Wednesday, May 2, 2012

the Pregnancy Test (NY Girlfriends #1) by Erin McCarthy

Ordinarily, I'm a fan of pink-lovely color, does smashing things for the complexion. But not when it's the bright, glaring stripe staring back at me on the pregnancy test. Then, pink is the colour of major oops, of morning sickness, of boyfriends who seemed decent but now are part of some Jerk Witness Protection Program.

Still, I've got a few things going for me-bitter humour, a divine right to eat till I'm the size of Marlon Brando, and good friends who've managed to get me a job interview with one Damien Sharpton: in need of a personal assistant, and some say, a good, swift kick in the arse. If you want to make a lasting impression, by all means, toss your cookies in your future boss's wastebasket, which is located directly between his excruciatingly sexy legs.

Apparently, Mr. Gorgeous-But-Unbearably-Anti-Social must like personal assistants who violate his trash can, because I got the job. And if I can avoid him via text messaging for the next seven months of health insurance, everything will be just fine. Except that he's just asked-no, insisted-that I go with him on a business trip to the Caribbean. Gulp. Ordinarily, this would be cause for celebration. Ordinarily, I'd shave my legs, pack my bikini, revel in day-glo drinks and my seething lust for Mr. Swarthy-And-Secretive. But there's nothing ordinary about this situation...which means it could be absolutely extraordinary...

Type: Contemporary Romance/Chick-Lit
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

Ack! I now officially know WAY more about pregnancy than I ever wanted to know! I laughed. I cringed. I loved every second of it. McCarthy just writes a fantastic book no matter the subject. Loved the main characters, the humor and how she managed to make the storyline of the heroine being pregnant with one guy and ending up with another one actually work. 

Mandy and Damien were wonderful. Damien is just a fantastic guy even if he hides it pretty damn well and has a rep for being an ogre at work. Then there's Mandy with her tremendous spunk and courage. Standing on her own two feet, embracing her baby and doing whatever it takes to make a life for them despite the absolute schmuck of a father. Mandy and Damien  fit together so nicely. He's rather demanding, impatient and has ogre tendencies but she doesn't take any of his crap and usually manages to turn it around on him when he tries to provoke her at work. Doesn't let it bother her and can see the man underneath the front he puts on. Always a fan of the hero meeting his match and getting a heroine that doesn't let him get away with anything. Just LOVED it! 

McCarthy's humor is something else. She's one that can easily get me to laugh so hard I cry. I about died when Damien got his hands on Mandy's Everything Guide to Pregnancy book. Was hysterical. His horror, panic, awe. His fascination with Mandy's pregnancy did turn a little stalkerish but really was so sweet and endearing. Sending her links to baby sites, suggesting names, showing up at doctors visits. I'd love to post some of my favorite quotes but honest to God I would turn all kinds of red even typing them. I felt so bad for Mandy enduring Damien and his curiosity about the pregnancy and his tendency to ask whatever he was thinking. Hysterical but oh so embarrassing. 

Okay. Okay. I'm adding in a quote because it's one of those moments that's just hysterically awful and I don't want to loose it. This was when Damien showed up for her first doctors visit. 
"Hey, I wanted to ask, could you tell if there was anything wrong like an embolism or anything?" Damien asked Cheryl. "Because before we knew we shouldn't, we had oral sex. Cunnilingus. And I wanted to make sure we didn't inadvertently force air into the vagina." 
Mandy almost fell off the table, "Damien!" She was certain that nothing could sound more horrifying than the word cunnilingus when spoken in reference to her. "You did not just say that." She didn't even glance at Cheryl, afraid she would melt from mortification at the horror she was sure was on the technician's face. 
"What? We're all adults here, and I've been really worried about it." 
The man had the nerve to stand there looking completely innocent. Looking concerned. Looking professional. As if  discussing his cunnilingusing her wasn't something a bit too private for mixed company. "You have really lost your mind..."
The Pregnancy Test was a fantastically fun book and one I was quite sad to see end. The relationship was sweet and funny, warmed your heart and made you laugh out loud. I loved seeing this family come together and really hope they'll pop up now and again in the rest of the series.

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  1. Ooh, Erin McCarthy used to be an auto-buy for me, but I haven't read any of her books for years. I will have to check out this book. It sounds like a fun read!

    1. She's quickly becoming an auto-buy for me. I've read a handful of her books the last couple months and loved them all. She's a hoot! Hope you enjoy it :)


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