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FBI Special Agent Zane Wolfe fears nothing...

Except fatherhood.

So suddenly discovering he's the father of a five-year-old son terrifies him.

Jillian Ramsay has had temporary custody of her best friend’s little boy since his mother recently died. As the assistant director of a school for disadvantaged children, she recognizes Zane is a survivor of childhood abuse. While Jillian understands Zane's trepidation, she also sees that behind his protective walls, her Big Bad Wolfe is good-hearted and caring. She’s in a desperate fight for custody against the child’s vicious uncle…and she needs Zane to face his fears—just long enough to help her win permanent custody of his son.

Zane's ready to turn tail and run for the first time in his life. Until sinister motives behind the death of his son’s mother put both the boy and Jillian in danger. As Zane works with Jillian to secure his son's future, keeping his barricades intact becomes far more difficult than he imagined.

Because while Jillian might not huff and puff, her patience and tenderness are chipping away at his walls.

He’ll do anything to protect his son…including temporarily marrying Jillian. Then he’s determined to return to his safe, solitary existence.

The Big Bad Wolfe fears nothing.

Except failing those he loves.

This is the 2nd book in the Marriage & Mayhem! series. "Laws of Attraction" is Book 1, and "Cross Country Christmas" is Book 3.

452 pages, Kindle Edition

First published July 2, 2013

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Diana Duncan

22 books91 followers
When her dreams of becoming a ballerina were quashed by early-onset klutziness, Diana Duncan took up the safer vocation of writing. Her first thrilling masterpiece—written in orange crayon—was titled “Perky the Kitten,” and became an instant bestseller with her grandparents.

Her childhood growing up as a military brat gave her ability to leap into a conversation with anyone, anywhere, anytime…and she always discovers a new friend in the process. This gift of gab perfectly equipped her for a career that involves making stuff up.

Di is famous for using seven words when one will do. She wields smart-assery like a samurai sword, and will be the first to volunteer in a catastrophe. Of course, she was probably the one who caused the catastrophe.

She’s fiercely loyal to her friends and family…but in the event of the upcoming zombie apocalypse, she won’t hesitate to use them as human shields.

She loves her job as an author, and claims writing is the most fun she’s ever had while wearing her sock monkey pajamas. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and adopting abandoned curbside furniture to refurbish into treasures.

Di loves to hear from her readers. Write to her at writedianaduncan@msn.com Join her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dianaduncan1 and feel free to stop by and ogle her kilted hunks on her website http://www.dianaduncan.com

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987 reviews
July 12, 2013
I absolutely loved this book! It was so emotional, I loved the way the story of Casey, Jillian and Zane was told. I also was overjoyed that Dallas and Mia were included to love and help Zane overcome his past as well. Jillian's father was fantastic too. There was not one thing in this book that I was disappointed with. The only disappointment is that there are no more books in this series. I would love to read how all the characters are doing a few years down the road. Great job Diana Duncan!!!
Author 3 books22 followers
October 23, 2017
More brilliance by Diana Duncan

I love the characters and the story. Diana has the inate ability to get inside the reader's head and make words a visual delight.
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2,268 reviews138 followers
July 6, 2013
Gut wrenching look at the effects of a childhood riffled with verbal abuse and tragedy and how that affected the hero Zane Wolfe.

Not many authors delve so deeply into the man side of the effects on childhood abuse. Usually those types of men are the psycho killers in a suspense novel. In Big Bad Wolfe the hero, FBI Special Agent Zane Wolfe takes on the toughest missions and nothing scares him until he finds out he is the father of a 5 year old boy. Then all of his childhood traumas come to the forefront that he’s never dealt with.

Assistant director of a school for disadvantaged children Jillian Ramsay has temporary guardianship of her best friend’s son after she mysterious dies. When his maternal uncle and his wife decide they want to fight Jillian for custody she decides to call in his unknowing father to come help her get custody to prevent his cruel uncle from getting custody.

Even though Zane is plenty alpha when it comes to his job he is brought to his knees with the knowledge he has a son. He wants nothing to do with his son for fear of that the sins of his father are inside of him and it would be in his son’s best interest if he didn’t take on the role of Daddy. But when strange hang ups and vandalism befall Jillian and he meets the Uncle he decides he will stay long enough to make sure everything works out.

