The Boss's Baby Mistake

 
A Little Moonlighting
by Raye Morgan
(Silh. Romance #1595, $3.99, PG) ISBN 0-373-19595-8
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The best advice I can give you about A Little Moonlighting is to keep reading and give it a chance. If you do, all those unpleasant thoughts you have in the beginning about the hero will be replaced with warm fuzzy feelings.

On the surface, Carter James is a heartless man with little on his mind but business. He is disrespectful and patronizing to his administrative assistant, Amy Pendleton. Several times in the first couple of chapters, I just couldnít understand what Amy saw in this guy. I was ready to throw in the towel, and hope that Amy escaped!

Amy is a businesswoman who realizes her biological clock is ticking. She loves her job, the excitement of international real estate development and her boss. But after several attempts at gaining Carterís interest and the same number of rebuffs, Amy finally decides that she needs to move on with her life.

Her opportunity comes when her sister and brother-in-law are seriously injured in a car accident, leaving their three young children alone. Amy moves into the house and takes on their care, knowing it will give her a chance to practice her dream of motherhood and give her an incontestable reason to quit her job.

But Carter contests it. Carter and Amy are an unbeatable pair when it comes to business. He asserts that no one can replace her, especially now when they are trying to negotiate a huge deal from a French firm. He waits until Amy is weak, after a horribly trying first week of dealing with caring for a 5, 3 and 1 year old. He stops by, and takes over, showing off his skills of handling children. (How he has learned this skill is one of his secrets you will discover when you read the story.) Carter makes Amy an offer she cannot refuse. He will help her with the children and she will help him get this account.

What follows is truly a good romance. Carter shows a side of him no one else has seen. Amy learns about herself and Carter. Both experience attraction and the sexual build-up is sparkling. Both allow the other to see things and know things that have shaped them into who they are today. And having done so, open themselves up to love. This has warm fuzzy written all over it.

The children are predictable but a nice addition, and do not detract from the romance. The neighbor who is interested in Amy is a little of a caricature, but adds the element of jealousy that helps propel Carter into admitting his feelings. The few family members who are introduced into the story add to the overall picture, although none are really defined characters.

But Carter and Amy are defined, and as the story progressed, my understanding of their thoughts, motivations and feelings were greatly enhanced. It is this progression that allowed me to cast aside my initial dislike of Carter and embrace his sincerity and romantic qualities in the end. Amy is a woman who knows her own mind and is ready to endure a little heartbreak for the moment, knowing that she is searching for something deeper and long-lasting. I greatly admired her through much of the story.

Give A Little Moonlighting a try. Stick with it and you will be able to smile, sigh and close the book feeling very content.

--Shirley Lyons


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