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Return to Audubon Springs (Brothers of Audubon Springs Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

RoseAnn DeFranco
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Book Description

When Emma Grant returns to her family's Audubon Springs beach house to fulfill the stipulations of her father's will, she has every intention of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She's never fit into her wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.

Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe him out of Emma's life years ago, but he's determined to prove once and for all that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.

Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers she's kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive a final wedge between them?

Editorial Reviews


"I was absolutely charmed by RoseAnn's writing style.  Not only is she a strong writer of all things yummy (like humor, sexual tension, and heroes to sigh for,) she weaves a love story that will warm your heart. Don't miss Return to Audubon Springs:  It's a keeper!" - Writing Novels that Sell

"I loved this book!  The author has a gift for taking us into her world of Audubon Springs.  She writes with a true depth of emotion, one that has the reader delving into the hearts and minds of the characters.  I could feel the heartbreak that both Emma and Rafe went through in their past, and what they still carry with them." - Romancing the Book

From the Author

I love writing about that magical moment when a couple falls into serious DISLIKE, then the passionate dance of give and take filled with laughter, battles and tears on the way to a unique Happily Ever After.

My books are not just about the slips and blunders - those comedic, heartfelt moments of a man and woman falling in love - but about their families, friends and the community in which they live. I invite you to explore the Jersey Shore town of Audubon springs in my BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series.  Stop by the bakery for a scone, or drop in the bookstore for a romantic read before hitting the beach. Grab a boogie board and ride the Jersey waves, but be so many characters in my stories, you may find you don't want to leave!

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; Champagne Rose 1st edition (December 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDSL792
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying contemporary romance! October 6, 2013
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Loved "Return to Audobon Springs." Funny moments, touching moments, great sassy dialogue! DeFranco's strength is dialogue, and it especially shines during "fight scenes" --and I don't mean physical fights, I mean the back and forth banter between the heroine and hero! I love a book with good side characters too, and just adore the hero's mama! Strong women, strong men, and strong mama's--what's not to love?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Plot October 11, 2013
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I knew I would love this book the minute Emma took a tumble into the shrubbery just as she's seeing former love Rafe for the first time in years. Emma's mixed emotions and Rafe's sexy confidence won me over and had me rooting for these two from page one. And I didn't yet know the delicious surprise in store, for readers and for the lovers in this sometimes breezy, sometimes comic, always sultry summer romance. Emma and Rafe had broken up due to her wealthy family's various plots. Her father, for a reason that eventually becomes clear, left their $7 million beach house jointly to Emma and Rafe. If Emma does not visit the place for two years, Rafe inherits all.

Rafe has made Emma's beloved summer home his own, but the terms of the will stipulate that Emma must live there for two weeks, and Rafe refuses to move out. These two clearly burn for each other, but each has a different reason to dislike, and in Emma's case, fear the other. Emma has a secret. When Rafe left her, he made it plain that he thought she'd never be a good partner or a decent parent. What Rafe does not know is that Emma has a child. Rafe's child. And she's doing a fine job of raising her little girl.

Emma and Rafe come from different sectors of society. She's loaded with family money if not affection, he's working class with strong family bonds. Emma has made her own way in the world and doesn't care about her family's wealth. What she does care about is Rafe's reaction to the news that she has withheld his child from him for two years. Will he ever forgive her?

This conventional plot device becomes new in the skilled hands of a gifted writer, and readers will nervously wonder right along with Emma what Rafe will do when he learns her secret. This is a deeply satisfying read that goes straight to the heart of what it means to be a family.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears for This Reader September 24, 2013
By Roben
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This is an emotionally packed story that had me enthralled with the main characters, being frustrated by them, wanting to shake sense into them, and alternatively loving them and feeling the pain they both were going through. What started out as anger, pride, revenge for wrongdoings and slights from the past, plus a battle over property, soon became a second chance at love. Then an awful truth was revealed and all hope for a HEA was dashed. It took a third chance, and maturity from both sides, to repair the hurt.
The author has a skill for bringing raw emotion to the page. There were several scenes where my heart ached, my throat tightened, and tears spilled. Excellent story telling. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexual Tension that Sparks with Heart September 27, 2013
By B. Han
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A contract brings Emma back to her family's summer home in Audubon Springs, but it's her big secret that shreds her heart. Ex-love (who is beyond-ohmygawd-sexy) Rafe is determined to make the half-house he inherited home, but can it ever feel whole without Emma?

I love a good reunion story, and this one was great!!

The sexual tension sparks off the page, but it's the heart of this story that kept me reading long past my bedtime. Can't wait to read more from this author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This reunited lover book with a secret baby thrown in brims with passion, conflict and humor. Emma returns to a family beach cottage left to her as an inheritance with a big catch. She has to live there for 2 weeks a year and share the house with her very sexy ex-lover, Rafe. Emma tries to make Rafe leave by driving him crazy. Her ruse of being on a macrobiotic diet in order to drive him crazy had me in stitches.

The secondary characters, Rafe’s family, Emma’s friends, Emma’s mother and brother and especially the love child, Elana, populate this book with a rich, vibrant and realistic community.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Melinda
Format:Kindle Edition
Laugh out loud moments, a feisty heroine, and a man who can fix just about anything! This is a sweet romance story, set in a town I wish wasn't fictional, perfect to brighten up your day!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much!!! May 1, 2014
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Was not pleased with all the graphic sexual detail! I wasn't expecting it at all!! The storyline was great but the sexual parts could have been really toned down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is amazing.. November 9, 2013
By ruth
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Throughout this whole book. I cried, smiled, laughed and made people think I was completely crazy...and i loved every minute of it. Its so sad that it had to end. Elana was the cutest little thing...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the better books that I have read.
Published 7 days ago by rita hoover
4.0 out of 5 stars page turner.
Made you leave the north and go to a sunny warm beach!
Published 1 month ago by dian l reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet story!
Loved this sweet, refreshing, and entertaining love story. The setting was right out of my childhood memories of the Jersey Shore.
Published 3 months ago by Tricia Coesfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
a great read
Published 4 months ago by robin taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars you know what they say....
Never judge a book by its cover. I sadly done that with this book. This one has been sitting in my kindle library for nearly a year. This book is a very sweet book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BookNerd
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Good Read
A good read filled with a lot of emotional turbulence. The characters in this story are believable and you can feel all their thoughts and emotions as you read this book wondering... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Memere3010
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great story...
The author catches you from the beginning and keeps you until the end. A 5 star rating is well deserved for this wonderful romantic story.
Published 7 months ago by Cynthia Crowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Romance
A so-so romance novel about a woman who fulfills her father's will and moves to a beach house at the titular Audubon Springs.
Published 8 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars fun beach read
After spending recent months slogging through academic texts, I opened this book up looking for a vacation. What a great vacation I got! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amy Lynn Taggart
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More About the Author

RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing romance. RoseAnn blogs about her writing experiences with her blog mates at www.the A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family. She would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town Audubon Springs from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Humorous Contemporary romances can be found at

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