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Nobody's Baby But Mine

(Chicago Stars #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  38,111 ratings  ·  1,900 reviews
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Genius physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won’t be easy. Jane’s super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up, and she’s determined to spare her own child that suffering. Which means she must find someone very spec
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Avon Books
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5 Stars

Absolutely amazing!

Why didn’t somebody tell me sooner how freaking awesome this book was??

You HAVE TO read this book if you like:

* hot football players,
* cold, brooding a**holes who redeem themselves by the end of the book (my favorite)

* strong and above average smart heroines,
* love-hate or enemies-to-lovers relationships,
* quirky families in small town settings,
* non-cliché storylines,
*complex, multi-layered characters,
* exceptional writing, witty banter and super hilarious dialogue,
Mimi Smith
Feb 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
1 star

Warning...RANTING AHEAD! Spoilers, too!

First, apologies to all SEP fans and people who liked this book. Usually I don't do reviews of books I don't like but this one annoyed me so much I had to say SOMETHING. And that something probably won't be that coherent, but oh, well.

I read some other books by her and liked them, although I noticed a slightly disturbing pattern-Hero's emotionally immature-heroine falls in love with a hero-hero can't admit he loves her-heroine runs off-hero has an
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible

Listening to this one was perfection! Y'all know that I adore SEP and this series and I know I am repeating myself (who cares??) but listening to these stories makes me love them even more.

Anna Fields is an amazing narrator and she did a wonderful job at bringing this story to life.

Cal, can he be any more pigheaded? Probably not but I loved him.

Janie, as smart as she was the plan that she put in place at the beginning had some major flaws but thank the heavens above that love always wins out!

Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-ever
Phillips unites a beautiful, brainy scientist desperate to be a mom with a brawny, smoking hot jock who, though handsome enough to father her child, is nowhere near as stupid as she wants her baby’s daddy to be.

The lovely Karen is reading this series and her updates and reviews have whetted my appetite to do a re-read. Was it as good second time around? Definitely. I loved it.

I loved Janie. I loved Cal. I loved Annie, the adorable Granny.

“Don't mess with me, Calvin. You'll only ge
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so much FUN.

I mean, that's probably the best way to describe it. I was smiling or laughing most of the time, and that's because it was outrageous.

No, it wasn't that believable, and what the heroine did - tricked a man into impregnating her - well, that's something I could normally never forgive. But I did. The story was light enough that I couldn't hate the heroine. She and the hero's banter was so funny, I was often shaking my head, laughing, and trying not to wake my husband up.
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
3.5 stars

If you read this while keeping in mind that it’s the same as watching those old classic rom com movies that are so fun and entertaining even tho they’re so problematic at times, you’d enjoy this one otherwise you might not like it much.

Jane is a freakin genius. She just turned 34 and she desperately wants a baby. The problem is that she’s looking for someone “stupid” to balance her genius genes as she had a tough childhood because of how smart she was. So she pretends to be a hooker to
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
5 stars

Nobody—and I do mean no body—crafts a comedic enemies-to-lovers story as well as Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Period. Oh, and arrogant jerks. Somehow she creates these arrogant and bull-headed alphas who are so sweet at heart that they easily win you over. And her heroines? I always adore her gutsy heroines. Basically, I’m a huge SEP fan in case you can’t tell. Nobody’s Baby But Mine is the third book in the Chicago Stars series, and it’s every bit as enjoyable as the previous books.

I fell i
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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I am going to start sounding like a broken record when it comes to Susan Elizabeth Phillips. And here I go again…. I fucking LOVED this book!!!!!!! What a shocker right? Seriously, I canNOT get enough of these fantastic books. Nobody's Baby But Mine is the third book in The Chicago Stars series. Although the books are written so that they can be read as stand alone, I personally recommend reading them in order.

You are not going to want to miss one single moment of an
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
So I have been binge reading SEP's novels to fill the void in my heart left by LH and been having a spectacular time. Until this one.

