The Great Baby Caperby Eugenia Riley
Courtney Kelly is determined to become the next CEO of Bootle's Baby Bower. Then at her company's annual convention in New Orleans, Courtney's crazy boss, M. Billingham Bootle, sends her and the other CEO candidates out on a wild, zany scavenger hunt to determine the winner of the promotion.
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FIND A BRIDEGROOM . . . ON A SCAVENGER HUNT???
Courtney Kelly is determined to become the next CEO of Bootle's Baby Bower. Then at her company's annual convention in New Orleans, Courtney's crazy boss, M. Billingham Bootle, sends her and the other CEO candidates out on a wild, zany scavenger hunt to determine the winner of the promotion. Courtney's assigned mission: Find the most eligible bachelor in the French Quarter willing to marry her . . . by morning!
Daunted by her outrageous task, Courtney is prowling the French Quarter when she encounters suave, sexy Mark, a dashing Brit who quickly sweeps her off her feet and agrees to pose as her fiancé to help her win. But just as Courtney presents her "prize" to her boss, she learns she has been deceived, that the entire scavenger hunt was a stunt staged to get her to marry her boss's grandson--who turns out to be none other than Mark! Although furious at him, Courtney can't escape the consequences of an incredible night of passion she and Mark share. Soon the couple is immersed in a marriage of convenience, with a baby on the way. Mark and Courtney must juggle pending parenthood and a bi-continental marriage as they try to track down a wacky industrial saboteur at the baby products company. Can the expectant couple restore bliss to Bootle's Baby Bower while finding love--and welcoming their own baby--along the way?
The Great Baby Caper is a fun, sexy, and touching contemporary romance of approximately 97,000 words. Eugenia Riley is the renowned, bestselling author of dozens of historical, contemporary, and time-travel romances, including the classics A TRYST IN TIME and BUSHWHACKED BRIDE.
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Eugenia Riley is the award-winning, bestselling author of dozens of historical, contemporary and time-travel romances, including A TRYST IN TIME, TEMPEST IN TIME, TIMESWEPT BRIDE and EMBERS OF TIME. She has written for publishers including Avon, Bantam, Warner, Harlequin and Dorchester. Ms. Riley's WALTZ IN TIME won her the 1998 HOLT Medallion for Best Book with a Southern Theme. She has received thousands of fan letters on her romance novels, from locations all over the world.
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First let me mention this was first released in Dec 2001 in paperback. I'm always pissed when I pick up a book that is a reprint and they don't mention it on the cover as there's a good chance I've already read it if it's by an author that's had as many great books published as Riley has. Most of which I've read. By the way, the cover is much cooler this time around so it's a shame that you don't get the full benefit as it's an eBook instead of print copy. It was a fun read but I'm fairly sure I've read it before as I guessed way too soon who the saboteur was. Put aside your knowledge of the working world and enjoy the pure fun and romance of the story. It's about love at first sight and screwball comedy reminiscent of the I Love Lucy show. While the story-line was okay, it was a bit long (something you'll never hear me complaining about). It would have benefited by a rewrite to tighten up the story.
The main charecter Courtney is really one of those perople that you can allmost relate to. Well she trying to become the new CEO of BBB and she has to do this outrages thing, she has to merry her bosses grandson. Well my mom gave me this book about last Septermber. I toled her I wouldn't ever read it but I did and I just couldn't put it down. I believe that this was one of my fav. books. The ending all most left you hanging but it didn't really.
To say that Bootle¿s Baby Bower CEO M. Billingham Bootle is a bit of an eccentric is probably an understatement. However, this year at the company¿s annual meeting in New Orleans, he outdoes even his most famous and wildest capers. He announces his retirement and names the four potential candidates to replace him. Wally Gilchrist, Al Gideon, Gil Getz, and Courtney Kelly will compete for the job by going against one another in a scavenger hunt. Kelly¿s assignment is to find and marry the most eligible bachelor in town. Though thinking EEOC and a lawsuit, Kelly reluctantly joins the game and soon humiliatingly searches Bourbon Street. She finally meets Mark Wiggleshaft, who turns out to be her boss¿ nephew Mark Billingham. After sharing a night of passion, Courtney is left pregnant. Mark persuades her into marrying him, but she insists on a marriage in name only. Now all Mark has to do is convince Kelly that he is not his grandfather¿s puppet and actually wants her and their baby. Once the reader accepts the bizarre CEO job prerequisite, which is not easy to do, the fan will enjoy this amusing contemporary romance. The lead couple is an amiable duo struggling with their feelings and even more with the interference of that likable lunatic, M. Billingham Bootle. Eugenia Riley has written a humorous tale that keeps the audience laughing throughout most of the story line. Harriet Klausner