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'He's not mine, is he?' That's the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people that ever lived. And he doesn't even know it. One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Chr 'He's not mine, is he?' That's the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people that ever lived. And he doesn't even know it. One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and son Phoenix. But they're living a lie - a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out. Because Meg's son doesn't look like Christian, he looks like his rock star father and, sooner or later, the world is going to realize ...


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'He's not mine, is he?' That's the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people that ever lived. And he doesn't even know it. One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Chr 'He's not mine, is he?' That's the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people that ever lived. And he doesn't even know it. One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and son Phoenix. But they're living a lie - a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out. Because Meg's son doesn't look like Christian, he looks like his rock star father and, sooner or later, the world is going to realize ...

30 review for Baby Be Mine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dinjolina

    I wish this hero just dropped dead. I mean…I got trough all the angst of him ‘loving’ the heroine in book one. She leaves him, ok. Then he is back on the scene…..with a girlfriend. One that he luuuuvs. But the heroine is living with him because of the kid….so he is…jealous…and sometimes he is kissy and gropey…but we still have scenes where he fucks his girlfriend all over the place, and pretty much in the heroines presence. So the HE? Ew. He changed? Please. He realized he loves only her? Snort. They will f I wish this hero just dropped dead. I mean…I got trough all the angst of him ‘loving’ the heroine in book one. She leaves him, ok. Then he is back on the scene…..with a girlfriend. One that he luuuuvs. But the heroine is living with him because of the kid….so he is…jealous…and sometimes he is kissy and gropey…but we still have scenes where he fucks his girlfriend all over the place, and pretty much in the heroines presence. So the HE? Ew. He changed? Please. He realized he loves only her? Snort. They will forever be happy. Ha! What a humongous pile of lies. And frankly, a heroine that wanted him after everything? Well, she can drop dead too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first one and think this was a great sequel to “Johnny Be Good”. I had a bit of a problem with the characters in the first book but liked them a lot better this time around and I’ll make sure to read the short story sequel to this book right away!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This is the second episode of this story. I liked it, as much as the first one. The only annoying thing were the constant, over-long repeat summaries of the first book. Especially since I’ve read the two books in a row, it irritated me a lot. On the plus side, there is an ending this time. Happy? I’ll let you find out for yourself. The book is quick paced and engaging as Johnny be Good, so it won’t take you long. My comments on the story: 1. in the beginning you want to shout at the heroine for ho This is the second episode of this story. I liked it, as much as the first one. The only annoying thing were the constant, over-long repeat summaries of the first book. Especially since I’ve read the two books in a row, it irritated me a lot. On the plus side, there is an ending this time. Happy? I’ll let you find out for yourself. The book is quick paced and engaging as Johnny be Good, so it won’t take you long. My comments on the story: 1. in the beginning you want to shout at the heroine for how dumb she has been 2. when I though Johnny had already given his worst the Author finds a couple of creative ways to make him sank to new lows… and then rise up again? Once more I’ll let you find out for yourself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    4 stars. I have to start by saying that I have a real soft spot for Paige Toon. She's an Australian author (or grew up in Australia at least) and most of her novels so far have some sort of link or make reference to Australia. Her books also twine together subtly; often with characters from one book making cameos in another. Another thing I can say about Toon's books is that she doesn't shy away from the crappy stuff in life. Most of her stories take a hell of a lot of drama to get to their HEA, h 4 stars. I have to start by saying that I have a real soft spot for Paige Toon. She's an Australian author (or grew up in Australia at least) and most of her novels so far have some sort of link or make reference to Australia. Her books also twine together subtly; often with characters from one book making cameos in another. Another thing I can say about Toon's books is that she doesn't shy away from the crappy stuff in life. Most of her stories take a hell of a lot of drama to get to their HEA, hence where Baby Be Mine comes in. We first meet Meg, Johnny, Christian and co in Johnny Be Good and while that book concludes a certain way that the reader has to accept, I think I speak for a lot of fans when I say that I wish it could have ended differently. Toon announced she was writing a sequel to Johnny Be Good last year and her readers have held their breath ever since. Was Baby Be Mine awesome? It wasn't perfect. Did I love it? I definitely loved aspects of it because I was emotionally invested and had been since JBG. Was I disappointed overall? Not really. Did I gain HEA closure? Yes and thank god for that! Considering I've read hundreds of books since my last Toon jaunt, I have to admit I'd forgotten how restrictive first person POV can be. I think in Meg and Johnny's case it really affects their chemistry in the book because while you feel everything that Meg feels (and so acutely), you have NO idea how Johnny feels. And that is beyond frustrating because when push comes to shove, you want to believe that it's not all been for nothing and that he loves her just as much as you want to believe that he does. I've always liked Meg as a heroine. Ok so she hasn't made perfect decisions but she's done the very best that she can with what she's got. I also feel neither Johnny nor Christian treated her half as well as she deserved. Christian irked me especially at times. I did love the book and the HEA in particular but I felt the book spent so much time as a continuum of Johnny Be Good that we saw a lot of recycled emotions, feelings and scenes instead of ripping into the heart of wtf was happening. I loved that Meg was stronger and more confident. I loved that Johnny finally sorted himself out (though we honestly only saw 20 pages of this positivity towards the end). I adored Barney. I sincerely felt sorry for Christian but thought he could have tried a tiny bit harder to understand. I also craved hearing Johnny's thoughts and feelings more than I wanted anything in my whole life. I wanted more time spent on Johnny and Meg. All in all, a satisfying conclusion to one of my favourite stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abi Holligan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Baby Be Mine is the sequel to Johnny Be Good, it starts where the first book left off with Meg knowing that Johnny is in fact the father of her son Barney, not Christian, Johnny's best friend who she is currently having a relationship and living with. Barney looks so much like his father she can't believe Christian hasn't realised it yet. When Christian's mother dies, Meg has to forget herself and be strong for Christian, but when Johnny shows up to give his support, Meg is on edge especially wh Baby Be Mine is the sequel to Johnny Be Good, it starts where the first book left off with Meg knowing that Johnny is in fact the father of her son Barney, not Christian, Johnny's best friend who she is currently having a relationship and living with. Barney looks so much like his father she can't believe Christian hasn't realised it yet. When Christian's mother dies, Meg has to forget herself and be strong for Christian, but when Johnny shows up to give his support, Meg is on edge especially when Johnny starts asking to see pictures of Barney. When Johnny sees a picture of Barney with Christian's mother on the side, suspicion and disbelief cross his face, could Barney be his? How could you right a review about this book without spoilers? It would literally be impossible. First off I want to talk about the cover, I was quite disappointed, in no way did it resemble the other books which seemed to have a theme of text and pictures, this seemed like a standalone book which doesn't seem right seen as though it's the sequel to Johnny Be Good. The beginning of the book started off a little slow for me, only because Meg seemed moan-y and always guilty and sad. Of course, it picked up after a few chapters, from then on every chapter was great, I couldn't put it down, I wanted to keep reading and find out what happened next. I love Johnny and couldn't wait for him to turn up in the book, I didn't have to wait long, the chemistry between Johnny and Meg is undeniable even though they both try to hide it. I loved how Johnny figured out he was the father, it was great no words were needed and Meg and Christian are being driven away as he figures it out, obiviously after this Meg has to tell Christian and that was so sad for him but suprisingly he still wants to be in Barney's life, but he needs time so he leaves for a while giving Meg time to pack her stuff and leave, here enters Johnny comforting Meg and asking her to come stay with him in LA with Barney, after some consideration she eventually agrees. In LA we meet Dana, Johnnys drug addicted, selfish girlfriend who he's been with for a while, we also meet Johnny's new PA Lena who took over after Meg, she's a lesbian so no confusion over if anything happened between her and Johnny. After some back and forth flirting and denial between Johnny and Meg, she starts to realise that Johnny can be a good father to Barney but that thought is soon scuppered after attending a party with new love interest Joseph, Dana and Johnny tag along the air is frosty as Johnny and Joseph meet but soon enough Meg goes back to Joseph's place. Arriving back at Johnny's house the party seems to have come back with him, shocked and horrified Meg runs in looking for Barney, she finds Dana and Johnny both wasted and possibly stoned, horrified that Johnny would act like this with his son upstairs she gets Barney and leaves for a hotel telling Johnny this isn't going to work out anymore. Eventually the press find out about Barney being Johnny's son and the papparazzi are all over. Meg and Johnny agree that she will stay with him for another week until a safe house is sorted for her and Barney with security away from the press. Over the next few months, Christian eventually decides he's ready to see Barney and part of this is because he's starting seeing someone new called Sara, Meg is happy for him. She keeps in contact with Johnny and he comes down for Barney's birthday and other occassions. Dana has gone after her latest stint in rehab and it seems Johnny has taken Meg's words of sorting himself out seriously as he has given up the booze for good and seems a different person. Meg starts to feel all those feelings again and when Johnny invites her and Barney to a Speed Festival she agrees to go. Here Johnny and Meg have a heart to heart he tells her he doesn't want anyone else, just her and Barney but she can't let herself get hurt again, he promises he won't but she's not willing to take the risk. After the festival they attend a concert, here Johnny performs the song he wrote for Meg and dedicates it to "the love of my life and the mother of my son." Meg decides to give in to her feelings and try at least she will know, without regretting never having tried. They head back to Johnny's hotel room, he stares at Meg intently and gets down on one knee, "Will you marry me?" he asks. Of course Meg says yes. The epilogue finishes with Christian being happy with Sara, Johnny and Meg living together away from LA, they did get married and had a snow-y wedding before she started to show, she's pregnant again! I loved the ending it was everything I hoped it would be, not only did Meg and Johnny get back together (I have always routed for these two) but they got married and have another baby on the way. I love Johnny as a character and if he was real I would marry him myself. I would hope that there could be another book but I doubt there will be, the first one ended with a cliffhanger so there was more story to tell, most likely we may here about them in another book. Also Daisy or Paola as she is known in this book and Luis make an appearance which was nice.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    I didn't actually read the whole book, I only read the last four chapters. Reason being I have issues with cheating and cruel behavior and seemingly hopeless situations. And after reading Dinjolina reviews saying that, "[Johnny] is back on the scene…..with a girlfriend. One that he luuuuvs. But the heroine is living with him because of the kid….so he is…jealous…and sometimes he is kissy and gropey…but we still have scenes where he fucks his girlfriend all over the place, and pretty much in the I didn't actually read the whole book, I only read the last four chapters. Reason being I have issues with cheating and cruel behavior and seemingly hopeless situations. And after reading Dinjolina reviews saying that, "[Johnny] is back on the scene…..with a girlfriend. One that he luuuuvs. But the heroine is living with him because of the kid….so he is…jealous…and sometimes he is kissy and gropey…but we still have scenes where he fucks his girlfriend all over the place, and pretty much in the heroines presence." I just couldn't bear to read all that shit, so I skipped it all and went straight to the 'happy ending'. Which didn't ease up my dislike for the guy, the girl, or for all the hardships and heartaches I had to read about to get to it. I'd never trust that asshole again, and I'd never be able to forgive him for the hurt he'd caused. ICKY fucking book!!!!!!! And the thing about a hero is, you have to be rooting for them to make it! You have to want them to rise above... to conquer... to get the girl... et cetera. With Johnny, I just wanted him to die and be done with it. I wasn't seeing any redeeming qualities in him to wish him any good. ok, he can sing, he looks hot, and he's lost his mother... not good enough reasons to like the guy!!! I just couldn't back him. And I couldn't take Meg putting up with any of it. I'm really sorry I read this series! I will NOT be reading anything from her again, even though I did like her dialogs and character banter. (Thus the two stars instead of one)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tarmia

