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Claiming His Secret Heir

(The McNeill Magnates #5)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Can he win back his wife?

When Caroline McNeill shows up outside her husband’s mansion, she claims to have no memory of the past year…or their passion-filled honeymoon. But faking amnesia is the only way Caroline can find out if Damon was behind her abduction. She needs to trust him—a man she craves but still barely knows—before she can tell him about their infant son. Did
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Desire (first published December 14th 2017)
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Debbie DiFiore
Re read and I definitely would lower score.

I just didn't like the hero. She was playing it safe trying to find out if it was him that had her kidnapped, I didn't like that part either, and she was trying to protect her son. And he is betrayed by it. I just was like why? She was using her head you moron but he then plotted to keep his son. And when she said I love you and he looked away, that was my final straw. He is definitely not a great hero. Just not enjoying it at all. I can't believe I ha
Melody Cox
***3.75 Stars***

Loved it! This book has it all: love, devotion, monogamous couple, redemption, a horrific kidnapping, amnesia, an extremely evil father, a daughter who wants to believe in said evil father but doesn't know who she can trust...a loving husband, a secret baby, half-siblings connecting after not knowing his father had two families and it just goes on and on. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

Caroline Degraff was kidnapped the day she returned from her honeymoon before her husband's
Jacqueline J
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3.5 stars

I'm surprise this book is in the Desire line and not Intrigue. It had a very good suspense track with the MCs trying to figure out who had kidnapped Caroline and how, though it wasn't hard to figure out the culprit. I was very disturbed by the amount she'd been drugged, that too in her pregnant state.

On the romance front, even though both MCs were very nice, the romance didn't really vow me. For major part of the book there was a big disconnect between them fuelled by their distrust of

4.5 Stars

Caroline McNeill doesn't remember anything of the past year, so showing up at her husband's mansion is a little daunting. Still, if it's the only way she'll be able to discover what happened to her, she's willing to do anything, even if it means deceiving the man she loves. However, when she learns the truth about her kidnapping and the person responsible for it, will she ever be able to trust anyone again or will she walk away from the man that she's falling in love with all over again
Harlie Williams
A few things before I start.  I've been reading Ms. Rock since she started writing for Harlequin.  It's been a while.  Karen Rock is her sister in law.  Yes, that Karen Rock who also writes for Harlequin.  And yes, I read her books, too.  I love both of their writing styles and they are as different as night and day.  While Karen writes the sweeter side, Joanne likes to keep it spicy and I love that.  Her Desire books never disappoint.  Damon McNeill's book is one of those books that I eagerly w ...more
Danielle Urban
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Claiming His Secret Heir by Joanne Rock is sexy as hell, emotionally engaging, and fast-paced. Risks, danger, and intrigue...all in one perfect read. Themes such as second chances, new beginnings, love, and family are found.

A woman just married the man she loves. Returning back home, she finds her father in their house and then everything is blank. She wakes up with amnesia. Caroline can't remember her name or anything...until her sister finds her. From there, parts of her life come back to her
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Damon McNeill used all the resources available to him to find his wife who disappeared shortly after their honeymoon. Her father claims Caroline wanted out of the marriage and nothing further to do with Damon. Imagine Damon’s shock when one year later, Caroline appears on his doorstep claiming amnesia.

Caroline McNeill is on the run. Kidnapped and drugged, she eventually escapes her captors and finds refuge with her father. However, Caroline’s memories are slowly returning and her father’s versio
Marcie Robinson
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The moment I read the first page of “Claiming His Secret Heir” by Joanne Rock I knew I was going to love this book.
Caroline McNeill returns after disappearing almost a year ago. Her husband, Damon McNeill, had done everything in his power to find her and when he sees her at the gate to the home they designed, he can’t believe it is really her. However, marring their reunion is that Caroline can only remember bits and pieces of her time with him.

Damon is a fierce protector of Caroline and his son
Lynn Brooks
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

A bittersweet reunion leads to the uncovering of secrets and lies as Joanne Rock brings the next of the McNeill Magnates to life! The plot is exciting as we wait to see who is behind the dastardly deeds and if their love can survive the deception. We didn't see as much of the family in this book as we have been in previous ones in the series, but the legwork was there with occasional mentions of the back story. Quite an enjoyable read!

Unsure who to trust after she suffered an abducti
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
**3.5 stars**
Caroline shows up at her husband’s house after being missing for almost a year with the claim of amnesia. She was kidnapped a month after their honeymoon. Caroline was drugged so much that she has spotty memories of the time of her kidnapping. When she eventually escapes her captors, she and finds refuge with her father. However, Caroline’s memories are slowly returning and her father’s version of events now don’t seem to ring true. It’s up to Caroline tries to discover if Damon rea
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually think that this is the first book I have read in this series. And even though this is book number five, I didn't feel confused or lost in this book. So I would assume that these books can be read as stand alones. I will say that this is not the first Joanne Rock book that I've read. Though it has been a while since I've read one of her books.

I thought that Caroline and Damon were the perfect characters for this book. Though I will admit that Caroline drove me crazy at times. Though I
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damon has looked and searched for his wife for several months. Than she just shows up at his gate at their home in Cali..She is faking her amnesia.yes she still has it but she makes it seem worse to see if Damon still loves her..Damon is thrilled but unsure when he sees Caroline..But he takes her in and they talk some..She is asking him things that her father poisoned her with..Her dad wants Damon's company..he hates Damon even more that she married him...Damon is further more shocked to find he ...more
Yvonne Cruz
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is part of a series, but if like me , you haven’t read the other books in the series, rest assure you will be fine.
The story centers around Caroline and Damon McNeill. She disappeared months ago and when she shows up at his doorstep, he doesn’t know what to believe. Caroline was taken from her home, held in captivity, drugged and made to believe , Damon didn’t love her . She was pregnant and has had a child. A boy she has kept from Damon. But her father told Damon and the police she
Jess Lawson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Claiming His Secret Heir is the 5th book in the McNeil family series by Joanne Rock. This series has held my attention from book one. I can not ever wait to get my hands on the next one.