The heroine Jane is a world renowned physicist with 180 IQ points and a sad lonely life. Her solution is to have a baby with an idiot to tone down her baby's intelligence and ensure a normal childhood which she never had. Her pick is Cal Bonner, legendary quarterback and an obvious dumb jock. So she poses as a hooker, screws Cal with a sabotaged condom and gets her
Heidi Hart
The "Cereal Killer" bit was funny, and that's the only reason I'm giving this two stars instead of one.

I first read this about 10-15 years ago, when I was first starting to read romance. I remembered it fondly, and it's stayed on my "keeper" shelf through more moves than I can count. Rereading it now, though, it's abundantly clear that I'm a much more discriminating reader, and much more in tune with sexual politics than I used to be, because I really didn't like it this time around.

My major i
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Fans, Romance
5 Plus All the Smarts Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free
Years ago I discovered Romance novels and was able to binge read Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I was going through a health challenge and it was SEP who got me through it with a smile on my face and many facepalms. I will forever be indebted to her.

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Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

It's been a while since I read a SEP book and I'm so glad I decided to read this book.
In a way it was like reading her for the first time I was again amazed at what a wonderful storyteller she is. This is my third book in the Chicago stars series and it's the story of cal and Jane.


"Nobody's baby but mine" was so entertaining right from the first chapter, the way Jane is obsessed about having a baby minus a husband. How everything becomes one huge mess that involves Cal, since his was
Written March 31, 2015

4.7 Stars - Another great favorite in the best kind of fun and cozy romance novel by an always delivering "champion writer" in this genre

Another great and entertaining Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. An 11 hours audiobook edition from 1997 and once again narrated by a favorite female narrator, Anna Fields. Recommended by Crystal over a year ago. It was at last time.

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One of the best so far in this series. Sooooo much fun. As my, right now kind of SEP b
3.75 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was cute. I was hoping to like it more because everyone seemed to love this -- and those darn expectations hit again, but I still enjoyed it. It's definitely dated with talk of technology (VHS tapes and such) or even the music references (Rod Stewart), but I didn't mind all that much since I knew going in that this is an older book. I liked their banter and arguments, and I appreciated how the h was smart and didn't hide it. I did struggle with the H. I found a l
Simone Elkeles
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite book of Susan's and I've definitely read it multiple times. The premise is actually ridiculous (smart woman wants dumb baby because she was ostracized as a kid for being brilliant so she chooses a "dumb" football player to have sex with/get pregnant). This book is hilariously funny and witty and you just fall in love with the characters. A definite go-to book whenever you want to read one of the best romances of all time. ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, 2010, romance
What a disappointment. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. Well, first let me start by saying that I despised the underlying plot of a pretentious physicist using a football player without his knowledge to get pregnant.

I honestly despised Jane (the pretentious physicist). What she did was dirty and unforgivable, in my opinion, and yet somehow everyone in the book decides to quickly overlook her wrongdoing. Hardly is there a time while reading a romance book that I actually loathe the wo
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
I found the hero Cal a little too harsh for my tastes. He represented what I don't like about pro sports players and that whole macho vibe that they can give off. It was wrong what Jane did to him,however he was in the habit of using women, so in some ways it was his karma coming back on him, in my opinion. My issue is that didn't treat her very well after the fact. I can understand him being angry but I feel he should have treated the woman who was pregnant with his child better than he did. Th ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
If it weren't for the fact that the heroine is NOT acting like a doormat to the sexist hero, then I would have abandoned this book pronto. But thank goodness the heroine does not allow bullshit in her life and it was nice to know that sexist men can learn how to appreciate women and have a HEA. ♥
I didn't enjoy it as much...but it could be because I just read Match Me if You Can- my favorite SEP book.

February 26, 2014

3 years later, this book remains a classic. SEP's characters are still amazing and hilarious. I don't think I need to write another full review.
February 18, 2011

Third times a charm. Maybe this time, I would write a suitable review.

Clearly, I love this book. After reading it every so often (I think, once every 6 months), it has a solid place in my 'Favorites' s

Wow. I can't even. This book was sooo gooood in soooo many ways that it's going to take some time before I can gather my thoughts and write anything to do justice to this AWESOME MOTHER OF A BOOK!!

