Atlanta public relations rep Trina Roberts may have felt a spark of sexual energy, along with friendship, when she looked at ad executive Walker Gordon, but she never acted on it. But when Walker is publicly dumped at the altar, Trina tries to be a pal and console him at a bar. This leads to a wild night of drunken passion -- and to a baby.

Walker, who has vowed never to have children, returns to America after 15 months abroad and ends up working with Trina on a major account. She is unhappy to see him, which puzzles him -- until he spots her with an orange-haired cherub at daycare. Soon the pieces fall into place, but family complications and company distractions arise, leading both to wonder if, maybe, the person they never expected to be with might just be The One.

Banks has created appealing characters in this fun, lighthearted story. Their conflicts are more internal than plot-driven, but a skillfully executed narrative and a dash of Southern charm make for an engaging tale of love and friendship. (Mar., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel