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Father Found

(The Daddy School #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,475 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Jamie McCoy is the ultimate guy: thirty years old, carefree and professionally successful as the writer of a nationally syndicated humor column called “Guy Stuff.” Nine and a half months ago, he spent a week basking on the beach in Eluthera and indulging in a fling with a woman at the resort. Never did he expect to find the unplanned result of that fling - a healthy, waili ...more
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published November 14th 2013 by Judith Arnold (first published October 1st 1997)
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Dec 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't understand where Allison's hostility towards Jamie is coming from. First off its really none of her business what happened between him and his baby's mother. Second, even if they are trying to start a relationship, why is she just blaming him for what happened? Its takes TWO people to make a baby, not just one. Condoms are not full proof and her being a nurse should know that. What happened between Jamie and Samantha's mother was a vacation fling, every second person in the world ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I am not a reader who follows the crowd. I’m not a reader who is swayed by anyone’s opinion of a book. Yes, I have my trusted bloggers and readers that I depend on from time to time for reading recommendations, but I don’t always agree with them either. My taste is eclectic. Not only that, but I’m a very patient reader. I’ll give just about any book I pick up a fighting chance. Father Found was a book that I came very close to giving up on and that just makes me sad.

This is the first book writte
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wish that I read the reviews before I read the book. I wanted to like this book and even though it took me about 3 weeks to finish it ( due to loss of interest), I just couldn't do it.
I hated the fact that Allison was such a Witch and I hated the fact that Jamie seem to be extremely naive.
After your babysitter cancels, you ask if one of the sitters friends could baby sit and when that doesn't pan out, you start looking in the yellow pages! I understand him being a new and inexperienced father
I agree with other reviewers about Allison, she ruined the book for me.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: h-mnb, own
A good book and a really good deal for a freebie. I liked the characters, their personalities, and the story line. I liked the Daddy School idea too. Don't know if there really are ones, but it's a really good idea. I'd definitely like to read more in this series after reading this one. There were emotions (tons), plenty of humor, some tough spots, stubbornness, some steaminess, sweetness, some parts when I wanted to knock heads, and a good ending. I wouldn't mind reading this again, but it woul ...more
Evelyn Baldwin
Oh, boy. At first, I thought this book started out okay, but by the time I got half way through, I wanted to yank out my hair. The main female character is a really unlikable nit wit. She's nothing short of a judgmental asshole who needs a good dose of "reality." Women who act like that give the rest of us a bad name. She defs deserves spinsterhood.
There's lots of attention and time given to secondary characters that don't really matter in the story, which draws the book out unnecessarily. There
Debbi Perman
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Warning: I am a mature woman! In all my years, I have never met any male that displayed emotions like this book described. I felt the author jumped ahead on some of the pertinent areas. Like I was following along and routing for a success and wholla, apparently it happened and we're moving along. I read it to the end, knowing full well what the outcome was, mainly because it was a no brainer. No sure if I would recommend it, but to each their own.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cr
This CR had some laughs.

During this story, humor columnist Jamie grew up
& neonatal nurse Allison learned she had to accept
help & be open to compromise. 2 mo. old Samantha
learned the word thee (three) when she and Jamie
watched wrestling on TV (every little girl's dream?).
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Review originally posted at Snarky Romance Recs:

I have this huge suspicion that this shouldn’t have been the first Judith Arnold book I read. Because I actually think she has a voice I could enjoy, and the book is well written… but oh my God, did the heroine bug me.

Jamie McCoy, our hero, writes a popular humor column called “Guy Stuff”. You can image what it’s about. Credit to the author: the few pages featured in the book are actually funny. He’s just turned
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it love it loved it. I got this during free ebook day (I believe) and the blub peeked my interest and I wasn't dissapointed.

