Publisher: Avon Books, 1997
Source: Purchased for my kindle
My Rating: B
Last week when I shared the First Paragraph of this book, I mentioned that I needed a “brain break” from some heavy reading. This book was my choice for that purpose. I’ve read many of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ novels over the years. I’ve found them very absorbing in a friendly and sweet way. First, let me share the summary from the publisher:
Genius physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby, but finding a father won’t be easy. Growing up, Jane’s super intelligence made her feel like a freak, 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. Cal Bonner, the Chicago Stars’ legendary quarterback, seems like the perfect choice. Unfortunately, this good ol’ boy is a lot smarter than he lets on, and he’s not about to be used by a brainy, baby-mad schemer.
I don’t like just any romance novel. I have my standards. I tend to be drawn to certain authors I know and love. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of them. Most people think all romance novels are alike: the two main characters always end up together in the end. And I say, yes, they do and I like it that way. The fun is seeing how the two characters get to that end.
In the case of Nobody’s Baby But Mine, the uniqueness is how far apart Jane and Cal are in their personalities and goals in life. Intellectually they have no desire to be together, but their hearts and bodies want the opposite. How they work together and fall in love is the heart of the story.
The author is a genius when it comes to creating well-developed characters. On top of that she manages to create whole pages where I laugh out loud and then later have tears falling down my cheeks. In Nobody’s Baby But Mine I ended the book loving Jane and Cal all over again. And for me, my brain felt good and rested by the end.