The Baby Project

The Baby Project

by Miranda Liasson
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The Baby Project by Miranda Liasson

Liz Kingston spends her life delivering babies and longs for one of her own. All she needs is someone with fabulous genetic material. Who better to ask than her sexy ex-fling, who has no interest in ever settling down or being a father.

International correspondent Grant Wilbanks loves danger and travelling the world. But nothing in all this Brit's experience could have prepared him for the way a torrid affair with Liz makes him feel. When she asks for his assistance, he figures he can help her out with a simple donation. No strings, no emotions, just...test-tube science.

But this simple favor gives them both more than they ever bargained for. Grant agrees to her terms, but stepping away gets harder and harder because the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling...and losing the battle to safeguard his heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974585243
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about courageous but flawed characters who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a former Golden Heart winner who writes series romance for Entangled Publishing and lighthearted contemporary romance for Montlake. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three kids, and Posey, a rescue cat with attitude.

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The Baby Project 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Lori-Gonzo 12 days ago
The feels you get when reading this story is amazing! I totally loved Liz. I felt every emotion and longing that she had. Her character was brought to life for me and I wanted to cry with her and hoped for her baby. This was such a good and emotional story. Grant had such a complete transformation. It was very sweet to watch him change and read his doubts and vulnerabilities. But the end with the light bulb moment was priceless and the words he said to Liz - heartwarming. Having her family near was perfect. So beautiful. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Honolulubelle 17 days ago
Favorite Quotes: I’m thirty-two years old, divorced, and I have endometriosis. And I haven’t had a date since my grandmother tried to fix me up with that guy whose first name was the same as my mom’s maiden name. She kept trying to say we weren’t related, but I knew better. … her husband, the man she’d dated since high school, cheated on her with Daphne Marie Henderson, who owned the pet grooming business in town. At the time, they hadn’t even been married a year. She thought Parker was dropping off his mother’s dog for a shampoo and cut, but he was clearly getting some other services performed as well. He was as domesticated as a Bengali tiger. “You know you’re always beautiful to me,” Nick said, rubbing Maddie’s belly and giving her a kiss. “I just never thought I’d see the day when my wife would eat more than a pro football player.” … “I love you,” Maddie said, “but when you talk like that you do know you’re asking for death, right?” My Review: The Baby Project was a quick, entertaining, and satisfying read. Grant was charming with a posh British accent, although he was also a daredevil, adrenaline junkie, and a front-line journalist who lived out of a suitcase and was driven with the goal of obtaining a Pulitzer. Liz was a prickly, workaholic OB in a small town practice, living in an empty house with an empty refrigerator and a one-eyed dog, yet yearning for a baby. Doesn’t sound like much of a match but they had shared volcanically hot chemistry with “Armageddon kisses,” when they had met a year prior and enjoyed a torrid affair that was hot enough to scare Grant stupid, and he had been, really, really stupid. I enjoyed the humor, banter, steam, and gradual peeling of the onion to see how the relationship softened and revitalized the characters. I could happily read engaging Miranda Liasson stories like this every single day.