This is told from two POVs but the majority coming from Jamie the new unexpected father.
Basic plot of unexpected fatherhood when Jamie finds a baby on his porch with a note asking if he remembered Elthura and saying she (the baby) is Samantha. So this guy hits 30 a week prior and now has to takle learning how to take care of this screeming infant. That is when Allis
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just okay 2.5 stars

I really thought that I would like this book more than I did but it just didn’t do it for me. I really enjoyed Jamie but I never really connected with Allison.

Jamie finds a new born baby girl on his back steps with a note that her name is Samantha and that she’s the outcome of a vacation get together with a girl that he never saw again a little over nine months ago. Jamie has just turned 30, has no girlfriend and knew nothing about babies. He was a bachelor that loved to part
Ra Cristina
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started to read this book because of the cover. Yes, I know, we should not judge a book by its cover, though there was something about it that grabbed my attention. To be honest I didn’t even read the book description so I had no idea what was it about.

Father Found by Judith Arnold is a contemporary romance book. The main character, Jamie, is a man close to his thirties which lives a perfect live by himself, writer of profession (he writes a humour column called ‘Guy Stuff’). All of the sudden
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
Great concept, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

My biggest problem with this book was the female lead, Allison. She is super judgmental towards the male lead (Jamie/James) because of some of the decisions he made in the past, and doesn't cut him any slack for having a "out of wedlock" baby (which honestly, who says that kind of crap anymore?) until about the 75% mark, with no real reason for the change of heart except expedience for the writer. She also seems to believe, despite Jami
Sep 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I had such high hopes...
I got this book free, and thought it was going to be a fun little story about a guy learning how to be a dad. I expected diaper disasters, awkward moments, and funny anecdotes.
What I got was a guy who was kind of an idiot/kind of trying his best. Diaper confusion was barely mentioned in passing, the baby at the restaurant scene was not funny but actually full of shaming and mean people. (Granted, bringing a baby to a fancy restaurant wasn't going to work no matter what,
Dec 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book a higher rating if the female lead here wasn't so full of crap. How could she excuse and tend for women, while condemning him for the same thing? If someone even attempts to talk to a single mother that way would get cussed out, and maybe even beaten. Then to claim she wanted to run a parenting class for men, as she is critically judging one of her students, just disgusting. If this were a man doing this to a mother, would this book have made it this far? Hell No! Sh ...more
I've read books by Arnold in the past and enjoyed them. Sadly, this one was dated and frustrating. The heroine was a prig, the theme outdated and in the end I just wanted to pull my hair out as I read. It did serve as a nice reminder that romance – and society – has come a long way in 15 years. What was considered an unforgivable sin in 1997 – fathering a child out of wedlock with a one-night-stand – is much more accepted today.  Not that I’m saying this is something we should celebrate, but the ...more
C Jia Ming
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Even though books about guys going through the new single-father phase, it's not that common.
Samantha (Jamie's baby girl) brought the whole plot together, by binding emotions together.
Almost every single one of us, no matter how tough we are, will still soften towards a baby. That's what Sammy did for Jamie and for Alison too. She made them think clearly when times are rough.
Like all Contemp romances, there'll always be a good ending :) so I would give this a 4/5.
Still amazing but I don't thin
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ibooks
This is a lovely little story about a young bachelor named Jamie who ends up becoming an instant dad. Jamie was a sweetie. Allison annoyed the crap out of me- she was way too judgemental. And the ending was SUPER rushed, which was annoying. I feel a bit cheated. There was all of this build up and then a few quick, throwaway paragraphs about this happy ever after which we did not at all get to experience with the characters. This, I'm afraid, is what earned it the three star rating.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romance
This book was really cute, where Jamie meets Allison, when, after his baby is left on his doorstep, take a rocky-road down parenthood lane.
Well written, but predictable.
Nice to read
Sandi Christiansen
Jessen Elizabeth
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF’d at 64%

Allison is probably the most annoying character I’ve ever met. She had a stick up her butt about Jamie the entire time I was reading and I wanted to slap her silly for being a judging biotch.

