Title: More Than Just a Name
Author: Lynn Jaxon
Series: All for You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I wasted eight years of my life on a marriage that was doomed from the start. My ex-husband only married me for my family name and money. Now that the divorce is final, I’m ready to move on focusing on providing a happy life for our son. When my friends insisted they take me out to celebrate my new found freedom, I reluctantly agreed.
I should have asked where we were going. I never imagined we’d end up in a male strip club. I was ready to leave before we walked through the doors. That is until I locked eyes with a masked dancer. His green eyes bored into me, owning me with just one look. Then when our hands touched, he made me feel things I’d never felt, and want things I’d never dared to dream.
Just when my dream seemed like it was coming true, my worst nightmare became my reality. My divorce was just a useless piece of paper, and I’m afraid that not even love will be able to save me.
I can’t believe I’m doing this. Never did I ever think that this would be me. I’m an elementary school assistant principal, not a male dancer. I have to keep reminding myself that I’m doing this for my brother. I’m helping him keep his job.
That’s the only thing that’s getting me through this night. That is until I lock eyes with the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Long blonde hair, expressive blue eyes, and a body that would bring any man to his knees. Going into it I never thought this night would change my life and hers so profoundly.
I have my work cut out for me. There is more than just our love at stake. I’ll put everything on the line to save her, and convince her that she’s more than just a name.
The day I found out I was pregnant should have been one of the happiest days of my life…until I went to surprise Frankie at work and found him banging his secretary on his desk. I should’ve asked for a divorce right then and there.
“Mrs. Find, you can’t go in there right now!” exclaims one of Frankie’s partners.
“It’s okay, Roscoe. He’ll forgive me once he finds out why I’m here.”
Smile on my face, I burst through the door…almost falling to my knees. Frankie has his secretary bent over his desk, pounding into her from behind. I hear him gasp as I spin and slam the door, running back down the hall and pushing the elevator button, thankful when the doors open.
I hear Frankie running down the hall toward me, still buckling his pants. “Baby, wait! I can explain!”
I stop the elevator doors just before they close. “I don’t want to hear a thing you have to say. Don’t come home tonight. I don’t want to see your cheating face.” With that, the doors slide shut.
For months afterward, Frankie put on quite a show. He acted like he was ecstatic about being a father, doing everything in his power to convince me he would never cheat on me again. Thinking of our unborn child, I gave him another chance.
He was only able to keep it in his pants for a few months. The next time I found out about him cheating, I was seven months pregnant. Of course, he had me believing it was my fault because I was fat.
I’m determined to stick to my guns this time. There is no way I’ll let him weasel his way out of this divorce. No matter what, I’m going to stand strong for Gage.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
More Than Just A Name is a saccharine-sweet instalove story between a single mom and the assistant principal at her young son’s school. Of course, Meredith and Nash don’t KNOW that they have that connection when they first meet while he’s dancing at a male revue club. Just filling in for his sick brother, natch. And she’s celebrating her divorce. There’s an instant connection just between their eyes (he’s wearing a mask!) and numbers are exchanged. Casino heiress Meredith is hesitant to do anything however, as she’s just coming off of a bad marriage where she was pretty much used for her family’s status and wealth.
Okay. I was kind of wary about that set-up, but I liked the characters enough to get over my thoughts of “What is she thinking?” Nash was a sweetheart, and really would do anything for Meredith and Gage. Like keep her dirtbag ex-husband far, far away from them. As sweet as their romance is (not clean, though! There are some sexy times!), there is also a bunch of drama thanks to her ex, and Nash gets to play White Knight in a spectacular way. And prove to Meredith that she’s more than just her well-known last name.
If you want an easy poolside read, definitely check this out. I read it in an afternoon, around parenting duties. It’s a light and easy read, not too deep, with just the right amount of drama. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Lynn Jaxon lives with her husband and three children in Arkansas. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Central Arkansas. When she’s not writing, she is spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, reading in a bubble bath or running with her crazy dog.
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