CONDITION OF MARRIAGE
It must be the pregnancy hormones that are making Mercedes Ashton react the way she is to her longtime friend, Jared Maxwell. She knew her unplanned pregnancy would be difficult on Jared, who lost his child and wife a few years ago, but she was sure it wouldn't affect their friendship. Jared couldn't have dealt with his grief without Mercedes, but knowing she's pregnant now is almost too much for him to stand. Between his memories and the fierce sense of protectiveness he feels toward Mercedes and the baby, he's not sure which way to turn. Emilie Rose puts her distinctive stamp on the Ashtons with Condition of Marriage (4). The dark and brooding Jared leads an entire cast of captivating characters.