Something for the beginning of the week!
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Title: Nobody's Baby But Mine
Release date: 13th of October 2009
Series: Chicago Stars
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary
Published by: HarperCollins e-books
Pages: 384 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
Genius physics professor Dr, Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won't be easy. Jane's super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up, and she's determined to spare her own child that suffering. Which means she must find someone very special to father her child. Someone . . . well . . stupid.
Cal Bonner, the Chicago Stars' legendary quarterback, seems like the perfect choice. But his champion good looks and down-home ways are deceiving. Dr. Jane learns too late that this good ol'boy is a lot smarter than he lets on -- and he's not about to be used and abandoned by a brainy baby-mad schemer.
A brillant, lonely woman who dreams only of motherhood . . . A take no-prisoners tough guy who'll settle for nothing less than surrender . . . Can passion and physical attraction propel two strong-willed yet vulnerable people to a totally unexpected love?
It’s no secret that I adore SEP books and think she is the boss of hilarious dialogue and crazy (read embarrassing/awkward yet comical) situations. So, it’s a given that I will worship anything she writes, BUT while the aspects she excels at always are quite brilliant and on par to what I expect from her, then the overall plot can sometimes be somewhat of a downer. This is also the case with this book.
Ok, yes, the banter, the smart and sharp conversations are as always priceless and there were some wacky and totally unbelievable scenes which I absolutely was over the moon about (which left me excited, swooning, angsty, feeling secondhand embarrassment – a wide array of emotions), BUT the plot of this genius scientist wanting a baby and deciding to have the baby from this allegedly idiotic football jock, and succeeding and with her high IQ blessed head not understanding how incredibly wrong that was, especially if she didn’t intend to share the information regarding the baby with him. I felt that she was like from another planet where there exists a totally different set of social norms and rules or that she had the brain of a genius, but the sensibilities and basic behavior comprehension of a child. Yes, her views and actions led to some high class humor and were the basis of the plot, but I simply couldn’t comprehend or accept her decisions. Also, this is why I couldn’t really understand why Cal had to grovel so much in the end, she was so righteous as if someone had gravely mistreated her, but I remember her being responsible for this whole mess (most of it anyway, it wouldn’t be right to claim that Cal was an innocent “victim”), and falling in love and not getting the same in return didn’t give her the right to mope so much. So, my main con with this book was: I couldn’t by it, which isn’t to mean I didn’t enjoy it, but my discontent was always at the back of my head.
Nevertheless, I like the romance and the chemistry between Jane and Cal. They were an interesting couple. Still, I have to admit that the secondary romance was more to my liking: sweeter, had more quality angst (in the making from decades) and was more fulfilling when successfully settled.
I also have to mention some great scenes to look out for (and alone they are the reason to read this book):
The first time Jane was presented to Cal and her trying to seduce him and getting more desperate by the minute (her ancestors, the bow, the virgin prostitute, “Hurry up,” etc).
When Cal discovered Jane’s real age. That was a truly priceless scene.
Meeting Cal’s grandmother for the first time (the “old bat” had me rolling with her squirrel questions and overall attitude).
The naked Jane scene with more than one spectator.
Jane – I understood her pain and longing, but she didn’t really win my approval, she came across to selfish for that. Also, at times it seemed that while she was supposed to be real smart, she was the dumbest in real life situations outside her research.
Cal – He was a grumpy hotty and while I was annoyed by him only preferring really young girls (and taking aging quite hardly), he made up for it with his smart brain and honorable intentions regarding the Jane and baby – he didn’t hesitate to take responsibility.
I liked this book because of the reasons I usually like SEP books, but the plot did rub me the wrong way. Again, it doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun and enjoy the story, but it’s definitely one of my least favorites from her I’ve read.