    To understand the 2-star rating you need to understand that chick-lit novels are not my go-to genre, nor do they generally afford me a worthwhile reading experience. BUT this wasn't bad to read; it was entertaining and it was good to see the continuation of Meg's story from the first book, Johnny Be Good. But unlike the previous book, this one failed in the technical department. There was far too much recall of the previous book for far too long. I understand making a book accessible to new read To understand the 2-star rating you need to understand that chick-lit novels are not my go-to genre, nor do they generally afford me a worthwhile reading experience. BUT this wasn't bad to read; it was entertaining and it was good to see the continuation of Meg's story from the first book, Johnny Be Good. But unlike the previous book, this one failed in the technical department. There was far too much recall of the previous book for far too long. I understand making a book accessible to new readers, people who may not have read the previous book, but for me it took up too much of the first few chapters and could not be considered 'concise'. Another point of annoyance for me: the characters. I loved the protagonist, Meg, in the first book but her continuous questions and internal monologue went on and on (and in the end, all her feelings meant nothing because she couldn't resist; she essentially caved in and all her development during the book meant nothing). There were character appearances, story lines and entire developmental aspects of the book that meant nothing in the end, which I felt was rushed. Although, through of this Toon managed to create some really touching moments and much of it still felt realistic. The two stars are not meant as a deterent, for if chick-lit romance books are your thing I'm sure Toon's books will hold many positive points for you, It's just that for me, these type of books need to have something extra special to be remembered. But I suppose the most important thing is that I enjoyed myself and I will definitely consider reading more of this author's books in the future.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    Once PA to Rock Star Johnny Jefferson, now Meg moved on to live in the South of France with her boyfriend Christian and their son Barney. But she’s living a lie that could turn their lives upside down and her conscience won’t shut up. Barney is growing to look more and more like his father – and it’s not Christian but the love of her life, who is still very much into drugs, drinks and women. Sooner or later she’ll have to tell the truth. This book has much more of that fluffy chick-lit feel to i Once PA to Rock Star Johnny Jefferson, now Meg moved on to live in the South of France with her boyfriend Christian and their son Barney. But she’s living a lie that could turn their lives upside down and her conscience won’t shut up. Barney is growing to look more and more like his father – and it’s not Christian but the love of her life, who is still very much into drugs, drinks and women. Sooner or later she’ll have to tell the truth. This book has much more of that fluffy chick-lit feel to it than the previous one. There’s still a lot of angsty, emotional roller-coaster and it had me fuming and ranting but not as much as “Johnny be good”. I style love the writing style and practically absorbed the whole thing in no time. This is the kind of book where I have to remind myself to let it be a story and not judge everything, every step of the way. But is this guy oblivious? And how could she possibly have thought she could get away with it? And how does she keep up with all of this without telling him to get his shit together and stop acting beyond irresponsible? I couldn’t not judge Meg but her feeling guilty, the internal struggle, is transported in a way, I also couldn’t help feeling sorry for her. The more she judges herself, the more I felt sorry. Especially with learning that Johnny overdosed once again with his awful girlfriend Dana, who is the perfect person to focus all my hate on, along with sister Susan. Though, most of this is just toxic, then the end is over the top with all the kitsch, I still kind of enjoyed the whole journey.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Villanueva

