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The Misconception (A Romantic Comedy) [Kindle Edition]

Darlene Gardner
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An updated edition with a never-before-seen epilogue

The sperm donor she hired has gone AWOL, so who's the man in her bed? A misunderstanding of biological proportions.

A man is good for only one thing.

Dr. Marietta Dalrymple wants a baby, but all she wants from a man is his sperm. A professor of evolutionary biology, Marietta can explain away romantic love with scholarly theories of why men and women are compelled to copulate. Monogamy, she believes, is a state most males can't achieve.

So what is Marietta to do after she mistakes Cash "Jax" Jackson for the carefully screened sperm donor she hired to impregnate her? Especially when Jax doesn't know about the legal document the other man signed relinquishing all rights to the child.

Jax soon sets his sights on more than Marietta's unborn baby. But can he prove to her that romantic love truly exists? Or will the secret he's keeping destroy any chance these unlikely lovers have at happiness?

Editorial Reviews


"The Misconception is a treat from start to finish and is worthy of the keeper shelf."
-- The Romance Reader [five-star review] June 2002

I was laughing one minute and crying the next, my way of knowing that this one is a winner!... I have fast become an avid fan of Darlene Gardner and cannot wait to see what she will write next!"
-- The Best Reviews, June 2002

"A wonderfully entertaining read that belongs on the keeper shelf, The Misconception wins the WordWeaving Award of Excellence."
--, June 2002

From the Author

Darlene Gardner has more than 30 books in print, from single-title romantic comedies to emotionally charged family dramas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darlene Gardner; 2 edition (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DN77Q4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over the top! Very highly recommended May 9, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Biology professor Dr. Marietta Dalrymple planned her pregnancy carefully. She advertised in an academic journal and screened the prospects on the basis of such considerations as their IQ and family medical history. Unconcerned with the prospective sperm donor's physical appearance, Marietta wants her baby to have the best advantages possible for a successful future with health and intellect. Marietta selects Harold McGinty to be the donor, with his high IQ, excellent medical history, and position as a biochemist at a pharmaceutical research facility. She does not know that just before boarding the plan, Harold will have second thoughts. A chance encounter with a high school friend sends Cash Jackson, Jax, in his place.
The exact terms of Harold's proposed encounter with Marietta were not made clear before Jax boarded the D.C. bound plane. Nor does he appreciate Marietta's conviction that sexuality is a biological function and never one truly of the heart. Events sweep him along and he finds himself spending an extraordinary afternoon in Marietta's arms, leaving them both stunned by their connection. Business interrupts Jax, and before he can return to the hotel, Marietta slips away. Jax hires a private investigator, and two months later learns he is about to be a father. Unfortunately, he is under the misconception that Marietta might want him to be a father. And she is under the misconception that he might give up. Indeed, Jax will challenge every concept Marietta believes regarding marriage, relationships, and fatherhood.
Be aware of your surroundings when you read THE MISCONCEPTION. I am not one to laugh out loud while reading very often, but not only did author Darlene Gardner have me giggling and chortling, but by the end of THE MISCONCEPTION I was howling!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughter and tears... May 22, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Scientist Marietta Dalrymple wanted to be a mother. But, as a scientist (and a woman), she did not believe in monogamous males or marriage. So, she makes a contract with an unseen man, who meets all the requirements for the fathering of her future child.
Cash Jackson (Jax) meets up with an old classmate at the airport. The classmate asks Jax to do him a favor. Would Jax let Marietta Dalrymple know he's not coming. And, as Marietta and Jax meet, there's confusion, and consumation...
With the help of a private eye, Jax locates the pregnant Marietta. He then trys to convince Marietta to allow him to be a father to her baby, and her husband. Sceptical scientist, Marietta, wants no part of his plans.
Ms. Gardner does a wonderful job of making the sparks fly between Jax and Marietta. And, she has a very interesting subplot about a secondary couple, which is almost as tantalizing. While, there are light touches of humor, for me, touches of tears, too.
THE MISCONCEPTION could have used a more sensuality, and I wish the book had been longer. I really enjoyed the secondary couple. Finally, the ending was a bit over-the-top, for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great afternoon read February 20, 2012
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First time reading this author. I liked the general concept of the story of a woman wanting a child but not wanting the whole package of marriage and love ever after. The heroine seemed a little delusional to real life but it was witty and interesting with both characters and the secondary story of the sister and her seperated relationship with her husband was interesting. Not realistic but interesting. Overall worth the money in my point of view
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars flat March 7, 2012
By InOhio
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The author writes well enough. So I'll give credit that you can read this the whole way through (as opposed to some books I've seen).

