Having Her Boss's Baby (Positively Pregnant Series #1)

Having Her Boss's Baby (Positively Pregnant Series #1)

by Susan Mallery

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Don’t miss this fan favorite from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery!

The last thing Devlin Hunter expects is to find himself in a marriage of convenience. But he just wants to do the right thing for Noelle Hunter, a young woman who has just lost everything at the worst possible time. He certainly didn’t anticipate that his beautiful bride would be the one to capture his heart…

Originally published in 2006

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488026898
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/23/2017
Series: Positively Pregnant , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 73,028
File size: 410 KB

About the Author

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives—family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.

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Until Noelle Stevenson actually saw the word "pregnant" on the plastic stick, she'd allowed herself to believe everything was going to be all right. After all, it had been her first time. Wasn't she supposed to have a grace period? Like when a light bill was due? Those extra couple of days until disaster struck?

Apparently not, she thought, barely able to breathe as she turned the plastic over in her hands. Pregnant. Her.

She couldn't imagine what her parents were going to say. Not that they would kill her. Anger seemed pretty manageable. Instead they would get quiet, look at each other in that way of silently communicating that had always driven her and her sisters crazy, then ask her what she wanted to do. After all, she'd created the situation, now she would have to deal with the consequences. They were going to be disappointed and that was always the worst.

Noelle looked in the mirror and saw the fear in her eyes. She wouldn't be twenty for another two weeks. She was supposed to be starting her second year at community college in the fall. There couldn't be a baby. This wasn't really happening.

The sound of footsteps on a hardwood floor got her attention. It was barely after six in the morning. The office should have been deserted. Who had picked this particular morning to come in early, too?

Not waiting to find out, Noelle stuffed the stick back into the box and shoved the box into her coat pocket. She quickly glanced around the private bathroom of her employer to make sure she hadn't left anything behind, then hurried through his office, hoping to make an escape before anyone caught her.

She raced across the large space and dashed into the hall, only to slam into the one person she would most like to have avoided.

"What's the rush?" Devlin Hunter asked as he reached out to steady her.

Noelle cleared her throat, then forced herself to smile as she stepped back and wondered what on earth she was going to say. The truth was impossible. She could imagine the look on his face if she blurted out, "Gee, Mr. Hunter, I needed to come in extra early so I could have some privacy in the bathroom. At home, I share with my three sisters. What with me thinking I might be pregnant with your late brother's child, I really didn't want to let my family in on my little secret. You, either, for that matter."

"Um, no rush," Noelle said, knowing she sounded impossibly stupid. "I, ah, needed to get some work done, so I came in to get a jump start on it."

Mr. Hunter glanced at his watch, then at her. "It's barely after six."

"I actually know that."

"I didn't know Katherine was such an exacting boss," he said, a faint smile tugging on the corners of his mouth.

Technically, Noelle didn't work for Mr. Hunter. She worked for his assistant. Secretary to an assistant — it was a little like being the dog's pet. Still, she adored Katherine, who always let her schedule her hours around her college classes.

"She's not," Noelle said. "I just wanted to, you know, be diligent."


He studied her as if he didn't quite believe her. Noelle knew she was a lousy liar and wondered what, exactly, he could read in her eyes.

Mr. Hunter was tall — taller than Jimmy had been. They both had dark hair, but Mr. Hunter had green eyes, while Jimmy's had been brown. That wasn't the only other difference, either. Jimmy had been a lot younger and not nearly as responsible. Not until he'd gone into the army.

She didn't want to think about Jimmy being gone or her being pregnant. So she smiled and started to move around Mr. Hunter.

"I'll just get to my desk," she said, hoping he wouldn't ask why she'd been in his office.

"All right."

She moved to the left and he moved to the right. As they were facing each other, that meant they bumped.

He excused himself and lifted his briefcase so she could get by. The corner of the case nudged her pocket and something fell to the floor. Mr. Hunter bent down and picked it up.

Her heart froze in her chest. One second there was beating and the next...nothing. She closed her eyes and willed herself to disappear. Or at the very least, grow wings and fly away. Flying would be excellent.

Instead there was only the sound of their breathing and a long, lingering silence.

"Did I interrupt you before or after you took the test?" he asked quietly.

She kept her eyes shut. Humiliation burned both inside and out. "After."


She opened her eyes and looked up at him. "I'm pregnant."

Dev had figured the worst part of his day would be arguing with one of his suppliers. He'd been wrong.

"Then I guess we should talk," he said and led the way into his office.


Devlin swore silently. Jimmy had just been a kid, he thought grimly. Noelle Stevenson was even younger. He set the pregnancy-test kit box on his desk.

She sat across from him, all wide-eyed and scared. He doubted she could look more embarrassed or uncomfortable and guessed she wanted to be anywhere but here, which was exactly how he felt. But despite the awkward situation, he wasn't going to walk away from his responsibilities.

