Milked

Milked

by Lisa Doyle

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Milked by Lisa Doyle

By and large, Amanda Keane makes pretty good decisions. Okay, she might not have the best taste in men, but she's got great friends, a good job, and an independent spirit. That is, until her 30th birthday ushers in a whirlwind romance with a sexy Irish musician who leaves her, not at the altar as she imagined, but accidentally pregnant. And when he disappears, she's downsized out of a job, her apartment is robbed, and lapsed health insurance coverage leaves her with a C-section to pay for, Amanda is launched headfirst into the life of a broke single mom. But her friend and uber successful ob-gyn, Joy, clues her in to an unlikely temp position with one of Chicago's celebrity elite that just may be the answer to all her woes. Or could it be just the beginning?

It's with serious trepidation that Amanda embarks on her surprisingly lucrative new career: underground wet nurse to the offspring of Chi-town's rich and famous. Amanda must quickly understand how to live at the whims and mercy of the one percent as she deals with the irony of nursing - and loving - someone else's child, while still making ends meet for her own daughter. And then there's Cute Daycare Dad (aka Dan), who's obviously interested in her. But can she afford to tell him what she really does for a living? Is her new job (something she thought went out with the 19th century) a shameful thing? Just another way of selling her body? Or does it have something to teach her after all?

A novel of motherhood, its many demands, and all the little triumphs along the way, MILKED is a warm and witty debut about making tough choices and traveling the roundabout road to happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985352080
Publisher: Simon and Fig
Publication date: 11/21/2014
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lisa Doyle is a communications manager and freelance writer based in the Chicago area. A native of Hinsdale, Illinois and a graduate of Miami University, she spent several years editing business-to-business publications for the personal care industry before moving to the nonprofit sector, and currently works in advocacy for homeless families at Bridge Communities in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has written for major beauty trade publications (Global Cosmetic Industry, Skin Inc, Salon Today, Modern Salon, Renew, Suburban Life) and is a contributor to WOMEN REINVENTED: TRUE STORIES OF EMPOWERMENT AND CHANGE (LaChance Publishing, 2010). Doyle is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary, Inc., a full-service agency based in New York. For more about Lisa, please visit her website www.bylisadoyle.com

