The Pregnancy Test Paperback – Oct 1 2005
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Mandy Keeling is desperate. She has sold her toy shop, lost her boyfriend, and found out that she is pregnant. In search of a job with health insurance, she experiences a wave of morning sickness in the elevator on the way to an interview. Naturally, Damien Sharpton, known as the "Demon," the man with whom she has an appointment, is in the elevator with her. In spite of this inauspicious beginning, she gets the job and easily conceals her condition since they don't come into contact too often, developing instead, an electronic relationship that leads her to believe that Damien's reputation as an ogre is greatly exaggerated. Since Mandy is the first person to penetrate his tough exterior, he invites her along on a trip to the Caribbean and becomes more enthralled. Things aren't easy once they're back at the office, but love finds a way in this truly wonderful tale. This novel has it all: wit, charm, sensuality, and two of the most enjoyable, fascinating characters around. Readers will treasure McCarthy's unexpectedly tender romance. Maria Hatton
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is done by instant messaging and email. He has no way of knowing that Mandy is purposefully avoiding him so he won't notice her slowly expanding waistline. She desperately needs this job for the health insurance benefits as well as the regular hours which will make arranging day care much easier. Damien wants to spend more time with Mandy and insists that she accompany him on a business trip to the Caribbean. Mandy doesn't want to go, not only for the risk of Damien seeing her in a swimsuit, but because she has been having highly erotic dreams about him. Soon the two of them are playing games, both innocent resort games and more erotic private games. Eventually Damien finds out about Mandy's pregnancy; when he fully understands the reasons behind her secrecy, he cannot believe that the father could abandon her the way he did. Despite the intense sexual attraction between her and Damien, Mandy is worried about what the future will hold for her and her baby. Erin McCarthy has yet again given readers a beautifully written story, with humor, sensuality, a very real look at pregnancy and the trepidation when that pregnancy is unexpected. This book is an emotionally charged example of the best of Erin McCarthy.
Mandy Keeling is in a major jam. After selling off her business and being dumped by her boyfriend she finds herself pregnant. Striving to make the best of this Mandy interviews for a job as a personal assistant to get health insurance. Even though she has heard tales about how Damien Sharpton is a total tyrant, Mandy gets the job. All she has to do is lay low for a while until without her pregnancy being discovered until it's to late to fire her.
Damien Sharpton has turned his whole focus into his work. After a tragedy he cut himself off from family and friends. Something in Mandy struck a chord in him, so he hired her. Now it seems she is avoiding him. Now Damien plans a business trip to the Caribbean with Mandy in tow.
The sparks really fly once they are away from the office. Damien begins to open up and let Mandy into his world. But will this off the wall attraction and friendship survive back in the real world.
The Pregnancy Test is a spectacular read. Mandy and Damien will make you laugh your socks off and reach for a fan to cool off when they hit the sheets. Their relationship builds and grows through the whole book. Mandy's friends are a delight and I hope they each get their own stories soon.
This intrigues Damien, who can't believe in the two months since he's hired her he's seen her only a few times. Yet she manages to know him in a way he never expected, anticipating his needs and acting on them. When he tries to exert his authority to regain control, it only ends up making him seem like an immature child, which ruefully amuses him. So much so that he impulsively decides to bring her along on a trip to the Carribbean with the reasoning that it's business. Mandy is reluctant to go, but he makes it mandatory so she can't refuse.
Despite never seeing his secretary, he is attracted to her, albeit reluctantly so. He begins to question his sanity at bringing her along, but learns to relax and even show his sense of humor. As Mandy and Damien get to know each other, their already strong mutual attraction deepens, making it difficult to keep away from each other. When an intimate moment presents itself, so does the opportunity to confess to Damien about her pregnancy. When they finally kiss, it is as explosive as they imagined it would be, and things only get hotter from there. Mandy's pregnant body fascinates Damien, who reads up on the topic and becomes the world's expert on pregnant women, with amusing results. As their relationship grows, it becomes obviously how truly right they are for each other, and that they are already a family.
Wow! This book is fabulous. Mandy and Damien are refreshingly honest and their physical intimacy is sexy and intense, the result of strong feelings for each other. Mandy may seem to be young and irresponsible, but nothing means more to her than the well-being of her child, which she will do everything in her power to protect, and Damien is not the hard-nosed enployer he's made out to be. Behind all those demands lays the heart of a vulnerable man who was hurt very badly but still has the capacity to love deeply. He is a true tortured hero who longs for happiness. The icing on the cake is Erin's unique brand of humor, which is truly laugh-out-loud funny. I adored this story, and love how McCarthy's writing keeps getting better and better.
In "The Pregnancy Test," Erin McCarthy again presents an unusual premise for a romance - an abandoned pregnant woman and the man who falls deeply in love with her. How would she accomplish the love story in a believable fashion? Very skillfully, indeed.
Mandy and Damien begin an affair with what seems to be insurmountable obstacles - she works for him and is already pregnant with another man's baby - and he is a sad and tortured man who feels he will never recover from loss of his wife.
The story's warmth and compassion are evident in the beautiful dialogue as Damien slowly lets Mandy into his heart. While there are many funny moments, this book is deeply sensitive and the emotions are masterfully written. The scene where he declares his love is one of the best I've read.
Yes, this is a very sexy book and if that bothers you, don't read it. But if you are looking for a genuinely moving story with heartwrenching passion, do not miss this one.
"Demon" is attracted, while she hides her pregnancy and fends off erotic dreams about him. A trip abroad has them giving in to their feelings. Eventually she reveals her pregnancy and Damien gets involved andimmediately goes overboard in his concern for her pregnancy, often with humorous results.
Author McCarthy uses her usual witty dialogue and sensuous situations to move the story along quickly (I read it in a day). There are a couple of hysterical scenes - particularly Damien taking over during an ultrasound, freaking out both Mandy and the technician. The book ended abruptly, almost seeming incomplete (only 248 pages with loose ends). I would have liked to know how his tattoo was altered too.