He'd always been the one to take care of his brother when they'd been younger and clean up Jimmy's messes when they were older. But a baby...

"You were dating my brother," he said.

She nodded without looking at him. "We'd been going out a couple of months when he joined the army. He said I should see other people after he went away, but I didn't want to, so when he came home on leave, he said..." She swallowed. "We talked about getting married."

Dev remembered being twenty and interested in a girl, and he knew his brother. If discussing marriage was what it took to get her into bed, then that's what Jimmy would have done.

"I thought..." She toyed with the buttons on her jacket.

"He was really sweet and fun and he was going to a dangerous part of the world. He said he might not come back."

Dev held in a groan. Not just for the overused line, but with the realization that not only had his brother gotten a girl pregnant, that she might have been a virgin.

"Your first time?" he asked bluntly.

Noelle hunched over so her long, pale blond hair covered her face, but he saw her nod. Disbelief blended with anger. If his brother had been alive, Dev would have beaten the crap out of him. But Jimmy was gone. One way or another Jimmy had always managed to make his problems Dev's problems. This time, under circumstances that were still filled with grief. Pain warred with guilt but neither won. And there was still Noelle to deal with.

He figured it would be insensitive to boot up his computer at that moment so he could get into the personnel files there. Without them, he knew very little about her. She worked for his assistant. She'd been with the company a little less than a year. She'd had minimal office skills when she'd arrived, but she'd worked hard and now Katherine claimed she couldn't exist without her.

Sometime over the spring, Jimmy had met her and they'd started dating. But who was she and what the hell was he supposed to do now?

"I didn't mean for this to happen," Noelle said quietly, still not looking at him. "I thought I loved him, but I wasn't sure. And he was so sweet... But I knew I should wait. Only then he was killed and I thought I'd done the right thing. I felt so horrible for him and for you. I know you're his only family. And then I thought everything would be okay. Except I was late and a couple of days ago I realized I might be...you know."

She stopped and sucked in a breath. It was then he figured out she was crying.

He stood and walked into the bathroom, where some mystery cleaning person always left a fresh box of tissues. After handing them to her, he perched on the edge of his desk.

"How old are you, Noelle?"

She took the tissues and wiped her face with one, then blew her nose. "I'll be twenty in a couple of weeks."

Still a kid herself, he thought. "You go to college?"

"Community college. I'll start my second year in the fall." She wrinkled her nose. "I know, I know, I should be at UC Riverside, but early in my senior year of high school I was skiing with the youth group." She looked up and actually gave him a little smile. "I had a close encounter with a tree. I usually do better than that.Anyway, I broke my leg and messed up some ligaments, which meant surgery and physical therapy and more surgery. My mom homeschooled me and I was able to graduate with my class, but I missed out on a lot of activities and the SATs. I wasn't even able to apply to a four-year college. So I'm doing it this way, which is good because it saves a lot of money. I mean, there are four of us and it's not like my parents are rich or anything."

Too much information, he thought, not sure where to go first. "You still live at home?"

"Yes. I'm one of four girls. The oldest." The humor in her blue eyes faded. "Talk about setting a bad example."

"What do your parents do?"

"My dad's the pastor at our church and my mom works in the office."

Dear God, Jimmy had slept with a minister's daughter? "What do you want to do when you finish college?"

"Go into nursing, specializing in pediatrics." She held up her hand. "I beg you, do not give me the 'be a doctor instead' lecture. When I was in the hospital, the people who made a difference for me were the nurses. That's what I want to do — take care of kids and help them be less scared while they're sick."

"No lectures," he promised.

Now what? The young woman was pregnant with his brother's child, and that made her his responsibility. But how to handle things? If Jimmy were still alive, he could insist they get married. He could...

Jimmy wasn't alive, he reminded himself again and he, Dev, was the reason.

The ever-present guilt coiled around him like a large, deadly snake. He willed himself not to react. The more immediate problem was Noelle's pregnancy and what to do about it, and her.

