle of perfume triggered a cough. She fought to catch her breath. “Let’s get my bag.”
“Are you home for good?”
How could she tell him she didn’t have a home, just two residences the bank had retained? Would he understand why she had returned to Eastlake? “I don’t know.”
“Why don’t you consider staying in Eastlake? The hospital needs nurses. Have you kept your license?”
“Yes.” She noted the overhead signs pointing to the baggage area and turned to the right. “Lately I haven’t been thinking beyond each day.”
His fingers lightly stroked her jacket sleeve. She wondered if he was aware of the action. The rush of heat she felt in response to his gentleness dissolved the wall holding her pain. In silence she walked beside her.
Once they reached the revolving baggage carrousel for her flight she pointed to the khaki duffel circling with the suitcases. “The duffel’s mine.”
Alex snagged the strap. “Just one.”
She nodded. “I’ve learned to travel light. Not much room in a tent or a hut.”
“What were you doing in a tent?”
“Working for International Health Rescue Missions. Didn’t Megan tell you?”
“Probably. It’s hard finding facts in her chatter.”
They entered the bullet train and exited minutes later at the door leading to the parking lot. The air redolent with exhaust fumes made her choke and cough. Alex opened the car door and slid the duffel in the back.
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