Delinquent Daddy
(Companion story to Hot Commodity. Hot Commodity chronologically comes first.)

Contemporary Adult Romance*
The Wild Rose Press
ISBN : 1-60154-850-8
Length : 80,000 words - 296 pages
Available : October 22, 2010
In Print and Ebook
*Sexually Explicit Scenes and Language

IT’S NOT EVERY DAY YOU LEARN YOU HAVE A NINE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

Boston Kincaid’s life is forever changed when he reads the note from Cassidy Trenton, who’s looking for her daddy. Vividly remembering the girl’s mother, Boston is compelled to learn the truth about Cassidy’s paternity.

Single working mother, Ellie Trenton is completely bowled over to find her old college flame, whom she hasn’t seen in ten years, loitering on her front porch when she comes home from work one day.

At the sight of each other, Boston and Ellie’s decade apart melts away, and that old chemistry between them flares back to life. But trust doesn’t come easily, and old wounds never healed properly.

Can Boston and Ellie learn to forgive and forget so they can experience the love they never shared, or will child custody battles keep them apart forever?

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Ellie hurried to unload her groceries and was just starting to turn toward the front door when she noticed the car parked at the curb.

Living where she did, she was used to pricey automobiles cruising her block. To the left of her house, the Young family owned a loaded Escalade and a Mercedes Benz, and her neighbors to the right drove a Bentley. For a shiny new Infiniti to be parked directly in front of her sidewalk, however, was unusual. She glanced up and down the street, wondering if maybe one of her neighbors was having a get-together, and the Infiniti had merely been looking for a spot to rest. But, no, the roadside wasn’t crowded with an overabundance of parked vehicles. Therefore, there was really no reason for someone to park directly in front of her place.

Shrugging off the curiosity, Ellie turned around and started up her front walk. For a moment, she was busy trying to juggle her two sacks of food while digging her house key from her purse. She didn’t notice the man until she nearly plowed into him.

She saw the shoes first, a fancy pair of brown suede loafers. They were large, obviously belonging to a male, and partially covered by the hem of tan slacks.

And they were planted on the top step of her porch.

Ellie screamed and dropped her groceries. The shoes moved, taking a step down. Her gaze shot up even as she bent at the knees to retrieve her spilled goods.

And that was where she froze, face tipped up, knees slightly bent, back stooped over, and hand reaching down to snatch her sacks.

Her mouth fell open. “Oh,” she breathed in awe as she took in the whole majestic form.

She’d hate to break it to this guy, but if he had anything nefarious in mind, he might want to rethink his life of crime, because honestly, you couldn’t really rape the willing.

He was absolutely gorgeous. Tall, dark, handsome, glaringly rich. Too bad all those features turned her off because, well, hello...the way he stared made her think he’d seen her naked and wanted her that way again. Soon.

“Um...” she offered, biting her lip and bending just a little more to grab her bags. “Hello,” she finally said and straightened. “Can I...can I help you with something?”

She glanced back toward the Infiniti. Definitely his. Stylish, sleek, a bit conservative while still managing to scream money.

“Yes,” he said. “I really think you can help me...Ellie.”

That voice.

Ellie whirled back and gaped as the man glided the rest of the way off the porch and took the last three steps toward her.

Oh, God, she knew that walk, that oh-so-gracefully smooth stroll. And that voice. She definitely knew that voice.

Eyes snapping to his face, she searched for familiar features until the young man she’d once known took form in the face of the adult before her. When he sent her a half sneer, half smile, she dropped her groceries again.

“Boston?”

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Reviews

Rites of Romance (Rating: 4.5)
I really enjoyed this book. The story is a contemporary romance and the story line very well written. The reader will laugh and cry with the characters and root for them to become a couple again. Boston is a great male lead. He is smart, sexy, fun, but real. He has his flaws, he has made mistakes and he learns and changes throughout the book. Ellie is strong willed and will fight to the death for what she believes is right for her child. She is misguided at times, but she also grows throughout the story. Both characters learn more about themselves and what they lost all those years ago. Trying to overcome a hurtful past full of misunderstandings and lies makes the journey back to one another difficult and at times frustrating even for the reader.
Reading, Eating and Dreaming (4 Stars)
"Go ahead and pull out the tissues because this book is a tearjerker!

I had my first Linda Kage experience a couple of days ago. It was such an amazing experience that I went on a three day bender: Day One: The Trouble with Tomboys, Day Two: How to Resist Prince Charming, Day Three: Delinquent Daddy.

I read Delinquent Daddy in one sitting. I started it one night after work and stayed up until 2 o’clock in the morning to finish it. This romance novel was an emotional roller coaster rider that had me feeling all sorts of emotions. This novel had me sobbing, laughing, smiling, cheering, yelling, and feeling like I had been punched in the gut. It was heartbreaking. It was hopeful. It was sweet. And, it was extremely touching.

Throughout this novel we are introduced to two versions of Boston Kincaid and Ellie Trenton: Boston and Ellie in their college years and Boston and Ellie ten years later. It was remarkable how much the characters changed in ten years. Their growth was drastic and obvious. Boston went from being a selfish, snobby jerk to a mature, thoughtful man. Ellie went from being a shy, naïve schoolgirl to a loving, nurturing mother. I enjoyed seeing both the past and present versions of the characters.

I really connected with the two main characters, Boston and Ellie. I loved both characters, but I didn’t always agree with their actions. I got mad at both characters plenty of times. They both made their share of mistakes in the past and in the present, but in the end, I forgave them both for their mistakes and rooted for them to find happiness.

