Daddy's Maybe

Daddy's Maybe

by Pat Tucker
     
 

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The ultimate daddy by default—stuck paying child support for a kid who isn’t his—is now an advocate for fathers who are being victimized by the system.

The ultimate daddy by default—stuck paying child support for a kid who isn’t his—is now an advocate for fathers who are being victimized by the system.

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The ultimate daddy by default—stuck paying child support for a kid who isn’t his—is now an advocate for fathers who are being victimized by the system.

The ultimate daddy by default—stuck paying child support for a kid who isn’t his—is now an advocate for fathers who are being victimized by the system.

It’s been five years since Parker Redman’s life changed dramatically. Now he’s making a name for himself across the country as an outspoken advocate for father’s rights. After his horrific experience of being forced to pay child support for a child he never created, he vowed to change the system one desperate father at a time. Serena has had enough. Everywhere she turns, she’s reminded of Parker and his noble work for helpless fathers. But she’s about to blow the lid off his hustle! Now that she’s revealed her daughter’s real father, she’s going on record to expose him for the hypocrite she thinks he is.

Upon her release from prison, Lachez Baker is livid to learn of her son’s plans to marry. At seventeen, Junie is headstrong and determined to live the good life at any cost. But when Lachez finds out about the cougar that’s latched on to her son, she’s determined to stop this travesty before wedding bells ring.

Eboni Newton is fed up with her baby’s daddy. As far as she’s concerned, Shawnathon is a deadbeat and she’s determined to make him pay for all the pain he’s caused her.

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Kirkus Reviews
Parker Redman (and other familiar characters from 2010's Daddy By Default) must deal with the positive and negative aftermath of his legal battle over paternity issues and father's rights. Five years after a devastating legal battle that turned his life upside down, Parker Redman has started a nonprofit organization that advocates for father's rights. However, his struggles aren't over. Someone holds a grudge and has some pretty powerful leverage over him; information that will upend his life once again and threaten his good name, his new career and his family's hard-won equilibrium. In the midst of fighting for his own reputation, Parker must also guide a young, famous basketball player in dealing with complicated past and present relationships and the financial obligations he has to children he's likely fathered. Meanwhile, Lachez--the woman who went to jail for fraud in Parker's case--is out and learning to navigate life as a convicted felon while trying to save her 17-year-old son from his cougar girlfriend. Tucker's sequel to Daddy By Default continues her sharp-eyed look at a legal and social system that leaves men vulnerable in paternity issues but also spotlights a mercenary, vengeful facet to some of the women involved. With smooth writing, strong, effective characterization and a plot that is generally credible--if occasionally jaw-dropping and at times irritating as we watch characters make really bad, yet believable, choices--Tucker does a good job of using story to examine problematic true-to-life circumstances. Certain character choices are questionable, like Lachez's 17-year-old son preparing to marry a much older woman--statutory rape issues? This likely wouldn't make it in if the minor were a girl--or the sheer self-centered vindictiveness of the main protagonist. But while these aspects make the book difficult to endure at times, it's not clear that they detract from the work as a whole, particularly when viewed from the perspective of a gritty realism. An abrupt ending may be a segue to another sequel, but it does leave an unfinished air to the work. Despite some flaws, this book offers a well-executed, dramatic storyline that highlights problematic issues in our social and legal systems, balanced by an honorable main character dedicated to doing the right thing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451656756
Publisher:
Strebor Books
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,069,281
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

By day, Pat Tucker works as a radio news director in Houston, Texas. By night, she is a talented writer with a knack for telling page-turning stories. She is the author of Somebody Has to Pay, The Cocktail Club, Sideline Scandals, Party Girl, Daddy’s Maybe, Football Widows (soon to be a movie), Daddy by Default, and Lachez (an original e-short). She is the coauthor with Earl Sewell of Loyalty Among Friends and A Social Affair and has participated in three anthologies, including New York Times bestselling author Zane’s Caramel Flava. A graduate of San Jose State University, Pat is a member of the National and Houston Association of Black Journalists and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is married with two children.

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