Loved the characters.
Loved the writing.
Loved the banter.
Loved the heartbreak.
Loved the romance.

I laughed my arse off.
I wept for Jim and Lynne... (and I NEVER weep reading books!!)
I danced with the women...
I seriously contemplated starting a vegetable garden near th
Sarah MacLean
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my very very favorite of the ones that is dogeared and spine-cracked for all the readings and rereadings I've done of it.

SEP is the best there is. Which makes Nobody's Baby But Mine quite possibly the best of the best.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
comfort reread!!

One second I am rereading SEP and the next I am watching football...just in time for National Playoff

Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
♥ ♥♥ Heart warming..and heart-breaking love story. ♥ ♥ ♥

LOT of great one liners and hell loads of absolute fun..and of course since its is Miss Susan's after all, uve defiantly got a bit of angst snugged in there...Especially that cookie story,..HOLY SHIT cal's parent's initial relationship defiantly broke my heart
:( *snif*
I absolutely loved this book - In theory I should have hated it and if this was real life I would as Cal was an ar*ehole a lot of the time, but this is fiction/romance and I loved Jane, her character, her backbone and the witty/funny dialogue between them......I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips! ☺

If it weren't for my reading guru Anna, who recommended this book to me many times over the year, I probably wouldn't have read it. You see, SEP is an author that doesn't really work for me, but at the same time she does. Am I making any sense!?

The plot was completely ridiculous. The heroine who's a genius physics professor tricks the hero, a legendary quarterback, into impregnating her.

The crazy plot only spiraled from here. The hero finds out and the true enemies-lovers story starts. The
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-own
SEP was on my DNR list (Do Not Read). I read Fancy Pants in 2016 and developed a real dislike of SEP.

However, I figured it’s been two years...let’s give her another try.

Dr. Jane Darlington wants a baby and needs a donor. Not just any donor. A stupid donor. She wants her child to be normal. Jane seeks out Cal, the famous QB, and proceeds to trick him into impregnating her. However, her judgmental ways land her in a bit of a pickle.

I struggled with Jane’s character. She was deceitful and she tri
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars- audiobook (excellent narration)
Sports, egos and aging, something I can relate too. The sneaky sperm stealing devious action, made me angry. It was nice to read a book about more mature people dealing with age changes. The characters aren't middle aged, but in that between time from after reaching career success and before middle age, the forgotten time. I would have loved it if Jane hadn't done what she did. I had very mixed feelings about this book.
Cal, is a football quarterback who

That's exactly what I've been missing - a proper romance that makes me hold my breath and turn pages or, in this case, audio minutes. A book that stops the world and time around me and keeps me glued to the story.

I honestly don't remember how many times I've read each book in this series. When I discovered Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I haven't stopped until I read every single one of her works. Then, whenever I needed a 'healing' romance, I went back to her. And it had never failed to help
1 star down for "smart" heroine acting "TSTL"
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? THE PREGNANCY THING WAS JUST UNREAL! but to be honest, there is a huge chance I might go down that path myself soon, so I might consider forgiving her soon-ish!
1 star down for hero being an asshat. He was unnecessarily cruel, because things weren't all working out for HIM. he was an extremely selfish person. It was all about HIM. what HE feels, what HE wants, how everything affects HIM.
But all in all, I liked the heroine by
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
The MCs were well-suited. I also liked the secondary stories with Cal's parents, brother Ethan and grandmother. The ending of this one was well done, too, with a cute epilogue.

What I didn't like was Jane's behaviour at the start and the way she and Cal got together in the first place. It was icky and made me feel very uncomfortable whenever it was referenced through the book. She did truly regret her behaviour, but it still didn't excuse, or really explain it for me.

I very much doubt whether a
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the creator of the sports romance, beginning with her 1989 bestseller, FANCY PANTS. An internationally acclaimed author, her books have been published in over 30 languages. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.


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