Raj Bellanger and Sunny are very different people.
When their siblings die and leave behind a baby niece, Sunny applies to adopt the little girl. And then Raj gets involved and suddenly everything is going wrong in his nicely organised life and Sunny has become much more important to him than he’s prepared to admit.
Can a very stubborn male and a very strong woman resolve those differences?
UPDATE (Aug 2023): Sunny and Raj’s story will be called “Baby Worth Billions“.
Excerpts From the Book
‘Why are you asking me that?
‘Why are you asking me that? You’re an insurance assessor,’ Sunny told him in surprise.
‘No, I’m not. I’m Raj Belanger and your niece is also my niece and I’ve arrived on a pre-arranged visit to see her….’
‘You’re coming to visit next week,’ Sunny informed him with confidence.’ Same day, pretty much the same time but definitely next week.’
‘I think you’ll find you’re incorrect in that conviction. My staff rarely make mistakes,’ Raj asserted drily just as the shaggy Great Dane bolted from behind his owner to flee behind Raj in a determined effort to escape the domineering, aggressive chihuahua.
Disconcerted by the sudden pandemonium, Raj suffered a glancing blow to the back of his legs and skated forward, belatedly discovering that the surface below him was slippery and giving his soles no purchase as he was thrown off balance. He fell back heavily into the mud and lifted himself even faster to stare down at his soiled hands in disgust.
‘I am so sorry…’ Sunny whispered, urging him by the elbow back towards the house thinking that the bigger people were the harder they fell but she had never seen anyone look quite so appalled by a little mud.’ Come this way, so that you can wash.’
‘Raj…’ she mumbled weakly, horrendously unprepared and conscious of her less than pristine appearance because she hadn’t believed anyone else, other than possibly the crew, would be up and about at one in the morning.
He dropped down into an athletic crouch in front of the cushioned seat she was trying to sink into unnoticed, subjecting her to the full onslaught of those intense intelligent dark eyes of his.’ What’s wrong?’
‘Nothing’s wrong!’ she exclaimed, wincing at the defensive squeak of her reaction.
Her face was streaked with tears and he hated the fragile vulnerability he saw etched there in her evasive gaze, hated it as much as he would have hated knowing that he was responsible for her plight. When the steward had mentioned that she was up and seemed troubled, he had leapt straight out of bed. He didn’t know why, didn’t know why it even mattered to him because she and whatever might be upsetting her was none of his business.
He leant forward and with his thumb rubbed away a tear still wet on her cheekbone.’ You’ve been crying. I wouldn’t be a good host if I didn’t ask why-‘
Her senses buzzed because he looked so achingly handsome
Rain was pattering softly down on the balcony when she emerged and saw a table laid for breakfast in the main reception area. She breathed in deep and slow. As soon as they were alone, she murmured quietly,’ I have something important to tell you but I want to ask you to let me do the talking. Please don’t rush into judgement. This isn’t a scam or a con or anything that really requires your concern. Please don’t interrupt me and please contain your reactions and allow yourself time to think in private about what I tell you. First and foremost, we have Pansy to consider and we need a good working relationship to achieve that. Angry words or accusations won’t be soon forgotten, so that’s why I’m asking you to take a deep breath and say nothing for now.’
His ebony brows had pleated. His lean strong face was taut. Her senses buzzed because he looked so achingly handsome. Her colour rose.