Carmen and Alex are happy with their marriage. They have everything they want – even children, through adoption. Then the mother of their youngest child returns, wanting to reclaim her child. It is the situation that Carmen always feared about adoption, but the 6-month waiting period has long passed. Lori has no legal claim on Destiny, but she can fight with illegal methods.
   When a man attacks Carmen, Alex rushes to the rescue – right into a waiting knife. After nearly losing his life, he goes into a coma. Carmen knows Alex wouldn’t want to live that way, but there is hope he will recover. The marital vow “for better or worse” isn’t as romantic now as it was on their wedding day. Whether or not he emerges from the coma, he is her husband. Will he wake, and if not, will her love for him fade?
HSL ID: 1026RBW1208
42,453 words, 164 pages
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Carmen’s worst fears about adoption are realized when Lori returns to retrieve her daughter. Destiny is two years old - far past the six month waiting period. That doesn’t stop Lori from trying…and causing a tragedy.

Carmen’s love for Alex is put to the test in this story when Alex goes into a coma after being stabbed. Alex was head of the household and Carmen liked it that way. Now she must make the decisions and take care of their estate. Alex may never wake, and if he does, he may never be the same.

The author has experience with life altering medical events. Her husband was disabled at age 38 with heart disease. In an eerie coincidence, her husband was paralyzed in a surgical procedure only a year and a half after she wrote this book.

“For Better or Worse” is the fourth in the popular Carmen & Alex Series of clean romance novels. 


The vow “for better or worse” sounds romantic until “worse” becomes an indefinite coma. Carmen begins to realize that there are worse things than death.

When Lori returns to reclaim two-year-old Destiny, Carmen and Alex consult a lawyer. The six month waiting time has passed, but Lori insists Carmen had promised that she could come back and get her later. But Alex didn’t agree and it was a legal adoption. Lori is determined and even a restraining order doesn’t stop her. When she resorts to unorthodox methods, it results in Carmen being attacked and Alex being stabbed while trying to rescue her. Alex lives, but he remains in a coma after the stabbing. Carmen isn’t accustomed to making all the decisions. Alex has been the one they all turned to for final decisions. Now she must be both mother and father.

As if all this isn’t enough, Carmen discovers Alex has kept a secret from her since the beginning of their relationship. She doesn’t know why and Alex can’t explain.
Things look pretty bleak, but to Carmen’s way of thinking, as long as you don’t give up, you haven’t failed.

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For Better Or Worse
Book 4 - Carmen & Alex Series 
by Linda Louise Rigsbee
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