The Billionaire Looks Back by Christie Logan #BookBlast #Giveaway
The Billionaire Looks Back by Christie Logan
A famous athlete turned billionaire. The woman he loved and left behind. When they meet again, will sparks re-ignite? Or will a long-kept secret tear them apart forever?
Billionaire football star Shawn Canaday may seem like every woman’s dream, but his reappearance in Applewood, New York makes him Marg Hahn’s worst nightmare.
She fell for him once, before fame and ambition became more important to him than love, and she has the evidence to prove it—Lauren, their twenty-four-year-old daughter. Marg soldiered on as a single mother, raising her child on her own while keeping Shawn in the dark. She didn’t want to hold him back from all he hoped to achieve.
Now guilt and a promise to an old friend bring him back to town, where he and Marg reconnect. When they find themselves stranded together, they discover their love never died.
But he still doesn’t know about Lauren. When he learns the truth, will they at last be a family? Or will he turn his back on Marg for good?
She and Shawn had met the summer between his prep school graduation and his first year of college. He’d already secured his college scholarship and was spending time at home with his parents. Marg had a summer job serving cones, sundaes and milkshakes at the local ice cream stand.
“What are you talking about?” He asked. “I noticed you right away. There you were, all business behind the window, asking to take my order and I blanked. Stood there like a fool, completely forgetting what I wanted.”
“You ordered a large chocolate cone,” Marg answered.
“You remember that? All I remember was how cute you were in your little Dairy Maid outfit, and how much I wanted to get you to go out with me.”
“Oh, that outfit.” She shuddered. “So ugly. I hated it.”
“Nah. You rocked that thing. And I hung around till closing, hoping to talk to you.”
“When you found out I was walking home, you offered to drive me. And I let you. My mom would have killed me if she knew I accepted a ride from a strange boy.” She smiled. “You weren’t exactly a stranger, though.”
“No. I knew who you were. You were pretty famous around town. Local hero. Kid from humble means with the whole world in the palm of his hand…” Marg’s voice trailed off.
Where had she heard those words before? Then she remembered. Shawn’s own father had spoken them back in the day.
“Right now Shawn has the whole world in the palm of his hand. How are you going to live with yourself if you take that away from him?”
Shawn didn’t seem to notice she’d drifted off into her thoughts. “I’m glad you took the chance with me. It was a great summer.”
Marg stiffened. A great summer. That’s all it was, for him. A little fling to enjoy, fun while it lasted, easy to forget. She was the only one who had to deal with the consequences.
A chill crept through her. The closeness and camaraderie she’d felt just moments ago drained away, leaving her empty.
He must have picked up on her change of mood. “I’m sorry,” he said. “That was a clumsy way to phrase it.”
“Forget it,” she answered, turning her face away. She stood and descended the stairs. “Have you finished your tea? I’ll take the cups back to the kitchen.”
“Sure.” His voice was tentative, but she refused to look at him. It wasn’t her job to manage his emotions. “I, uh, I wanted to take a look around the basement. I’ll do that now.”
As she rinsed out the cups in the sink, Marg second-guessed herself. Yes, the romance had left her with consequences: Lauren. It had been tough trying to juggle an education, job, and childcare, but she’d managed. And she had a beautiful daughter to love. In the end, Marg knew she was the lucky one.
Christie Logan writes sweet romance straight from the heart. She lives in upstate New York with too many pets, too many dust bunnies lurking under the bed, and too many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She thinks everyone deserves a happy ending and in her books, everyone gets one.
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