Bossman's Baby Scandal
Let me be perfectly honest. I never would have read Bossman’s Baby Scandal if I’d had to buy it. The title makes me cringe, conjuring up notions of a powerful businessman who gets an employee pregnant. . And that would have been a shame, because the title does this book a disservice. This was a very enjoyable read, featuring a smart hero and heroine who are equals in every sense of the word.
Jason Reagert and Lauren Presley worked together for nearly a year on an advertising project in New York City. Jason was an executive with an advertising firm and Lauren owned the small graphic arts company that Jason’s firm hired. They grew to respect each other as colleagues and to enjoy each other’s company as friends. They became more than friends when they had sex on Jason’s last night in New York before leaving for a new job in San Francisco.
The two had no contact with each other over the next four months until a friend sends Jason a photo of a visibly pregnant Lauren. The timing couldn’t be worse. He’s just landed a major client for his new company, a client who has left ad agencies over morals issues as flimsy as hearing that an executive went to a nude beach. Just imagine what he’ll think if he finds out Lauren is pregnant with Jason’s baby.
Jason quickly heads to New York to find out if the baby is his, and if so, to fix any potential morals disaster for his company. Once he sees Lauren, he discovers that her small company is in ruins after an assistant embezzled money. Jason offers her a deal. If she’ll go back to San Francisco with him and agree to a temporary engagement until he works things out with the new client, he’ll give her the money to secure her business.
In less skilled hands this whole situation could have been trite. It wasn’t. Somehow, within the context of a short book, the author managed to make it seem fresh and sucked me into Jason and Lauren’s story. There’s nothing particularly complex about the plot. It’s the story of Jason and Lauren falling in love with each other over a short period of time.
The sexual chemistry sizzles between Jason and Lauren right from the first. But it quickly becomes apparent that there’s a lot more as well. I liked that they first came to know each other as equals in a work situation and only much later began a sexual relationship.
Both Jason and Lauren have longstanding family issues. Lauren’s socialite mother suffers from bipolar disease and refuses to take her medications. Jason has more unspecified issues with his family that he refuses to discuss. This left me wondering exactly what was going on with his parents. I would have appreciated just a bit more information there.
I enjoyed so much about this very short book; I even appreciated the parallel structure of the prologue and epilogue. I will definitely look for future books by the author, even if they do have cringe-inducing titles.