    The story started out excruciatingly slow. We spend quite a few chapters listening to Meg being mopey and telling us about her life with Christian and her son. Nothing really happens until Johnny shows up at Christian's parents' house. I really felt bad for Meg throughout the whole book because her situation just seemed impossible to deal with. I'm not sure how I felt about Johnny through all this. I mean, yeah, there were times when was actually sweet and it was obvious that he cared about Meg The story started out excruciatingly slow. We spend quite a few chapters listening to Meg being mopey and telling us about her life with Christian and her son. Nothing really happens until Johnny shows up at Christian's parents' house. I really felt bad for Meg throughout the whole book because her situation just seemed impossible to deal with. I'm not sure how I felt about Johnny through all this. I mean, yeah, there were times when was actually sweet and it was obvious that he cared about Meg and their son, but I found myself really disliking him for the most part. I'm also not sure how I felt about Christian. I get that he was really upset by the whole thing, but I'm a little disappointed by how he reacted. I don't know. I just thought that maybe he'd be able to forgive Meg and they'd end up together. To be honest, I was kind of hoping that Meg and Christian's reconciliation towards the end would give way my preferred ending, but alas, all hopes were dashed when it was mentioned that Christian was seeing someone new. Anyway, I'm not too disappointed about it. Despite my apprehension towards Johnny, I still pretty much love how everything turned out in the end. It took forever, but Johnny did eventually get his act together. I didn't love this book as much as the first one. Like I said, it started of really really slow and I felt like some parts were kind of unnecessary and made the story longer than it needed to be. It took me a little longer than usual to finish this book because it wasn't nearly as exciting as it's predecessor. While it did have it's fair share of drama, it just doesn't have that "can't stop reading, can't put it down" quality to it. I liked it well enough and I'm glad we finally have our ending. The epilogue does a great job of closing out the whole story. God knows what I would have done if it had ended in another cliffhanger.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Moon

    I love Paige Toon. I consider myself lucky because I only came upon her recently. That means I did not have to wait an agonizing three years for the sequel to Johnny Be Good. I only had to wait one and a couple of months at the most. Baby Be Mine was everything I had hoped for and more. Paige Toon must have some sort of magic, because I was enthralled, as I have been with ALL of her books. It is rare that an author can do that consistently. The same chemistry was present between Meg and Johnny a I love Paige Toon. I consider myself lucky because I only came upon her recently. That means I did not have to wait an agonizing three years for the sequel to Johnny Be Good. I only had to wait one and a couple of months at the most. Baby Be Mine was everything I had hoped for and more. Paige Toon must have some sort of magic, because I was enthralled, as I have been with ALL of her books. It is rare that an author can do that consistently. The same chemistry was present between Meg and Johnny as it had been in Johnny Be Good. You couldn't help but root for Meg as she made discoveries and dealt with things from telling Christian to handling Johnny. The book was fast paced and engrossing. I love how Paige let us see a glimpse into Paola and Luis's life, from Chasing Daisy, as we have seen glimpses of Johnny in many of her other books. I am also glad I held off reading this book. I now only have close to a 6 month wait until One Perfect Summer is released. I'm not sure how I'll manage the wait!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    It’s fair to say that Paige Toon is one of my favourite Chick Lit authors. I’ve loved all of her books, Johnny Be Good being my favourite. Her writing style is something I love and her characters are always a joy to read about and she’s an author I look forward to each time summer rolls around. This year, though, I almost imploded with excitement because after THREE long years, the sequel to Johnny Be Good was finally in the making in the shape of Baby Be Mine. I didn’t much like the cover – I w It’s fair to say that Paige Toon is one of my favourite Chick Lit authors. I’ve loved all of her books, Johnny Be Good being my favourite. Her writing style is something I love and her characters are always a joy to read about and she’s an author I look forward to each time summer rolls around. This year, though, I almost imploded with excitement because after THREE long years, the sequel to Johnny Be Good was finally in the making in the shape of Baby Be Mine. I didn’t much like the cover – I wanted it to match Johnny Be Good but instead it’s entirely different, but I didn’t care. Once I knew it was on the way I was covertly waiting for my postman each day and I was so excited when it finally arrived. It didn’t disappoint me in the slightest. I’m quite surprised, actually, that I’ve managed to cobble my thoughts sufficiently to be able to type this review. Baby Be Mine has been a long time coming, and all I’d really like to say is: You have to read it. Because that just about sums it up. I’m crap at writing reviews for books like this because I start to sound like a fan-girl. So I apologise in readiness for my fan-girliness. Baby Be Mine picks up a year and a half after Johnny Be Good ends. At the end of Johnny Be Good we found out Meg is pregnant and she doesn't know who the dad is and Baby Be Mine begins with Barney's first birthday party and we all know, conclusively, that in the DNA stakes, baby Barney picked up Johnny Jefferson's DNA. Which would be fine and dandy, except that, you know, Meg's currently with Christian, Johnny's best friend and biography-writer. Can you say uh-oh? I did wonder how long Meg would keep the secret that Barney's babydaddy wasn't Christian; would it last the whole novel? Would it come out quickly? I was nicely surprised that the whole babydaddy drama wasn't dragged out like a Jeremy Kyle episode. The fallout was something else, but the reveal was surprisingly swift and done with remarkable... politeness. (That's the only word that comes to mind.) Baby Be Mine is a book I've waited three long years for and despite it being so, so long a wait, it was well worth the wait. I'd read a boring computer manual if it was written by Paige Toon because she's just so able to get to the heart of her characters and to make us care about them. In five novels and four leading ladies, I've found myself wanting to know all of them; to be their friends, to share their secrets, to be part of their lives. That's not something I can say for all authors, but Paige has this innate ability to really make her characters speak. There is no book I look forward to more each year than the new Paige Toon novel and I eat up her books in double-quick time, wanting to know how they end. Wanting to know if it all gets better. Not only does she bring us such wonderful characters, but she also tells us about her previous characters, she sneakily inserts them into her following books and it's like they're all in their own little world. It's quite something and Baby Be Mine just continued that amazing trend. What does it say about a writers ability that I can easily brush under the carpet that Meg cheated on Christian with Johnny? I mean it's unforgiveable, right? But it's not. It's not all black and white. Another problem with sequels – particularly sequels that don’t immediately follow each other – is that the characters could end up having character transplants but everyone is good and accounted for (despite the fact I forgot Bess). Meg is just as warm and just as loveable as in the first book. I know what she did is wrong but I’ve explained how I feel about it, Christian didn’t deserve what he got, but… well, let’s just say I’m blinded by my love for Johnny and we’ll leave it at that. The main reason I wanted to read this novel – apart from potentially getting my happy ending – was being back with Johnny Jefferson. I love him. Although Ricardo Carlos Manoso (aka Ranger, from the Stephanie Plum books) has rather crept up on him in my “favourite male character” stakes, Johnny is still my number one. I liked his humour, the way he and Meg spark off each other although I hated the drugs. And the booze. But he’s a rock star. Not that that excuses him. But, still, he sounds totally hot. Despite the fact I forgot Bess (I thought Meg’s best friend in JBG had a different name) I loved being re-introduced to her, ditto Meg’s parents and sister who I also forgot (HOW? I’ve read JBG three times, how can I not remember Bess or Susan or Meg’s mum and dad? It’s mind-boggling.) There's something about these characters I just so love. In case you can’t tell, I loved Baby Be Mine. I did. I did. I did. It was excellent, and I do hope you can see how much I loved the book. It was well, well worth the wait. It was written so perfectly, that I just couldn’t put it down. Honestly, I was so tempted to tell my dogs to just cross their legs while I finished it up (but, alas, I didn’t. Suki would bite me. Probably.). It was so absorbing to be back in Meg’s world again. To go to France, England, LA, to re-visit old haunts, and be back with the wonderful characters. I do think, though, this is the end. Sob. Everything was wrapped up brilliantly – no pesky ending that leaves us all hanging! I’ve loved a lot of books this year, but Baby Be Mine could quite easily be my absolute favourite. Despite the lacklustre cover (I so wish it would be re-designed so it could match my other Paige Toon books), the book inside is brilliant. Seriously, people, anybody who was disappointed with the ending of Johnny Be Good will forgive it when they read Baby Be Mine because it turns out Meg, Johnny and Christian needed a sequel, needed a second, amazing novel. I told you I loved Paige Toon. Now… how long exactly until One Perfect Summer comes out?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dee Montoya

