Series: Chicago Stars #3
Published by HarperCollins e-books on October 13th 2009
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Sports Romance
Genius physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won’t be easy. Jane’s super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up, and she’s determined to spare her own child that suffering. Which means she must find someone very special to father her child. Someone who’s more comfortable working out his muscles than exercising his brain.
Cal Bonner, the Chicago Stars’ legendary quarterback, seems like the perfect choice. But his champion good looks and down-home ways are deceiving. Dr. Jane is about to learn a little too late that this good ol’ boy is a lot smarter than he lets on—and he’s not about to be used and abandoned by a brainy, baby-mad schemer.
Nobody—and I do mean no body—crafts a comedic enemies-to-lovers story as well as Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Period. Oh, and arrogant jerks. Somehow she creates these arrogant and bull-headed alphas who are so sweet at heart that they easily win you over. And her heroines? I always adore her gutsy heroines. Basically, I’m a huge SEP fan in case you can’t tell. Nobody’s Baby But Mine is the third book in the Chicago Stars series, and it’s every bit as enjoyable as the previous books.
I fell in love with Jane Darlington. She’s attractive, but not gorgeous. Her body is far from flawless, she dresses conservatively, and she doesn’t have a seductive bone in her body. She’s flawed, funny, determined, and lovable. It’s great when the ordinary girl gets the hunk.
Cal Bonner is a stubborn, aging NFL quarterback. Jane comes along when he’s at a crossroads in his life. The two are like oil and water, and I enjoyed every minute of their hilarious bickering. He’s downright mean at times, but I had a huge soft spot in my heart for him.
The mountains of North Carolina make a beautiful setting for the unfolding story.
SEP has created a bevy of interesting characters, and she takes her time in developing all the relationships. There isn’t a single character I didn’t enjoy. Cal’s protective mother Lynn and his stoic father Jim have their own absorbing side story. One of my favorite characters is Kevin, the young, cocky, and talented backup quarterback. I absolutely adored Cal’s spunky, quirky, and wise grandma Annie.
This book was written in 1997 so you’ll notice some outdated references like VCRs and VH1 music videos (Remember them?), but the story stands the test of time in every other regard. Some aspects are over the top in typical SEP fashion, but I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.
Nobody’s Baby But Mine is a simply delightful, entertaining, and hilarious romance. #winning
Recommended for fans of:
Enemies to lovers stories