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Having My Baby
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2012
I loved, loved, loved this book. Needing money and desperate, Derrick donates some of his sperm for money but later gives the money back with a letter that he doesn't want his sperm used and wishes it was destroyed knowing that he could never live life knowing that he had a child out in the world. Later, he gets a letter stating that a recipient has chose his sperm. Of course, he needs to find this women so he could know for sure if he does have a child on the way. He does end up finding Jill and within minutes of meeting she goes into labor.

It's not easy to find a book that you can't find a flaw. With Jill and Derrick, I loved their personalities and their faults, they clicked so well and I never ha the urge to scream at the book because one was being stupid or didn't do what I wanted them to do or one say the wrong thing. Derrick has a big loving family (I want to say he has seven brothers and two sisters but don't quote me on that) amd you can't help but love them all, especially when all the brothers are together and messing and picking on each other. It's amazing that one mistake can bring so many people together and bring in so much love.

This was a great book that I would recommend to anyone and I can't wait to read more of Mrs. Ragan's books!!!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
In our modern times, there are possibilities for lots of shenanigans with Sperm banks and clinical impregnation mixed with human error. This is the story that brings together two total strangers; Derrick and Jill. She is having his baby. Derrick is mortally afraid of moving on with his life (i.e. marriage, babies, etc) so when this happens without his knowledge he is more then a little crazy.
I would be too, if some stranger was having my baby!
I can see how the H/h thought that they were in love with people from their past that they were blind to the love that was kicking them in the face every time they were together. This is like a YA romance because there is little to no sex, but there was nothing missing because there is lots of emotional growth and funny loyal friendships.
This was well edited and a fun bittersweet read with a 'baby-then-falls-in-love' plot scenario.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2012
This was a fun read, a great story line, with a good pace and laugh out loud funny in places. The characters were well drawn from 'Satan' the read headed girlfriend to Thomas the hapless non appearing groom and the little girl was a real pistol.

But...and to me it is a very big but...the author let down an otherwise great book with her word choices.

The number of cliches per page was little short of freaking unbelievable. On one kindle page I highlighted 20 tired cliched phrases. And this really spoiled an otherwise fun read.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2012
I got this book from the lending library on PRIME for my KINDLE. I am disappointed by all the glowing reviews I think they are misleading. I am having a difficult time finding anything to recommend this book, granted I am only 20% through it and I'm giving up.

The author needs to work on fleshing out scenes. The story is galloping along, so far the Hero found out he's the father of a sperm bank baby, (not a spoiler since that is available information from the summary), he's confronted the heroine, the baby has been born, multiple sub-plots have been introduced and so on.

There is nothing to recommend any of the characters, they come across as nasty, self centered, self indulgent, spoiled babies who have no business raising tulips let alone children.

I also have a problem with continuity. He knocks on her door, her elderly neighbor is spying on them from across the hall. She looks over his shoulder and sees his car in her parking lot, he leaves and sees the apartment across the hall is for rent. So is this a supernatural story? The case of the missing apartment? Now you see it, now you don't?
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
I loved this book. It wasn't like typical romances where the hero and heroine fall in love within the first chapter and the rest of the book is dribble.

I don't usually give a review of a book but the writer did a great job of building this storyline, that I had to comment. I couldn't book this book down once I started, it had all you could hope for. Fun, Tears, Laughter and a Happy Ending.

This is the second book I have read by Theresa Ragan and I am about to start on 'Finding Kate Huntley".

I highly recommend you read this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A great romance about two people brought together by fate. I really like that it wasn't just about the main characters. The author added a little extra with the romances of two supporting characters! I really enjoyed it and hope to see more from this author!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I don't mind light and fluffy. In fact, some of my favorite romances are light and fluffy but they have a strong core. I couldn't get into this story, partially because the plot had holes and partially because of the dialogue. I'm a fanatical romance reader but can't recommend this book.

For comparison, my favorite contemporary romance writers are Nora Roberts (newer books), Victoria Dahl (who knows how to do light and funny without too much sugar). I also like Lisa Kleypas (contemporary) and Grace Burrowes. I always find it easier to relate to reviews if I know what else the reviewer likes.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2012
I really don't understand why this book has such a high rating to be honest. The main heroine is very, very unlikeable especially after that stunt she pulled at the hearing and the main hero was always having to apologize for the most mundane circumstances. I think after the stunt she pulled at the mediation she should have begged him to take her back because that was just evil. Also, the heroine listened to whatever people were telling her first it was her parents, then it was her ex-fiancé, and finally it was her very unlikeable friend who lived with her (why does she live with her and they both are almost thirty is never explained). The only people she wasn't following was the main hero despite the fact that he actually made sense. Plus, the story just randomly switched from the main couple to chapters about her friend and his brother. Also, the writing really isn't that good; the author has a tendacy to write 4 word sentences, which makes the writing choppy and abrupt. Furthermore, the main heroine dating her childs doctor seems very unlikely since it would be awkward considering he is her child's doctor plus I am pretty sure doctors are not allowed to. The conflict between the brother and the main hero was just idiotic and the way the brothers fiancé handled it was pretty dumb for someone I am suppose to believe is a lawyer. And I agreed with the brother that she was leading the main hero along because that is exactly how she came across. All and all, awful heroine, painful chapters about side characters, choppy writing, and idiotic conflicts. The two best parts were the main hero who despite the stupid conflict involving him was an all around great guy and the best friends daughter. My advice do not purchase this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2014
This book is horribly predictable and ignores common sense questions. For example: If you are a star football player who lives and breathes football and injure yourself (never explained how) why would you not 1. go to the coach 2. go to a therapist 3. go to a specialist of some kind to figure out what is wrong and how to fix it? Also why go to New York for a job interview only to turn down said job and go back to Los Angeles to take a different job? Why even go to New York in the first place? Other than for the author to drag out the tension between characters.

The character development is horrible. It is very easy to hate the characters. You have characters who are selfish, stubborn and rude. They don't balk at stealing each other's fiances or girl friends. Also the characters suddenly have epiphanies and turn their nature around 180 degrees.

The story is unbelievable, rushed, and the character development is horrible. Also if you get the audio copy through audible the narration is horrendous! The voices are not good, the reader was in way over her head and makes all the flaws of the storyline stand out more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2015
I enjoyed this story. It mirrored some of the other books with this same plot, but the author put a lot of detail into the story. I could feel the emotions that Derrick and Jill were feeling. The two strangers met because Derrick found out Jill was having his baby. Many years ago Derrick needed money and donated his sperm. He thought about it, and gave back the money, and told the sperm bank to get rid of his deposit. Years later he receives a letter thanking him, basically saying that he had helped create a life. He hired a private investigator to find Jill. The day the two met, her water broke, and she went into labor. I liked the fact that the writer allowed time throughout the story for the two to build a friendship, and trust. It was not instant chemistry. The two wanted the best for the baby, but didn't know if they could trust each other. This story was more down to earth, real life emotions, than some of the other stories I have read with the same plot. I fell in love with the little girl lexis. She was just so darn cute, and told things like they were. Kids are very honest. Good book. A little slow in places, but worth the read.
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