Book Review: Secret Father by Suz DeMello


Secret Father Cover

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sweet Romance

When Linda Travers was fourteen, Dave Madsen, then age seventeen, rescued her from a snowy death. They later met at an end-of-term party at their college and lost their virginities to each other before Dave left the country.

And now…Despite spending her teenage years mooning over Dave, Linda Travers has moved on with her life. Being left pregnant and alone will force that on a gal. Age twenty-five, she lives in their hometown with their six-year-old, Mac. Then Dr. Dave Madsen reappears. He’s spent the last years exploring in the Amazon, searching for new plants and medications. A vicious snakebite has left him needing rehab from the only physical therapist around—Linda.

Their college lovemaking was the first time for both, so Linda and Dave remember each other. She’s amazed to feel the same old anger, hurt, and need. Less emotional, Dave’s curious about Linda, wondering why she didn’t leave her address and phone number for him when what they’d shared had been so good. Neither totally believes the explanations the other offers.

Since the rescue, Dave was always Linda’s hero, but she doesn’t know him anymore. Is he worthy of fathering their son? And what of their love? Can they create a future…together as a family?


This is such a sweet read. If you’re after a nice, clean book with lots of chemistry and romance than look no further. Suz DeMello has written a lovely story of a couple who spent many years apart, but in the end, fate and the universe bought them back together. I love how intense Dave gets at the end towards Lin. One of my favourite quotes is about their love, when he explains it as:

“No, not just biology. So much more than hormones saying ‘hi’ to each other. I love you. With all your confusion and your struggles, you’re the one. You’ve always been the one, and you always will be.”

This is a definite happily ever after, and the author is up front about that in the beginning. Be sure to read this book when you’re in the mood for a kind, easy to read, touching HEA.



Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for such firms as Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists. A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.


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Thank you to Words Turn Me On and Suz DeMello for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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