REVIEW: The Playboy’s Gift by Teresa CarpenterSaturday, December 3, 2011 1:00
If any author is ever insane enough to ask my advice, it would be to write the best book you can at that moment in time. Â Period. Â Do not think about readers. Â Why? Â Because weâ€™re nut jobs. Â Seriously, we are. Â Wacky pants, insane in the membrane, fickle, fickle creatures. Â No matter how we may try not to, readers have a tendency to bring their personal baggage with them when they crack open a book. Â And guess what? Â We all have a wide array of colorful baggage, all of us being unique, shiny,
crack-pots snowflakes. Â Itâ€™s my own colorful baggage that led me to DNFâ€™ing this particular Harlequin Romance by Teresa Carpenter.
Carpenter is a local author for me, so I was curious to try her latest. Â Yeah, wrong book to start with. Â And itâ€™s not â€śher faultâ€ť – I stopped reading because I was past the point where I could be rational about the story. Â I got to the halfway point, but such a big hot button of mine was pushed that I was getting angry. Hulk-like angry.
Skye Millerâ€™s brother passed away and his wife followed him shortly after. Â They left behind a toddler daughter, and naturally Skye and her brotherâ€™s BFF, Rett Sullivan have been named guardians. Â The fly in the ointment? Â Skye and Rett were once very much in love, Skye got unexpectedly preggers, Rett didnâ€™t react to the news to her liking, and when she ended up miscarrying, the relationship went kaput.
OK, Iâ€™m rolling with this. Â Until the other shoe drops. Â Skye canâ€™t understand why Rett would want custody of her niece until he drops the bomb that he was the sperm donor for her brother and his wife. Â Skye knew they used a donor, but had no clue it was Rett – Mr. Couldnâ€™t Run Away Fast Enough When He Knocked Her Up.
â€śSkye went completely still, she couldnâ€™t have heard what she thought she did. Â â€śAidan was Ryannâ€™s father.â€ť
Repeat after me – just because you have the ability to make babies does not automatically make you a parent. Â Just because you have sperm, does not automatically make you a father. Â You know what it does make you?
A guy who can jack-off into a plastic cup.
But the whole blessed set-up of this book is that Rett is Ryannâ€™s â€śfather.â€ť Itâ€™s practically shoved down the readerâ€™s throat. Â Rett keeps going on and on about how heâ€™s the baby daddy.
NO! Â NO, YOU ARE NOT! Â YOU ARE THE SOURCE OF DNA, NOT A FATHER! THE HEROINEâ€™S DEAD BROTHER IS THAT BABYâ€™S FATHER. Â YOU ARE JUST SOME IDIOT WITH SPERM!
I cannot express how much I loathe this Cult Of Biology that can sometimes creep into the genre. Â It drives me insane. Â Probably because I have friends who are and/or have adopted. Â Probably because one of my nieces is adopted. Â Iâ€™ve got too much baggage to be rational when a heroine going into a blended family wails about her inability to have â€śchildren of her ownâ€ť or when a hero thinks heâ€™s a daddy just because he can make a deposit at the local sperm bank.
For that matter, I hate the implication that romance hero must equal Guy With Massive Super Sperm Who Can Knock Up The Most Hopelessly Infertile Woman On The Planet.
Yeah, Wendy not rational. Â Wendy stop reading. Â But if youâ€™re a different brand of irrational than I am and this kind of thing doesnâ€™t make you want to spit nails? Maybe this book is for you. Â There is some serie-itis, but the author handles it fairly well. Â Also, the writing style worked well enough for me that Iâ€™ll probably give Carpenter another go. Â Just so long as biology is totally off the table. Â Because seriously, I just donâ€™t like reading angry.
An orphan baby wasn’t on playboy Rett Sullivan’s Christmas list, but as the holidays approach, he finds himself drowning in a sea of bottles, nappies and toys!
Skye Miller was shocked to learn her late brother and sister-in-law left their little daughter in the care of Rett, her brother’s best friendâ€¦and Skye’s first love.
The only way to protect her heart is to help the novice daddy and baby bond, then make a graceful exit. But the sight of Rett’s strong arms cradling the baby makes Skye weak at the knees.â€¦
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