That One Night

That One Night

by Brenda Novak

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New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak’s beloved Dundee series begins with a one-night stand that becomes so much more in this irresistible romance originally published as A Baby of Her Own in 2002

At thirty, Delaney is no longer interested in playing the role of “good girl.” After all, what has it gotten her this far in life? The one thing she wants most of all—to become a mother—still seems far out of reach.

When she and her best friend go to Boise for a night out, the handsome stranger Delaney meets seems too good to be true. Conner is attractive, and she can’t help but notice his other qualities too—he’s healthy, seems to have good genes, and she never has to see him again. If she just so happens to get what she’s always wanted out of spending the night with him, he’ll never have to know.

But soon after Delaney discovers she’s pregnant, a newcomer moves onto the ranch just outside of Dundee. And wouldn’t you know, it just so happens to be Conner…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488051975
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/11/2019
Series: Dundee Idaho
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 25,342
File size: 554 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak has written over 60 novels. An eight-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best and other awards. She runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity that has raised more than $2.5 million for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). She considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

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A Baby Of Her Own

By Brenda Novak

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2002 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373710836

Artificial insemination. Of course! That's the answer."

Delaney Lawson almost choked on her drink. Swallowing hard, she sent a quick glance around the redneck bar that was the center of Dundee, Idaho's weekend entertainment to see who might have overheard, then lowered her voice. "I hope you're talking about breeding horses, Beck."

Rebecca Sparks, her friend and housemate, didn't look the least bit abashed. "You know I'm not talking about horses. I'm talking about you," she responded, fiddling with her new short haircut. "Because of what you said last night."

Delaney grimaced. "Forget about last night. Buddy had just told me that the two of you are getting married, that you're going to be leaving the state in five months. And it was my thirtieth birthday. I had a right to be depressed."

"I was planning to tell you after your birthday."

"Oh, well, what are big, dumb guys for?"

"I can think of several uses for Buddy. But you weren't upset about my engagement or your birthday. You were depressed because you can't find anyone to love, and Aunt Millie and everyone else in this godforsaken town is asking when you're going to get married. And because - more than anything - you want a baby."

"I was depressed because you're marrying a man you met on the Internet, a guyyou've seen only once, and I'm turning thirty without the prospect of a family in sight. It's all those things," Delaney insisted. "Besides, Valentine's Day is in a couple of weeks, which doesn't help."

Someone started the jukebox and Rebecca looked away. Delaney knew she didn't like displays of emotion. Rebecca expressed herself with sarcasm and laughter, not words like I love you and I'm going to miss you. But Delaney understood how deeply she cared, and returned those feelings. They'd been part of each other's lives for twenty-four years.

"I'll come back and visit every chance I get, you know that," Rebecca said after a long silence.

"I know," Delaney told her. "I'll be okay. I mean, we're adults. We have lives to lead. I just hope Buddy turns out to be everything you think he is."

"Buddy will drive me crazy, like he did yesterday when he let the cat out of the bag early - but we fit, you know?"

Delaney nodded, even though she wasn't sure she agreed. Physically they were opposites - Buddy short, round and dark; Rebecca tall, thin and dishwater blond when her hair wasn't colored something more trendy - but it was the differences in their personalities that worried Delaney. From what she could gather, Buddy seemed nice, but he was also quiet, steady and ploddingly predictable. She couldn't see her volatile friend settling for a couch potato. Or maybe that was exactly what Rebecca needed. Maybe Buddy's easygoing nature would temper Rebecca's high spirits and they'd reach some common ground and live happily ever after. Delaney certainly hoped it would end that way.

"You'll find someone," Rebecca said, but her words rang hollow to Delaney, who was running out of patience.

She'd wanted to get married for several years now and she felt as if she couldn't wait another day.


"There's still plenty of time to have kids," Rebecca cajoled.

"Not if the next ten years go like the last. As much as I love the people around here, I don't really belong to any of them. But you probably can't understand what it's like to feel so detached. You grew up in a family with three older sisters -"

"Who I want to choke most the time," she interrupted, stirring her gin and tonic with one long fingernail.

"Still, you're connected. You're blood. You get together for holidays and stuff that wouldn't be the same if any of you weren't there. My mother died shortly after we moved here. I don't know who my father is - even my mother didn't know that. And I was raised by Dundee's own Mother Teresa. Aunt Millie would've taken in and loved any child." She sighed wearily. "I've been wanting a family of my own since forever, but it looks like I'm going to die an old maid."

Rebecca licked her wet finger and leaned back to light a cigarette. "Then, do something about it," she said on a long exhalation. "Get artificially inseminated."

"Not so loud," Delaney whispered. "We live in a small town, for heaven's sake. This isn't New York or L.A. And we grew up here. Everyone knows us. I don't want word getting out that I'm considering something so ... radical. It could embarrass Aunt Millie and Uncle Ralph, make them regret they ever took me in."

"I knew it!" Rebecca clapped her hands, although she did it carefully so she wouldn't crush her cigarette.

"What?" Delaney asked, exasperated.

"That you've been thinking about having a baby on your own!"

"And how did you know that?"

"I've seen you stare at the parenting magazines we pass in the grocery store.

I've seen how you admire every child you come across."

