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Harlequin Treasury Guest Review: Daddy By Accident by Paula Detmer Riggs

Stacy’s life changed dramatically since her husband Len was attacked while on the job. He went crazy, burned her house and then while driving recklessly drove his car into a tree and managed to get himself killed. Now Stacy is in a hospital, pregnant & nearly broke. The one stroke of luck was the man that helped her in the accident – Boyd.

Daddy By Accident Paula Detmer RiggsBoyd is a recluse. After a tragedy that happened 3 years ago, he quit his job, did his best to avoid people. And then he met Stacy. She woke something in him, he couldn’t help but be attracted to her. He did everything he could to help her stand on her feet. And in the meantime he was falling in love with her.

I loved both Stacy and Boyd. Their lives were hard but they managed to survive. Stacy didn’t let the past dictate her life, she had her good memories and chose to remember them, not the bad ones. Boyd had a harder time fighting his ghost, mostly because he blamed himself. Both of them are proud, but they didn’t let it rule them.

As for the secondary characters, Prudy and Luke are great and I’m looking forward to reading their books.


5 Stars


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  1. Sarah Frantz
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 14:36:35

    Ah, Paula Detmer Riggs. She wrote the first story I read in which the hero had been in prison and had been raped there. Very very VERY high on the angst, is PDR.

  2. Kim
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 16:48:13

    Does anyone know why Paula Detmer Riggs stopped writing? I always enjoyed her Silhouettes.

  3. Jane
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 00:03:12

    I don’t know. Taming the Night is still on my keeper shelf

  4. Sarah_Florida
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 01:08:25

    @Sarah Frantz: Sarah, what is the title of that book? Sounds like something I might like – I love a hero with a back story that includes prison (but only if they are wrongly accused). That is why I love Dinah McCall’s Jackson Rule. Thanks.

  5. Ana S.
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 03:42:20

    @Sarah_Florida: The only PDR book with a hero that was in prison that comes to my mind is Paroled. Although I don’t remember him being raped while he was there.

  6. GrowlyCub
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 11:42:17

    I can only speculate that her single titles didn’t sell as well. I have also heard a rumor that she had several family losses around that time. I’ve tried for years to get more information because she’s one of my absolutely favorite authors ever and it’s been depressing to be ignored (by NAL) and sent to her – utterly useless – author page (by Harlequin).

  7. JessP
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 14:08:43

    @ Sarah_Florida and @AnaS. I cruised through Amazon and the only book I could find that sounded close was Rough Passage, which has an ex-cop/current prison escapee on the run for a hero, and they apparently have to escape a forest fire. If that’s the book Sarah Frantz referred to (and I admit, I’d like to read that story, too), then I have to wonder at the title. A lot of the Amazon listings for her books didn’t have descriptions of the plot at all, which is too bad.

  8. Lynn S.
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 21:32:07

    @JessP: Sarah Frantz has all of us in a lather. Hopefully she’ll come back with the title. If you’re looking for descriptions on Paula Detmer Riggs books the best place to go is I haven’t read her before but became intriqued due to the comments and, although Paroled doesn’t mention a rape, it does sound like a fantastic book. Full Circle is another one that sounds really good along with Jane’s keeper Taming the Night.

    I wouldn’t think Rough Passage would be the right book due to it being a Silhouette Desire and the Desires didn’t generally go in for the angst at quite that level. I imagine it is one of her Intimate Moment titles but the mystery is yet to be solved.

  9. Kim
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 11:58:47

    I’ve read all Paula Detmer Riggs’ books and as far as I can remember, no such scene exists. A woman is date raped in Her Secret, His Child, but Paroled is about a man wrongly accused of child abuse. He loses everything, but there is no jail rape scene.

  10. JessP
    Jul 24, 2011 @ 19:07:00

    @Kim: @Lynn S.:
    Dear Kim and Lynn S – Thanks to you both. I’ve read Her Secret, His Child and loved it. I ordered Rough Passage, so I’ll see what it’s about when I get it. I have a number of her books down in storage in my basement, but have hardly made a dent on what’s in my basement. I’ll have to go to I hope wherever PDR is, she’s doing well. Best regards to you both.

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