Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I have liked the other books in this series but my issue with this book mainly lay with the subject matter: girl agrees to surrogate for her brother, has sex after the insemination process, meets up with one-night stand again, guy learns she’s pregnant and thinks the baby is his as girl doesn’t clarify and when it all unravels, guy is remarkably supportive.
Yes I know that Jenny did tell Dan that the baby wasn’t his just as he was falling asleep but the fact that she didn’t have a frank discussion about the circumstances of her pregnancy was mind-boggling, especially since he introduced her to his parents and she let them believe that the baby was his. It was just so selfish.
I have to hand it to Dan: after he learns the real circumstances (and that Jenny didn’t in fact sleep with the big black guy claiming to be the father), he starts berating himself for being a jerk. I found this to be unnaturally generous of him: I think he has every right to resent her for not telling him the truth and leading him on.
As to the whole surrogacy thing to begin with, I think we really needed more background to it. It was just launched in at the beginning and the reasons why Jenny was willing to do it and the emotions were never fully explored. I also found it weird that they used her egg so the baby is actually half hers, and then expected her to give it up and yet remain in its life as the baby’s aunt …. it’s such a huge ask. And then there’s the fact that she waits until after she has the insemination done to suddenly become a loose woman and have a one night stand at Comic Con …..
It’s all just a bit too much to seem real and believable.
However, having said that the author does get kudos for exploring the world of Cosplay and Vietnamese culture, which added a unique dynamic to contemporary romance.