Working for her heart-stoppingly handsome boss shouldn't have been so hard, but could Callie Stevens let her attraction get the best of her when he asked her to have his baby? Of course, love wouldn't enter into the arrangement. Or would it?
A busy CEO, Grant wanted a family, but he'd been devastated by love. Sensible Callie was exactly what he was looking for. Yet as they prepared for their little bundle of joy, Grant's control slipped. Maybe Callie was exactly what his heart needed....
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February 01, 2007
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Excerpt from The Boss's Pregnancy Proposal by Raye Morgan
Empty offices were dark and spooky at night.
Callie Stevens took the stairs. She didn't want to use the elevator. Too noisy, and the last thing she wanted was to draw any attention from the night watchman.
By the time she'd climbed to the fifth floor of ACW Properties, she was beginning to rethink that position. But she had to be careful. After all, she'd just been fired by Harry Carver, the elderly CEO. She wasn't supposed to be here at all.
Reaching the sixth-floor landing, she stopped to catch her breath and listen for signs of life. Glass sconces lined the hallways giving off a dim light, but nothing was stirring. A sigh of relief and she made her way toward the area where her little cubicle stood among all the rest.
The light from the hallway cast an eerie spell over the room, lengthening shadows and making hiding places where they weren't meant to be. She stopped for a moment, orienting herself and feeling a sharp pang of regret. She'd liked this job. She was going to miss it" and the money that went with it.
Looking around quickly, she finally saw the object of her quest"her treasured orchid plant. She'd left it behind during the hectic ten minutes they'd given her to clean out her desk before escorting her off the premises. She'd been afraid someone might have thrown it in the trash, but there it was up on the high corner of a metal bookcase.
She glanced around quickly for something to climb on. There was no stepladder, so she pushed a chair over and hopped up, stretching high. Her fingers could barely reach. She'd just made contact with the ceramic pot that held her floral darling when the lights of the room snapped on and a deep male voice sent a shock wave slicing through her.
"Looking for something, Ms. Stevens?"
It wasn't a very loud scream, more of a yelp, really. But it was enough to cause her to lose her balance. She grabbed at the edge of the shelf, but it was too late. She was falling and so was the ceramic pot with the orchid she'd come back to rescue.
She hit bottom with a thud, but not the sharp, painful smack she'd expected. It took a couple of seconds for her adrenaline to fade and her mind to register that the man who'd startled her had stepped forward and tried to break her fall, and that she'd smashed him to the floor for his trouble"and now they were locked together in an embarrassing tangle of hair and limbs.
This was not good. "Oh!"
She scrambled to her feet and looked down at him. It was Grant Carver"her ex-supervisor"nephew of the CEO who'd fired her and just about the last person she wanted to see.
He looked a bit dazed. She could probably make a run for it and get away. She drew in a sharp breath, wondering".
But then she saw the ooze of blood at the corner of his mouth and she gasped. The back of her head must have hit him in the face.
"Oh!" she cried again, dropping to her knees beside him. "Are you all right? Oh my God, you're hurt."
His deep blue eyes opened and regarded her coolly from beneath thick, dark lashes. "Ya think?" he murmured. Grimacing, he reached up to touch his lip and drew back a bloody hand.
"Oh, I'm so sorry," she said. "What can I do?"
"Here's what you can do," he said, his voice husky.
"You can walk over to that desk." He gestured toward the supervisor's desk.
She jumped up and did as he suggested, looking back at him questioningly. "This one?"
"Yes." He nodded, and winced in a way that made her bite her lip in regret. "Now you can pick up that phone."
She did so, still watching him for directions. "And you can dial 9 for building security. Tell them to call the police.We've got an intruder who needs arresting."
"Oh!" She slammed the phone back down. She should have known. All her compassion drained away. She'd worked with Grant Carver quite a few times in the year and a half she'd been here and she had yet to figure him out.