ljtljtljt 17 days ago
I really liked The Baby Project by new to me author Miranda Liasson. This is the third book from her Kingston Family series, and I am looking forward to reading more of her work. The two main characters are romantic, interesting, and replete with longing for each other. This book may be enjoyed as a standalone. Obstetrician Liz Kingston loves her job, her friends, and the small town she lives in. She is finally at a place in her life where she can begin her own family. However, due to health issues, her ability to conceive is next to impossible. So she asks her pseudo friend Grant to be her high quality donor. Grant Wilbanks is a famous international journalist. He thrives on the danger of his work, in addition to bringing awareness of the less fortunate to the world. About a year ago, Grant and Liz met in Africa. Liz was part of the Doctors Without Borders contingent and Grant was on assignment. They immediately hit it off and spent their available free moments together. Now Grant is in Liz's town putting together a documentary. They rekindle the sparks they once shared and evolve their relationship into much more. This is a truly entertaining and well-written read. Liz and Grant have an amazing connection and Ms. Liasson does an excellent job of creating sexual tension, need and desire. Grant is a hot alpha male and every move that he makes evokes lust, sensitivity and devotion. The conflict between Liz's need to have a father for her child and Grant's desire for adventure is well-conceived. Overall, this is an engaging read that will keep you wowed from start to finish. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
beckymmoe 18 days ago
I enjoyed Liz and Grant's story--a sweet second chance romance with a baby surprise ;) Liz was a strong character, knowing what she wanted and doing what she could to get it for herself all by herself (well, as by herself as she could, anyway!) I would have liked her to have felt less conflicted about telling her family the truth, though--not that I blame her at all for hesitating, but I wanted her to own it sooner than she did in the end. Still, she's a great character, and it's easy to root for her from the very first page. Plus, she's got an awesome rescue dog--how can you not love her? Grant, Grant, Grant...I wasn't too sure about him at first, but he won me over :) The scenes with him and the males in Liz's family were absolutely priceless, and oh, that ending... A great addition to the series, this one would work fine as a standalone too (confession time--I've only read book #1 so far-- A Man of Honor is still waiting on my TBR!) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
beausmommy 19 days ago
The sweet, emotional story of Liz and Grant. A HEA is what Liz has always wanted. She put her past behind her, with her cheating ex, explored the world but came home to settle down. And what she wanted most was to be a mom. Too bad she hadn’t found anyone to be her partner. She was strong, independent and ready to do it on her own. Then, who shows up but the one she couldn’t quite forget. Grant, the international reporter she had a fling with in Africa and never quite let go. Small towns...the magic they have. With both of them living in such close accommodations, it was inevitable. What transpires is true love, not without some heartache thrown in, along with some quirky family, a stubborn dog and a special friendship, all playing a part. Love this sweet story and so excited to continue reading this author.
Bigedsgirl1 20 days ago
Delightful and Unforgettable! I am so hooked on Miranda Liasson's exceptional storytelling and The Baby Project is a perfect example of why. Liz and Grant's story is filled with ups and downs, laughter and tears, and will resonate with the reader long after the last page is read. As with her other books, Ms. Liasson has penned a book with captivating characters and an unforgettable romance. I heartily recommend you not miss out on this one; you can thank me later! I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
arubaqueen 20 days ago
Miranda Liasson does a wonderful job writing well developed stories with very likeable characters. This is a quick read about second chance love and provides plenty of laughable moments as Liz and Grant figure out they are meant for each other. This is the 3rd book in this series but the only one I've read so is easily read as a stand alone. I received a complimentary copy and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Jennann3 20 days ago
Liz and Grant meet in Nairobi, Africa. Liz is there nursing the hurt of a failed marriage, while working with Doctors Without Borders. While Grant is pursuing a Pulitzer. Liz and Grant fall into bed, but when the time comes to leave Africa Liz is left boarding the train alone and heartbroken. Liz returns home to join her friend Brett in an OB practice. Liz devotes everything she has to work, not allowing time for thoughts of Grant to come into play. With her sisters and sister-in-law pregnant, she also distances herself from her family. She's truly happy for her family, but she's always longed to be a mom. With no men in the picture, Liz decides to do IVF. She just needs a donor.... After getting into trouble with the African government, Grant is sent to "Podunkville" until things blow over. He chooses to go to the only place he felt loved, his Aunt's. It also happens to be where Liz lives. He's never gotten over Liz and hopes to apologize and make things right. He never imagined Liz would ask for a no-strings donation.... What starts out as a no-strings request, quickly has so many "strings" it's hard to untangle them all. You have Grant who has worthiness and abandonment issues. Liz is a lonely workaholic with trust issues. Although I really enjoyed this novel, I wanted to kick Grant in the rear in the beginning of the novel. He whined "forever" about how he wasn't good enough for Liz or to be anyone's daddy. The struggles with infertility, trust issues due a cheating ex, a failed marriage, and abandonment are all life issues one can easily relate to. Gizmo was awesome too! I read a gifted copy, but also purchased one. All opinions stated are my own.
