Carmen has accepted the idea of a surrogate mother for their next baby, but she isn’t embracing it. Her old fashioned morals are putting a damper on the experience.
Carmen and Alex are going to his father’s home in Texas for their first vacation. From the moment they arrive, Carmen is shocked by the multitude of things Alex has hidden from her.
Carmen loves Alex and in spite of his faults, she still believes he is the perfect man for her. Some changes are in order to improve their marriage. She must choose her battles when it comes to making changes, and choose her words when she confronts Alex.
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The best response to a situation isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. Life offers a smorgasbord of choices and Carmen uses what she believes will offer the best long-term results. It may not be how we all do react, but it certainly provides possibilities for a more harmonious outcome.

Carmen is bombarded with changes, some of which may not be good. Producing a child artificially is something she said she would never do, but suddenly she isn’t sure. More important, Alex is sure, and she doesn’t want to dictate his morals – especially when they both heartily agree on the results.

Alex has hidden a father from her, but when they visit his father’s home in Texas, she discovers he has hidden much more – an entire family and lifestyle. Alex didn’t want to vacation at his father’s home. He didn’t want to renew an old relationship. He did it for Carmen and their children. Carmen tries to keep that in mind when emotions get out of line. She tries to support Alex and understand his point of view – but everyone has their breaking point, and she finds hers.


Carmen has finally agreed to a baby through a surrogate mother. Alex has agreed to a Christmas vacation at his biological father’s home. It is a huge step for each of them and emotions are running high. Not nearly as high as they get when they reach Texas.
Alex doesn’t want to go to Texas and his actions speak as loudly as his words. Carmen is shocked to discover the extent of his secrecy. Alex has hidden far more than a father. He has hidden a family and a lifestyle. Carmen wants to know why, but Alex doesn’t want to discuss it. He claims she is better off not knowing.
Carmen loves Alex, in spite of the way he is acting. She realizes that they must make some critical changes in their relationship, but she knows that her response may affect the rest of their marriage. People either grow together in times like these or they drift apart. She carefully measures each response. It isn’t about winning an argument. It’s about making their marriage stronger. It is no longer about Carmen and Alex, but their children as well.
Carmen and Alex are each having a change of heart. Will they be able to make their relationship better or will they build walls between them?

A Clean Romance Novel
by Linda Louise Rigsbee
Book 5 - The Carmen & Alex Series
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