Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Release Date: February 1, 1997 Publisher: Harper Collins Book #3 in the Chicago Stars series Number of pages: 384 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: R Read 4/3/17 to 4/6/17
This author definitely has a knack for making her characters seem despicable and slowly unveiling their true, lovable nature as the story progresses. Boy did she do that in this story. It took me quite a while to like Cal. What a jerk! Although Jane is an extremely nice person, she does something so immoral it’s hard to forgive her at first.
Jane truly did something terrible to Cal. I had to keep reminding myself of that when Cal was being a stubborn bully. Believe me, him being a jerk to her is justified after what she does. But she’s so sweet it’s hard to remember that for a while. I was afraid they would end up with a relationship based entirely on fighting. I’ve mentioned before that I hate those couples. I just don’t understand the attraction to going at each other constantly. Although Jane and Cal fought way more than I was comfortable with, at least they didn’t base their whole relationship on the adrenaline of an argument.
The most touching relationship in this book is actually that of Cal’s parents, Jim and Lynn. They had me crying. Literally crying. My heart hurt for Lynn. When we first meet the couple I’m not sure about either of them. Trust me, you will love them by the end and things are not as they seem.
I really enjoyed that for both couples, Jane & Cal and Lynn & Jim, one spouse had complaints about the other when they were doing the exact same thing in a different way. Such as judging someone before knowing them fully, not listening to what the other was saying, etc. It was fun to see their “aha” moments because of how far into their own brains they all were.
This was a slow starter for me, but once it got going I couldn’t put it down. And like I said earlier…tears!