Maybe, Baby (Harlequin Super Romance #1438) [NOOK Book]

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It could be a screenplay—except this is no movie. Film producer Burke Elliot really is snowbound in a remote Montana cabin with his glamorous star. He's here on a mission—to convince Nora Daniels to sign a contract and return with him to Hollywood—and nothing is going to stop him. Not her meddling friends, not the manure-filled snowdrifts, not the lousy cell-phone service. Not even Nora's spit-up-prone bundle of joy.

But while he's "making nice with the talent," the radiant ...

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Maybe, Baby (Harlequin Super Romance #1438)

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Overview

It could be a screenplay—except this is no movie. Film producer Burke Elliot really is snowbound in a remote Montana cabin with his glamorous star. He's here on a mission—to convince Nora Daniels to sign a contract and return with him to Hollywood—and nothing is going to stop him. Not her meddling friends, not the manure-filled snowdrifts, not the lousy cell-phone service. Not even Nora's spit-up-prone bundle of joy.

But while he's "making nice with the talent," the radiant actress and the unexpectedly sweet baby are wreaking havoc with his carefully laid plan. Could "the original iceman" be melting just a little?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426804601
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Bright Lights, Big Sky, #3
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 398,079
  • File size: 203 KB

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BURKE ELLIOT GLANCED UP from the tidy stack of paperwork on his neatly arranged desk as Hollywood superstar Fitz Kelleran strolled into his Paramount Studios bungalow.
"Hi, honey," said Fitz. "I'm home." He shut the door on the remains of a gloomy February day and pitched a faded duffel at the reception area sofa before heading toward the tiny office bathroom, shedding bits of wardrobe in his wake.
"Not again." Burke bit back a resigned sigh as he rose from his desk chair and followed. He'd spent four years as Fitz's personal assistant before the actor had promoted him to associate producer for his new filmproduction company. Four years salvaging bits and bobs of order and sanity from the chaos his friend tended to churn up wherever he went. "This is getting to be a bad habit."
"What's the matter?" Fitz twisted the taps in the narrow shower and adjusted the temperature of the spray.
"Bad day? Your date cancel out on you tonight? Don't tell me you're not glad to see me."
Burke plucked a tuxedo tie dangling from the edge of the pedestal sink. "Why do you insist on showering here several evenings each week? Why don't you use the facilities in your dressing room?"
"Saves time." Fitz dropped his pants and shot Burke a grin as he stepped into the steaming stall. "I can clean up and check in with you at the same time."
Burke tossed the tie on the crumpled black trousers lying on the tile floor and settled for a seat on the toilet lid. There was always business to discuss, now that he was fine-tuning the preproduction budget for Fitz's pet project, a remake of the classic Western, The Virginian.
Just as the bright promise of Southern Californiasunshine had lured Burke from London's drizzle, Fitz had lured him from a junior executive position in an accounting firm with promises of Hollywood adventures. He'd come full circle, back to a world of columns and ledgers, but he didn't mind-he'd always enjoyed arranging figures in orderly rows. And the fact that those figures represented movie production details had a certain appeal of its own.
"I suppose I should be grateful you're learning to manage your time more efficiently."
"I have to, now that you're not doing it for me."
"I offered to find a replacement, didn't I?" Burke nudged aside a discarded sock.
"What?"
"A replacement."
"For you?" Fitz smiled over the top of the shower door and scrubbed shampoo into wet blond hair. "If you're going to quit again, can you wait until I'm dry?"
"Never mind." Attempting a conversation with someone whose head was currently stuck beneath a water spigot was a pointless exercise.
A knock sounded at the outer office door moments before a pretty young wardrobe assistant let herself into the reception area. "Hey, Burke."
"Good evening, Heather. I assume you're here to collect Mr. Kelleran's things." He gathered a pile of black-and-white formal wear and deposited it in her outstretched arms. "I believe this is all of it."
""All of it."" She smiled as she repeated his words.
"I just love that English accent."
She stood in place near the bathroom door, methodically checking each article. Behind them, the sound of water splattering against the shower tile explained her obvious attempt to delay her departure. Most women would engage in similar ploys to catch a glimpse of one of People's sexiest men alive wearing little more than those famous dimples.
Burke moved back to his desk and frowned at the contract lying in an open folder.
"Burke?" asked Heather.
"Hmm?" He glanced over his shoulder, distracted.
"Is something missing?"
