Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan [Review]
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 27th 2018
“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 thirty-five, 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.” —Goodreads
The synopsis is what got me hooked. Artificial insemination? Broken elevator chemistry?
Sign me up and take my money!
The story revolves around Jenna, a super independent woman who has given up on men altogether and just like the rest of her life she has decided to take the bull by the horns in the family department of her life. Jenna wants a baby. Like bad. And what is a girl to do when she has given up on the opposite sex? Artificial Insemination.
Enter CEO Emmett Smith.
Emmett Smith is the CEO of his father’s business, and has absolutely no time for anything more than a no strings attached one night stand. However, after getting stuck with Jenna Porter for an hour in a broken elevator his interest is more than piqued and he is willing to lend her a helping hand. Both figuratively and literally.
“…I’ll even hold your hand while they put in the turkey baster and spread the nut butter.”
I absolutely loved Emmett. I loved that he gave a different dimension to the whole I’m-a-CEO-who-doesn’t-do-relationships trait and how he grew throughout the novel. I admired the back story and hesitance that Ryan gave both the main characters in regards to their aversion to relationships and commitment. The banter and chemistry between both Jenna and Emmett definitely is a highlight throughout this entire novel, and ultimately is what kept me reading until the very end.
Sadly, I did feel like the beginning and the end of the story were SUPER rushed–especially the end. Because of the rushed beginning and the really rushed end, I feel like it took away from the realistic aspect of the novel–so instead of bringing the reader in to the story and making us believe that these are real circumstances, we are pushed back and reminded that this is fictitious and probably never going to happen.
I wished that there was more fight and hesitance with Jenna towards the different situations she faced in the novel. The reader is told and reminded constantly that she is this super independent woman who has never taken no for an answer and goes for what she is after. However when it came to Emmett, I feel like all those traits that made her unique went out the window, she agreed to what he wanted almost always to easily. I found myself shaking my tablet begging her to hold out and make him fight for what he wanted from her. But alas, she gave in almost immediately to everything. It got to the point where I became really annoyed with her.
Like I said before, the ending was super rushed. And because of the rushed-ness of the climax I felt like the reader was traveling up this hill towards the climax and then dropped down the 500 foot cliff towards the resolution, and then boom. Done. There wasn’t a real transition from the climax to the resolution and the book ended with me wanting more. Just…more. More resolving from the climax, more fight towards that ending. More satisfaction.
Other than these things, I enjoyed the story. The writing was okay, though I do feel like the author has gotten better in this department since her previous book. So with that said I gave this a solid three stars. Loved the premise, loved the banter and the chemistry, it was just the execution that was off.
POV: Dual POV
Would I re-read: Probably not
Would I read more from this author: Yes, because her writing is improving.