D-does-reviews 20 days ago
Having read hundreds of books over the years this is the first book that I can remember reading twice in a matter of days because I wanted to savor this beautifully written story and experience the emotional connection between these two characters again and again. Liz is an ob/gyn who is surrounded by babies but fears she'll never have a child of her own because her picture perfect marriage ended in divorce and being a workaholic keeps her too busy to examine her lonely life. Grant is a British foreign correspondent who prefers his vagabond life traveling the globe to get the story because facts aren't messy and his emotions don't come in to play. When Liz and Grant slow down long enough to savor life, these two lonely characters realize that the journey is all about love and their feelings for each other have the power to change everything. I read a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Lorizen 20 days ago
Fantastic story is all I can say, an absolute must read. This book has so much more depth than I expected and it made it all the better. Elizabeth is an OB Doctor, returning to her small hometown in North Carolina to join a practice with her best friend in college Brett and another woman. After catching her fiancé with another woman right before their wedding, she walks out and joins Doctors Without Borders for a year to basically regroup and move on with her life. While in Africa she meets Grant, world famous photojournalist and they have a deep and passionate affair. Before her leaving DWB and heading back to the States, they plan a week long trip together and are meeting at the train station. But Grant never shows. Fast forward a year, Grant is headed home to small town North Carolina after causing a rather political firestorm while in Kenya and as punishment, they pull him back home and have him do a documentary on small town America and it's demise. They sure picked the wrong town. But Grant knows the Liz is there and he's never forgotten about her, nor she him. The oldest of three girls, her sisters are married and pregnant and Liz knows her clock is ticking, along with a medical issue that makes it even more difficult to get pregnant, so decides to go for IVF, although unhappy about not being able to be more selective about the gene pool. Grants Aunt lives next to Liz and it's a rough start as Liz really hasn't forgiven him for not only not showing but his simple failure to buck up. The two spend more time together when one day Liz blurts out that she wants him to donate. He ponders this, and all his lousy childhood memories come back to him and he wants to say no but he can't. We get to walk through the journey with them, along with watching their relationship perch precariously at times, Liz is very closed off from her family. She loves them dearly but all the talk of babies remind her that she lacks in that area. I loved Brett, her fellow OB and close friend, so supportive of her and is there for her. Grant spends a lot of time with one foot in and one foot out and the inner dialogue with these two was very interesting and insightful. I'll leave you with that. Does she get pregnant, does she tell her family the truth about what's going on? When Grant's time there grows short, does he stay or leave? Can someone possibly be that predictable you know what they are going to do, or rather not going to do? Miranda wrote a fantastic story here, about the desire to have a child, of relationships that weave and bob like drunks on a binge. On family standing behind each other, throwing their love and support fully and completely to Liz. The emotions are palpable and very close to the surface. Along with that you get a good hard look at a man who cannot outrun his past or his father's glorious reputation. Who decides that its harder to hit a moving target and moving targets don't have families, meet someone else's needs or loves. Grant was an interesting character. Read the book. You just need to read it. Miranda writes a great story and her characters are people with flaws and shortcomings like the rest of us. They're relatable and she manages to weave them into an intricate tale every single time. I highly recommend. Great story Miranda! **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
JennieF 20 days ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation from Net Galley… 4.5 stars The Baby Project by Miranda Liasson is an awesome read with lots of depth, flaws, old hurts and feelings that grow even when you least expect them….. Liz Kingston is returning to her hometown after spending a year with Doctors Without Borders after finding her fiancé with another woman right before her wedding. She is an OB doctor and is joining a practice with her best friend from college, Brett and another woman. While in Africa she meets Grant Wilbanks and they spend time together and when they are heading back to the States, they plan to take another trip together to deepen their relationship except Grant doesn’t show….. A year later, Grant Wilbanks, a world famous photojournalist returns to North Carolina after a debacle in Kenya and has to lay low for a while and as punishment he has to do a documentary on small town America and how it’s slowing becoming less but this town is the direct opposite. He knows that Liz is in the town and hasn’t forgotten about her or what happened when he didn’t show up for their week-long trip… With Liz’s two sisters pregnant and her clock is ticking she also has a medical condition that will make it even harder to get pregnant herself so she decides to go IVF but is not happy with the gene pool and when Grant shows up again she realized that he might be the perfect person to give her what she wants….a baby. Now she has to convince him to help her but not do it the old fashion way… Will Liz open up with family about all that has happened that they are not aware, will Grant man up or do the deed and run or can Liz and Grant find their HEA???
