Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
(William Morrow, 2012, 382 pages)
I’ll be the first to say it, the title of this book definitely made me cringe. But like I said earlier, I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s writing style, so I was willing to look past the title for the sake of the story.
Jane is a genius – she’s a physicist who has always seen herself as an outsider because she was always treated that way. Now she’s in her 30s and she finds that she’s ready to have a baby. The problem with that is there’s no man in her life who can help make that a reality. Why not use a sperm bank? Because those making donations are typically med students and Jane wants a child with someone a little lower on the intelligence scale. She doesn’t want her child to grow up the same way she did, feeling like a freak. So when she happens to catch a glimpse of Chicago Stars quarterback, Cal Bonner, giving an interview with his thick southern accent and lack of manners she is determined he will be the man who fathers her child.
The way Jane decides to go about getting pregnant is far from moral, but she has a plan and she intends to see it through. Besides, she doesn’t want the father in her life, she doesn’t need the money, why does he even have to know…? Unfortunately, when Cal finds out about Jane’s scheming he refuses to follow the plan she has laid out. And Cal is far from the dense jock who lives off his body and his looks that Jane thinks he is…
This was a quick read, but I wasn’t a fan of the actual plot. Unlike most of her other books, this novel by Phillips was a little off-putting for me. And I *rarely* feel romance-novel-reading shame, but with this title I have to admit I was a little embarrassed whipping it out. Obviously I’ll give her another shot – but if you’re looking to start reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I would recommend some of her other titles before this one.