Series: Crazy Love #2
Published by Random House Publishing Group on June 12, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Contemporary Women
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First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order. . . . Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in. Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night stand might’ve led me to the one. Advance praise for Knocked Up“Stacey Lynn always knows how to perfectly balance sexy and sweet, and has a modern writing style that makes all of her stories feel fresh and fun.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne
“A broody alpha hero with heart . . . I fell madly in love with Braxton from the very first page. Prepare to pull and all-nighter with Knocked Up.”—USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy “Braxton is your ultimate tattooed father-to-be—sweet and ever so sexy.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of the Pushing Limits series
The steamy standalone novels in Stacey Lynn’s Crazy Love series can be read together or separately: FAKE WIFE | KNOCKED UP And don’t miss her passionate Fireside series: HIS TO LOVE | HIS TO PROTECT | HIS TO CHERISH | HIS TO SEDUCE This standalone ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
I love a good unplanned pregnancy story. I don’t know if that’s due to my own life experience, or if I just enjoy the premise of two people being thrown together by a pregnancy that they don’t expect. It’s safe to say this would only be true in the world of Romance where I am guaranteed a HEA.
Knocked Up was mostly an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the premise of the characters spending a night together after their best friend’s wedding. I found the heroines reaction of sneaking away the morning after to be realistic and adored that it was the hero whose feelings were hurt when she left. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t happy that he was hurting but it was nice to have the hero acknowledge his feelings out of the gate. While on the surface Braxton and Cara come from different worlds, they have way more in common than the people around them may realize. Both of them have experienced less than stellar parenting, although for very different reasons, and both have experienced heartbreaking loss. The chemistry between Braxton and Cara is palpable, I only wish we had gotten to read about the first night they spent together as it was happening rather than it being in the past by the time we meet them.
There were some elements of the story that I found clunky. When Braxton and Cara go to see her midwife together for the first time, the doctor wants to hear the heartbeat. The story references the use of an internal ultrasound want for this even which struck me as very odd. As a mother of five that didn’t sound right, regardless of how early in my pregnancy I was they were always able to check the heartbeat externally. The internal wand would have made sense if the midwife was doing an ultrasound, but that wasn’t the case here. Also. Braxton’s reaction to the procedure made me roll my eyes. He refers to the wand as a dildo cam and makes a comment about not knowing whether to be terrified or turned on. It just felt immature which was contradictory to everything else we see from him.
Also, Lucy is a rescue pup featured in this story. For most of the book she is a Bullmastiff, but towards the end she is a pit bull. Keeping in mind this was an arc, the author may correct this in the final copy.
All in all, I enjoyed Knocked up and would recommend it to readers that enjoy an unplanned pregnancy.