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 one time 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?”
“You got that right.” Maddie lifted her chin defiantly.
=Barb's Review =
Thank you to Book Plug Promotions and Marilyn Baxter for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is the first book by this author for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. But within the first couple of chapters I fell in love with Jack, Maddie, Millie and even Tess. The story, the way it unfolded seems like something so simple made from something heart breaking. There were laughs, “what the hell” moments and a few tears… (happy sigh) I loved it. And I can't wait to see what the author has to offer in the future.
***small spoiler alert***
A year ago Jack’s friend and business partner, Alex, made him promise to take care of his wife and to keep her living before he died. Alex’s wife, Maddie, however doesn’t know about this promise. So, doing what he promised, Jack makes an effort to have dinner with Maddie once a month and to check on her through a phone call in between those visits. But recently Jack spotted a paper behind Maddie’s phone that caught his attention. Seems Maddie is looking into finding a sperm donor so she can have a child. Jack isn't sure how to handle that information at first but he also has to fight the need to be nosy and look at the letter he sees more. During dinner though he and Maddie (who is a bit cheeky) get into a disagreement. (laughs) That disagreement carries off into the kitchen and one after the other they go at each other. They are both feeling the effects of the other one being close and yet they are both fighting it. So their disagreement gets heated… and Jack tosses out to her that instead of getting unknown sperm she should use his.
The next day Jack looks up the sperm bank Maddie had been interested in to see what he would be expecting if she agreed to his request. A request he was still trying to figure out why he had made. Sure he made a promise to Alex but damn. To give his best friend’s wife his sperm to have a baby…. but the offer was out there, he couldn’t take it back. Maddie was taken aback but as Jack left her house he told her to think about it and call him. Three days later, after much thinking, planning and making of contracts (gotta love lawyers) they meet again. But the dinner turns into tears. Maddie, being a family lawyer is also a GAL. Which means she is assigned to be the voice of a child when their parents divorce gets too out of hand. She is an advocate for the ones that don’t have a voice, now has a major problem. The judge that usually assigns her cases has had a heart attack. He is being placed by a judge that is… well he is an asshole. And could put a stop to her being who she wants.
When Jack questions her about the tears she says its over. With the way work is going she can’t do anything that may let her become one of the many that the judge pulls rank with (so to speak). He is not a fan of woman being lawyers as it is. But a pregnant or single mother as a lawyer would really get her over looked. he could destroy the one thing that she loves to do. With her history she can’t let that happen. Jack though (being the sweet man he is… even if he cracks jokes a lot) isn’t going to let her sacrifice her wanting a child just so she can keep her job the way it is. If she needs a husband to make judge asshole not pick on her, then she’ll have that. Needless to say Maddie is once again thrown for a loop by Jack’s offer. (Laughs) But as she had with the other big choice in her life… she chose Jack. They may not really be married but they would make it work. Jack moved into her home, into the full basement she has. But there are a few things scattered up stairs so it looks like he is living in there. Now.. just to get to the “I do” moment.
One signed pre-nup. An agreement to get pregnant and the vows said. Sign, sealed and delivered right? Not that easy. Life has a way of taking what we think is going to work out and slapping us across the head with it. Jack and Maddie tried. Jack tried to make it special for her. He took her to his cabin and though they were nervous he looked inside himself and made it as pleasurable as he could have. Something in them both cracked that day. When you cross the line of just sex to love making it has a way of burrowing into your heart and infects your entire being. It’s like love. Once its got its grips on you, you’re toast. No matter how hard you try to pull it back. The more time pass the closer these two lost souls become even though they fight it back. Both are afraid of being hurt and being loved. What they don’t see is that they are only hurting themselves by being… what’s the right word… oh yeah, stupid. (laughs)
Everyone around them, well at least the ones that know them the best know they love each other. Time seems to make this growing love and need to be with each other. But not all bets are lost when you give a determined man a wife to love.. once he lets himself admit it out loud.
But what happens… you will have to see for yourself.
About the Author:
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 of America, 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 crock pot), 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.