    FIVE ++++ Oh Johnny! Stars****** I looooooooooove this series. Rockstar Romance at its best! I’ll re-read this books till the end of time. I can’t believe more people haven’t read them, Johnny is soo good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    This was an excellent book from the first page I couldn't put it down. Meg is living with her boyfriend but has a huge secret that the child she has the father isn't her boyfriend. She keeps it a secret for as long as she can but once she sees the father he realises the child is his and he is very famous so could change everything. Does she tell her boyfriend and where does she end up living and how does she manage. How does the public cope if they hear this news as well and can they all be frie This was an excellent book from the first page I couldn't put it down. Meg is living with her boyfriend but has a huge secret that the child she has the father isn't her boyfriend. She keeps it a secret for as long as she can but once she sees the father he realises the child is his and he is very famous so could change everything. Does she tell her boyfriend and where does she end up living and how does she manage. How does the public cope if they hear this news as well and can they all be friends or has it gone past that. This had excellent characters and story line well worth reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    TARA

    I mostly skimmed this, after the first handful of chapters. This should have been one of Toon's standard sequel novella's. As always, just to let us know how the love triangle works out. Instead this was over 400 pages of nonsense. Everything that worked for book one was lacking and everything that didn't work for book was was prominent. I can't believe these characters, they did my head in. I didn't like a thing about them or this book. I mostly skimmed this, after the first handful of chapters. This should have been one of Toon's standard sequel novella's. As always, just to let us know how the love triangle works out. Instead this was over 400 pages of nonsense. Everything that worked for book one was lacking and everything that didn't work for book was was prominent. I can't believe these characters, they did my head in. I didn't like a thing about them or this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aya Serry

