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At thirty-two, Abby's pretty much got her shit together. She has a good job, a cozy home, a supportive family...and a biological clock that's starting to feel more like a time bomb. Turned off the by the cold science of artificial insemination but wary of the complications that might come from enlisting a close male friend, Abby settles on a happy medium. She places an ad...more
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Published August 31st 2010 by Loose Id, LLC
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This book it’s a quick sexy and fun read!

It´s packed in perfectly, smut enough to totally melt your panties!
Sierra Dean
The cover of this one is a wee bit misleading, as it gives the indication this will be a run of the mill romance. Of course, if you've ever read anything by Cara McKenna you know "run of the mill" is far from her norm.

I *love* Cara McKenna's books. She's an instant buy for me and after reading Willing Victim earlier this year I immediately downloaded her entire back catalog. Even in shorter fiction she manages to create rich, textured characters you can relate to and root for.

In this case we ha...more
I didn't like this. Not that I thought that the execution was awful, but because I wasn't able to treat the decisions the characters make as purely fantasy material, and so they bothered me ethically. Which is a pretty ridiculous thing to say about a short erotic novella, I realize, but that's the kind of weirdo I am.

Premise: Abby is an early-30s lady with a career, a condo, no partner, and a desire to be a mom. So she does what any self-respecting erotic novella heroine would do and shuns the...more
I love it when I get to the end of the story and realize that the sex scenes were character development. In a nutshell, that's what makes for some good, emotionally-charged erotica or erotic romance. In Ready and Willing, a decision Abby makes at the end of the book wouldn't have happened without choices and powershifts she had made during previous sex scenes. Yay! Cool! Awesome!

I liked all three characters and felt their distinctness clearly and vividly, but I wished for more depth. I think tha...more
I waffled over this one a bit. It is really a 2.5 read for me.

I think I probably would have rated it a bit higher if I hadn't read another book by the author, Willing Victim that set a higher bar for me.

On it's own merits, though, this is a fine book. Except it is pure erotica when I was expecting a bit more. So this review is probably more a victim of my expectations that anything intrinsically wrong with the story. There is a plot, the main character Abby wants to have a baby. She has just b...more
This is more a 3 1/2 stars for me. And I would have rated it higher if it would have been a little longer.
But I've come to the conclusion that one of the main reasons why I love this author so much is because she makes her characters and storylines REAL. Even though most of her work are short stories, she doesn't rush them. She doesn't end the book with the H/h happily married with lots of babies with everything right and wonderful in the world. (Rainbows and unicorns and all that)

Ready and W...more
Chilligirl (Heidi)
I have written and then back spaced everything, a couple of times. I can't really explain this book in a way that wouldn't sound corny or lame. It's not what I expected. I didn't even read the blurb. I saw the author and though - good "I can go for this!"

Abby wants a baby and decides on two guys to assist with her goal. She figures two will up her chances of falling pregnant. What starts out as something fairly straight forward, turns out to be a little more complicated.

It's hot and definitely...more
I know what you're thinking. What the hell, twill? Five stars, really? You said you weren't going to give everything four and five stars any more! And for a dirty little book? Five stars? Are you cracked?'s a short little book full of *whispers* S-E-X. (yes, I had to whispered AND spell it because I'm a nice girl. ;) But for what it is, it's perfect. It's quick and fun and sexy and for that, it gets five stars.

I was as immediately taken by Noah as as Abby. He gave be the tingles in...more
I liked this story of lucky Abby who is paying two men to impregnate her and both men just happen to be handsome. One is in it for the money, the other seems more into Abby

I loved the way the author wrote the developing relationship. The sex scenes are quite tame until the threesome!

Good sexy short story.
Cyn Mistress Kitty
Abby wants to have a baby so she makes arrangements to pay 2 men to impregnate her. This is all business, no feelings, no strings. Well, you know what they say about best laid plans (pun intended)?
Noah is so sweet and caring that Abby just can't help herself but have feelings for him. He is the kinda guy I would want too.
I liked this story but I think Abby didn't really think things through and if she really just wanted this to be all business, she should have gone to a sperm bank. Also, I coul...more
Why I read it: Cara McKenna writes very non-traditional romance - in fact, I gather it is only a gamble as to whether you'll get a (hopeful or actual) HFN. For that reason, I've been fairly careful about which books of her's I read because I'm really in it for the HFN/HEA. I've only read Willing Victim of hers before which ended on a hopeful note (her alter ego Meg Maguire writes romance with the requisite HEA). Plus, I picked this up for 60% off at Fictionwise recently, so really there was no r...more
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I got this by mistake since I'd mixed up the title with Willing Victim. If I'd read the summary I would probably have skipped it. I disliked pretty much everything about this short-story. The premise was annoying, Rob was repulsive, Noah had no sense of boundaries and none of the sex was actually sexy. I have read some seriously disturbing stuff over the years, but this kind of grossed me out. I felt dirty in a bad way after reading it, and I only skimmed the last fifteen pages to get it over wi...more
I really, really liked this story.