"No, nothing." She dropped the clothes beside Fitz's duffel and stepped closer. "I was just wondering-are you doing anything tomorrow night?"
Tomorrow night. Friday. Burke rearranged the fit of his glasses over his nose, reexamining his conclusions and readjusting his expectations. Not Fitz, then. And Heather-
d plopped down on the cushions to tug them on. "You've got a prior engagement."
Burke spread his hands in what he hoped would appear like abject disappointment and shrugged an apology to Heather. She gave him a sizzling smile, collected the discarded wardrobe bits and sashayed out of the office.
She'd be back. She, or someone just like her. He seemed never to lack a selection of female company for the weekend. Or for most weeknights, to be precise.
And he always tried to be very, very precise. "What engagement?" he asked Fitz when she'd gone. "You didn't mind, did you?" His friend tipped his head toward the door.
"Not really." Burke shrugged again. "I must admit the invitation took me by surprise. I thought she was looking in your direction."
Fitz yanked one last time at the laces on his boot and straightened. "I'm a married man." "Do you actually think that will stop the pretty young things of this world from tossing their lures your way?"
"They're wasting their bait. I climbed out of that pond a long time ago."
"You make it sound as though it's been years," said Burke. "You've only been married a few months."
"Yeah." Fitz grinned. "And now I'm going to be a father."
"I'm surprised you waited this long to remind me." Burke couldn't hide his own smile at his friend's infectious delight. Fitz had surprised everyone who knew him with his sudden marriage to a woman he'd met at a location shoot the previous summer, a widow with a twelve-year-old daughter and a tangle of connections to a loosely extended family. An even greater surprise was his immediate foray into fatherhood.
Fatherhood. Burke suppressed a shudder. "You usually find a way to introduce the topic into any discussion within the first five minutes."
"I was distracted." Fitz frowned. "And you'd better not mention anything about that pond stuff to Ellie."
"I know better than to say anything at all about other women when your wife is within hearing range."
Tough, fiery Ellie Harrison Kelleran had no patience with Fitz's tendency to stumble into the tabloids. And because the man was head-over-boot-heels in love with her, he tried his best to maintain his balance and avoid any misunderstandings that might be construed as misadventures.
Ironically, the person of most interest to the press of late was Ellie, a petite redhead who'd caught the eye and captured the heart of Hollywood's most eligible bachelor. But the immense size and remote location of Granite Ridge Ranch, Fitz and Ellie's home in Southwest Montana, prevented the press from prying too deeply into their private lives.
"What engagement?" Burke asked again.
"Not an engagement, exactly. More like an assignment." Fitz stood and headed toward the miniscule kitchen. He selected one of the beers he himself had stocked in the cubelike refrigerator and waved a bottle of water at Burke.
Burke shook his head. He had a feeling he wasn't going to like what he was about to hear. "And just what is this assignment?"
Fitz popped the bottle cap and took a long, slow sip. "What did Greenberg want?"
"Your head on a platter."
"And?"
"Nora's signature on that contract."
The movie she'd filmed last summer in Montana with Fitz would open soon, and all indications were it was going to open big. She had her choice of scripts right now, and Fitz and Greenberg were pressuring her to choose theirs.
His, actually. Burke was the one who'd chosen the script for the classic screwball comedy, sold his bosses on the idea and secured the studio's blessing to launch the presale phase of production. He was the one who'd suggested Nora for the lead.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is a fun Hollywood romance

    English expatriate associate movie producer Burke Elliot wants to refuse the trip, but knows that for him to do so is Hollywood suicide. Thus he leaves sunny Southern California to travel to wintry Montana in order to sign actress Nora Daniels to star in a movie.--------------- Burke knows why he did not want to go had nothing to do with the weather. He fears his attraction for Nora, as he does not want a long term commitment at least at this time in his life. Besides which the object of his fantasies has recently given birth. However, nature takes its course when a winter storm strands him with her and her offspring. As they fall in love, Burke remains undecided as he has career plans that exclude a wife and child so why can¿t he leave?------------- This is a fun Hollywood romance that takes the stars out of Southern California and somewhat isolates them (with some local eccentrics) in snowy Big Sky Country. The lighthearted romp entertains contemporary readers because of the changing relationship between the lead couple that goes through phases from denial to avoidance to maybe to totally. Terry McLaughlin provides a fine romance.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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