Until You Loved Me
Book 3, Silver Springs
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New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs
Sometimes starting over means finding everything you've been missing…
After catching her fiancé cheating—with another man—usually straitlaced, workaholic scientist Ellie Fisher liberates her wild side just long enough to indulge in a passionate one-night stand with a tall, dark stranger she meets at a trendy Miami bar. Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy's full name, something that shouldn't have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive.
Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she's carrying his baby, he's stunned. And more than a little betrayed.
But after growing up as an orphan, he'll do anything to stay involved in his child's life, so he urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs, where they can co-parent. Hudson has a lot of love to give, certainly enough for his child, and when their initial spark reignites, perhaps for Ellie, too…
One scientist, one professional football star and one baby on the way
Ellie Fisher is having a very difficult year. She finds her fiancé cheating on her with another man in her own home so her friend urges her to live a little. Doing something totally outside her comfort zone, she engages in a one-night stand. Knowing that this dream man isn’t going to stick with a girl like her…a workaholic that lost her fiancé to another man…she does the walk of shame and sneaks out of Hudson’s bed. That’s right her one-night stand was with a man named Hudson and that is all she knows about him. Which is perfect until the pregnancy test comes back positive.
Hudson King is at the top of his game and career as a professional football player. When the enchanting, shy woman in the bar next to him strikes up a conversation, Hudson is shocked to find out that she has no clue who he is. He’s tired of everyone wanting him for his status and not the person and was thrilled to finally get a woman that is attracted to him for himself.
One scientist, one professional football star and one baby on the way provides a cornucopia of delights for the contemporary sports romance fan. I did find it a little slow going between the hook up and the reunite but Novak twists an engaging and heartfelt tale with tons of heart and emotional healing.
I received this ARC copy of Until You Loved Me from Harlequin (US & Canada) - MIRA. This is my honest and voluntary review.
What an absolutely fantastic book! I adored everything about it. The writing, the characters, the pace of the story, everything was great. What was suppose to be a fun one night stand turns into a bond for life when an unplanned pregnancy occurs. Ellie Fisher just needs to let loose once in her life. After finding out her fiance is gay she deserves it!! Hudson King, professional football player, is taken with Ellie when he first sees her. She's beautiful, smart, funny and best of all she has no idea who he is. Amazing what one night of passion can do to change your life.
Put this one on the must read list, I highly recommend it.
I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!
Let's start with....I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! I loved it that much!
Ellie Fisher is a scientist who spends most of her time at her job where she is trying to find a cure for diabetes. After Ellie catches her fiance and fellow co-worker, Don, with his best friend, Leo, in their bed, Ellie's life is shattered. Ellie's best friend, Amy convinces her to come out to the trendy bar Envy in Miami to forget about her problems. Ellie, who never goes out to clubs, is debating leaving when a guy buys her a drink. When the guy tries to buy her another one and she rejects it, he decides to come out of his hidden place and talk to her...she has really intrigued him.
Hudson King, starting QB for the LA Devils, isn't used to women NOT throwing themselves at him and he wants to know this woman better. Hard to believe but she really doesn't know him! The two of them decide to leave the bar and walk along with water. Hudson is really enjoying his time with Ellie and quickly they end up at his hotel. Of course this wonderful night ends up in an unplanned pregnancy. Too bad Ellie only knows Hudson's first name.
While at a Super Bowl party with co-workers, Ellie sees Hudson's face on the TV and that's where the fun begins. Ellie realizes she needs to contact Hudson to let him know about the pregnancy but she doesn't get quite the reception she was expecting. Since Hudson was an orphan he has been very careful not to have any unplanned pregnancies but quickly realizes that he wants to be in this child's life and he will do whatever he can to convince Ellie of that.
Ellie soon finds herself relocating to Silver Springs, California and moving in with Hudson. Of course sparks are flying but Hudson cannot give Ellie the one thing she wants....commitment. Over the course of her pregnancy these two begin to grow closer. It was so fun watching these two go from a one-night stand to their happy ending. The mystery behind Hudson's abandonment is revealed and it was a doozy! Never saw that one coming!
Overall this story was awesome! Ellie is such a sweet, smart female and I could really relate to her. Hudson had so many walls up because of his past is was fun watching Ellie slowly knock them down. This story kept me so entertained I just couldn't put it down. Great job Brenda Novak!