"A cute romance"
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.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 19, 2001