Josh and Gemma Make a Baby
Publication Date: January 25, 2022
Genre/Tropes: Romantic Comedy
Author: Sarah Ready
I was hooked from the first line!
Gemma wants a baby and after she does a lot of roadbumping, but inspirational thinking, she comes to the conclusion that her brother’s best friend is the man who should provide the other half of the DNA to her baby. What’s not to love?
Told from Gemma’s POV, her entire life she’s been misdirected and heartbroken by love. As much as that has happened, she is still an optimist, mixed with a healthy dose of realist, when she comes to the decision to have a baby all on her own. She doesn’t need a prince charming to sweep her off her feet to have a family, she just needs what prince charming can provide to make that family happen.
Josh has been in her family’s lives for most of her life. He’s been there for most of their family functions tagging along as her brother’s best friend, so it could be why she thought of him first when the doctor asked who the donor would be. Now she just needed to ask him. That won’t be awkward, considering she hadn’t actually talked to him in a few years. Right?
Adorably sweet, full of inspiration, and moments of loss and love. It’s a great mix of a contemporary, romantic comedy.
This book is a slow burn, even though there is baby making involved. It’s also filled with Sarah’s brand of ridiculousness, and a bit of a love triangle just to help mix up Gemma’s life even more.
New Year’s Resolution:
Have a baby
Preferably with Josh Lewenthal
Meet Gemma Jacobs. She’s driven, energetic, and a positive thinker. She has a great career working for famed self-help guru Ian Fortune, she lives in a cute studio apartment in Manhattan, and her family is supportive and loving (albeit a little kooky). Her life is perfect. Absolutely wonderful.
Except for one tiny little thing.
After a decade of disastrous relationships and an infertility diagnosis, Gemma doesn’t want a Mr. Right (or even a Mr. Right Now), she just wants a baby.
And all she needs is an egg, some sperm, and IVF.
So Gemma makes a New Year’s resolution: have a baby.
Josh Lewenthal is a laid back, relaxed, find-the-humor-in-life kind of guy. The polar opposite of Gemma. He’s also her brother’s best friend. For the past twenty years Josh has attended every Jacobs’ family birthday, holiday, and event – he’s always around.
Gemma knows him. He’s nice (enough), he’s funny (-ish), he’s healthy (she thinks) and he didn’t burn any ants with a magnifying glass as a kid. Which, in Gemma’s mind, makes him the perfect option for a sperm donor.
So Gemma wants to make a deal. An unemotional, businesslike arrangement. No commitments, just a baby.
To Gemma’s surprise, Josh agrees.
They have nothing in common, except their agreement to make a baby and their desire to keep things businesslike.
But the thing about baby-making…it’s hard to keep it businesslike, it’s nearly impossible to keep it unemotional, and it’s definitely impossible to keep your heart out of the mix. Because when you’re making a baby together, things have a way of starting to feel like you’re making other things too – like a life, and a family, and love. And when the baby-making ends, you wish that everything else didn’t have to end too.