Zane brings in his old friend Dallas and his wife Mia (from Laws of Attraction – which was great to see how they were doing) to help. But the driving force of this book was the healing of Zane Wolfe. There were so many great scenes between Jillian and Zane. Jillian was a very tough intuitive woman who is the backbone of this book. It wasn’t all sorrow though there was plenty of suspense, sexy moments and also a dash of the author’s signature humor.

I always enjoy a Diana Duncan novel and this one was no exception.
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148 reviews4 followers
November 16, 2013
Another delightful outing from Diana Duncan, this time a sequel of sorts to _Laws of Attraction_. This novel picks up the story of FBI Agent Zane Wolfe, whom we met as a minor character in _Laws._ Zane is a big bad secret agent man who comes from a troubled childhood with an abusive and difficult father, so he has spent his life walling himself off from other people and never making emotional connections, especially with women, so that he does not perpetuate the cycle of abuse from his father. He comes to town after being summoned by the persistent Jillian, a lovely and perceptive woman who is raising Zane's five year old son. This son is the product of a short-term casual relationship, and his mother is now dead under suspicious circumstances. Zane must help Jillian gain custody of the boy from his awful and abusive aunt and uncle, and in order to do this, he agrees to marry Jillian, a short-term arrangement to secure his son's future and safety. Of course, we know how this will all turn out in the end. That's one of the pleasures of the genre, but Duncan elevates this sexy romance with her strong characters, interesting and socially relevant back story, and snappy dialogue. Dallas and Mia play a strong supporting role in this novel....and I think Duncan could take these four characters and build a series that goes beyond romance...
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37 reviews2 followers
January 6, 2020
Outstanding story

I have absolutely no idea why I didn't review this book before because it has always been a favorite read. This is the second book in Diana Duncan's Marriage and Mayhem series. I enjoyed Zane in the first book but I loved him in this one.
Finding out that he's the father of a five year old son terrifies Zane on a molecular level. He believes that he will be the same as his own father and that is something that he cannot handle. Jillian knows that given the opportunity Zane has what it takes to be a wonderful father to Casey. Diana makes her characters work for their HEA, they have to dig deep into their souls and come out the other side. She does it with intelligence and humor, a winning combination.
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July 10, 2013
I have learned to expect a certain level of entertainment from Diana Duncan's books and Big Bad Wolfe doesn't disappoint. This is the second in a series that started with Mia and Dallas and ended with Zane and Jillian. In life, everyone experiences traumas and if honest, finds themselves 'broken' in some way. They go through life looking for a way to 'fix' themselves. Some ignore it, some go to therapy, some find love. Love is my personal favorite and a lot of hurt can be healed with love. Diana Duncan's books may be about flawed heroes and heroines but they do find what most if not all of us are looking for, Happily Ever After.
July 6, 2013
Diana Duncan is an amazing super talented writer! and her books just keep getting better and better!
I just couldnt put it down!!! I totally RECOMMEND this books! its a MUST BUY!!!
Zane and Jillian's book is a great story for everyone! you will laugh, cry, fall inlove and be kept on the edge of your seat!!
If you have not read the first book to this two book series please read LAWS OF ATTACTION!!!
THANK YOU Mrs Duncan for another incrediable book! :D
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1,550 reviews6 followers
July 23, 2013
I didn't think Ms. Duncan could surpass her book one, but, she did!
What's not to love. A crazy gorgeous sensitive troubled alpha man, a beautiful, selfless, honorable leading lady and a darling little boy. The storyline was romantic suspense at its best. We had a great supporting cast of characters including our main characters from book one.
January 9, 2017
This one was my favorite of the series. Zane finds out he's a father and that is his greatest fear. His son's mother has died and now people are trying to take his son from the only person in the world that has always been there for him. But there is nothing better than seeing a big bad cop brought to his knees by finding the love of his life in both Jillian and his son.
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1 review1 follower
July 7, 2013
This book has you from Hello!!! Could not put it down. Husband had to take my Kindle out of my hand to get me to bed. Love the characters and the healing this book brings. Definitely good read.
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3,860 reviews19 followers
July 19, 2013
wow what an amazing story, loved the kick ass women in Jillian and Mia and just overall awesome series
93 reviews1 follower
April 14, 2016
Tremendous, exciting, with twists and turens - plus the delightful humor! Can't put it down once you pick it up!
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