The Boss's Baby Mistake
by Raye Morgan
(Silh. Romance #1499, $3.50, PG) ISBN 0-373-19499-4
****
Yes, I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover or in this case, its title. Considering that this is an icky title, I was expecting an icky book, I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed The Boss's Baby Mistake.

Newly widowed and seven months pregnant, Gayle Smith is having a really, really bad day. At the fertility clinic where she was artificially inseminated, there's been a BIG mistake. She's just been told that herlate husband's sperm was accidentally destroyed and that he isn't her baby's father. Aha, major grounds for a lawsuit! And who should appear from nowhere, but a solicitous man who gets her out of the clinic before she commits mayhem. Thinking him to be a lawyer, she willingly goes with him.

Gayle soon discovers her mistake. This sexy, sexy man is telling her that he's the father of her baby. And he wants that baby. The only problem is that he doesn't want her. His plan is to convince Gayle that she should give him custody of the baby. Fat Chance!

Jack Marin is a misogynist, a man whose ex-wife committed The Ultimate Sin in Romance Land. Avid readers will know what I'm talking about. He's a very pushy guy and would have been a jerk if not for Gayle's strength of purpose to counterbalance him. He's used to getting what he wants, and he wants his son.

Jack is able to convince Gayle to work for his company. That way he'll be able to persuade her to marry him. The light has finally turned on, and he realizes that she won't give up her baby. So he'll do her a big favor and marry her.

Some may find this story too pat. He's rich; she's unemployed. He's a sexy hunk; she's a beautiful woman. He's okay with a loveless marriage; her first marriage was loveless and she wants no part of another one. It's also very traditional, concentrating of marriage and motherhood. Those who want something less traditional may want to look elsewhere. Frankly, I found it a nice change of pace.

As the reasons are revealed for Jack's need to have his son, he becomes less of an irritant. The guy's got his heart in the right place, even if he is bossy. Jack's transformation from a determined-to-be-single guy to an extraordinarily loving family man is both heartwarming and gratifying.

So, if babies, fertility clinic blunders, a strong woman and a man who ultimately discovers trust are your cup of tea, then you'll be well satisfied with The Boss's Baby Mistake.

--Linda Mowery


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