"Maybe I have been thinking about it," she said. "But I don't believe that doing things the artificial way will work."

"Why not?" Rebecca squinted at her through the thin stream of smoke curling toward the ceiling.

"First of all, it's expensive and my insurance won't cover it. Librarians in a town of fifteen hundred people only make so much. And now that you're going to be moving out, my house payment will double. Aunt Millie needs a few things, too, like another coat of paint on her place. Second, I wouldn't even know where to find the right doctor. We only have a general practitioner around here, and I'm sure it would take some sort of specialist. Finally, I probably wouldn't qualify. Don't you have to be married? Or at least infertile?"

Delaney cast another furtive glance at the Honky Tonk's fellow patrons. The divorced Mary Thornton, who'd been captain of the cheer squad in high school, sat with her crowd in the corner, but the place hadn't filled up yet. Elton John was singing "Rocket Man" on the jukebox. He competed with the clack of balls coming from the direction of the pool tables, a television droning in the corner and Rusty Schultz at the bar, loudly detailing his frustration with a car engine he was trying to rebuild. "In any case," she finished, sitting back to avoid Rebecca's secondhand smoke. "I'm sure they don't give sperm away to just any woman who happens to want it."

"They might not, but I know a lot of men who would."

A devilish smile curled Rebecca's lips as she tapped the end of her cigarette on a small tin ashtray. "Why not get yourself laid and be done with it?"

"Rebecca!" Her friend held up the hand with the cigarette, fake red nails gleaming even in the dim light. "Come on, what about all those assertiveness training classes you've been taking online? You're always telling me your instructor says to take charge of your life, decide what you want and make it happen."

"I don't think my instructor had something like this in mind."

"Well, it applies, and getting pregnant wouldn't be that difficult. First of all, a willing partner would be free," she said, ticking the points off on her fingers as Delaney had just done. "So you can afford the mortgage and still get Aunt Millie's house painted this spring. Second, you wouldn't have as much trouble finding a donor as you would the right doctor. Can you imagine approaching Dr. Hatcher for a recommendation?" She took a long drag on her cigarette, then set it aside to smolder. "And three, if you're picking up some guy at a bar, it's better if you're not married."

Delaney tried to appear scandalized, but immediately gave up the charade. This was Rebecca; knowing her was the closest she'd ever come to having a sister. And as low as Delaney thought tricking a man would be, she was actually getting desperate enough to consider it. "It just seems so ... dishonest. Almost like stealing."

Excerpted from A Baby Of Her Own by Brenda Novak Copyright © 2002 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
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A Baby of Her Own (Dundee, Idaho Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brenda has written another special story. Two people with very different dreams meet and discover they are made for each other. Couldn't put it down. A wonderful story. joy943
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Harlequin SuperRomance is known for they sweet romances that always end in the best possible ways.  This one is no exception, and sometimes that's just what you need.  While not my favorite it was still a quick read that was nice on a rainy afternoon.  Delaney is a little too perfect - she seems to have never done anything wrong.  She's the apple of her small town's eye and when she shows up pregnant and unmarried - the gossips go wild. On the other hand, Conner is a bit of a wild one that has been told to finally take responsibility or else.  So he is shipped off the family's ranch to try and make it turn a profit.  But (there has to be one) his uncle's don't think he can hack it, and don't think he belongs in the family at all.  He has quite a lot on his plate when he finds out that Delaney is pregnant with his child. Neither of them handle the situation very well, but if they had there wouldn't have been much of a story.  There are numerous ups and downs as the two try and find their way and figure out where each will fit in the other's lives.  While it was a bit predictable, it was still a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a delightful read!! I have read it more than once.
Kris Mcpeake 4 months ago
will make you smile as this young couple fall in love and turn their lives into something they both need and deserve
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When making a big mistake can lead you down a rough road with hard work that pays off in the end.
Treesa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is basically a romance novel about a woman who lives in a small town who has a very sweet nature. She wants a baby and therefore has a one night stand and as with all romance novels in the end they are happy together. It's really well written although one of the plot lines was not resolved which was frankly annoying. It seems like the author simply forgot.Too bad. I read it in like two days and I really liked the herione. The cover looks really fake for a pregnancy though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and had a down home feeling I laughed out loud with this book you will love it
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Enjoyable .
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lhill82125 More than 1 year ago
I love the way Brenda writes a book! She makes you feel like you are a part of the story. You can understand all their feelings and hopes. This is I very happy ending book! Thanks Brenda I can’t get enough of your books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for books with babies or it's Christmas time! This book so so good I finished it in a half a day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series? Exciting and fun reading books!
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Ended abruptly.
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heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Brenda Novak's Whiskey Creek books, so I know she does a fantastic job with small town books. This book was just as great as all the others! I am officially hooked on another Brenda Novak series. I really liked how this book started off with quite the shocker, and just kept going strong. I couldn't believe it! Delaney wants a baby so bad, that she tries to get a baby through a one night stand. There was just one surprise after another. Among the many surprises are the characters themselves. They evolve quite a bit in this story, and Novak did it seamlessly. The town and people of Dundee are introduced very well, and you really get a taste for what the town is like, and I know I loved it! 
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Love this series I love books that make women look strong and they know that things will lead them to happiness.
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