The Surprise

(14 customer reviews)



An Amazon Top 5 Bestseller!

One night. One moment in time can change everything.

One night is all we have together before I leave the country for a year to serve as a physician with Doctors Beyond Borders-mostly to avoid real life obligations. Meeting her, being with her is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before… and probably never will again.

During those few hours together, something grows between us, and although we don’t even know each other’s names, it takes root. It grows. Duplicates.

I know she’s the one. But apparently she doesn’t feel the same. The thing is, she’s not the same as the women before, who only wanted me because I’m a billionaire. She haunts me.

When fate brings me back to the States earlier than expected, I come face to face with her. And the biggest surprise of my life.

Will she allow me to be more than a stranger? Or has one mistake cost me everything?

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“You have some powerful magic inside you,” I whispered against her lips. “Mighty powerful.”

She grinned, relaxing under me again. She lifted her hips, grinding her sex into mine. “Hocus-pocus. Show me your magic wand.”

I laughed, a throw my head back kind of laugh and collapsed down onto her. She was adorable in every possible way. “You aren’t Delilah. You’re Samantha. Bewitching.”

She wiggled her nose, or tried to at least, and I kissed the tip of it, unable to believe I hadn’t fucked her twice already. This was new. Laughing during sex. Taking my time. I liked it, feeling comfortable enough with anyone to not have an agenda, let the feelings take us wherever they went.

Wanting to explore some more, I moved down her body, licking her skin, sucking on her nipples. Trailing my tongue down the soft curve of her stomach, I enjoyed the soft vanilla fragrance that reminded me of cookies baking in the kitchen.

I was careful to avoid the scar as I pulled the jeans down her hips, revealing cotton boy shorts in the softest of blue. Inch by inch, her pale flesh was revealed until all that was left was that sweet bit of material between her legs. Her fingers clutched at the bedsheets as I trailed my fingers up her legs after tossing her jeans to the floor…

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14 reviews for The Surprise

  1. Armenia Fox

    “One night changed everything”….4.5stars!

    I read this gem of a story in one sitting. Yes, I’m sleep deprived, but so worth it. Alice Ward brings us a sweet, heartwarming romance that brings definite consequences from one hot, passionate night nearly eight months ago. It’s instant attraction between Langston Kimbrough and Scarlet Adler when they lock eyes across a bar. Their fun-filled fantasy night was all about anonymity and no-strings hot sex for the night. Yes, Langston plays “Samson” to Scarlet’s “Delilah” and I just ate up the witty, funny banter between these two.

    Their lives take separate paths but they never forget each other, both yearning for “what ifs.” There’s no chance of getting ahold of each other since they never exchanged their numbers or real names. Until kismet brings their paths back together at the hospital where Langston is a borrowed doctor helping out in Labor and Delivery. Absolutely wonderful story with a fairy tale ending. I had to cheer for Scarlet, knowing she’d had to endure a tragic young life, she finally gets a prince charming and happily ever after along with a great extended family. All the feels, I just loved it!

    I received and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  2. Theresa Campbell

    I love reading Alice Ward’s books. This one doesn’t disappoint. It’s sweet, steamy, and romantic and makes you really wish you have this in your life. The two main characters Langston & Scarlett are so great together and this will touch your heart. I received an advance copy of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  3. MyOhMy

    Another winner by Alice Ward. He’s leaving the country in the morning for Doctors Without Borders. She has a full time job as a nurse in a labor and delivery ward. It’s just one night–no names, no promises, no future. But they click. He knows she’s the one. She knows he’s the one but getting them back together will take a coincidence and will bring a surprise. Fate was definitely on their side. Read the book – it’s got a billionaire, secret babies and two people who manage to find each other when they are given a second chance. A fast easy read. WARNING: Don’t start it before going to sleep or you’ll be up all night trying to finish. You’ll want to know how Langston and Scarlett make it to the end. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC).

  4. Kathi S.

    Heart-warming story, Amazing Depth of Characters!!

    This story could be a “trope” – a standard story-line that follows a predictable pattern. But it is NOT. It is so much MORE.

    We meet our characters, both after a tough time, where they connect in one scintillating evening which is unusual for them both. They know they only have one night – so use fake names “Samson and Delilah”.
    Scarlett must date a man 5 times before even considering getting physical (normally). Langston keeps everyone at bay, but ultimately leaves his contact info, against his normal standards.

    When fate steps in and these two meet again at a critical juncture for them both; they don’t act petty or angry, but work to regain that connection they felt in that one evening. What follows is a wonderful journey for two characters with whom we have already fallen in love individually and we can only hope they find their HEA together. I highly recommend this book.

