Baby Lessons by Teri Wilson

Baby Lessons by Teri Wilson

Author:Teri Wilson
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 2020-04-06T13:26:40+00:00

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Madison’s eyes flew open, and she found a shell-shocked Jack staring back at her less than an inch away. Goodness, he was a beautiful man. At this close range, his bone structure alone was almost enough to make her weep.

“Did you hear that?” he blurted.

She nodded. “I certainly did.”

Dada. She’d heard it as plain as day, just when she’d thought nothing on God’s green earth could have stopped her from kissing Jack Cole.

But this was a good interruption—an almost miraculous one, as evidenced by Jack’s whoop of joy.

“I can’t believe it.” He shook his head and whooped again, then bent over the edge of the tub peering back and forth between Ella and Emma.

“Dada,” he said. “Dada, dada, dada.”

The girls let out twin squeals. Ella reached for Jack’s nose and captured it in her tiny fist, and he laughed a deep belly laugh that made Madison feel like crying for some strange reason.

He shot her a quick glance. “Which one of them was it? Do you know?”

“I’m not sure.” Some nanny she was. She’d been too busy kissing dada to tell which twin had just spoken her first word.

Almost kissing, technically.

It was a crucial difference. They hadn’t actually locked lips, and for the life of her, Madison wasn’t sure whether to be disappointed or relieved.

Okay, that was patently false. Her heart swelled for Jack and his dada moment, but she couldn’t shake the sense of something unfinished—a moment of pure magic that had slipped right through her fingers.

It was for the best, though. She’d let herself get carried away by the kind things Jack had said to her, and for a wild, unguarded moment, she’d imagined that he and his little girls belonged to her. As crazy as it seemed, she’d almost believed that destiny had brought them into her life. Could it be that all this time, she’d been chasing a byline, longing for bigger and better things, when what she’d really needed was right here in Lovestruck?


“Dada,” Jack said again, and this time, Emma giggled and let out a long stream of baby talk.

“A-ga, a-gagagaga.” Her tiny face lit up in the sweetest smile Madison had ever seen. “Dada. Dadadadada.”

Beside Madison, Jack’s breath hitched, and it was suddenly too much for her to take. She wanted to throw her arms around him and join in the celebration. She wanted to capture the moment, snap a picture and paste it into a baby book with pink satin trim. She wanted to tell Jack that he was the very best father these two precious girls could ever want.

She didn’t do any of those things, obviously. She couldn’t. It wouldn’t have been right, because this was a family moment, and Madison wasn’t family. She was only the reporter who’d faked her way into a part-time night nanny job to further her career. To top it all off, her boss now wanted her to purposefully write something over-the-top ridiculous to court her worst critic.

So while Jack tended to his daughters,


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