Friday, May 1, 2020

Review ~ A HIDDEN HEIR TO REDEEM HIM by Dani Collins

A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him (Feuding Billionaire Brothers, #1)
by: Dani Collins
Series: Feuding Billionaire Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
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She kept their child hidden…

Now the secret’s out!

Valentino Casale is outraged to find Kiara kept their daughter a secret from him for two years! Forever branded by his own illegitimacy, the hardened billionaire wants to do things differently…

Kiara could never regret the consequence of her one delicious night with Val. Even if he turned out to be every bit as coldhearted as their night was hot! Yet behind Val’s reputation is another man—revealed only in their passionate moments alone. Could she give that man a second chance?

When I first found out Dani Collins was writing a book/series about two brothers who didn’t get along with each other I was excited. I wanted to know why two brothers hated each other so much. The Harlequin Presents line isn’t a line I normally read however, I read an excerpt from A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him and knew with certainty I HAD to read the book.

Valentino “Val” Cascale and Javiero Rodriguez were both born into luxury and broken homes. Sharing the same father, the two were only born two days apart. Val, the oldest, was the result of an affair between Nikolai “Niko” Mylonas and fashion model Evelina Cascale. Javiero was the product of Niko’s marriage to Paloma Rodriguez. The brothers were each raised full time by their mothers with frequent visits to their father’s Greek island. Niko made sure that he treated each son and mother the same. Meaning that Val and Javiero went to the same boarding school and their mothers received the same allowance. But just because Niko treated the boys the same didn’t mean those around them or society did.

By pure serendipity, Val and Kiara O’Neill met three years ago in Venice. The two shared a night together full of passion and wonder, never to see each other again. Weeks later, Kiara not only realizes she’s pregnant but that Val is married and off on his honeymoon. As a starving artist, living hand to mouth Kiara jumps at the opportunity offered to her by Niko. Niko will take care of Kiara and her child as long as she moves to his Greek island with him and doesn’t tell Val he has a child. To give her child every opportunity she didn’t have and to continue creating art, Kiara agrees. She knows Niko is estranged from his sons but doesn’t know why. She also knows Niko is dying and that the secret of her having Val’s child will not remain a secret forever.

Val is a man who seems to like to live up the title of being born illegitimate. He's cold, cruel, and borders on possibly being emotionally abusive. He lashes out before anyone can lash out at him. For at least 75% of the book, probably more, I didn’t like him. Kiara was a woman I wasn't very fond of. She did things the way Niko wanted her to and didn’t seem to stand up for herself. It wasn't until probably halfway into the book that I gave her the benefit of the doubt and saw things through her eyes. Though initially, I wasn’t fond of either character, I kept reading the book because I was mesmerized and knew Dani was going to show Val in a different light and redeem him in my eyes. She completely did by revealing his heartbreaking past which could be a trigger for some.

The title of the book, A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him, is perfect. Kiara and her daughter healed and redeemed Val by simply loving him for the man behind the mask the world sees. Val, in turn, gave Kiara the family and love she has always wanted and needed.

A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him shows the different dynamics of love. From its purity to its all-consuming passion. Dani has written a story you can’t put down, where she evokes feelings and emotions you aren’t expecting. I went from not truly caring about Val and Kiara to hoping and praying they found a way to be together, not because of their daughter, but for themselves.

A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him and Beauty and Her One-Night Baby featuring Javiero take place at the same time. Because of this, Javiero has already been introduced and some of his character has been revealed. I’m really looking forward to reading his story, and seeing if my thoughts about him are correct. I have a feeling I’m going to proclaim Dani as a being a master at what she does.

~ Favorite Quotes ~ 

“You’re adorable when you’re wrong.”
“A life without hope is a very dark place.”

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**

Rating: 4

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✍️ You can read my A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him interview with Dani here. ✍️

Beauty and Her One-Night Baby releases June 1, 2020. It is also the second book in the Once Upon a Temptation series, a collection of books by eight authors inspired by fairytales.

The Once Upon a Temptation Series:
**All books release June 1, 2020**

Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of fifty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing. Social distancing is her normal.

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