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Accidentally Yours
by Susan Mallery
Order:  USA  Can
Harlequin, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Single mom Kerri Sullivan needs a miracle. Her son Cody is nearing what she believes to be the last stage of a rare disease. Recently a lab where a breakthrough had been imminent was shut down due to an accident. And the scientist who had dedicated years to the research of Cody's disease doesn't plan to get back on track any time soon, despite Kerri's pleas.

When Kerri learns that Seattle billionaire Nathan King had also lost his son to the disease, she sets a desperate plan in motion that she knows will guarantee his cooperation in providing the funding needed to re-open the lab. What Kerri did not count on was Nathan King's determination to see her pay for outwitting him. He might be getting plenty of good press for his sudden humanitarian efforts, but that doesn't mean he cares about Kerri's situation. He stopped caring about anything but money a long time ago - he turned into even more of a heartless bastard after his son's death.

But as Nathan forces Kerri to be part of his publicity machine, he learns there is a lot more to this single mom than he had ever imagined. Her sparkling, positive personality and zest for life show him that she's anything but a gold digger, and is completely dedicated to saving her son. Her unshakeable faith in Cody's recovery and - shockingly - in Nathan himself despite his demands, leave him shaken. Respect for Kerri soon turns to love. But as long as Cody is suffering, Nathan knows Kerri will never allow herself to discover her own happiness. Kerri realises their relationship would never work, but this time Nathan is unwilling to walk away.

Mallery targets all the emotions in this winning and often poignant tale of a mother's love for her child and the lengths she will go to save him. Super mom Kerri will grab your heart as she uses humour and clever quips to not only put the steely eyed Nathan (as well as his minions) in their place, but also to keep her son's spirits up - even during those increasing moments of self doubt as Cody's disease progresses and his survival looks bleak. The addition of Nathan's own dark back-story adds even more depth and guarantees you'll be reaching for the tissue box often before turning the last page of Accidentally Yours.

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