The Army Ranger's Surprise(73)

By: Donna Michaels


As it turned out, their little girl was very considerate, not only waiting until they got to the hospital, she waited for their doctor to arrive, and all their family and friends—except for Kaydee’s parents, who were catching the first flight in the morning.

Watching his wife cradle their little girl, something inside Leo clicked into place. He hadn’t realized anything was out of place. Being with Kaydee made him whole. Now he was…solid.

“How do you feel?” he asked, brushing his wife’s temple with his lips.

“Happy,” she said, her tone hoarse with emotion. “So happy.” She glanced up at him. “You?”

“Complete,” he said firmly.

Kaydee’s eyes filled with tears, which spilled down her face as she handed their daughter to him.

Their daughter…

A fierce rush of emotion washed through him as he held the tiny little miracle. The second-best surprise of his life. He dipped down to gently brush his lips to her temple, like he had her mom.

There was a time in his life when he hated surprises. They brought death and pain and filled him with so much agony the very act of breathing hurt. But then Kaydee showed him that life held good surprises, too. Ones that filled his heart with so much joy and happiness that losing his breath could be a great thing.

“Have you decided on a name?” he asked quietly, never taking his eyes off the sweet, innocent angel. She had her mother’s cute little upturned nose, brown hair, and his blue eyes.

“Yes,” Kaydee said. “There’s only one name that’s fitting to me. One name that’s perfect. I knew it when I carried her. And I knew it was even more fitting the second I saw her.”

He smiled down at his baby girl, who already had him wrapped around her little finger. “What is it?”

“Hope.”

And just like that, hope burned away the last of the shadows hiding behind his heart. “Perfect.”



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Acknowledgments


A super huge thank you to my editor Heather Howland for all your help, and time, and insight, not only on this book, but on the entire Men of At-Ease Ranch series. This book was very special, and I’m so happy we were able to give Leo his HEA!

Entangled, and the Lovestruck team, is always a joy to work with. Thank you for all you do!

Once again, I’d like to acknowledge my husband and thank him for his military knowledge. Love you!

To pumpkin spice creamer for flavoring my many, many mugs of coffee.

And to the cats for bringing lots of comic relief and companionship during some long hours. Love you all!

And, as always, to you, the readers, thank you for continuing to pick up my books and for taking the time to email me with kind words and your wonderful reviews.