In a reversal of roles, hotelier, Tony Austin wants a child and he's carefully chosen Olivia Anderson to produce that child for him. It was supposed to be a cut and dried business deal with little interaction between the two and no hint of scandal. But like all best-laid plans, Tony and Olivia's business deal becomes unexpectedly personal. For Olivia, a woman with no family and a tragic secret, her business is everything. She has no time for a man much less a child. When Tony puts forth his proposition, she modifies the plan to better suit their unexpected attraction for each other before agreeing.
This reissue of Lori Foster's earlier work appeases readers who have found it difficult to get a hold these titles. It reveals what we already know of her incredible talent when it comes to drawing strong, driven characters. It also employs a wonderful use of the Austin family whose concern for Tony and Olivia is both comic and heartwarming. In addition, the development of Tony and Olivia's relationship, from business to personal, is both wry and moving. Both characters are engaging and admirable despite the utilitarian origin of their deal.