Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Reveiw: Nobody's Baby But Mine

Title: Nobody's Baby But Mine
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Chicago Star Series/Book 3


The Plan: 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 very...well...stupid.

The Target: 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.

The Explosion: A brilliant, 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?

So I'm not doing my usual type of review since I didn't actually read this book but listened to it. It was an audio book that I downloaded from the library and I didn't take any notes while listening and my memory isn't that great. So I've decided to just start with posting the synopsis from the back cover which can be found on Phillips' website.

So we've got the genius Dr. Jane and her would be sperm donor famous quarterback Cal Bonner. Let me just say that while I haven't read everything SEP has written what I have read I have thoroughly enjoyed and NBBM is no exception. Jane and Cal were wonderful. Their back and forth banter and misunderstandings had me laughing out loud. When the woman who set them up(can't remember her name) explains to Cal why Jane wanted him ~ because Jane thought he was stupid ~ priceless. Cal is not at all stupid and graduated from college with a degree in biology and a high GPA. Jane is not at all happy when she finds this out and accuses him of lying to her about his stupidity or lack of.

The chemistry between Cal and Jane is explosive. They both think the other is not their type but it's obvious that they had no idea what their type really was because they are so right for each other. I would say that the scenes with Cal and Jane arguing were some of the funniest. The times when poor Cal was trying to understand what Jane was saying and totally misunderstood were hilarious. Jane also has some moments when her IQ seemed to be lacking.

The process of them falling in love was believable and had a good flow to it. Phillips is wonderful at creating believable characters and settings. You feel like these people are real and even though Jane's plan is crazy, especially for someone whose suppose to be a genius, I still had no problem going with it and Jane to the final conclusion.

The secondary characters add humor and warmth to the story. Cal's family helps give the reader a perception of Cal's childhood that we wouldn't get from him. Watching Jane interact with Cal's family members gave a wonderful insight into what drives her to excel and why having a baby is so important to her.

Overall a wonderful, fun read. I would highly recommend it and will certainly be reading more from Phillips. This is listed as book three of the Chicago Stars series but it can be read as a stand alone. If you haven't read any of her books you're in luck because she has a huge back list which can be found here.

Rating: A-

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