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.
It’s time to move on, Jack,” she told him. “And I think it’s time we stopped these monthly pity parties. We struggle to carry on polite conversation. I choke on every bite of food. You sit there feeling sorry for me. I’ve made some decisions in the last few weeks that will move my life in a new direction. I only hope you’re able to do the same.”
“Is that what the sperm canister is all about?”
Water spewed everywhere.
“How...” Her cheeks burned from embarrassment.
“The letter behind your phone. You aren’t seriously considering going to a sperm bank are you?”
Maddie pushed away from the table and picked up her plate, heading toward the kitchen. “And if I am, what makes it your business?” Chagrin replaced the previous awkwardness.
Jack followed, juggling his plate in one hand as he nudged open the door to the kitchen with his elbow.
“What the hell are you thinking? You’re going to get yourself knocked up by some total stranger so you can play Mommy?” He took her plate and scraped it into the sink.
“No one is knocking me up as you so charmingly put it.” She crossed her arms and leaned against the counter. “The procedure is done in an office by a doctor and—”
“I know how the hell it’s done.”
“Oh? I wasn’t aware The Playboy Channel televised medical documentaries.”
“I watch The Learning Channel, too. Surprised?” He loaded the dishwasher while she looked on in amazement. “What? I’m housebroken. I’m not Emeril, but I cook a mean meatloaf and mashed potatoes.” He squirted dish gel in the dispenser. “From scratch,” he added.
“Quite honestly, nothing about you would surprise me, Jack. What did surprise me was my husband being in business with you. You were as different as… as…”
“Champagne and beer?” he suggested as he rinsed the sink. “Caviar and hot dogs? You and me?”
★✩★✩ 4- Second Chance -Stars ✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
Take care of her, Jack. Promise me.
Maddie Prescott had it all once-the job she always wanted, the perfect husband... and then it was all taken away when her husband died way too soon. Her dreams of the perfect family may have gone up in smoke but she thinks she may have figured out a way to still get the kids she always wanted-a sperm bank. It's the perfect solution really-becoming a mother without having to worry about getting her emotions involved with the father, and she never has to worry about dragging her kid through the court system like her parents did to her-the whole reason she became a family law attorney in the first place, to protect kids from a childhood like hers. Besides, she's already loved and lost her prince charming, there's no way she would ever find that kind of love again... right?
Jack Worth made a promise to his dying best friend, a promise to look out for the mans wife after her was gone, take care of her, protect her, help her move on. Jack is not a man who makes many promises, but for the man who helped turn his life around he would promise him anything and do his damnedest to keep that promise. When he hears of Maddie's plans to have a baby, he finds her methods a touch ridiculous, but understands her desire. So he does the only thing he can think of to help her and keep his promise at the same time-he's willing to donate his own sperm free of charge but that's not all, he's also offering up a marriage of convenience-but he has some terms she has to agree to first. He wasn't expecting this temporary arrangement would make this one-time player dream of things he never knew he wanted. But now the question is, can he convince Maddie to take a Direct Deposit instead of a donation and give him a chance to show her he is not the man she thinks he is?
Jack Worth was an in-the-flesh, certified hunk and he was hers for the asking. And that brought her right back to being both scared and excited about having him in her bed.
My favorite part about this book was the unique story-line. I love it when an author can throw something new at me which sadly, doesn't happen very often. This was an emotional story full of heart, loyalty, second-chances, and overcoming demons from the past. Now for the half-empty. I can honestly say, I didn't always have a strong love for Maddie. The biggest reason for this was her tendency to judge people-mainly Jack. It just rubbed me the wrong way that she was willing to take on his offers and accept his DNA all while having a pretty low opinion of the man based solely on rumors and hearsay. She has the man running in circles and treats him like an employee so often I wanted to shake her and hug him. Now, I understand her need to protect herself from getting hurt again, I really did-but I just felt like she was often unfair to Jack and uncaring of his feelings. But these are just my opinions. I still enjoyed the story, still loved having my heart all twisted up, loved Jack, loved the progression and pace, loved the epilogue-although I did feel like the ending seemed a bit rushed. Everything just wrapped up in a pretty little package way to quickly for me (pre-epilogue), but I still enjoyed very much where we ended up. In the end-if you like your romances filled with emotion, sexy-lite, and a good second chance, than please-give this book a read. It will leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.
In 2001, Marilyn discovered Romance novels quite by accident, which led to a renewed interest in writing. She started out by writing fanfiction about Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Superman, which developed into a desire to write about her own characters. She’s had over forty short stories published in the confessions and Romance magazines.
Also, she has taught a class in how to effectively write for this genre and worked as a researcher and copy editor for several Romance authors. All this combined to give her a great love of the Romance genre and helped develop a multitude of friendships in the Romance community.
She’s a member of Romance Writers ofAmerica, as well as her local chapter, Heart of Dixie. In addition to reading, Marilyn loves to knit (as long as it’s only a scarf), cook (in the crockpot), garden (in a couple of pots on her patio), and her motto is “Have passport, will travel.” She’d love to add to the list of 32 states and 21 foreign countries she’s already visited.
After raising two great sons, she loves to spoil... er... dote on her two granddaughters.