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!Download Book ♞ A Mutual Favor ♱ Two Good Friends, Two Thorny Problems Kurt Needs A Wife To Convince A Judge He Can Provide A Stable Home For His Son Shelly Wants A Baby To Love She S Had A Crush On Him For Years He S Never Thought Of Her As Anything Than His Best Buddy So When She Offers Him A Solution To Both Their Problems, He S Not Sure But Knowing She Wants Him Changes Everything, And Pretty Soon He Can T Keep His Mind Or His Hands Off Her To be honest, this was an okay read for me at best I did look forward to reading this but there were some things that I didn t like so much about this story First, I did not like Kurt because of his freaking male ego and how he never made time for Shelly when she was pregrant Okay what That s right, even a person my age should know that a doting husband SHOULD take care of his wife and be there for her Second, I did not like how Shelly was a pushover and she had absolutely no growth as a character And finally, the author never gave us a reason as to why Kurt hated his ex wife so much We know that she s a witch when it comes to parenting, and being a wife in general but That was just it No explanation whatsoever, yada.Anyway, the story was medoicre at best, plus the love sessions had absolutely no spark Yep, it was cold as a fish I hated how Shelly did everything to make Kurt happy but he never really returned the favor What was up with that Maybe she should have loved someone else because his own reason for not falling in love with her was stupid Overall, I give this book a two out five stars. For all of us who enjoy books about friends who become lovers and make it work, A Mutual Favor by Ann Jacobs would be a worthy additional to your reading list She does a great job of depicting the growth of love and how it s the constant little things that mean so much than a rare big gesture I would, however, categorize this as romantica really really sexy romance vice erotica.She wants a baby, he needs a wife When Shelly asks Kurt to father the child she desperately wants, he freaks But the he thinks about it, the he realizes the act would be no chore And in order for Kurt to be granted visitation with his son, his lawyer has recommended he marry Since he s certainly not going to fall in love, what could be better than marrying his best friend Very enjoyable, if sometimes typical, romance. I was looking for a friends turn lovers book so I stumbled on this Unfortunately, it was not exactly what I was looking for the concept was great, Shelly wanting a baby, Kurt needing to marry to have a stable home for his son It falls at the actual relationship Shelly was a wet noodle when it came to Kurt She bent to everything and if Kurt did not miraculously fall in love with her, she would have spent the rest of her life miserable and in love with her husband The other problem was actually in the sex Considering that I thought that I was reading erotica, I was pretty cold for this one To the point that I was just happy that the story was decent enough to enjoy I call this false advertising Maybe I m just jaded. Reviewed for THC Reviews 4.5 stars Ann Jacobs is well known for her erotic romances, but A Mutual Favor is one of her sensual mainstream romance titles It s the story of two best friends one of my favorite romance tropes entering into a marriage of convenience another favorite theme as a favor for each other He needs a wife in order to convince a judge that he should have joint custody of his twelve year old son She feels her biological clock ticking and wants to have a baby ASAP, but has no other relationship prospects in her life other than her best friend who she s loved from afar for a long time By embarking on this journey together, they learn things about themselves and each other, including that best friends truly can make the best marriage partners.Kurt is a top notch, workaholic orthopedic surgeon whose patients are his top priority His first marriage ended in divorce, because his ex wife didn t understand this or his ambitions Not to mention, she seemed like a pretty spoiled d butante who was used to getting her own way After the divorce, Kurt moved from Atlanta to San Antonio for a change of pace and to pursue his career, which makes it very difficult for him to see his twelve year old son, Jason He s been petitioning the courts for joint custody, but on the rare occasions that Jason has been able to visit, Kurt was often tied up in surgery and unable to spend much time with him This has left Jason bitter toward his dad, which is only exacerbated by his mom s lies and manipulations In order for the judge to see him as a fit parent who cares about his child, Kurt needs to prove that Jason will have full time supervision on his visits, and his attorney believes the best way to do that is for him to get married so that his wife can look after Jason I had slightly mixed feelings about Kurt, at least at first I fully understand that the life of a surgeon, especially one as talented and in demand as he is, can be extremely hectic No one could predict when an emergency case would be brought into the hospital, needing his immediate attention, but I couldn t help wondering if he might not have been able to find other ways to cut back on the amount of time spent at the hospital However, oftentimes, control of his schedule seemed to be out of his hands with people who were above him insisting that he had to do certain things even if he didn t really want to I did like that Kurt gradually comes to realize how much he s been neglecting his family and starts to make some changes to ensure that he s spending time with them, and importantly, placing them higher on his priority list Even before this, I at least felt that during the time he spent with Shelly and Jason, he was in the moment with them and not distracted by his work He just couldn t seem to get away from it long enough to be with them often With regards to his relationship with Shelly, Kurt fights his burgeoning feelings for her After having his heart trampled by his ex wife, he has no desire to love someone again and thinks that marriage to his best friend is a pretty appealing option Love has a way of sneaking into one s heart unexpectedly though, and Kurt was not immune Even though he keeps trying to tell himself that they re just friends who happen to be married, it doesn t take long for him to start loving her in a romantic way and gradually coming to accept those feelings.Shelly has worked as a physical therapist in Kurt s practice for quite a while and developed a deep friendship with him For her, those feelings have turned to love, so when she suddenly feels her biological clock ticking, it s Kurt she asks to father her baby Although he initially isn t particularly open to her