This isn't ha-ha funny, so much as uses an unusual plot twist. I'll give credit for the plot twist, but am not sure why reviewers claimed to be laughing out loud or crying at this book? The plot just was not that deep. The characters are flat and a bit insulting and don't evoke that much emotion.

After the first quarter of the book, I got tired of repeatedly reading how the male lead is symetrical and bronze. The female lead is unrelentingly robotic. This could be a good fantasy for frumpy working women who want a bronze, symetrical adonis to fall for them without having to change -- sort of a modern twist on woman traps man in marriage with a baby. But a sad statement on the author's view of intelligent working women and men (or marriage) in general. The saddest statement is in how a 'respected scientist' totally throws out her life's work to pursue justification of her new found 'feminism' at the end.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little romance May 26, 2011
By Isabel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I knew exactly what I was getting myself into when I purchased this book. Easy read. Cute story. I wasn't expecting to be blown away by either the story or the writing but it was entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Waste of Time October 12, 2013
By Mary V.
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While reading the first chapter I thought this was going to be a really good book. The initial plot was interesting and had a lot of possibilities for a funny and interesting story. I should have stopped reading at that point because the story that followed was so bad I was almost embarrassed for the author. I'm not even referring to the fact that in the real world it's pretty unlikely that some Adonis is going to fall madly in love with a frumpy professor (that's improbable but not impossible). I'm referring to the fact that the story got so corny and didn't have an ounce of humor in it. I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about when they say they laughed and cried while reading this piece of dreck. I felt I was reading a paper that was handed in by some high school student. It was truly one of the worst books I have ever read. Don't waste your time with this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Misconception
Good book, frustrating at times and just funny in other times. I will read more books by this author in the future.
Published 10 months ago by Angela Wilmoth
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
This was a cute book a little long but cute. The characters are pleasant and funny. I think there should be another book based more on Tracy.
Published 12 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
The story is a quick read. Funny, based on an improbable happening. Well written, characters well developed. Fun to read.
Published 14 months ago by lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept
Like how she came to the situation of forgetting who the father was. Was interesting to see how she played the story out. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted, easy to read
I enjoyed this book, but as is often the case, it isn't a memorable story. It's light-hearted with just enough angst to have some sort of conflict that keeps the main characters... Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by LyinLyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book, frustrating at times......
This book was well written, characters were developed, dialogue was witty and funny, but yet I also found it frustrating at times. This is the story of Marietta and Jaz. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Hopeless
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, funny
Cute, funny, interesting characters--a good read despite the very similar plot to a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by Wild about reading
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!!!
I read this book within a day, I couldn't put it down, an excellent read, though it was predictable to a certain extent, some parts left me surprised. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Jazmyn182
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming romantic comedy
I enjoyed reading Misconception very much both for its main plot where Marietta, who is a repressed and frumpy Biology professor, contracted with an unknown "sperm supplier" to... Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by Dafna Yee
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is just one giant infuriating fallacy
Let's start with the mechanics: the structure of this novel was above standard and there was definitely a flow that didn't appear as stilted or forced. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Denique Reddie
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While working as a newspaper sportswriter, Darlene Gardner realized she'd rather make up quotes than rely on an athlete to say something interesting. So she quit her job and concentrated on a fiction career. Visit Darlene on the web at

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