HER BABY, HIS PROPOSAL
Abandoned, broke and pregnant, waitress Jesse Manning has nowhere to turn -- until she literally falls at Navy Chief Brock Sullivan's feet. Hearing her story, Brock offers to marry Jesse so that she can have his benefits while he's deployed overseas. All goes according to plan, until Brock's wounded and sent home. Then Jesse realizes that he's as complex as he is honorable -- and that the emotional wounds from his past are as devastating as what's happened to his body. Teresa Carpenter's Her Baby, His Proposal (4.5) makes an oft-used premise work brilliantly through skilled plotting, deft characterization and just the right amount of humor.