    ahhhhh!!! of course i loved it its the 4th time rereading it now.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It took me a while to come to terms on how I felt about this book. Honestly I was a bit disappointed as I quite liked Johnny be good and adored Lucy in the sky. Paige Toon let me down a little with this book, I felt as if the characters were a bit weak. Meg is quite a needy dependent person who never really does things on her own she always needs someone to support her which made me quite annoyed as she had a stronger character in the first book. She also puts up with far more then she should fr It took me a while to come to terms on how I felt about this book. Honestly I was a bit disappointed as I quite liked Johnny be good and adored Lucy in the sky. Paige Toon let me down a little with this book, I felt as if the characters were a bit weak. Meg is quite a needy dependent person who never really does things on her own she always needs someone to support her which made me quite annoyed as she had a stronger character in the first book. She also puts up with far more then she should from Johnny which is quite disappointing. As for Johnny I'm quite disappointed in him, yes we all love the bad boy, but when the boy is that bad can he really be forgiven for so many indiscretions and his horrific drinking and drug abuse. Christian was the only one who seemed realistic as his reaction was fair and he progressed to be a very noble character when visiting Meg and Barney frequently at the end of the novel. I have given this book 3/5, I was quite disappointed and sincerely hope that the rest of Paige Toon books are at the same level I found Lucy in the Sky to be.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Im oddly conflicted by this and it's precursor "Johnny be good". On one hand i read them in a page flipping frenzy and I obviously really enjoy Paige Toon's writing, but some of the situations really irked me. Mainly, Johnny whilst being a great rock-star character, grinded my gears immensely with the manner in which he treated Meg in both books. In playing devil's advocate to my own thoughts though, lifes not perfect so why should book storylines be? (view spoiler)[ but seriously he treats her li Im oddly conflicted by this and it's precursor "Johnny be good". On one hand i read them in a page flipping frenzy and I obviously really enjoy Paige Toon's writing, but some of the situations really irked me. Mainly, Johnny whilst being a great rock-star character, grinded my gears immensely with the manner in which he treated Meg in both books. In playing devil's advocate to my own thoughts though, lifes not perfect so why should book storylines be? (view spoiler)[ but seriously he treats her like crap 80% of the book and then literally is a sauve guy for 15%? and suddenly it's happily ever after! ugh!! (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Luise

    It took a while to get into the story. It was a bit too much back and forth about Meg's feelings. "Ooooh I like Christian. I don't love Johnny any more. But Barney is not Christian's son. But Johnny is so bad. Do I love Christian? But Johnny! What happens when the world finds out about Barney. Christian! Johnny! Blah blah." And once it was all sort of okay there is a sudden flashback that totally destroys the atmosphere. But as the story went along it got better. It was a bit unrealistic but sti It took a while to get into the story. It was a bit too much back and forth about Meg's feelings. "Ooooh I like Christian. I don't love Johnny any more. But Barney is not Christian's son. But Johnny is so bad. Do I love Christian? But Johnny! What happens when the world finds out about Barney. Christian! Johnny! Blah blah." And once it was all sort of okay there is a sudden flashback that totally destroys the atmosphere. But as the story went along it got better. It was a bit unrealistic but still nice how it all worked out with everyone in the end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I had no idea that this was a sequel, I think it works well as a standalone novel. The first few chapters felt like a chore as Meg overdoes the guilt and it is hard to feel sorry for her, but when Johnny enters the story and the truth about Barney is discovered the book really gets going, and I liked the relationship between Meg and Johnny. http://chocolatedigestivebiscuit.blog... I had no idea that this was a sequel, I think it works well as a standalone novel. The first few chapters felt like a chore as Meg overdoes the guilt and it is hard to feel sorry for her, but when Johnny enters the story and the truth about Barney is discovered the book really gets going, and I liked the relationship between Meg and Johnny. http://chocolatedigestivebiscuit.blog...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Almodovar

    I'm laughing to myself that I have gone through the second book while hating the protagonist through out. Meg is a sucker bitch to the hotness of Johnny Jefferson all through out. What a weak pathetic character. And if this would be a film it would turn out one of the cliche chick-flick you'll ever watch with that corny cherry on the top ending. And the hell theres a 3rd book, I'm stopping here. I'm laughing to myself that I have gone through the second book while hating the protagonist through out. Meg is a sucker bitch to the hotness of Johnny Jefferson all through out. What a weak pathetic character. And if this would be a film it would turn out one of the cliche chick-flick you'll ever watch with that corny cherry on the top ending. And the hell theres a 3rd book, I'm stopping here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I also read this today. Took me about 3 hours. I read Johnny Be Good and I just HAD to move onto this one straight away. It did not disappoint! I loved every second of it. Honestly, what a crazy whirlwind romance. I love how Joe from One Perfect Summer was slid in there too..Brilliant.

  22. 4 out of 5

    A.

    4.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    C

    4 Stars This is a follow on from Johnny Be Good. That in itself denotes there is no need for a lot of pages spent recapturing the story as if this is a first read. It is a follow on which means a good amount of time was spent recapturing the story from the first in this series. Paige’s novels tend to have a particular theme however, depending on; the plot, the main character and how it has developed I do not simply praise each and every novel as it deserves to be fairly critiqued upon each novel 4 Stars This is a follow on from Johnny Be Good. That in itself denotes there is no need for a lot of pages spent recapturing the story as if this is a first read. It is a follow on which means a good amount of time was spent recapturing the story from the first in this series. Paige’s novels tend to have a particular theme however, depending on; the plot, the main character and how it has developed I do not simply praise each and every novel as it deserves to be fairly critiqued upon each novel and how the plot develops. I do enjoy how Paige writes as it has a natural flow which entices you to continue reading. There is plenty of drama in this novel surrounding Meg’s child and Barney’s biological father. Meg has shown she has taken a step back in life from her career due to how she felt when she was last a PA. She is getting used to motherhood and the challenges and struggles it brings and we are going through that with her. With an unhelpful family as they are too busy being dazzled by Johnny’s appearances at times when they are not listening to Meg’s wants for her own child. As a new mother you would think her own mother would understand this but nope. This made me feel for Meg as she is under a lot of pressure despite her actions and everything that follows when Bess her best friend encourages her to tell the truth and the consequences it brought on. Moving to LA and dealing with Johnny’s ways and how easily he is influenced by Dana. I love how Paige portrayed them as she made Dana a character to not like much at all. I enjoyed Johnny’s reaction to finding out the truth and what he has done partly to become apart of Barney’s life. I found this novel more entertaining in ways compared to the first in this series. I have went from disliking the hurt caused by characters to enjoying their development, and the ending of course. I enjoyed seeing how minor characters lives have moved on. This is a gripping read that will make you read faster to find out what happens - that is good writing. I recommend this and Johnny be good for an interesting read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Jane

