I am very excited to bring to you Lorhainne Eckhart’s The Friessens: A New Beginning, a series about family, love and loyalty. Keep reading for an excerpt from The Price to Love, the third book in series and enter the giveaway for a chance to win some great prizes!
Synopsis Book 1
In The Deadline, Andy Friessen has packed up everything and moved his family two states away, to Montana, to protect his wife, Laura, his newborn babies, and his stepson, Gabriel, from the threats of his mother. What Andy doesn’t know is that they’ll soon face a new threat, one he never saw coming.
Gabriel is sick, and a trip to the doctor confirms Laura and Andy’s worst nightmare: Without a lifesaving transplant, their son won’t survive.
What Andy doesn’t count on, as he tracks down the young man who fathered Gabriel, as well as Laura’s estranged parents, is that a whole host of problems are about to be unleashed.
THE FRIESSENS: A NEW BEGINNING:
#1 The Deadline (Andy & Laura)
#2 The Price to Love (Neil & Candy)
#3 A Different Kind of Love (Brad & Emily)
#4 A Vow of Love, A Friessen Family Christmas
**The stories in this series are romances filled with sexual tension, rough language, passion, the ideals of family, love and loyalty and The Friessen men in these stories are strong sexy alpha males. And are not your typical happily ever after.
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AN EXCERPT FROM THE PRICE TO LOVE
Everyone turned her way. Maybe they’d forgotten she was there. She couldn’t help feeling like a third wheel, considering how Carmen darted a glance between her and Neil as if she’d already figured out who made the decisions in their relationship.
“Maria is nineteen,” Carmen said with authority, as if talking down to Candy.
Candy started around the easy chair closest to Neil. “That’s very young for what you’re offering to do. I wonder if you’ve really considered all the ramifications,” she said. She didn’t need to look at Neil to know he wasn’t pleased, but at least he wasn’t saying anything to undermine her—well, not yet, anyway. “Maria,” she continued, “have you thought about what might happen if you become pregnant and decide you can’t go through with it? I mean, you’ll carry a baby inside you for nine months and then be expected to walk away and have no contact with the child. Are you telling me, honestly, that you can do that?”
Maria’s smile faded. She was watching Candy with an odd look in her light brown eyes. There was something there that was young and old at the same time. She was beautiful, and her face had a radiance that Candy found attractive. There was innocence, but also something that suggested this young woman was experienced beyond her age. Then again, perhaps Candy might have been reading too much into her expression. It was an awkward situation.
“Of course it won’t be easy, but, to me, this is a gift, something I can offer a childless couple who could give their child everything,” she said.
“You’ll be paid, though, of course,” Candy added.
Carmen turned, giving Candy all her attention. “My Maria understands, very clearly, what this is about.” She gestured with the flat of her hand to Neil. “My daughter will sign your contract, and you will pay for all medical care and living expenses, and she will be compensated for her time. This is a business arrangement, nothing more,” she said.
The woman was blunt, and Candy watched Maria closely as her mother spoke for her. The young lady glanced at her hands, which were folded together in her lap, her expression neutral, giving nothing away. Candy wondered what was really going on in her head.
“We won’t begin anything until the contract is signed and all the terms are agreed to,” Neil said. “My lawyer will handle all the details, and there’s mandatory counseling, as well.”
Candy wondered if her shock showed on her face. Why was this the first time she was hearing of this? She wanted to pull Neil aside and say something, but she realized, as she looked back at Carmen, who was watching her intently, that the sharp woman had picked up on her confusion.
“Yes, we understand the counseling, but perhaps your wife does not?” she said.
To Candy, her words sounded callous and undermining, but Neil must have interpreted her another way, as he looked to Candy, stepping closer and sliding his arm around her waist. “My wife understands everything,” he said. He held her tightly for a moment, and she wondered whether he had picked up on how stiff she was as she did everything to hold herself together and not snap at him. He walked over to the sofa table and picked up some papers she hadn’t even noticed were sitting there. “This is the contract—what is expected of you and what you can expect from me. Take the time to carefully look it over so that you understand what you’d be agreeing to. This will be overseen by my attorney, of course, but you’re welcome to have your own lawyer look over the contract. I think you’ll see that I’ve been extremely generous.”
Neil held out the contract to Maria. She hesitated for a moment, maybe wondering whether she should take it. When her mother went to reach for it, Neil pulled back. “No, I’m sorry, Carmen. This contact must be agreed to in its entirety by your daughter. She needs to understand clearly her responsibilities, otherwise this won’t work. You’re welcome to support your daughter and be there for her emotionally, but the details of this must be understood and agreed to solely by her.”
Carmen pulled back in her seat and gestured to Maria. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. Maria, take the papers. You need to read them over.”
Candy just watched the exchange. Her alarm bells were going off. There was something about the mother and daughter that seemed problematic. Neil was so astute in business, but when she looked over at him, his expression was that of a man pleased with where things were headed. What was wrong with him? He would have been all over this if it had been some ordinary business deal.
“Thank you for coming by. If I could have your answer by Friday?” Neil added.
This time, Maria stood up and said, “Of course, Mister Friessen―”
“Neil,” he said, interrupting her with his characteristic warmth. “Please call me Neil.”
“Neil, yes. I will read this carefully, but if you would like my answer now, it’s yes. I can’t imagine it changing. I just knew when I spoke with you on the phone that you sounded like a nice man, and now, meeting your wife…well, I’m very excited.”
She had talked to him on the phone? Candy couldn’t hide the warmth in her cheeks, so she turned away, not considering how rude it would appear. She needed to have more than a few words with Neil. This was something they needed to discuss together, not with strangers.
“Thank you, Neil—and thank you, Missus Friessen,” Maria called out to her softly.
Candy turned around with her hand to her chin. The two women were watching her from the stairs, and she had to look away. She could feel Neil’s eyes on her, but she wasn’t about to look his way, because then he’d know how angry and hurt she was. Right now, in front of these woman, that was a vulnerability she couldn’t show.