Baby Maker by P. Dangelico
Series: It Takes Two #1
Published by Self-published on February 20, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Stella Donovan’s biological clock is a ticking time bomb.
The successful financial manager has spent her adult life building a career and neglecting her personal life. Problem is, she doesn’t believe in marriage. Not after watching her mother be treated like garbage by her father. Nope, marriage is not for her. All she wants is a baby. All she needs is a man to agree to her terms.
Dane Wylder, recently retired NFL tight end and future Hall of Famer, wants a baby.
Naturally, marriage is off the table. He’s not the marrying type. Women are great––as long as they’re trying to get into his bed and not his heart. But after years of living only for himself, he’s ready to be a father.
Sparks fly when a successful financial manager and a legendary football player enter into a legal agreement to have a kid together. They planned on everything––they just didn’t plan on each other.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Usually, I would pass right over a book called Baby Maker, but I enjoyed P. Dangelico’s first two books, especially Wrecking Ball, so I took a chance on it despite the goofy name. There were parts of Baby Maker I enjoyed, but I can’t say it wowed me.
Too really get into any book I need to connect with the characters, and that goes double for a slow burn. Unfortunately, especially at the beginning, I didn’t connect to either Stella or Dane. She was unbelievably buttoned up and came off as a bit snobby and prudish. Dane was the exact opposite. He seemed to go out of his way to shock people, even though it’s stated over and over how smart he was. Between his attitude and his constant OTT comments, I just didn’t see any sign of intelligence especially after some of his more bone-headed actions.
Fortunately, they both got more likable as the book wore on. Their banter was funny, and their inner thoughts were hilarious at times. From the beginning, it was obvious how these two were going to fall despite themselves. As they went from enemies to a weird kind of business associates, to actual friends, they grew on me just a bit.
Even with the funny bits, I skimmed through big parts of the second half. I found myself more enamored with Levi, Dane’s unofficially adopted brother than I did Dane. It was the same with Stella’s friend, Delia. In fact, in the midst of a sex scene between Stella and Dane, I found myself imagining a story where Levi causes Delia to give up her man-eating ways. I knew then, as much as I wanted to love this book, it wasn’t going to happen.
The writing was excellent, there were lots of laughable moments, but even though they did get better as the book went on, I never fully connected with either main character. Most are going to love this book, but in a definite case of “It’s me, not you” I found it just okay.
Rating: 3 It Had Some Funny Moments Stars
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