Series: Chicago Stars #3
Published by Harper Collins Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women, Pregnancy & Babies, Romance, Sports
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Genius physics professor Dr. Jane Darling 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 who’s more comfortable working out his muscles than exercising his brain.
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 is about to learn a little 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.
So I found this book when I was on the lookout for a secret baby romance I could get behind, and while this book doesn’t really fit into that, because it wasn’t so much a secret, it was a book that dealt with a pregnancy (and one that wasn’t really wanted by one of the parties involved). There were some elements in the book I really liked, and there were some that I didn’t like, but on the whole I have to say I enjoyed the read.
Since I normally start with what I liked about a book, I figured I would switch things up and address the things I didn’t like first. Jane is a super smart physics professor and having reached her 30s has a strong desire to have a baby, only she decides to do it on her own but she wants the man to be stupid (yes those are her desires). Basically she wants to insure her baby is normal and not super smart like her so she needs a dumb guy to average out the IQs. I kinda felt like this was ridiculous, and mentioned far to much, it actually really grated on my nerves, maybe it won’t bother some readers but it really bothered me.
Second thing I didn’t like, but got over quickly, was that Jane wanted to have this baby completely on her own, and had no intention of ever telling Cal. She literally sabotaged the condom. Totally not okay. I hate women like this. She ended up not getting pregnant. And the second time they got together there was no condom involved, which made me feel better because Cal’s actions of not taking precautions led to the baby not due to some duplicity.
What I loved about the book was that it made me giggle throughout the whole thing. The first couple of love scenes between Jane and Cal were so comically horrible that it was almost too much. Talk about some seriously awkward encounters. And once Cal finds out about the baby and Jane ends up married and living with Cal the power struggle between the two of them is just too funny to even explain. There are practical jokes, comical cars, bar fights, and seriously hilarious grandmother. While there were times when I thought Cal was being a bully, Jane dished it back as much as she got it. Their antics definitely led to a ramp of sexual tension and led to an even better love story for the two of them. It really was so much fun to read.
If you are looking for a book to make you laugh out loud, which an outlandish family to back it up, this is so your book. I love when there is that push/pull fight between a couple it makes the book so much better to read, and nobody does it better than Jane and Cal, so seriously check it out.