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Milked 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
jaugs More than 1 year ago
I'm officially a member of the Lisa Doyle Fan Club! It is hard to believe that this is her debut novel. I was hooked from the beginning and was sad when I finished it in just a couple evenings. Amanda and her circle of friends remind me of mine (without the wet nursing part). I can't wait to catch Doyle's next novel, you'll find me first in line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic and quick moving novel with a plot I didn't want to end! The character depth is phenomenal and I enjoyed every twist and turn. Amanda's persistence in life and love is a lesson in how we end up exactly where we're supposed to be. I enjoyed the Chicago setting as well. If you are looking for a unique story that holds your attention this book is a must!!
booklover3008 More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic, fun, quick read!  I read this on recommendation by a friend because I absolutely love supporting local authors (Chicago!) - especially when the storyline was based in Chicago with names and places familiar to me.  (Might I add that I thought it was amazing that this is a debut novel...the storyline is definitely a unique one and very well written!) Although wet nurses is easily something I feel that I cannot relate to at all  -- and something that would not occur to me to be happening this day in age -- now I'm wondering if the rich and famous celebs actually do have wet nurses!  Lol - seems totally plausible to me now!  What really drew me in is that I really like the protagonist, Amanda - she seems like someone I would know or even be friends with!  A 30-year-old single mom who unluckily got ditched by her hot young summer fling, but luckily has a great group of friends, supportive family and friends, and strange twist in life to bring her to this new career.   I surprised myself by finishing this book in just two nights.  It's a fun, quick, read, and I will be recommending this to my book club!
GeorgianaC More than 1 year ago
I loved this couldn't-put-it-down romance - it's one terrific read with a very unique story-line! Doyle has created engaging and realistic characters (loved her great characterizations of the rich and famous!) in her debut romance. Amanda is a completely believable blend of a strong yet vulnerable single mom who repeatedly finds herself one paycheck away from poverty. This certainly isn't how she expected her life to turn out! Doyle uses a romance framework with plenty of conflict with Amanda's love interests to subtly raise important questions about motherhood, childcare, and financial stability in these difficult economic times. I can't recommend this book highly enough - it's a very enjoyable and fun read with substance that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a great romance!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite I knew from the third paragraph of Milked by debut author Lisa Doyle, that I was going to simply love this book. “I certainly didn’t think that in the span of two years, I’d be an unemployed, single mother with my tits for rent,” was the line that hooked me, and the rest of the story just continued to reel me in! Following the story of Amanda Keane, as she finds herself in just this position, Milked is a hilarious and fun read that kept me turning the pages throughout. When she finds herself pregnant by a man who has absolutely no interest in marrying her, and saddled with the costs of C-section delivery with no insurance, Amanda is just not sure what to do next. When her good friend lets her in on the dirty little secret of many of Chicago’s elite moms, that many of them want their infants to have the benefits of breast milk but without the work of producing it themselves, Amanda finds herself dashing through the city to deliver that white gold to all who are willing to pay. Along the way, she meets a cast of interesting characters, not the least of which is Dan, a cute father who seems interested in her, and you’ve got one heck of a great read. Lisa Doyle’s work is just a delight. Fast paced and funny, it’s an easy book to read all in one sitting. In fact, that’s the way I highly recommend you read it, because once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down. As a mom who’s nursed two sons, some of the situations that main character Amanda found herself in made me laugh out loud, because I could certainly relate! Milked would appeal to any reader who loves chick lit, a humorous read, or who just wants a fun read. I am eagerly waiting for the next book by author Lisa Doyle, and hope that she’s hard at work on her next novel!
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. I saw this book was up for requesting. I read the blurb once passed it on over. Read it again a few days later and figured I would give it a try. Being a mother who breastfed her children I was kind of wondering where this was going to go. You don't read to many books that have talk about breastfeeding in them so this was one that was a good read. You have Amanda the main character who is a normal twenty nine year old until she hits her thirtieth birthday. Everything seems to be going good until she brings home the Irishman she met at the Irish pub on her birthday. Things seem to good to be true until he had to leave to go back to his home and she took the test that determines if she is going to be momma. When it comes back positive and she lets him know they make plans for the future, when he takes the coward's way out it changes everything for Amanda.  She has to become a single mother and make things work. We watch as she struggles with losing her job and trying to find work all while trying to raise a baby. When one of her best friends lets her know that she can become a milk nanny for those that are famous she hesitates but then jumps right into it. Now I would have never thought people did this for a living but I could see it happening in real life.   As she takes on this job she meets different walks of people while trying to take care of her own child who is growing up before her eyes. When Amanda thinks she may have met the man for her he doesn't know right away what she does for a living. She juggles her work as a so called nanny, a momma to her daughter and a girlfriend to Dan. It seems hard and we watch how Amanda holds it all together even when she loses the job as a milk nanny and picks up another client.  Towards the end we see what happens when her daughter's father comes back into the picture and we see how she handles this encounter. We also get to see if she stays in this profession or if she decides to hang it up.  This book is filled with humor and the struggle is real for a single mother. The plot is different than what I have read before.  Amanda is a strong character and I was amazed at how she tried everything to take care of her and her daughter.  I really enjoyed how she learned more about herself and what she ended up wanting in life.
Beckalicious More than 1 year ago
