Juggling Briefcase & Baby

Author: Jessica Hart

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: October 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5


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Lex Gibson is very business oriented but seems to possess few people skills.  He’s got a reputation for being cold and detached but where Romy, an old flame, is concerned emotion makes maintaining his control impossible.  Lex is about to learn that there’s more to life than business but nothing prepared him for meeting Romy’s little girl or the extreme attachment he feels for both of them.


Romy Morrison is a free spirit who enjoys adventure and loves getting to know people.  Her travels came to an end when a holiday fling resulted in an unexpected pregnancy.  She doesn’t regret having Freya but finding decent employment and supporting the baby have been a challenge so she wasn’t about to turn down a temporary position at Gibson & Grieve.  She just wasn’t expecting the added perk of seeing Lex so discomfited by the presence of a baby.


Lex is about to embark on an extremely important business trip and the last thing he needs is to be distracted.  Unfortunately he knew that was a pipe dream from the moment he received a phone call informing him that a family emergency would be preventing Tim Banks, Director of Acquisitions, from accompanying him.  Tim had however arranged for Romy, who’s been working with him on the negotiations, to take his place.  Lex isn’t pleased with this sudden change of plans but as long as she’s an asset in closing the deal he can’t complain or so he thought until she arrives at the plane with an assortment of baby paraphernalia and an infant. 


Lex isn’t at all pleased with the thought of an infant traveling on what should be strictly a business venture.  After a battle of wills, Lex concedes and Romy and Freya are seated and the plane takes off.  Lex is under the impression that all he needs is a good business sense to secure this business deal which should finally garner his father’s respect but Romy is aware that Willy Grant, the owner of Grant’s Supersavers, is very family oriented and Lex has a reputation for being anything but…. In Romy’s opinion, Freya could be an asset in this deal.  What neither Lex nor Romy anticipate is just how complicated their situation would become when Willy assumes that they’re a couple and they choose not to correct him.


Jessica Hart draws readers into Lex and Romy’s story with a rather humorous battle of wills that had me anxious to find out which of them would back down first.  Juggling BRIEFCASE & BABY is a difficult prospect for many women but Romy does it with such class and honesty that you can’t help but admire her.  At the same time, Lex’s one track obsession with business is costing him happiness.  Combine Lex and Romy’s vastly different personalities and there are sure to be fireworks – that is when he isn’t fumbling his way through helping care for Freya.  Diaper duty is definitely not his forte. BRIEFCASE & BABY is as endearing as it is emotionally charged, definitely a story you’re sure to enjoy!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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