The story behind Babies in the Bargain started on a Christmas Day, when my daughter was still a first year fellow in Neonatology at Washington Children’s Hospital. She was on-call on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—as she’d been for the previous three years.
To celebrate the holiday season, my husband and son helped me carry the elaborate home-cooked meal to the hospital cafeteria and we shared a Christmas lunch with the guest of honor wearing her green scrubs.
Later, she invited us to visit her workplace. We slipped yellow gowns over our clothes, scrubbed and entered the NICU. The five preemies sleeping in glass isolettes wore tiny outfits with Christmas prints that a nurse had sewn for the babies in residence over the holiday.
The NICU personnel, including my daughter, gave a hundred and one percent to the babies they helped save— and they did it happily. Their dedication went beyond the performance of a job well done and inspired me to write a story featuring the wonderful doctors and nurses who treated our precious babies.
Babies in the Bargain, was voted BEST ROMANCE NOVEL at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2009, and won the 2010 BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVEL at Readers Favorite
Short Synopsis: With only one year left to complete her medical training, Dr. Holly Collier vows not to let anyone mess up her sacrosanct schedule. Especially not Dr. Marc Suarez. The heartthrob of the hospital who used to collect sports’ trophies and nurses’ kisses broke her heart seven years ago.
When a tragic accident transforms the carefree playboy into a dedicated, but novice father to his nephew, Holly gives in to her maternal instincts and turns her structured life upside down for the orphaned preemie. But can she learn to trust Marc again and believe in true love?
All he needed was a hug from a caring friend. She heaved a deep breath, inhaled his healthy masculine scent and a hint of lemon fragrance, and wrapped her arms around his shoulders. “You’re welcome, Marc. Holler if you need me.”
Marc narrowed his eyes, her last words churning in his guts. “Ah, I need you, all right.” He brought her hard against him.
She threw her head back, eyes wide and turquoise. A bewildered expression spread over her face, but her limpid gaze reflected the same desire that simmered through his blood.
The wrong time, the wrong place, the wrong reason.
His brain screamed no. His body tensed, throbbing against her softness. “Damn it, woman. I need you so much.” He lowered his head and met her parted lips.
“Oh, Marc,” she murmured, their hearts drumming together as she laced her fingers behind his neck.
He crushed his mouth to hers. Hunger and despair mingled in his demanding kiss. She responded with the same passion he’d tasted seven years ago. The same fervor he’d eagerly wished to recapture in the last few weeks.
She pulled back to drag in air. His lips abandoned hers and trailed along her jaw, while his fingers played with a lock of her hair. She didn’t move out of his embrace but met his gaze with a question in her eyes.He groaned and squeezed her against him. She was his anchor to sanity.
Blocking the memory of last night, the agonizing hurt, he let his lust submerge his pain. Without hesitation, without taking the time to tease or taste, he devoured her lips like a starving man.
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