She wanted to make a withdrawal from a sperm bank. He would give all he has to make a direct deposit.
INVESTING IT ALL
Family law attorney Maddie Prescott is driven to succeed. A pawn in her parents’ messy divorce, she devoted her career to representing children in court, and when her husband’s early death makes it seem like she can’t have it all, she’s ready to beat the odds by going to a sperm bank. One advantage to single parenthood is that her child will never be a pawn. That, and she’ll never have to deal with sarcastic ladies’ men or liars.
Jack Worth promised to look out for his dying best friend’s wife: a small repayment for someone who once helped an irredeemable bad boy find the path to happiness. So, while Maddie Prescott’s baby plans are questionable, duty and loyalty prompt Jack first to volunteer as the sperm donor…and then to propose a marriage of convenience. And the more he gets to know her, the more this onetime player will see that Maddie is the woman of his dreams, and that the child they will make deserves to be from a direct deposit.
It’s time to move on, Jack,” she told him. “And I think it’s time we stopped these monthly pity parties. We struggle to carry on polite conversation. I choke on every bite of food. You sit there feeling sorry for me. I’ve made some decisions in the last few weeks that will move my life in a new direction. I only hope you’re able to do the same.”
“Is that what the sperm canister is all about?”
Water spewed everywhere.
“How...” Her cheeks burned from embarrassment.
“The letter behind your phone. You aren’t seriously considering going to a sperm bank are you?”
Maddie pushed away from the table and picked up her plate, heading toward the kitchen. “And if I am, what makes it your business?” Chagrin replaced the previous awkwardness.
Jack followed, juggling his plate in one hand as he nudged open the door to the kitchen with his elbow.
“What the hell are you thinking? You’re going to get yourself knocked up by some total stranger so you can play Mommy?” He took her plate and scraped it into the sink.
“No one is knocking me up as you so charmingly put it.” She crossed her arms and leaned against the counter. “The procedure is done in an office by a doctor and—”
“I know how the hell it’s done.”
“Oh? I wasn’t aware The Playboy Channel televised medical documentaries.”
“I watch The Learning Channel, too. Surprised?” He loaded the dishwasher while she looked on in amazement. “What? I’m housebroken. I’m not Emeril, but I cook a mean meatloaf and mashed potatoes.” He squirted dish gel in the dispenser. “From scratch,” he added.
“Quite honestly, nothing about you would surprise me, Jack. What did surprise me was my husband being in business with you. You were as different as… as…”
“Champagne and beer?” he suggested as he rinsed the sink. “Caviar and hot dogs? You and me?”
“You got that right.” Maddie lifted her chin defiantly.
You know sometimes, you just need a book to curl up in, and lose the world? Nothing too complicated or deep or dark, just a book that ....is??
This one, right here. Granted I read most of it on my lunch break at work, but I soooooooooooo wanted to curl up in it, I did!
Maddie decides, almost a year after her husband Alex died, that she wanted the baby they never had together. But Alex didn't freeze his "swimmers" before he died so she choose to use a sperm bank. She hadn't figured on Alex's best friend, Jack, finding out and giving her a totally different option.
Whilst Jack's attraction to Maddie had been simmering for a while, his idea was spur of the moment, shocking both him and Maddie. A proper mouth engages before brain is in gear moment, BOTH of them. But I loved that he followed it all through. He promised Alex he would look after Maddie, and Jack never had a promise he wanted to keep like this one.
I loved that Jack continued to surprise Maddie throughout the book. She thought she knew him, but didn't really.
I loved the way it crept up on them both, the feelings, neither of them planned to fall in love, but they fell and fell hard.
Is this New Adult?? I dunno. Its certainly NOT erotica or young adult, but a very VERY happy middle of the road. Contemporary?? Again, dunno. Its steamy in places, but not at all explicit and this is why I question its genre. The lines on the differences blur a little for me, on books such as this, where its doesn't fit onto just one shelf.
When I started writing this review, I wrote 4.5 stars at the top of the page. (Yes, I WRITE them by hand before typing them up, but thats besides the point!) Now I'm actually towards the end of my review, I can't think of a single thing as to why I need to knock that half point off.
So, 5 full stars.
**same worded review appears on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**
In 2001, Marilyn discovered Romance novels quite by accident, which led to a renewed interest in writing. She started out by writing fanfiction about Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Superman, which developed into a desire to write about her own characters. She’s had over forty short stories published in the confessions and Romance magazines.
Also, she has taught a class in how to effectively write for this genre and worked as a researcher and copy editor for several Romance authors. All this combined to give her a great love of the Romance genre and helped develop a multitude of friendships in the Romance community.
She’s a member of Romance Writers ofAmerica, as well as her local chapter, Heart of Dixie. In addition to reading, Marilyn loves to knit (as long as it’s only a scarf), cook (in the crockpot), garden (in a couple of pots on her patio), and her motto is “Have passport, will travel.” She’d love to add to the list of 32 states and 21 foreign countries she’s already visited.
After raising two great sons, she loves to spoil... er... dote on her two granddaughters.