Delinquent Daddy sat on my “to-read” shelf for a couple of months. The synopsis grabbed my attention and the high ratings made me look twice, but when it came to actually purchasing this novel, the title and the book cover held me back, mainly the title. Every time I read “Delinquent”, I thought juvenile delinquent. I don’t know. It just didn’t encourage me to pick this book up. I am so glad that I was introduced to Linda Kage and all of her fabulousness recently because if I hadn’t read The Trouble with Tomboys then this book would most likely still be sitting on my “to-read” shelf, which would be a shame. I most likely would have picked this book up eventually, but I am glad that I read this book sooner rather than later. It was a wonderful experience, and I hate to think that I might have missed out on it.

I gave Delinquent Daddy by Linda Kage 4 STARS. This was my third Linda Kage novel in three days. I think it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed!

PS: I recommend this novel for fans of Take this Regret by Amy Lichtenhan and vice versa."
Night Owl Reviews (3.5 Stars)
I really liked this story and I have to say that I felt bad that Boston was kept in the dark the whole time. I thought it was terrible that Ellie never tried telling him he was a father. I gave him credit that he confronted Ellie to find out the truth once and for all. I also loved that sparks started flying again when they saw each other after all these years have passed. This was definitely an enjoyable read overall.
Single Titles (5 Stars)
Linda Kage has become one of my favorite authors, I love that her stories or so real that you feel like you are peeking into someone’s life while reading. Delinquent Daddy captures you from the first page and takes you on a wonderful ride. I loved how there were flashbacks to the days Ellie and Boston were dating and you could see the ups and downs of the relationship while they were in College.
Long and Short of It (4 Stars)
Ms. Kage keeps Delinquent Daddy moving at a fast pace with a careful mix of flashbacks of Boston and Ellie’s college romance and present day events. Delinquent Daddy is a charming family oriented novel that you do not want to miss.
Book That Thing (5 Stars)
"What Kage did to turn this disastrous starting point into a heartwarming romance was nothing short of genius. They didn’t come full circle; instead tried to deal with what happened...with the goal to move forward in whatever direction this mess would take them. Oh, how I wished for Boston and Ellie to find their way back to one another. Thing is, you kind of expect this to happen (with it being romance and all), but this time I wasn’t sure of anything. Would they make it? I had no idea. The author didn’t try to force her characters to make up. All throughout (most of the) story, hurt anger and regret was palpable. No switching these emotions off at will. That also means no premature declarations of love were thrown around. It would’ve killed the story for all intents and purposes. The kid deserved to know her father and I was relieved to see that what went wrong between her parents didn’t affect Cassidy’s love for her newfound dad. I was happy that the child had an essential part in the book. After all, the whole plot was built up in the wake of her unwavering determination to meet her dad. Reading this book made me believe that people can change."
Happily Ever After Reviews (4 Tea Cups)
Linda Kage has done a remarkable job in this story from the beginning to the end. I loved that Cassidy desperately wants her daddy and will do anything she can to see it possible. Now Ellie and Boston are two people who anybody can see clearly that they still love each other. Linda did a beautiful job in showing that two people can still love each other after all the heartache and pain. Definitely a great book to read and can’t wait for more of Linda’s work.
Siren Book Reviews (4.5 Stones)
I found this to be a well written book. The plot has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader going, plenty of conflict, and of course, the romance. Readers will enjoy this story about second chances and forgiveness.
Single Titles (5 Stars)
Linda Kage has become one of my favorite authors, I love that her stories or so real that you feel like you are peeking into someone’s life while reading. Delinquent Daddy captures you from the first page and takes you on a wonderful ride. I loved how there were flashbacks to the days Ellie and Boston were dating and you could see the ups and downs of the relationship while they were in College.
The Book Whisperer (4 Stars)
Deliquent Daddy was so much more than I had anticipated. I expected this to be a love story, but I never expected it to carry the level of emotion baggage that it did. This is not your hot and steamy romance; this is a love story and the miraculous existence of second chances. Boston and Ellie were made for one another. Everything about them perfectly fits with the other, but life is brutal and fate is tricky, so when they parted ways in college life moved one without them. When all of a sudden nine years later a young girl with a yearning to know her Daddy does the unthinkable and reaches out for a man she is not even sure exists. What comes together in this novel is bitter sweet and honest. Having to learn to forgive is the basis to this story, and the outcome is wonderfully perfect. I was little uncertain, because the slower pace that began this book. No sooner than I had this thought the story cranked up the suspense and rushed through the remainder of the pages. I loved every minute of it, and can’t wait to look into more for this author.
The Flipping Bookworm (4 Stars)
Heart-wrenching in a really good way. That would best described my experience while reading this Linda Kage's book. The emotions kept pouring and I can't help but say 'awww' for every five mintues. It was so full of hope you can't help but love it.

Boston and Ellie. You will see two versions of them throughout the story - the young ones and the ten years after. You will see how everything changed and progressed between them and how being pregnant and having a daughter changed their entire lives. The growth and maturity between them after being apart for ten years resulted optimism between them - it resolved issues with trust, hope and love for the family.

I love the characters to death especially Boston. He admitted his wrong doings, of being a jerk and selfish to everyone and yet, a loss made him realize what he had done. And working his way up to his daughter and Ellie is something so remarkable.

Sweet one, actually. I recommend that you pick up this book if you are ready for a teary-eyed reading marathon. Oh, well. Love is really something so beautiful, isn't it?

What I like:
* Boston's maturity
* Boston's family
* the romance"


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