Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Romance Reader': One Night with the Boss'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Romance Reader': One Night with the Boss'

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By Teresa Southwick

Harlequin (224 pages, $4.95)

Teresa Southwick is a talented author who makes the most of the 224 pages she's given to write books in Harlequin series.

In fact, put her near the top on Harlequins' author list.

"One Night with the Boss" is a quality book, the second in the "Bachelors of Blackwater Lake" series, with ties to the "Men of Mercy Medical" series before it.

This story has everything a romance fan could want: a tortured, successful, handsome and honorable hero, a sympathetic heroine who is independent and loyal but smart enough to know when to move on with her life when her long-time love has gone unrequited long enough. The small-town setting is quaint, with some familiar supporting characters.

Olivia has been in love with Brady for many years. They were neighbors growing up; their families were friends. Olivia's best friend is Brady's sister.

As adults, Olivia has been Brady's administrative assistant for years. While he's always been a great boss, he never showed any indication that he was attracted to Olivia at all.

Finally, Olivia gave up hoping he ever would.

So, she decides to accept a job offer far away to put distance between herself and Brady. To keep Brady from trying to convince her not to leave, she creates a pretend boyfriend.

Brady doesn't like that.

At first he tells himself that he doesn't want her to leave because she's a perfect administrative assistant. But gradually, he realizes it's much more than that. Still, his reticence to get involved with any woman keeps him from saying the words that will keep Olivia in town.


* Overall rating: 4 of 5. It's not as deep as many books, and it doesn't have the twists and intrigue that romantic suspenses have. …

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