The Misconception by Darlene Gardner
(A Romantic Comedy)

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An updated edition with a never-before-seen epilogue

The sperm donor she hired has gone AWOL, so who’s the man in her bed? A misunderstanding of biological proportions.

A man is good for only one thing.

Dr. Marietta Dalrymple wants a baby, but all she wants from a man is his sperm. A professor of evolutionary biology, Marietta can explain away romantic love with scholarly theories of why men and women are compelled to copulate. Monogamy, she believes, is a state most males can’t achieve.

So what is Marietta to do after she mistakes Cash “Jax” Jackson for the carefully screened sperm donor she hired to impregnate her? Especially when Jax doesn’t know about the legal document the other man signed relinquishing all rights to the child.

Jax soon sets his sights on more than Marietta’s unborn baby. But can he prove to her that romantic love truly exists? Or will the secret he’s keeping destroy any chance these unlikely lovers have at happiness?


“The Misconception is a treat from start to finish and is worthy of the keeper shelf.” -- The Romance Reader (five-star review), June 2002

“I was laughing one minute and crying the next, my way of knowing that this one is a winner!… I have fast become an avid fan of Darlene Gardner and cannot wait to see what she will write next!” -- The Best Reviews, June 2002

“A wonderfully entertaining read that belongs on the keeper shelf, The Misconception wins the WordWeaving Award of Excellence.” --, June 2002


Darlene Gardner has more than 30 books in print, from single-title romantic comedies to emotionally charged family dramas.

About Darlene Gardner

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Gardner was a sportswriter for years. She grew up in the Pittsburgh area, graduated from Penn State and worked for daily newspapers in Charleston, SC and Fort Lauderdale. She now writes fiction full-time and lives in Northern Virginia.
Published December 26, 2013 by Darlene Gardner. 307 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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