He checked in but left his heart behind
Scarlett Woodward is struggling to keep the family hotel in London afloat. When the weekend brings only one guest, handsome and enigmatic Evan White, she sends the staff home to save funds. Scarlett sets the kitchen ablaze leaving them both in the dark and cold. The lack electricity doesn't mean there aren’t any sparks or heat. A night of unexpected passion leads to a baby, but when Scarlett learns who Evan really is and what he was really doing at her hotel, she’s can’t say no to his marriage proposal fast enough, baby or no baby.
Ethan Black was undercover on a research trip to buy Scarlett’s hotel without using his famous name or family business—the international Noir Group. He’s determined to build his own boutique hotel empire far from his manipulative and parasitic family. He broke all his rules and jeopardized his plans when he slept with Scarlett, but no way will he abandon her or their child. He knows he needs to woo the independent beauty and let her see the real him, but it’s difficult when his family is determined to undermine his position on the board of director’s and ruin all he has built with the Noir Group.
Ethan has spent his life making deals. Persuading Scarlett to fall in love with him may be the biggest challenge he has faced.
Connolly evokes the spirit of early category romances with this short, sweet second Hearts on Fire contemporary (after Racing Hearts). The Woodward, a once-fine London hotel, is Scarlett Woodward's heritage. Unfazed by its current state of disrepair, Scarlett has big plans for her beloved hotel's renovation, but her carefully laid plans soon lie in ruins when the kitchen microwave short circuits, creating a devastating electrical fire. Fortunately, further damage is prevented by quick-thinking salesman Evan Cooper, a handsome guest who arrives unexpectedly for a weekend stay and steals Scarlett's heart. But Evan has a secret. He is really Ethan Black, CEO of the Noir Group, who plans to acquire the Woodward and turn it into a boutique hotel. What better way to research the property than to go undercover as a guest? What Ethan hasn't bargained for is his immediate attraction to the hotel's beautiful owner. Family drama and an unplanned pregnancy pile on the complications. This is fine old-school romance, with a feisty, smart, tough heroine and a vulnerable hero who's willing to take risks for the woman he loves.