A hot and hilarious new standalone from New York Times best seller Kendall Ryan
We met in a trapped elevator. Emmett was on his way to work, sophisticated and handsome in his tailored suit and tie. I was on my way to the sperm bank. Awkward, right?
At 35, my life hadn't taken the path I thought it would and I was tired of waiting - I wanted a baby. And I was ready to take matters into my own hands to make it happen.
After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner - he also insisted on something else - that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy. He was a wealthy and powerful CEO with little interest in diapers or playdates. And since he didn't want kids, I'd be on my own once his bun was in my oven, free to go my own way.
But once his baby was inside me, it was like a switch had been flipped, and I got a whole lot more than I ever bargained for.
This full-length standalone contains a hot, swoon-worthy hero, lots of playful banter and some hot baby-making! Enjoy.
Another really good book by Kendall Ryan I really do enjoy reading and listening to her books.
Kendall Ryan's taken the arranged pregnancy romance story line and given it a touch of You've Got Mail, the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan hit film. Emmett Smith is a bit of a playboy, but there are reasons why he doesn't do committed relationships, misplaced as those reasons may be. Same goes for Jenna Porter, but she's got pregnancy on the brain, especially with her being in her thirties. She isn't looking for the hassle of dating and meeting "the one". She doesn't need to settle down with a man in order to have a child together with him. She may have decided to go to a fertility clinic, but getting stuck in a stalled elevator with Emmett has her taking a whole different direction.
Jenna's need for independence had her wanting to be more clinical about their approach, but Emmett brought out the more "fun" side of things by insisiting they do things the old-fashioned way. We've got the usual not-falling-for-each-other-but-then-they-do is present in the story, but then they're supposed to fall in love! That's why it's a romance. We want the happy ending. I do wish, though, that the author had done things a little differently. Maybe added a twist or two to allow it to stand out. That doesn't mean, though, that I Ryan didn't satisfy with this standalone. She did. As far as the narration goes, Sebastian York did sound as if he was dialing it in at times, but kudos to Virginia Rose for her work. Baby Daddy is a four-star listen. ♥
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book was sexy to the max! Kendall's writing draws you in with ease. I don't know how to describe it... It is written in a relatable way- not showy with fancy wording- but using slang or funny sayings I would use. She can put a witty enjoyable spin on anything.
I adore these characters! I don't like giving away plot so all I will say is that I was yelling at them the whole way. I thought the plot was awesome- definitely something lots of women can relate to. Absolutely loved it!
Narration was fabulous! It passed all my criteria for what i like in a narrator. Voices were clear- pleasing to listen to- read with feeling and soul- I have ZERO complaints!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Kendall Ryan is trying to break me! I had a feeling this book was going to be an emotional rollercoaster for me and it was. It hit me in all the feel. I think anybody that’s ever tried to conceive and not been successful, at least the first time is going to identify with Jenna, the main character. It was handled so beautifully, so realistically that I just, having been in a similar situation, it just hit me, in all the feels I guess, and I think Kendall put a lot of heart and soul into that aspect of the story. I felt like I was there with Jenna, that her lows were my own and her highs, well, I got to experience them with her too. It was beautiful. It still has all the hilarious and sexy stuff that you, which is great, but the emotional aspect, for me at least, put this above the others I’ve read, I think it might be my favourite Kendall book to date, I know I’m a little behind, but after reading a good few, I think it’s probably my favourite. I love Kendall’s writing, it’s smooth and captivating and doesn’t drag. If there is a scene it’s because that scene makes sense to the story, that scene is going to move the story along, it’s not filler, there isn’t a lot of that in Kendall’s books, it’s not just there to increase the word count. Each scene has a purpose. I love that, and it makes it easy to read.
Not everyone is going to like the insta-lust aspect of this story, and you know what? That’s totally fine, everyone likes different things, I actually really liked it in this book because to me it made sense for these characters to meet and start their relationship that way. This book has all the feels. I’m still thinking about it, I loved it so much. The cover, swoon, holy forearms! Oh, my days! I have stared a little too much at this cover just gazing at the forearms, this might be my favourite Kendall cover yet. And, of course, I love that it includes the narrators names. I like to see at a glance who is going to be entertaining me.