suggestion of being a sperm donor, he eventually returns with the proposition of a mutual favor, which she s pretty eager to accept Shelly is a kind, caring, and compassionate person I m sure some readers will view her as a doormat, especially when she gives up her job to become a homemaker, but I saw her as simply being easy going Having worked with Kurt prior to marrying him, she understands his devotion to his patients and willingly accepts his crazy schedule without complaint, even though it sometimes means dealing with his surly son alone She gradually wins Jason over with a combination of kindness, understanding, and her exceptional culinary skills Having been a homemaker for many years, I could appreciate and admire Shelly for her ability to create an environment that was a pleasant place for Kurt to come home to, as well as for her unwavering support of her husband I admittedly haven t always been particularly good at either one, but in some ways, I wish I could be like Shelly I think it was in large part her laid back attitude and gentleness that eventually won Kurt s heart and made him realize that he needed to follow her example by being devoted to her like she was to him.Some reviewers didn t seem to like this story very much, but overall, it worked quite well for me I have a feeling that some readers probably didn t relate to the characters, but I felt I understood them pretty well I thought the love scenes could have used a little better emotional connection, but at the same time, I couldn t help wondering if it was a deliberate decision on the part of the author to write them that way After all, immediately following their marriage, Kurt is turned on by Shelly but still viewing her as nothing than a friend, so for him to keep a little emotional distance made sense Not that he isn t a considerate lover no matter what, but I think he was even so after his little epiphany So in general, A Mutual Favor was an enjoyable read for me With a number of romance themes that I enjoy and a hero and heroine that I found to be fairly likable, I couldn t help but give it keeper status.Note With regards to content, length, and frequency, the love scenes in this book are definitely on par with most mainstream romances, however, they do contain some explicit language that is typically reserved for erotic romances A Mutual Favor was recently updated and re released by the author under the new title, A Very Special Favor. Really enjoyed this one it s a friends to lovers via marriage of convenience story Shelly a physical therapist has kind of been hung up on Kurt a trauma surgeon for a couple years now, but they re good friends, and she s not about to rock the boat, especially since he s got a nasty divorce and custody situation that s made him leery about relationships Plus he doesn t see her that way Then she gets hit hard by her ticking biological clock and he gets hit hard by his ex s custody machinations Getting married seems the perfect solution to both their concerns.I really enjoyed Shelly and Kurt, and loved that their changed relationship realistically solved some of their problems and of course, created new wrinkles to be overcome It definitely wasn t all hearts and roses, especially with Kurt s son to win over.A very enjoyable read looking forward to catching up with others from Ms Jacobs s backlist I like the story s premise, but it could have been a lot better It was like it was two different books that didn t go together cute and dirty I enjoy good erotica, which it tried to be, but the language just didn t fit the sweet story I couldn t see the characters saying some of the things they did I also never really felt the love connection either She was a virgin at 32, come on She was a modern day professional not a sheltered lady It was a quick read though, at least it had that going for it. There was so much potential for sharper development with the purpose of the plot Then the characters would have been likable. This one was all right Shelly has been in love with her best friend and coworker, Kurt, for a few years She wants a baby and asks him, but he turns her down When his ex wife tries to prevent him from seeing his son though, he asks Shelly to marry him so that he ll look like a better parent to the judge deciding the case She agrees and they turn out to be very compatible.It really was OK reading, but there were some things I really didn t like The first is that when Shelly originally asked Kurt for the baby, he turned her down cold Which I think was his right, and he did comfort her subsequently and do his best to cheer her up, promising her that she d meet the right guy eventually However, then when custody for his kid comes up, he immediately figures out that marrying Shelly will make perfect sense and he reasons that he ll be willing to swap favors That kind of made him seem really selfish to me Also, when he said no that first time, he really seemed to have an attitude that Shelly would be better off never having kids than being a single mom What s wrong with single moms exactly She was an educated, financially stable thirty two year old woman His platitudes you ll find the right man and thank me later for this really seemed cheap and unrealistic And his quick turnaround made me feel like, Oh, so making a baby isn t a big deal to you then, as long as you get something out of it The next thing I disliked was that when Shelly agreed to marry him, they agreed to meet the next day to talk things over and at that meeting, he simply says, You ll be turning in your notice on Wednesday Kurt is a surgeon and Shelly is a physical trainer He s a bit of a workaholic and has a crazy schedule because he has to rush in a lot of the times when there s been an accident It pissed me off that on the one hand, his job meant so much to him and he made clear from the start that his hours were crazy and that she would have to be accommodating, but then on the other hand, he totally disregards her own job Shelly puts up a half hearted, Well I ll keep it part time, and then later realizes that he was right to demand she cut down on her hours because decorating the house was taking SO MUCH of her time Heaven forbid his house shouldn t be decorated She went from a physical therapist to a woman who was spent her whole day cooking her husband s meals, doing housework, and catering to his spoiled, unhappy son s needs whenever the kid s visiting In a book that was published recently, that s just not palatable for me At least until she got pregnant, she should have kept the job full time.Sorry if I seem like a rabid feminist Things like this will really ruin a romance novel for me though. A Mutual Favor was a great book It s a fast read and a very sexy romance If you enjoy books about friend who become lovers this is a book for you 4.5 Stars