Review: Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan


Baby Daddy is the newest book from best-selling author Kendall Ryan. It’s a story that I was super interested in reading because one of my favorite storylines lately is the “single woman who wants to get pregnant so she’s willing to go the sperm bank route” except of course, that Jenna doesn’t go the sperm bank route. She meets a super hot man named Emmett when they are stuck in an elevator together the morning of her appointment to get the ball rolling on becoming pregnant.

Jenna has wanted to be a mom all her life. She’s thirty-five now and hasn’t found a man she is willing to settle down with. She’s all but given up on dating. But she wants a baby and she wants to be a mom so she is putting her plan into motion. Then she meets Emmett and he proposes making a baby the old-fashioned way. Jenna is leery but is willing to hear him out.

Emmett is a workaholic who has never wanted to settle down. His life doesn’t leave much time for relationships, let alone kids. But he wants Jenna and he is more than willing to help her get pregnant. It’s just business with a side of lust after all. They’ve got the contracts and the plans in place. Surely it will be easy for both of them to keep their emotions in check.

As any seasoned romance reader will tell you, these stories never go as planned because well, it’s people! When people get involved with each other, things turn messy and uncomfortable and emotional. That’s certainly the case for Jenna and Emmett. Jenna is determined to keep their arrangement just that… a baby making arrangement. Emmett however wants to give her pleasure in the process. It’s a bit awkward at first because they both have different ideas of what this new arrangement means.

I really liked how Kendall Ryan developed these characters and their interactions together. Things start off sexy yes, but also awkward because they don’t know each other at all. As the story progresses, a natural ease and rapport develops between them that makes the sex a lot more fun and imbues their conversations and interactions with a growing intimacy, even if they want to deny it.

There are a couple of complications that the author throws into the mix that didn’t do a whole lot for me except illustrate how both of these characters are devoted to their jobs. The “twist” at the end will be seen a mile away by readers. And I couldn’t help worrying throughout the course of the book about health insurance for Jenna. She owns her own store, one that is failing. How is she going to afford just the pregnancy portion of this, let alone life after the baby?

I tried to keep my skepticism of these matters in the back of mind. I really did quite enjoy Emmett and Jenna’s growing relationship. If they had happened to meet an ordinary way, it’s hard to say whether each of them would have let down their guard enough to truly be open to a relationship. Instead, this unique situation gives them both the chance to be open and explore the possibility of each other.

Baby Daddy is available now. If you happen to enjoy these storylines, Kendall Ryan will have you entertained from the get-go. If, like me, sometimes the logistics of the situation get in the way, this may not be the story for you. I like a good fairy tale romance however and to me, that is exactly what Baby Daddy is. A fairy tale in the sexiest way possible!


A hot and hilarious new standalone from New York Times bestseller 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 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.

This full-length standalone contains a hot, swoonworthy hero, lots of playful banter and some hot baby-making! Enjoy.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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