Advice columnist Gabriella Vasquez had it all--a high-profile newspaper job, a beautiful daughter...and a powerful secret. The father of her child was none other than the man who'd broken her heart--the playboy prince of Tesoro del Mar himself, Cameron Leandres!
The rakish royal had longed to settle down for some time, and when Cameron realized he was a daddy, he knew fate had brought him back to the only woman he'd ever loved. Getting involved meant risking his heart--and the kind of scandal that could bring down the royal family. But this time around, Cameron vowed to win Gabby's heart--and throw a royal wedding to remember!
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February 01, 2011
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Excerpt from The Prince's Second Chance by Brenda Harlen
From the Book...
"Do you have a minute?"
It wasn't every day that Cameron Leandres looked up from his desk to find Rowan Santiago, his cousin and the prince regent of Tesoro del Mar, standing in the doorway of his office.
"Of course," Cameron said, because he couldn't imagine responding in any other way to the ruler of the country. "But not much more than that--I'm meeting with the Ardenan Trade Minister at nine-thirty."
"Actually, that meeting has been...postponed," Rowan told him.
Cameron frowned. "No one told me."
"I just got off the phone with Benedicto Romero."
He immediately recognized the name of Ardena's king and waited silently, apprehensively, for his cousin to continue.
"He's furious about this morning's paper and threatening not to renew our trade agreement."
"I skimmed the front section," Cameron said. "I didn't see anything that would impact our negotiations."
"Did you check the society pages?" The prince regent tossed the paper onto his desk.
The photo and the headline battled for his attention, but it was the bold words that won out: Prince Cameron Adds New Notch to His Bedpost?
It was a mockery of the headline that had run on the front page only a few days earlier, Prince Cameron Adds New Title to His Portfolio, announcing that he'd been named the country's new Minister of Trade. He didn't want to know what this article claimed, but his eyes automatically began to skim the brief paragraph.
Apparently his new responsibilities on the political scene haven't curbed the prince's extracurricular activities. In fact, just last night the prince was spotted at Club Sapphire making some serious moves on the dance floor--and on the King of Ardena's youngest daughter.
Cameron clenched his jaw, holding back the vehement curse that instinctively sprang to his lips. He glanced at the photo again, recognizing the woman who had plastered herself against him on the dance floor.
"I didn't know that she was the king's daughter," he said, ruefully acknowledging that truth wasn't much of a defense.
"The king's seventeen-year-old daughter."
Cameron dropped his head into his hands, and this time he didn't manage to hold back the curse.
"Did you sleep with her?" Rowan asked bluntly.
"No!" Maybe he shouldn't have been shocked by the question, but he was. And while he might have told anyone else that it wasn't their business, he couldn't say that to the prince regent. They both knew his actions reflected on his office.
He was relieved to be able to assert his innocence in this situation, because even if he hadn't guessed that the woman in the photo was underage, he had known that she was far too young for even a serious flirtation. While he hadn't always been discriminating in his choice of female companions, he was thirty-six years old now and long past the age where he was easily seduced by a warm body and willing smile.
"I was there with Allegra de Havilland," he explained, naming his frequent if not exclusive companion of the past six months, "and this girl--she only said her name was Leticia--came up to me on the dance floor while my date was in the ladies' room. We didn't even dance for two minutes. When Allegra came back, she and I left."
His cousin nodded. "Then there's no reason to believe that this can't be salvaged."
Cameron didn't know how to respond. His cousin had taken a chance on him six years earlier when he'd first appointed him to his cabinet, after Cameron had done everything in his power to undermine Rowan's position. At the time, he'd suspected that Rowan was subscribing to the old adage "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" and he couldn't blame him for that. But over time,...