    He’s not mine, is he ? That’s the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people alive. And he doesn’t know it. My boyfriend doesn’t know, either. No one does. That’s the only way it can be. It’s a crushing burden to carry, but it’s mine to carry and mine alone. I’m terrified, so terrified that the truth will come out. Because my son doesn’t look like my boyfriend. He looks like his rockstar father and sooner or la He’s not mine, is he ? That’s the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people alive. And he doesn’t know it. My boyfriend doesn’t know, either. No one does. That’s the only way it can be. It’s a crushing burden to carry, but it’s mine to carry and mine alone. I’m terrified, so terrified that the truth will come out. Because my son doesn’t look like my boyfriend. He looks like his rockstar father and sooner or later, the world is going to realise... Baby Be Mine is the 2nd book in the Johnny Jefferson series written by Paige Toon. Meg Stiles, Johnny’s former P.A fell pregnant after she slept with Johnny whilst she was dating Christian, but who’s the daddy ? It soon becomes evident that Johnny Jefferson is Barney’s father and it’s only a matter of time before the world finds out. Anyone that knows Johnny knows that nothing is ever simple, so when Meg moves back to L.A so Johnny can spend time with Barney, Meg is waiting for something to go wrong. Alcohol,drugs,partying and women are part and parcel of the rockstars life, can he leave it all behind so that he can be with Meg and Barney? This series of books written by Paige Toon is fabulous,in think it’s because it draws the reader in to the life of the rich and famous and your constantly rooting for Johnny and Meg to get their happy ending.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Akcherrybomb

    Absolutely loved this sequel 😍 didn't dissapoint!! All the way through I was one moment wanting Johnny and Meg to get together then the next like nah! Loved the ending, I do admit i feel the last few pages felt rushed as Paige spent so much of the book on the detail of other parts she could of drawn it out more and that's purely because I'm gutted it was over and wanted to read more. Love hearing about about Megs life plus the mix of the two main guys in her life of Christian and Johnny. Here is Absolutely loved this sequel 😍 didn't dissapoint!! All the way through I was one moment wanting Johnny and Meg to get together then the next like nah! Loved the ending, I do admit i feel the last few pages felt rushed as Paige spent so much of the book on the detail of other parts she could of drawn it out more and that's purely because I'm gutted it was over and wanted to read more. Love hearing about about Megs life plus the mix of the two main guys in her life of Christian and Johnny. Here is to the 3rd book, can't wait to get my mitts on it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Boyd

    I enjoyed the second "Johnny Be Good" book almost as much as the first. It had some interesting twists and diverse characters. The only think that detracted from it a little bit was the recapping. I have no issue with the author recapping the details from the first novel, but she did quite a lot of recapping of things that had happened at the beginning of this book, which just seemed unnecessary. Still a lovely read though, and the narration via Borrow Box was great. I enjoyed the second "Johnny Be Good" book almost as much as the first. It had some interesting twists and diverse characters. The only think that detracted from it a little bit was the recapping. I have no issue with the author recapping the details from the first novel, but she did quite a lot of recapping of things that had happened at the beginning of this book, which just seemed unnecessary. Still a lovely read though, and the narration via Borrow Box was great.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kavita Desai

    Amazing! A definite must read!!! Absolutely loved reading this!! I could read this book again and again, like all the other books written by Paige Toon!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jess Sealey (heavens.bookstop)

    Loving this series!! I literally can't put it down Loving this series!! I literally can't put it down

