by Nicola Marsh
One night leads to a career
woman's nightmare...but will it lead to love?
by Nicola Marsh details
a successful career woman's worst nightmare -- having to lose control
when she is accustomed to being in control. Humorous, rich in small
details, this short romance is well-written and an enjoyable light read
with just the right amount of depth to be emotionally moving without
being a tear-jerker.
Kristen Lewis TV producer sits in a Singapore bar, stood up by a
co-worker buddy in favor of a young temp worker. Hard working to the
max and driven, Kristen knows the loneliness of hotels and bars. When
she eyes the handsome Nate, dark and morose but ever so sexy, she feels
like she has met a kindred soul. As the CEO for his own company, Nate
seems to understand her long hours and her passion for work. Together
they share a fabulous night. Months later, Kristen walks into her first
day of work at a new job. Called in to meet her new boss, Nathan Boyd,
Kristen is shocked to see the face of her Singapore Nate, the man she
cannot get out of her heart. Both driven professionals, Kristen and
Nate decide to keep things on a professional level --- but their
decision chafes at their very hearts. Then, the worst thing possible
happens to this single-minded, focused career girl --- not only is she
pregnant but she is pregnant with Nate's baby!
Besides being a wonderful light read, interspersed with some tense
moments, several areas in Executive Mother-To-Be
drew my attention. Nicola Marsh has a precise skill in setting a scene
so that when she writes about the characters, the reader is drawn to
them and understands them behind the exterior. Her style is quick,
sharp and focused --- in just a few well-chosen descriptions, the
reader is right there on the scene and in the hearts of her characters.
The dialogue is fun, witty and dynamic. But more, as Nate and Kristen
encounter each other and spend time together in Australia, the reader
feels them become more and more comfortable with one another through
the change in their dialogue.
Nicola Marsh's characterization adds an enjoyable dimension to this
short romance. Nate is an interesting hero, a good guy with past hurts.
The reader feels his frustrations and pain as well as his love for the
heroine. When faced with her worst nightmare, the heroine changes in
her relation to others. The romantic conflict in Executive
is not a hero and heroine against each other but two career driven
individuals trying to figure out how to make room for each other and a
third person. As the romance evolves, so do the characters.
In general and on a personal level, I am less of a fan of baby
romances than other kinds of romances but I was very impressed with how
Nicola Marsh added several very well-done details that made me
understand Kristen and how she could end up in the situation she did
and still be an intelligent woman. Some dramatic moments here,
especially towards the end. Nicola Marsh writes drama well --- quick
plot with precise details, allowing the story itself to tell the drama.
From the back
employee to mommy-to-be…
is at the top of her field. She's driven, sensible—and her
spur-of-the-moment decision to have one perfect night with sexy Nate
was totally out of character! She puts it behind her…until she's faced
with two shocks: she's pregnant…with her boss's baby!
Boyd, one of Australia's leading entrepreneurs, buries himself in his
work to forget his private torment. But now he's faced with a dilemma:
the first woman to tempt him in a long time is his employee.