shobeteener 20 days ago
Liz and Grant meet in Nairobi, Africa. Liz is there working with Doctors without Borders healing a broken heart after a failed marriage. Grant is there as a reporter. There is an instant connection between these two and when Liz boards a train going home thinking Grant is joining her she gets a text from him saying he's not joining her. What a jerk! Liz goes on with her life but is facing a life changing choice of possible having an IVF. Her sister and sister-in-law are both pregnant and she is feeling a little hollow. Grant and her cross paths again and she has a no string attached proposal for him. He has to decide what his future is going to hold. I really like the way the author writes. I felt the anquish that Liz went/going through and I also felt the turmoil that Grant was going through. I love these two characters together. If you love contemporary secondary chance at love stories. This one is for you. I actually would consider this one a third chance at love story.
Linda__ 21 days ago
LOVED this book! I was drawn into Liz and Grant's story from the very first page and was totally engaged until the very last page and turning pages just as quickly as possible. I loved the characters and felt invested in their story - I even loved Liz's family and dog. How could you not love a rescue dog named Gizmo? Too sweet for words. If you enjoy contemporary romance, you will love this book. This is a must read for fans of the genre. While this is the first book I've read by the author, it won't be the last. I've added her to my must read authors' list.
ytcruz 21 days ago
When you pick up a book by Ms Liasson you are guaranteed a book that will touch your heart and all your senses. This one was no different. The story centers around Grant Willbank and Liz Kingston. He is a world famous correspondence who met Liz , an OB/GYN in Kenya. She was working with Doctors Without Borders and he was working on a story. They had an affair which ended badly and now , after creating a political crisis in Kenya, Grant is sent back to the USA. Without giving away the plot and Liz’s desire to have a child, I will say that you will experience multiple emotions while reading this story . You will be heartbroken for the characters, not only for what they are going through , but in Grant’s case, what he endured as a child. Both are strong characters, with deep feelings but in Grant’s case, feelings he buries deeply. Will he once again choose his career and avoid commitment or will he choose Liz , love and small town living? A story worth your time. A thank you to the author for another wonderful book I was gifted this copy by Netgalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
koala571 21 days ago
I loved Miranda Liasson's new book, it's full of love and heart that sticks with you even after you have finished. Miranda picks the most unique subjects to write about and gives it life within the pages of her books. Liz wants to have a baby before it's too late, but a failed marriage and a disease that could prevent her from getting pregnant the old fashion way is looming in the future. Grant has come to Buckleberry Bend to do a story on small town American dying out as he was sidelined for smuggling a family over the Kenyan border. He is a foreign correspondent who loves danger along with a British accent makes one hot guy. Liz and Grant had an affair when she was abroad with Doctors Without Borders, but Liz left empty handed and alone once more. Her faith in the opposite sex broken by another man so she wasn't looking for a relationship, just a sperm donor for her baby. However, sparks fly when they met again and things don't go as planned. I loved how Liz and Grant relationship heats up and decisions must be made that affects both of their lives. This is a must read love story with such a great storyline that you will fall in love with the characters. Your heart will be broken on some parts, but a HEA awaits you. I highly recommend this book and any others of Miranda's books. Series: The Kingston Family Series - can be read as a standalone. Characters: Strong, independent male and strong self-determined women who both have to heal from past wounds. Writing: Smooth and developed. Storyline: Wanting a family and a second chance on love. Heat: Burning 5 Koala Paws
Lashea677 3 months ago
Liz thought she had her future all planned out. Her perfect plans went up in smoke and now at 32 she longs for something more. A family. That too may be quickly slipping away. Enter Grant Wilbanks, world traveler. He's hot, he's caring but a wanderer at heart. Can a torrid affair give them both the family of their dreams? Ms. Liasson took a subject that is heartbreaking and turned it into an inspiring tale of love. A story of hope that touches the heart.