She wanted to make a withdrawal from a sperm bank. He would give all he has to make a direct deposit.
INVESTING IT ALL
Family law attorney Maddie Prescott is driven to succeed. A pawn in her parents’ messy divorce, she devoted her career to representing children in court, and when her husband’s early death makes it seem like she can’t have it all, she’s ready to beat the odds by going to a sperm bank. One advantage to single parenthood is that her child will never be a pawn. That, and she’ll never have to deal with sarcastic ladies’ men or liars.
Jack Worth promised to look out for his dying best friend’s wife: a small repayment for someone who once helped an irredeemable bad boy find the path to happiness. So, while Maddie Prescott’s baby plans are questionable, duty and loyalty prompt Jack first to volunteer as the sperm donor…and then to propose a marriage of convenience. And the more he gets to know her, the more this onetime player will see that Maddie is the woman of his dreams, and that the child they will make deserves to be from a direct deposit.
4.5 – direct deposited – STARS!!!
So, yes. This was my first Marilyn Baxter. And, no. It will not be my last. My proverbial, and literary, cherry has been popped for all things Ms. Baxter. What a sweet ride that was! Great, no superb, storyline! Seriously, I’ve read the whole ‘let-me-be-your-sperm-donor and I promise no strings’ all before. And I’ve also read the ‘I-think-I’ve-fallen-for-my-deceased-husband’s-best-friend’. And don’t get me wrong, I really do love those books! But, this was different. In a good way!
Maddie Prescott lost her husband a year ago to lymphoma. And she missed him, of course, bit she keeps playing one on their last conversations on repeat.
“I missed it, Maddie. Kids, car pools, little league, AARP. All of it. I thought I could have it all. That we could have it all. Guess I was wrong. Don’t make the same mistake.”
She’s 33. Worried that Alex, her deceased husband, was her once in a lifetime love. As a family law attorney, she had means to take matters in her own hands. To seek artificial insemination. Her plans become thwarted when Jack Worth, Alex’s best friend and business partner, found the brochure to the fertility clinic. This is a red flag for Jack because he also kept putting some of Alex’s last words to him on repeat.
“He made me promise I’d look after you.
And that I’d protect you.”
Maddie and Jack have known each other for years. But they don’t really ‘know’ each other. And get your mind from the gutter people – not that sort of know! But they find this rhythm from Jack checking in on Maddie and it’s a very uncomfortable one. Our it serves that way to me. The awkwardness of it all. Talking about the weather and the business that is now 100% Jack’s. I knew from the blurb that he was going to offer to be her donor. But when he does, magic! Reading those moments between the two of them… it was great! His jokery (if that even a word!) and her constant need for lists and order.
“I made a list of all the reasons it was a good idea to let you be the donor and a list of all the reasons it was a bad – “
“And after you made your list and checked it twice, you decided I was naughty and not nice?”
I immediately felt – even in the awkward stage – that they were two sides of the same coin. Being the book was in third person POV, it was easy to translate what they were each thinking. Where they each were with the complicated situation.
There was more than sexual tension, hot sex, and flirty banter. This book delves into the childhood and adolescent years of Jack and Maddie. Each had their own ‘demons’ to overcome. I felt a bit of emotional trauma from Maddie at times. As well as some really thankful moments from Jack to Alex.
The epilogue was fantastic!! Round of applause for to the author! Great writing and even better character development! I loved, equally, Jack/Maddie and Millie and Tess! They were amazing supporting characters! I’m excited I’ve found another super author!