Monday, February 28, 2011
Author: Susan Stephens
Line: Mills and Boon Modern / Harlequin Presents
Release month: NA: Gray Quinn's Baby – February 2011
UK: Ruthless Boss, Dream Baby – January 2011
The S-Factor: Sizzling
Magenta knows having a new employer might be tricky. But she isn't expecting the old-fashioned ruthlessness of Gray Quinn! However, plucky Magenta is up for the challenge, and tries to beat the distractingly gorgeous Quinn at his own game….
Quinn is no New Man—he wants temptingly innocent Magenta in his bedroom, not the boardroom. But he can make her no promises. He'll give her the night of her life, but he might not be there when she wakes up…. And he definitely doesn't want her taking maternity leave!
Review: ♥♥♥♥ 1/2
Gray Quinn’s Baby a fantasy read? Maybe, but one incredible journey with two strong characters that were meant to be together and written by the fabulous Susan Stephens.
When I read some of Susan’s posts at I(Heart)Presents and at The Pink Heart Society concerning Gray Quinn's Baby and that it would involve dreams and being transported back into the 60’s I wondered how the author would connect the past with the present. Quite well I must say and introducing the heroine Magenta Steele a top ad exec to her new boss Gray Quinn who was the new owner of her father’s firm. He was one sexy, well built and handsome man who rode in on a vintage motorcycle and somewhat rescued her by taking her home due to her broken down car.
Determined to impress him and make her 9:00 am meeting the next day, Magenta went back to the office, fell asleep and began to dream, not of the present but was transported back into the past, the 1960’s and of course, who was her boss? Gray Quinn and she was working as his admin, making his coffee, listening to the men on the “team” making sexist jokes about women in the office and treating them as if they didn’t have a brain in their heads.
I quite enjoyed reading this romance, a blast from the past plus one hot love story! Magenta herself was an interesting heroine, all business, no pleasure because she didn’t think she would ever measure up to any man. She was very inexperienced, buttoned-up and a workaholic. When she realized she was back in the 60’s she was determined to make a difference, especially for the women in the typing pool because they had ideas, good ones and they deserved to be recognized and receive praise. She was passionate about it and she pitched her team of fellow co-workers to Gray Quinn and he bought into it. However, he wanted more from Magenta, he wanted her in his bed and there she stayed. It was a magnificent time for them both but she worried she would have to leave him and go back to the 21st Century.
Gray and Magenta enjoyed their time together and he liked her ideas. However, always in the back of her mind, was when would the dream be over and when would she wake up? All she could think of was “sometimes in dreams as in life, you had to settle for what you had” and she really wanted Gray. However, like all things she was abruptly returned back to the present day along with a heart broken.
How would the past meet the future? It was her new boss Gray Quinn who not only woke her from her dream, he was the very same Gray from the past, the biker bad boy who at her first meeting she felt silly because she thought she had met her soul mate. The attraction was mutual, it was crazy and some times bordered on coincidence and she wasn’t sure if she was still dreaming or actually back in London working at Steele Design.
Susan Stephens was brilliant the way she tied everything together from their first meeting in the car park, to their immediate attraction for each other and then being transported back into the 60’s with the very same man. Then to fall in love and abruptly return to the present only to find out that Gray Quinn, her new boss was the man of her dreams. It was fate, Kismet all wrapped into one lovely wonderful love story and such an incredible blend of fantasy tied into the present.
Please see the Behind the Book the book at the end of this review for more insight into the creation of the storyline.
Hero Hotness Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Stickability Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Reviewed by: Marilyn
Behind the book:
Post at I(Heart)Presents
Additional post at I(Heart)Presents