These characters are great in this book, the way they interact, obviously, it’s hilarious because Kendall does humour very well. Some of the things that happened whether it’s the way the characters interact or how situations unfold is really funny, but it still has that emotional aspect to it. Jenna and Emmett are all the things. I adored them together, they made such a perfect couple from early on. Of course, if they realised that it would have been a super quick book. Haha. I loved how they interacted with each other, it was light-hearted and funny, but also sweet with a deeper connection. The sexy times were super sexy. Jenna was a strong independent woman, she knew what she wanted, and she made plans to make it happen, I loved that about her. She’s the type of character you wanna be friends with, I actually saw a lot of myself in her and that made this a very different experience for me. A great one, but different. Some of the aspects of this book hit close to home. Emmett was such a sweetheart, I loved him, the way he was with Jenna was sexy and sweet. Everybody needs an Emmett in their lives, a man that will allow them to be themselves but also take care of them. There is a twist/ conflict, which I’m not going to talk about much, just to say, we know what the twist is, but the characters don’t, when it comes to light, I’ll be honest, I wanted to punch Emmett in the balls because he didn’t handle that the best he could, it was resolved quickly and not dragged out. The ending was everything I hoped it would be.
This dual narration by Sebastian York and Virginia Rose was wonderful. Their voices complemented each other well. They give these characters life and really nail it. You just get lost in the story. Virginia Rose was absolutely fantastic. Her performance was beautiful. Her male voice is swoon-worthy, and I thought her performance of Jenna was fantastic, she conveyed her tough but vulnerable personality perfectly. I loved the emotion she showed and the ease of which she switched between different characters and situations. It was a pleasure to listen to and I look forward to hearing more. When I found out Sebastian York was one of the narrators, I was kinda like, again? I like his performances, I mean, who doesn’t? King of Aural Sex and all that, but, I guess you get over-saturated with voices sometimes, but I liked his performance, a lot. It was a sweeter narration style, than normal, at least I thought so, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. Emmett is a sweet character, sure he has the cocky, sexiness about him, but with Jenna he was always sweet, and I liked that, and that came across in Sebastian’s performance. If you’ve ever listened to a Sebastian York performance, he delivers, every time.
The production had no issues that I noted.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book was different. Stay with it. I almost dropped it about 1/4th the way thru because our "heroine" was behaving like a total jerk. But, it gets better once she quits being so self absorbed and starts to see him differently. Not one of KB's best but it is by KB so I will take it! :) I like her writing and her snappy dialogue.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is absolutely stupid and I’m sorry but the heroin sucks big time! I never thought I’d be so disappointed by Kendall Ryan.
9 of 16 people found this review helpful
First book i listened to on audible and i’m so in love! I loved the book and how easy it was find a book, download the book, and then to actually listen to it!
Loved the story plot, other than the fact that it was so predictable and cheesy, it was a perfect first book!
This was a pretty good Kendall Ryan story. I liked the plot. I enjoyed the relationship build between the main characters. I thought a certain twist in the story wasn't really necessary and I could have enjoyed the story just as much if not more without it, but overall it was a good read. I am still absolutely a Kendall Ryan fan and will be reading more of her past and future books.
The narration for this story was fantastic. Both of them just enhanced the reading experience for me as I listened and read along with this story. I think they were both well cast and a real pleasure to listen to.
Great storyline with lots of humor and hotness. I definitely recommend it. The narrators were fantastic and nailed it.
great story, loved the familiar yet different leve love story. my only complaint is that for 5 hours the price is too high
Kendall Ryan is a one click author for me. I always enjoy her stories and know they'll leave me wanting more. Baby Daddy took me a minute to get into-simply because some parts were a little too relatable for me, but once I reminded myself it was a book I was able to just enjoy it.
Jenna and Emmett meet in a way that had me chuckling. There's attraction there but Jenna is a woman on a mission for the one thing Emmett wants no part of. I can understand that focus, that drive on Jenna's part. I can admire it. I understood where she was coming from.
That being said, I understood Emmett as well. He was a good book boyfriend-even though he never intended to be one. I enjoyed watching him grow throughout this book.
As I said, the chemistry is there. The sexy times were sexy, but there was more to this book than just that. These characters had me laughing and they had me sighing others. I thought their journey together was unique and really well written.
Now, as for the story...this isn't my first baby book I've read this year. This is a popular trope right now but Kendall Ryan has a knack for making things unique and fresh. I enjoyed the writing in this book-parts of it just had me cracking up. I think the pacing worked as well. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
The performances from Sebastian York and Virginia Rose actually made me enjoy the book even more than when I had initially read it. They hit these characters so perfectly! This is a great listen.