Jamie met a woman on vacation about a year before the book starts. They hit it off, had a little fling and Jamie thought that it was something they could continue until he finds out that the woman gave him a fake number and ghosted him. Fast forward nine months later and a baby is left on his do
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a great story!

Wow, I loved this book!! I really wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I first picked up the book because Jamie's character starts off with his column. But when the baby gets involved, things start getting really funny.

Jamie McCoy, has just turned the big 3-0, he's a self-proclaimed bachelor, a famous columnist; his column is featured in other cities besides Arlington, and he's successful because of it. When a baby, Samantha, is left on his back porch one morning al
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I hate giving this a low rating and I don't hold this book against the author. I might read something else by her. I just could not get into this book. I didn't even finish it. I got to chapter 8 and then skipped to the last chapter because I couldn't take anymore. I tried I really did but when the female character makes you wish she were real only so you could drop kick her, that is saying something. She was so judgmental! Even though there were occasions where she even kinda reprimanded hersel ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars

Okay, I'm a picky reader. But I just found a new favorite author. I absolutely loved this book.

When Jamie McCoy finds baby Samantha on his back porch with a note informing him she's his daughter, his unworried bachelor life comes to an end. At first sight, the premise sounded cliché, but the book was not. The author did an amazing job portraying the love/hate, awe/terror, adoration/resentment we all parents have felt for our new babies. She also did a great job presenting t
Lis Carey
30-year-old Jamie McCoy is living the carefree life of a successful, popular, newspaper columnist, with a very comfortable income, and no real responsibilities.

At least, until one morning he hears strange, mewing sounds coming from his screen porch at the back of the house. Upon investigating, he finds a tiny baby, some bags and a suitcase, with a note informing him that the baby is his daughter, Samantha.

Suddenly, Jamie has a major responsibility, and no idea how to cope. An only child with no
Tanja Glavnik
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
The reason for the two stars is really down to the female lead. Allison just bugged the hell out of me, and I refuse to believe nurses were that judgmental and prejudiced back in the 90s when this was first published. And even if - she learned the truth after, not to mention saw for herself that Jamie was doing all the right things like actually caring for the baby and not giving her to foster care. I could excuse her arrogance to a point, but she just kept on and on harping how he was irrespons ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Maybe because this is originally wrote in 1997 and it’s 2019 now that parts I couldn’t like Allyson.
He had a very great time with a willing female. He is not a creep, an asshole, a stupid ass man. He isn’t anything but a consenting adult doing adult things and it’s not his fault the condoms didn’t stop the female from getting pregnant.
Somehow in Allyson’s eyes HE is entirely to blame. And not worthy of the little girl that was abandoned, yes the mom abandoned her newborn yet Allie still thinks
Stacey Timmons
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I left this book at 46%. I couldn't stick Allison. She was seriously judgemental and considering she was a nurse, she wasn't all that sympathetic to Jamie. So what if he had a holiday fling. Most people do it. It takes TWO to create a baby. It wasn't just his fault. The baby's mother was also a part of it and what she done, dumping the baby on Jamie's back porch, and leaving her there, without telling him, was disgusting.
How anyone could read this drivel is beyond me. I really tried but just co
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Judith Arnold does a bang up job putting you in the shoes of a clueless single dad who is moved in an instant from confident guy’s guy who has it all together and knows where he’s going—to diaper changing bundle of fear who found a baby on his deck. She writes Jamie’s perspective with truth that gives us a good glimpse of the male psyche. From his crumbling confidence and newfound insecurities she manages to make him human and a character you want to empathize with. I loved his character.

Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2018
This story started out good and quickly went down hill fast. The fact that it took the hero a few days to contact the police after finding a baby on his back porch should have been a red flag to just stop reading. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment because I continued and it just kept getting worse, the heroine was a pain in the ass, she's a nurse in the maternity ward of the hospital who happens to hold classes for dad's to be, yet she can't help the hero out with the baby and she makes him d ...more
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He nodded, thinking, small but lethal.”
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