Grabbing the pot of freshly brewed coffee from the coffee maker, he stares into the pot then drinks from it. I don’t bother to tell him it’s decaf. Throat working as he swallows, he holds up his index finger. I’ve got a finger for him, the middle one. “I don’t know what’s gotten into you but I’ve had enough.” He continues drinking. “And word of caution, if you come back to New York and continue to treat me like I’m cattle, a possession, you will damage this friendship beyond repair.” He places the pot down, his eyes downcast as he leans on the counter for support. “I’m sorry…I was a real asshole last night and––” “Last night?!” I shout. “How about for the past week.” “Well you’re not helpin’ the situation!” he shouts back, his eyes sparking, then winces again. My jaw hangs in disbelief. He can’t be serious. Is he really blaming me? “The hell are you talking about? You’re blaming me? Me?! You’ve been unbearable––when you’ve been around, that is. Usually you’re running in the opposite direction. But somehow in your twisted little male peanut sized brain, it’s my fault?!” “Yes, goddamit! Dancin’––smilin’ at that fucking cowboy!” His hand slashes through the air as if he’s indicating to someone in the corner. The veins near his temple pop up. Eyes impossibly wide, he advances on me, stopping a mere foot away. “You never smile at me like that!” Huh? “What does that have to do with anything?!” “Because I’m jealous! Okay! And you’ve made it very clear you’re not attracted to me but all I can think about is this!” He’s on me before I can blink, arms crushing me to him, kissing me like I hold the last breath of air on the planet and he means to steal it.
A beat later he stops. His lips against mine he murmurs, “Kiss me back…please kiss me back.”
Baby Maker by P. Dangelico
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Baby Maker by P. Dangelico
While I was soooo eager for this book, I was also a tad apprehensive because I really enjoyed the previous books I’ve read by the author and I was worried that Baby Maker wouldn’t hit the spot for me. Also, I’ve read a few baby-making mission type books of late and wasn’t sure I’d be in the mood for another. Buttttt rest assured, my mood peaked and my spot was hit - thank you, Dangelico - as this was a different take on previous books I’ve read along this trope and was total perfection.
Family circumstances give Stella a nudge into parenthood. She just wants the baby, not a husband. In fact, not a man in any way, shape or form, just his super muscley sperm. A friend of a friend is pretty much looking for the same thing: a baby without the attachments. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?! Well no. It was *far* from ideal!
From the moment they met - even before! - Dane and Stella were like chalk and cheese. Dane was like a playful puppy who couldn’t take a damn thing seriously and Stella was so uptight and straight-laced, I worried for her spine. But while Stella could have loosened up, Dane did indeed have a serious side that he showed when appropriate and to those worthy of knowing the real him. Frankly, I spent half my time wanting to smack him, and the other half drooling and falling in love. Being a newly retired NFL tight-end, he’s used to women falling and panties dropping but he sooooo doesn’t get that with Stella! Stella became a highly successful financial advisor due in large part the pressures she witnessed her mother experiencing when her father failed to come through for them. This is also the reason she has no interest in having a man in her life. Dane and Stella sign a contract that stipulates the terms of their parental agreement and that’s where the fun and games begin!
I just loved these characters. I loved Dane’s cheeky, playful nature which emphasized his serious side when he chose to show it. I loved Stella’s matter-of-fact personality and while she too made my hand itch, I totally understood how she came to be that way. Dane and Stella beautifully complemented each other and balanced each other out perfectly. I love the direction Dangelico took with this story. I love that Stella didn’t get pregnant the traditional way. I love that Dangelico let them start to fall before taking their relationship to the next level. I love the humor interspersed throughout. I love the little glimpses we got from characters in previous books. I think I just loved the whole thing! I’m intrigued by some of the characters we met in Baby Maker and I’m hoping they’ll get their own stories down the track.
*arc received in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Joandisalovebooks Blog.
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