The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson
Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.
Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.
But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.
No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?
This is a story about never giving up, and following your heart - even if it leads you in a direction you didn't expect. It also carries the message that you don't have to be biological parents in order to give children the love they need.
Cassie and Jett fit together perfectly, but their respective circumstances get in the way. The journey of their relationship is the bedrock of the book and keeps you turning the pages.
Of course, the children (all of them) are the stars of the show.