As a sister of a lactation consultant, I have been aware of the breastfeeding conversation for many years. As a breastfeeding mother and friend of many mothers including myself who needed help with breastfeeding, this was a very relatable story. The non-traditional romance mixed in with the emotional ties that come with nursing and the interspersed humor made it a very quick read. The main character has a lot of positive qualities that cause you to root for her but also is upfront about her flaws which allows her to be relatable. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and was happy to see breastfeeding was such an integral part to the storyline, and in such a positive way. There's also enough other hooks in the book, such as the romantic comedy and struggle to survive in today's economy, to keep someone interested who has no connection or interest in breastfeeding as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty easy read.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Milked is an entertaining story that follows thirty year old Amanda Keane as she embarks on a new journey when her life takes an unexpected turn. Author Lisa Doyle weaves a humorous debut tale set in Chicago that follows Amanda Keane as her life unexpectedly changes after a whirlwind and short lived romance with a sexy Irishman, who leaves her alone and pregnant. Faced with the reality of motherhood and other trials and tribulations that befall her, Amanda embarks on a life-changing journey filled with choices, decisions, and stability, along the road to happiness. Milked was such a fun book to read, it had a little bit of everything: steamy romance, friendships, and the realistic daily trials and tribulations in life and parenthood, that easily kept me engaged and following Amanda's journey. I loved the author's easy style of wit and humor that she used to weave a realistic tale of motherhood and living one's life as best as you can (even with Amanda's new career as a Chicago society wet nurse) that readers could easily relate to. The author does a wonderful job of touching upon the variety of issues that arise with motherhood and how to overcome them, finding romance, and learning from life's experiences and lessons with humor and thoughtfulness. With a delightful cast of characters; witty dialogue and humorous interactions; a nice mixture of drama and romance; a rich description of the setting that transports the reader to the heart of Chicago; and an entertaining storyline filled with intriguing twists and turns; Milked is a delightful story that will leave a smile on your face!  Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Milked was unlike any other story I’ve ever read. It takes us through a two-year period in the MC, Amanda’s, life. I feel like I flew through this story, as it completely held my attention and was really entertaining! What first caught my attention was the cover. I love the adorableness of many chick lit books. I’m also a sucker for pregnancy and baby books. (I know, there must be something wrong with me. LOL!) But whenever I see a baby or pregnant woman on the front of a chick lit cover, I immediately read the synopsis. For some reason I felt this one and I would get along just fine… and that’s exactly what happened! The story is told through the viewpoint of Amanda, who is recapping for us what happened to her during this period. The way it read felt as though Amanda and I were sitting at a table having drinks, just chatting it up. I really got to know Amanda and felt instantly drawn to her, as someone I would probably be friends with in real life. This story starts with a fun night with a steamy Irishman, and let me tell you, I was instantly hooked! I’m always for a fun story with a sexy Irishman! (My husband is Irish, so I’m a bit biased perhaps.) I kind of wish this part of the story lasted longer, but only a few short chapter later and we were on to more serious and real life issues. I had a blast reading this story. I didn’t remember reading the synopsis, so I went into this story having absolutely no idea what this story was about. From the cover, I figured it was probably about pregnancy, and being a mother to an infant. Man was I surprised when I saw the road this book was taking! It was unlike any other book I’ve ever read, mostly because of the main topic of a wet nurse. Call me naive, but I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Seeing this span of weeks, months and years through the eyes of Amanda was especially eye-opening. I make it a point not to judge others in life and remaining as open-minded as I possibly can, so to me this was very interesting. I’m always looking for unique books that are different than the usual run-of-the-mill books I read… and this was it! I’d definitely recommend this book to other chick lit fans that are looking for a book to entertain them, while even teaching them a thing or two along the way. And don’t forget about the sexy Irishman thrown in for good measure! Milked reminded me of my love for chick lit, and for that I’m so thankful. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick and relatively funny read. I found some of the characters, including the main character, grating at times, but it was still a good discount read.
MrsKapow More than 1 year ago
I adore this book. Pretty much finished it on a plane ride and was disappointed when we landed because I couldn't knock out the last few pages. Lisa creates so many believable characters on so many levels and she had me laughing and crying in the best ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a unique and refreshing plot written with such ease and style. Highly recommend this book as it made me laugh, tear up, and rejoice. Can't wait for more books to come from such a witty author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not expecting much from a new author and I was blown away with how well written this book was.  I would highly recommend this to all women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for her second book! Love this new author.  This was such a unique story line.  I read a lot so I am always looking for something out of the ordinary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down! I love that it is a topic that I have never read about before. I cannot wait to see what's next for this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Such a fun and light read. I couldn't put it down! Hard to believe this is Doyle's first book as this one reads like a best seller. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
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I have always been an avid reader but as a busy mom it takes a really good book to keep my attention these days. For me, there are 3 criteria that make a novel stand out. #1 – interesting topic that I haven’t read about 7862 times before. #2 – Unpredictable ending… we’ve all read a different version of the same recycled story and ain’t nobody got time for that. #3 – That feeling when you can’t wait for the next nap time/waiting room/lunch break to read to read “a few more pages”. Milked, by Lisa Doyle delivers on all accounts. Lisa is a fabulous writer, keeping me engaged and interested throughout the entire book. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next – I’ll be first in line to buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read! The ending is full of several unexpected twists and turns that had been cheering for Amanda!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, can't-put-down read.  The characters are so relatable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
kottery More than 1 year ago
LOVED the book!  Was such a great light read.  I definitely recommend it to my friends and fellow moms.
SingleMomma More than 1 year ago
I couldn't believe this was a debut novel.  I was intrigued by the wet nurse notion - it's old school presence in such a modern setting.  The characters were incredibly well developed and I loved the main character especially.  Being a surprise single mom myself, I could relate to Amanda in so many different ways.  Definitely recommend!
DJB224 More than 1 year ago
I like taking a chance and reading new author's books, but Lisa Doyle writes so well it's likes she's already a best seller. I couldn't put it down. I knew nothing about "wet nurses" before, but now I wonder which celebrities really do use wet nurses! I love the creative plot and relatable characters. A book every women will love!
MrsChun More than 1 year ago
I love this book! What a creative story line and interesting characters! It usually takes me awhile to read books, but I couldn't put this one down. You'll love the unexpected twists and turns in this plot to see what happens to the main character.