Cause and Affection

by Sheryl Wright

What happens when a chance encounter turns out to be anything but?

Kara Wexler has only a few days to decide whether to accept the nomination of Chief Executive Officer and remain under her father’s hand. Should she say enough is enough and resign from the family company completely? Her siblings desperately want her to take the top job and use her innovative ideas to turn the company around. But Kara is tired of fighting with her father at every turn.

Kara’s siblings aren’t willing to let the decision go to chance.  Worried that Kara no longer has the fight necessary to lead the company, they concoct a scheme to get Kara back on track.  Surely deceiving Kara for the short-term is worth the long-term gain.

Madeleine Jessepp’s career has hit an all-time low. Her dream of becoming an actress isn’t going to happen and she doesn’t even have the money to return home to Minnesota. At first she scoffs at the offer to play the “Love at First Sight Role,” and spend a week as a fantasy date. But after some convincing she agrees to do it. After all, she is an actress.

Thrown together by Kara’s well-intentioned siblings, Madeleine and Kara both get more than they bargained for. What will happen when Kara discovers she’s been deceived by everyone—especially by Madeleine?



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Genre Romance
Length 252 pages
Publication Date June 13, 2019
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594936050
Editor Katherine V. Forrest
Cover Designer Judith Fellows



"I wanted Cause and Affection to be a fun look at the unexpected romantic encounter. To do so, I created a strong protagonist. She’s an award-winning advertising executive working for the family firm. The problem is, dad’s in charge and he’s leading them in the wrong direction and refuses to give up the mantle of control to his smart and more talented daughter. Being a lesbian, and far better at the job than daddy’s golden boy son, just adds to the angst. I wanted her to be imperfect. Being a genius in advertising and awkward with women made her more human, more honest. I also wanted to include family, the well-meaning and loving type. Because let’s face it, in our community we know both. While her father would do anything to undermine her success, she has a mother who will sit her down and tell her what she needs to hear, and siblings who worship the ground she walks on and just want to make everything better. And, they have a plan. They may be misguided, but the siblings think their wild plot will get Kara’s mojo running and put her back in fighting form to take on their father one last time. They’ve considered every detail and they’re sure everything that’s been scripted will work. That is, as long as she doesn’t find out the truth. After all, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” doesn’t it?"
—Sheryl Wright


Gayle T. - I have come to expect intelligent, flawless writing from this author, and this latest book does not disappoint. As with her other books, this one is well-populated, but everyone has a role to play. No extraneous characters.

This is so well-written and compelling that I wanted to both find out what would happen next and didn't want it to end!

Carolyn C. - The author has given us not only well-drawn characters but two very determined main characters. One is a little surer of what she wants than the other, but their dynamic is so real, that their determination carries the plot through the slower parts. It's not all roses and unicorns though. There is pettiness, jealousy, courage, understanding, ambition and greed here. There is an undercurrent of society-induced hesitation about a business leader being a lesbian, but trust me, it works out better than you expect in the end.

This is absolutely, definitely, without question going on my 'READ THIS AGAIN' pile!

Isabelle S. - A very nice surprise. In short, a very beautiful romance, to read absolutely.

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