There’s safety in solitude isn’t there? Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove’s most famous recluse until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world. Ethan’s first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn’t going anywhere; she’s afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn’t live with himself if anything happened to Leah but pushing her away may be even harder!
Ethan’s Daughter is the seventh in a contemporary romance/ suspense series set in a coastal town, but there’s no problem reading these books out of order – they work as standalones.
I love that this series is set on the English coast. We have a plethora of series like this set all over the United States, but not many set elsewhere.
The focus of this book is strongly on characters and relationships: hero/heroine, father/daughter etc. It is a romance first and suspense second. I think the strong focus on a few characters, with people from past books in the background, is what makes this an easy read, no matter how many books into the series it is.
I liked the “normalness” of the characters. The hero who is distracted by his work, but trying his best as a single dad. The glasses-wearing heroine (yay!) who has her own interests outside any relationships she might have. The daughter who comes across as a real child, not a “romance book child”. The normal, everyday behaviour that goes along with the larger-than-life situations.
This is the strength of many books in Harlequin’s Superromance line: they make it feel like you could meet these people in real life. It is what sets the line apart from the publisher’s other books (and WHY are they discontinuing Superromance next year?!).
Ethan’s Daughter was a nice change from the books I’ve been reading lately – a solid contemporary romance.