  5. Nickiann Holt

    This was truly a romantic storyline that proves that things happen for a reason. Scarlett and Langston meet for a wild night of anonymous sex. Although they both feel the connection, it is Langston’s promise to Doctors Without Borders that keeps him from staying with her the next morning. Without knowing his real name, Scarlett’s has no way to tell him that she is pregnant. But with Fate on their side, Langston returns to the states to fill in at the hospital where she is giving birth. But will he accept that he is going to be a father? Or will he decide to walk away because he is not ready or an instant family? With beautiful well developed characters and a heartwarming storyline Alice Ward has done it again. Every page is worth reading and you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.

  6. Keri Loves Books (Keri Roth)

    A heart warming story of finding your other half in a most unconventional start. This story will make you smile, laugh and cry.

    Scarlett is a beautiful, young nurse making her way in life. She has her scars, but life goes on.

    Langston comes from a great family. He’s a handsome, wealthy, successful surgeon living a lonely life.

    The night before he is set to leave on a mission for doctors without borders, he meets Scarlett. One night, no strings, no names, no personal exhanges. And what a night of the hottest, steamiest, most amazing sex ever. Their attraction is what fairytales are made of. It’s instant, its undeniable and unstoppable. Can they both walk away after one night or did it change everything?

    It only takes a moment to realize that your life has been forever changed. And sometimes a higher power steps in and all the pieces fall into place, then everything ends up exactly as it should. Enjoy Scarlett and Langston’s story of finding a family together.

  7. Tammy Evans

    What a beautiful love story. Langston and Scarlett share one night of steamy passion they both feel a connection but have promised each other just the one night. Langston leaves for Africa the next day to join Doctors Beyond Borders and Scarlett returns to her nursing job. Months later these two are reunited again but in a surprising way. This book is romantic with laughter , lust and a little heartache. Great job Ms. Ward I truly enjoyed reading this book. I voluntarily received an advance arc copy for an honest review.

  8. Moriah

    Absolutely loved this story. You really can’t go wrong with anything written by Alice Ward. Scarlett and Langston meet at a jazz bar and go to his hotel together the night before Langston has to leave the country for a year. A few weeks later, she finds out she’s pregnant. Langston ends up coming home a little earlier than expected when his father passes away and when he has to fill in on the maternity ward at the hospital, he’s stunned that Scarlett is there giving birth. Why didn’t she call him? What’s he going to do? Is he the father? Loved these characters so much. The carefree honesty and freshness of this story was amazing

  9. Tiffany

    Scarlett and Langston had one night together. No names were exchanged. But they couldn’t stop thinking of each other. They were great characters with great chemistry that sizzle off the pages. This story has a little of everything. You’ll laugh, cry, laugh & cry at the same time and have this longing for more. And as the title states a definite surprise is in store.

  10. Cheryl Petit

    From the very first page to the very last, Alice Ward has written a fantastic story that you will not want to put down. The Surprise is one of those unbelievable great stories that is well-written with endearing characters you can’t help but love. Ms. Ward weaved a story of fate, grief, loss, second chances, suspense, angst, lust, explosive chemistry, undeniable attraction, passion, and love.

  11. Rita

    Oh my I liked this book. I can’t say enough about it. It’s well written and the connection between Langston and Scarlett is amazing. You can really feel the chemistry between them. One of her best.

  12. zan Tonge

    The more I read Alice Ward’s books, the more I want to read. What an amazing writer, and again she has turned out a terrific book. I am not a fan of the medical environment books, but this one is presented in such a manner that I am willing to re read it. It is just that good. Langston and Scarlett do not have an easy time of their romance, but the way it ended is soooo fulfilling and romantic.

  13. Kristen L

    This book is going to make you feel so many emotions, most of them all at the same time. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love, and your heart will break. Then you’ll turn the page and the book will ask you to do it all over again. Scarlett and Langston have instant chemistry that sizzles off the page. She has a tragic history that makes her reluctant to believe anyone would pick her first, while he’s spent most of his life trying to escape his family obligations, or at least postpone them. I adored watching these two discover what love truly meant to them, and not just what society tells us love is supposed to be. The family and friends that surround Langston and Scarlett try to steal the show from them on several occasions and provide us with some of the best comic relief in the book. I kind of hope that members of Scarlett’s girl-posse will make it into future books.

  14. Patricia Anthony

    So, so good!! I absolutely love this story. Scarlett and Langston have an incredible instant chemistry that can not be denied. They are meant to be together and the circumstances and coindences surrounding their relationship are simply the evidence of that fact.

    The storyline is full of hope, desire, surprises and a happily ever after that is perfect for these two destined people.

    I whole heartedly recommend this book not only for the fans of surprise babies but for anyone who loves a truly romantic love story.

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