BUT PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give me an epilogue next time.

I have to have a HEA! Really I do, I crave it. Now I am never going to know if it is what's his name or Noah's...
Loved, loved, LOVED this book! It's so sincere, sweet without being sappy, funny, and erotic enough to totally knock your socks off. Cara McKenna, you just landed yourself a new fan! I highly recommend this book!
um... don't read this on public transportation. or anywhere else that there might be an attractive human being that you'll throw yourself at to make a baby. or rub up against.
Oct 04, 2013 Erika marked it as tbr-standalones
Loved this! Perfect book after a long day. Another author to add to my favorites. It was sexy, funny, and believable.
Oct 04, 2013 D rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Cara McKenna
*** JANUARY 2, 2013 ***

kitty mckenna rocks my world, and she does it so. damned. predictably: as in, her stuff doesn't read rote, but she never fails to spank. that said, her strengths are predictably her strengths (character evolution, cohesion, and chemistry), and her weaknesses are . . . well, are not very apparent.

she's for sure more of a psychological study than a ThrillMaster, but that's not to say she can't plot. and this book relies perhaps a titch more on plot than some of her other wo...more
I'm split up about this one. On the one hand I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. How Abby went about to become pregnant was kind of fun and original. Even if the story was written in first person and from her perspective, I never really connected with her. She seemed too distant.

I liked Noah. Didn't love him. But he had real potential. He did feel a littel under-developed. And I absolutely hated Rob. I get that Ms McKenna's style is as realistic as possible - but here was potential fo...more
2 1/2 stars. This story was always going to start off in a clinical way but it felt rushed and forced in a lot of places. I guess this is because Abby is essentially having sex with two strangers. Her interactions with Rob made me feel a bit queasy actually so it goes to show I need a bit more intimacy than what she had with him. Noah was better and as well I expect he was supposed to be. Overall I was pleased with how things worked out for Abby.
This story was not what I expected but that is a good thing. She chooses two men to help her conceive a child before her biological clock ticks no more. She wants to conceive the old fashioned way, thing is she has two men will the no strings sex between her and her two men become more? Well let’s find out
This author knows her craft!
She can bring her characters to life like no other. Really!
This short read is a smutty one, all right, but you cannot help yourself: you like and root for the protagonists from page one.

The menage scene had me squirming rather uncomfortably in my seat, I must confess, but when I read the HFN all was forgotten!

Wow. I knew getting into this one would be a little weird because...well, read the synopsis.
Two guys trying to impregnate one woman. There was bound to be some manly cock fighting and sexy scenes. Now, the cock fighting was mild, nothing like I thought it would be. It actually turned into a threesome. Crazy, huh? Two guys, one woman. And when I say two guys, I mean two guys, one hole. Yeah, you get the picture. That was a little WHOA for me. While it was pretty hot, the sex talk was beyond chees...more
Another enjoyable episode from Cara McKenna - would have liked an epilogue here to see where they ended up ... But I guess we are left to our own imagination
3.5 stars
Another one of Cara's novels with seriously erotic scenes merging with sweet and romantic. Not sure how she does it but it works.
Renee Nicole
For such a short book, the story is packed in perfectly. It's sexy, interesting, developed, and just a wonderful read. Some people might be put off by the semi-HEA ending, but I wasn't. It was too short a story to mash in a perfectly happy ending for Noah and Abby, it would have made the whole thing less real. It's something that I'm coming to love about Cara McKenna. Her characters are so HUMAN. Emotional, confused, excited, hesitant. They're not too dark or too light. They're always realistic...more
As usual, Cara McKenna has the gift of turning a simple story into so much more. Though only 69 pages on my e-reader, I swear there was enough detail and emotion to be packed into at least two books double the length. With this book, she was able to take a seemingly improbable premise and put a realistic spin on it. You can call it erotica, and it is hot to be sure, but by the end it just feels so much more than that.
You have probably come across this storyline before - girl wants baby and girl advertises and interviews prospective donor's?

Normally I have no problem giving Cara McKenna 4/5 stars for her writing, characters and plot but for me this story fell on its face.

just thought the storyline was not comfortable, the "willing victim" was crass and insensitive at times and the whole getting impregnated process was like listening to something off a porn setting - so for me this was not a great read or stor...more
Apr 10, 2014 Delta rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of sweet erotic romance
4 hot, sweet, quick-read stars!
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Cara McKenna writes contemporary romance and smart erotica, sometimes under the name Meg Maguire, and has sold more than thirty-five novels and novellas to Ellora’s Cave, Penguin, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She’s known for writing no-nonsense, working-class heroes with capable hands and lousy grammar. She was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time Romantic Times Reviewers'...more
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