Damon's story is no different. Finding his missing wife at his gate when she mysteriously vanished months before, who can blame him of being weary when her own family says she left him on her own accord.

Caroline must find out why her husband never reported her missing. Did he love her or was it all for financia
Spunky N Sassy
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~~

The woman he has been searching for a year suddenly shows up at his mansion gate with no memory, but everything isn't what it seems for Damon and his long lost wife Caroline. Caroline is hiding a huge secret and is scared to share with Damon thinking he may have been involved in her abduction a year ago. Danger and secrets surround them as they try to return to each other and be the family they should have been a year ago. The ch
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book by Joanne Rock! It is another book in The McNeill Magnates series. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.
When Caroline McNeill disappears the last place Damon expects to find her is at their mansions's front gate not knowing what happened or who was responsible of her disappearance. With so many conflicting stories from her father Caroline and Damon neither one know who to trust, but the one thing they aren't conflicted about is their attraction and
Kathleen Booker
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Caroline is kidnapped from her home and discovers she is pregnant soon after-- she is held captive for almost a year and then a fisherman finds her and returns her to her wealthy (crazy) Father. Her sister helps her see that the stuff her dad has been telling her about her husband is not true and they run away from his house to find Damon and see if she can figure out the truth.

Damon is suspicious because her dad has convinced him that she left on her own but things start coming out and they dis
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

Joanne Rock continues the “other” McNeill’s series with Claiming His Secret Heir. Even though this book is the fifth in the series, it is as fresh and interesting as the others; bonus, it is a secret baby and an amnesia book. Damon and Caroline have a hard road back to each other, but Rock makes their journey believable and heartwarming all at the same time. Rock remains one of my go-to authors and this is no exception. A combination of heart and laughter makes this a perfect winter escape.

I vol
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was quite happy to read another story in the McNeill saga, and couldn't wait to read Damon's story. Readers of the previous books would remember the brothers' concern over Damon's obsession with finding his missing wife. Finally, Caroline is back, but is she back for him? Or is this another ploy to break Damon down all over again?

This installment wraps love, desire, suspense, intrigue & family all up in a well-written, heartfelt romance that you definitely will enjoy.

I voluntarily read & revie
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can he win back his wife? Does he want to? When Caroline McNeill shows up outside her husband’s mansion, she claims to have no memory of the past year…or their passion-filled honeymoon. But faking the severity of her amnesia is the only way Caroline can find out if Damon was behind her abduction. She needs to trust him—a man she craves but still barely knows—before she can tell him about their infant son Lucas. Did the Silicon Valley mogul merely marry to claim an inheritance then dispose of her ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Claiming His Secret Heir is the fifth book in The McNeill Magnates series by Joanne Rock. The main characters were introduced in the fourth book, so the readers who have read the previous book will be familiar with them and will have a better understanding of their story. I, as a person who read just this book in the series, felt like I was missing something. I never understood why the person who kidnapped Caroline did all these awful things. I got that he didn't want the marriage to happen, but ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claiming His Secret Heir

When his wife shows up at his place after disappearing almost a year ago he is leary that she is out to get him. They had met when she worked for her father in investing in new companies. But all is not as it seems. She is there to find answers to her memories that were lost. Was he the one who kidnapped her? If not who did? What about the safety of her new born? Is he in danger from his father?
Linda Freeman
Thoroughly enjoyed this story! I was in the mood for a romantic suspense and this was spot on. I empathized with the main characters and rooted for them all of the way. Many of us will be sooooooo thankful to NOT have a father like the heroine's.

The opening was attention grabbing, the characters were belivable and the story line was strong.
Tracy Sylvester
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story brings intrigue, romance, a secret baby, kidnapping, amnesia and then some. A little bit of everything to keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to know more about Caroline and Damon McNeill, and their relationship!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't really feeling the romance in this one. We are told they are into each other and love and such, but I wasn't shown it. I enjoyed the plot points where our heroine was very strong and assertive. But I didn't feel the love.

I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.
Peggy Clayton
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I want to relax and read, I always go to one of Joannes' books to read. I am heads over heels over her stories and always have the kleenex box close. Joanne hit the ball to the outfield with this book.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could tell how much Damon loved Caroline and Lucas.
While somethings that she told him seemed odd, I found myself rooting for this couple.

This is the first book written by Joanne Rock that I have read. I would love to read more of her books.
Perdani Budiarti
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, harlequin, ebook
Light reading again.
I cannot imagine how cruel Caroline's the man behind that abduction was.
Smooth interaction between Damon & Caroline even though some miscommunication still happened in this book.

Maybe I'll search for another book from this series. We'll see.
Diane Haag
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting read since the heroine had partial amnesia that remained throughout most of the book. It was intriguing trying to guess who was behind the kidnapping as she regained bits and pieces of her memory.
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USA Today bestselling author Joanne Rock writes romance novels in a variety of sub-genres, from family sagas to sexy contemporaries. A popular workshop speaker, Joanne parlays her experience in the college classroom to substantive seminars that motivate, educate and inspire. Her book Self Promotion: Your Guide to Launching a Book is the culmination of requests for her notes on this topic. She has ...more

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