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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hidden Agenda by Laurie Larsen Book Tour and Giveaway

Hidden Agenda
by Laurie Larsen


Can love survive when secrecy is the hidden agenda? A sizzling tale of a millionaire businessman and an ambitious, beautiful advertising executive, and the little girl at the center of a long-held secret that draws the two of them together, but could ultimately tear them apart.



Caroline was talking from the back seat so he tuned in to her.  “I saw a picture of it in a catalog and Mommy said we could look at it in the store.  It’s so awesome.  It looks even better when you see it all put together.”

“Don’t be in a rush, honey, because when we get yours it’ll be in a box.  We’ll have to bring it home and read the directions.  Make sure we have all the pieces and tools before we start, then follow the directions step by step.  It could take hours.”

A grin snuck onto his face.


He glanced over at Alyssa and tried to hide it.  “Nothing.”  He concentrated on driving, then said, “That’s one way to do it, I suppose.”

“And what would you suggest?”

“I’m more of a free-for-all kind of guy.  You know, open the box, shake everything out on the floor, throw the directions aside.  Study it a while, then just dive in.”

Alyssa frowned.  “You would put it together without the directions?  There could be hundreds of pieces!”

He chuckled.  “Extra points if you don’t use them all.”

She gasped softly and turned back to the road, shaking her head.  But Caroline giggled in the back seat.  “You mean it actually works that way?”

“Sure,” he said while Alyssa simultaneously said, “No way.”

“But if you don’t use all the screws and stuff, wouldn’t it be a little wobbly?” Caroline asked.

“You bet,” said her mom, while he said, “Nah.”

He and Alyssa looked at each other, eyebrows raised.  Then they laughed.

“I can tell this is going to be an adventure.”  Alyssa shook her head.


Millionaire Grant Fontaine lost his pregnant wife a decade ago, in that time he has kept to himself and  focused on his work. He has though kept one aspect of his life that has changed him secret, he fathered a child via sperm donation, and he knows who the mother and daughter is.  His plan to bide time until is daughter is an adult and then form a relationship.  The problem is Alyssa Stark and her daughter Caroline have moved to New York and are right by him.  An accidental meeting with Alyssa has him taking a drastic turn and getting to know her better and her daughter, but he has not been forthcoming about who he is and it could destroy it all.

I am always a sucker for this type of story and Hidden Agendas fit the bill.  I felt for Grant, you could sense the longing to be part of a family and the befuddlement of his attraction to Alyssa.  I thought this was a charming read and was highly entertained.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Project Manager by day in the fast-paced world of Information Technology, Laurie escapes her demanding day job to wrap herself in the joy of writing stories about everyday life, with just a touch of worst case scenario.  Known for her sentimental and emotional love stories, Laurie became an award-winning author when her novel Preacher Man won the 2010 EPIC Award for Best Spiritual Romance. Laurie is a wife and mother of two sons and lives in Central Illinois.

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  1. I must admit I'm totally a 'read the instructions' kind of person. I could relate.


    1. Mary, so nice of you to join us today! I have to admit I'm more like Alyssa than Grant when it comes to furniture assembly. :)


  2. Good morning everyone! Thank you so much for having me. And thank you for such a positive and wonderful review. You truly made my day!

  3. The story sounds very intriguing, I can't wait to read it.


    1. Good morning Ingeborg! Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you absolutely love Hidden Agenda!


  4. This sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway :)
    cerian dot halford at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks for visiting Cerian!! Hope you give Hidden Agenda a try! Have a great day.


  5. This sounds like a very touching story. I really enjoy reading this type story line.

    1. Hi Mom Jane! Good to see you! Thanks for your kind words. I hope you'll add Hidden Agenda to your summer reading list!

  6. I really enjoyed the excerpt especially Caroline and grant!
    I am more of " stickler by the rules" kind of gal :)
    Seems like this book will surely make an interesting read!
    Thank you for sharing Laurie and Musings from an addicted reader!And thank you for the opportunity to win
    Best Wishes,
    Sydney W

    1. Hi Sydney! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will pick up Hidden Agenda and enjoy it very much!


  7. Excellent excerpt! Thanks for sharing! I love the chemistry!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  8. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com