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Having Her Boss's Baby 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Noelle discovers she is pregnant as she is leaving the bathroom she bumps into Dev. Dev asked what is wrong. Noelle tells him she is having his late brother Jimmy' s baby. Dev confidences Noelle that they should get married for the baby to have a father and his last name. They get married and as time goes on Noelle falls in love with Dev. Dev thinks love makes you weak and won't tell Noelle he loves her. They fight and he walks out. Will Dev give in to his true feelings for Noelle or will they divorce in 2 years as planned. Susan has written another wonderful story. I enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down. joy943
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For quite a while now, I've been hearing good things about Susan Mallery's work, but until I finally picked up Having Her Boss's Baby, a book that has been on my TBR pile for a long time, I didn't know what I was missing. If this story is any indication of what Ms. Mallery is capable of as a writer, I would say I have a lot to look forward to as I explore her backlist. She definitely seems to have a talent for creating characters who are relatable, the types of people I'd like to have as friends. In this novel, she has also written a story that is tender, romantic, emotional and a little angsty, just the way I like it. Having Her Boss's Baby definitely kept me turning the pages to see how things would work out for Dev and Noelle, and in the end left me feeling very satisfied.Dev impressed me as a man who is successful in business and very responsible, so much so that he was completely willing to enter into a marriage of convenience in order to take care of his dead brother's girlfriend and her unborn baby. From the moment Dev finds out that Noelle is pregnant, he is there for her, offering everything she would need financially to have a comfortable life. He even willingly went with her to her doctor appointments and wanted to take parenting classes with her. Even though he practically raised his little brother, Jimmy, Dev feels completely inept as parent, but as he slowly learns throughout the story, he has a lot more to offer a child than he thinks. I thought it was great of him to pledge his fidelity to Noelle, even though he was under the assumption that he would have to remain celibate for the agreed upon two year marriage. He was also pretty good at reading Noelle's cues and recognizing when something was wrong. Now, it may sound like he was the perfect guy, but in reality he had one very big fault that almost ended their budding relationship. Having lost everyone he ever cared about, he's afraid to love anyone else, and because he blames himself for Jimmy's death, he feels unworthy of being loved too. With Dev being such a nice guy during the first half of the book, I never would have guessed he had it in him to be so cold, but when Noelle declares her love, it has him running scared. However, all the baggage gave him a pretty decent reason for his actions and behavior, and of course, love eventually wins out to save the day.Noelle is a very kind, caring and responsible young woman too. She doesn't want to have to rely on Dev for support, but when she realizes how difficult things are for her family financially, she knows she can't burden her parents further with a baby. Even though she feels rather mercenary for doing it, she willingly marries Dev to make sure her baby is taken care of. Right from the start, she was quite thoughtful, trying to make things as easy on Dev as possible. I thought it was really sweet how she was so curious about sex and concerned about his ¿needs,¿ and even sweeter that she offered herself to Dev so that he wouldn't have to go without for two years. Being the stubborn man that he was, he thought that would be a mistake, so Noelle had to seduce him. Even though she lacked finesse, her innocent seduction just about drove him wild, and yet he was a very tender lover. Noelle is also a bit of an enigma, always surprising Dev at every turn. I think Susan Mallery did a very good job of finding a balance in Noelle's character between the moments when she seemed very young and her being emotionally mature enough to handle almost anything to the point that she seemed wise beyond her years. When Dev practically threw her declarations of love back in her face, Noelle could have easily gotten angry or upset with him, but instead she kept a clear head, was completely honest with him, and tried not to give up hope that he would eventually change his mind. She was just always loving and patient, giving him the space and time he needed even though it hurt to think he didn't and might not ever l
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Interesting & intreging
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romanticreader26 More than 1 year ago
Susan Mallery is a favorite author of mine. Her stories are very romantic. A lot of her books themes have to do with every day things that we may go through in life. This makes the story more interesting. While reading most of her books I really get into them. I have laughed, cried, gotten mad and been happy. That means she is a wonderful author. Please read her book(s) and I promise you will not be disappointed...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
HAVING HER BOSS¿S BABY does not describe this book at all! Noelle Stevenson works in Dev Hunter¿s office and dated his younger brother Jimmy. At Dev¿s instance Jimmy joined the Army in hopes he would learn some responsibility. He was killed and a few months later Noelle suspects she¿s pregnant. So her family won¿t suspect, she takes a test early in the morning in the corporate bathroom and it¿s confirmed! Dev bumps into her the test falls to the floor and he learns the news. He blames himself for his brother¿s death as it was he who insisted Jimmy join the military. For Dev, marrying Noelle is the only solution. He proposes marriage and to help with the baby for two years. After that he¿ll give her a generous settlement. So off to Vegas for a quick wedding and then home to tell Noelle¿s family the news. This couple settles quite well into married life. The truth of how Dev and Jimmy were raised is revealed to Noelle. She learns that was Jimmy spoiled he was always in trouble, and never took responsibility. It is also revealed when the boys were younger, their mom passed away and their father left, leaving their grandfather to raise them. Dev inherits the responsibility of the business and raising his brother when their grandfather passes. Of course, Dev shoulders the blame and for him love will never enter the picture. Did I say never? Little does Dev realize he¿s slowly falling under Noelle¿s spell. Noelle realizes she is deeply in love with Dev. She ¿hadn¿t given him her heart lightly¿. This couple¿s journey is a painful one. There is laughter in this book, lots of it, a real sense of family and family dynamics but also a lot of pain. Dev is forced to explore his feelings and in the end confront them. Right before your eyes, Noelle grows from a young girl to a woman, a warm woman giving her heart to her new husband. I cried for Dev and all he had been through but the ending is bittersweet. This is the first book in Susan Mallery¿s Positively Pregnant series and is an excellent start and very entertaining as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Susan Mallery is a wondeful writer. Her story's are interesting & the romance is HOT!