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bookevin

    Review originally on I Heart.. Chick Lit. www.chicklitkevinxx.blogspot.com I am a huge fan of Paige Toon's book. I LOVED (capitalised) all her books and after reading Baby Be Mine, I am proud to announce that I have read and own every single book by Paige Toon! What an achievement, huh? Sorry, I need to shut up, but I'm so chuffed that I've read all of Paige's books, they are amazing! I've started reading Paige's books this year, I know I know *smacks forehead* and I have to say this: Paige is one Review originally on I Heart.. Chick Lit. www.chicklitkevinxx.blogspot.com I am a huge fan of Paige Toon's book. I LOVED (capitalised) all her books and after reading Baby Be Mine, I am proud to announce that I have read and own every single book by Paige Toon! What an achievement, huh? Sorry, I need to shut up, but I'm so chuffed that I've read all of Paige's books, they are amazing! I've started reading Paige's books this year, I know I know *smacks forehead* and I have to say this: Paige is one of my favourite chick lit authors now. As of the moment I put down Baby Be Mine, Paige Toon is indeed one of my favourites. Baby Be Mine is the sequel to Paige's previous title, Johnny Be Good. I read and loved it so I was really excited when I got myself a copy of its sequel and get this, it didn't disappoint! Baby Be Mine picks off 2 years after the events of Johnny Be Good (Meg reveals that she is pregnant), where Meg's beautiful baby boy, Barney has just turned one. In a happy relationship with her writer boyfriend and also Johnny's best friend, Christian, everything in her life seems rosy. But which each passing day, Barney seems to look more like Johnny than Christian. The one thing that intrigued me so much was: how would Meg cope with her being the mother of a rock star's child? Just like in Johnny Be Good, Meg Stiles was such a lovely character, she's caring and sweet to those around her. Headstrong and determined (when she finds herself back in LA), basically, what every mother should be. I often wonder, did Paige channel some of her motherly traits into Meg? If so, we all know what a wonderful, loving mother Paige is, because the thing is, Baby Be Mine was the complete opposite of what I thought it would be. I thought Meg would be a mum, with more responsibilities and less sparkle in her personality, but no way Paige would let us read that! Once again, Paige made me love her characters, Meg was just as lovable as her other heroines, eg. Lucy, Lily, Daisy, etc. Reading Baby Be Mine was such a fun ride, it was like meeting old friends after a while and catching up with what's going on their lives. That was the feeling I got when I read Baby Be Mine, 6 months after reading Johnny Be Good. The thing about Paige's books is that, despite the gorgeous playful covers and the immensely wonderful plots, it sort of gives you a feeling of togetherness when you read them. Oh, if you're not familiar with this, every character in Paige's books are indirectly linked to another. For example, in Baby Be Mine, Luis and Daisy/Paola will make a cameo appearance. As the saying goes, "do not judge a book by its cover", however seems true when it comes to Baby Be Mine. I was disappointed when I first saw the cover of Baby Be Mine. Confession: I am a cover whore (a person, particularly an enthusiastic reader who is not only drawn to the plots of the book, but also strongly attracted by the gorgeous, beautiful cover). Let's be realistic, if the design are testing for readership and readers' loyalty, they've got it! Despite its tacky (sorry!) cover, what matters most is the content, am I right? All in all, it was a fabulous book and what a spectacular way to end the story of Meg and Johnny! It was absolutely addictive, from the moment Meg sang Barney his Birthday song to the moment she wanders off to the sunset with her happy ever after in tow, I devoured the poor book. I loved it. Rating : 5/5

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Before I begin this review I have to tell you just how much I love Paige Toon’s books and warn you of the fangirling that’s about to ensue. Read on if you dare... I think that Paige Toon has a serious way with words. Her characters are instantly lovable and her prose is warm and extremely addictive. She also knows how to spin a juicy plot; sometimes they’re just downright emotionally traumatic! There’s just so much in her books! From loads of beautiful locations that transported me from sad, rain Before I begin this review I have to tell you just how much I love Paige Toon’s books and warn you of the fangirling that’s about to ensue. Read on if you dare... I think that Paige Toon has a serious way with words. Her characters are instantly lovable and her prose is warm and extremely addictive. She also knows how to spin a juicy plot; sometimes they’re just downright emotionally traumatic! There’s just so much in her books! From loads of beautiful locations that transported me from sad, rainy England to sunny France, Barcelona and LA with a few well-placed words. I was dying to go on holiday by the time I finished this. I think Paige’s head would be a very nice place to live if she spends a lot of time with her characters! The prequel to Baby Be Mine, Johnny Be Good, is one of my favourite’s of Paige’s books and ever since I turned the last page I’ve been dying to know what happened to Meg, Johnny and Christian. And boy did we find out! Living with Christian and her son Barney in the south of France, Meg spends her days worrying that the true identity of Barney’s father will be discovered. And I felt her worry and fear sharply. The distress that she felt over it was almost tangible and it broke my heart a little. Meg has grown a lot since we were first introduced to her in the beginning of Johnny Be Good. She’s now a strong, independent and courageous young mother who feels so, so real. She’s also confused and consumed by feelings that she’d really rather she didn't have and so continues to deny them for quite a long time. But it was her relationship with Barney that really cemented her in my heart. The love and adoration that she has for that little boy leaps off of the page, to borrow a saying from a friend: it made my heart smile. But Meg would be nowhere without her friends and family that she drags along for the ride. And of course there’s Johnny. Who I love. A lot. There’s just something ridiculously attractive about a drop-dead gorgeous bad-boy rocker who’s more than a little screwed-up. His reaction to Barney, however, completely took me (and Meg) by surprise and it just made me love him even more. As well as Johnny, Baby Be Mine boasts a cast of vibrant and distinct secondary characters that are more than just a backdrop to Meg and Johnny. You’ve got lively and cheeky best friend Bess who holds Meg’s hand through the rough patches; Johnny’s new cook, Eddie, who is incredibly sweet; the cute, gossip-mongering Santiago who we don't see nearly enough of and the utterly horrible Dana who I’m saying no more about... I also loved how Daisy and Luis from Paige’s third novel Chasing Daisy popped up; the crossover between Johnny Be Good, Chasing Daisy and Baby Be Mine is subtle and clever and one of my favourite author quirks. Though I would recommend it for its complete and utter awesomeness, it’s not essential that you read Johnny Be Good before Baby Be Mine as all of the important and necessary moments are recounted either in memory or flashback. But I still really, really think you should. For Johnny. As you can probably tell, I absolutely adored Baby Be Mine and I’m already counting down the days until I have Paige’s next novel, One Perfect Summer,/i>, in my hands.

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