Billionaires and Babies
Excerpt from book:
Alaina Rutger was living her childhood dreama family of her own. Her charismatic husband was driving her home from the hospital with their infant son strapped into a car seat. She had the perfect life.
If only she could remember the man who'd put the four-carat diamond wedding ring on her finger.
A man who called himself Porter Rutger. Husband. Father of her child. And a man who'd been wiped from her memory along with the past five years of her life.
She tore her eyes away from his broad shoulders and coal-dark hair as she sat in back with their baby. Her baby. Alaina tucked the monogrammed red blanket over the infant as he slept, one foot in a booty, the other in a cast that had begun the repair on his clubfoot.
Another person she didn't remember. Another heartbreak in her upside-down world. A week ago, she'd woken in the hospital with no memory of the man sitting by her bedside or of the blue bundle in the bassinet.
Waking up from a coma had felt a lot like coming to after the worst hangover ever, her head throbbing so badly she could barely move. But a quick look around showed her a hospital room rather than a bedroom.
And a hot man sleeping in the chair, his dark hair rumpled. His black pants and white button-down wrinkled.
Her own Doctor McDreamy? "Hello," she 'd croaked out, her throat raw for a sip of water.
McDreamy bolted awake quickly. "Alaina?" He blinked, scrubbed his hand across his eyes in disbelief, then shot to his feet. "
"Oh, God, you 're awake. I need to get the nurse."
"Water," she rasped out. "
"Please, a drink."
He thumbed the nurses' call button. "
"I don't know what the doctors will want. Maybe ice chips. Your IV has been feeding you. Soon, though, I promise, whatever you want, soon."
The nurses? Doctors? He wasn't Doc McDreamy? Then
"Who are you?"
He looked up from the control panel of buttons slowly, his eyes wide with disbelief. "
"Who am I?"
She pressed her fingertips to her monster headache. "
"I'm sorry, but I feel like hell. What happened?"
" He sank slowly into the chair, his voice measured, guarded. '"We were in a car accident."
"We?" She knew him?
"Yes," he said, leaning closer to cover her hand carefully. "Alaina, my name's Porter and I'm your husband."
The shock of that revelation still echoed through her.
Once the nurse and doctor had checked her over Porter had further explained they'd been in a car wreck a month prior, after picking up little Thomas from the adoption agency. Her husband
Porter. Porter Rutger. God, she still struggled to remember his name. Porter told her the baby had a birth defect and had spent the past month going through surgeries while she'd been in a coma from the accident.
Too soon, before she felt ready to handle this life she'd landed in, it was time to leave the hospital. She'd been told many first moms felt that way.
But not all new mothers had amnesia.
Her throat burned with bile and fears that hadn't abated since she'd woken from the coma a week ago thinking it was November, only to find it was December.
Five years later.
Five years of memories simply gone, pushed out of her head in the course of a month. Most devastating, she'd lost the four and a half years Porter had been in her life.
How was it that four weeks asleep could steal so much of her life? That coma had left hWill amnesia offer a second chance for this couple and their baby? Find out, only from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann.
After a car accident, Alaina Rutger can't remember her husband or their newly adopted baby. But her amnesia also means she's forgotten the disaster they made of their marriage.
Her husband, Porter, knows he's made mistakes. Now he'll do whatever it takes to rebuild the family he nearly losteven keep their near-divorce from his wife. This Christmas he'll convince Alaina to stay. But will a secret she's kept for years resurface and put them to the ultimate test?
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