I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Unexpected by Maisey Yates
Published by Penguin on 2013-08-20
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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After spending another family wedding fielding questions about her non-existent love life, Kelsey Noble decides she’s tired of waiting around for things she could go out and get herself. What Kelsey wants is a baby, and she doesn’t see any point waiting for a husband she’s not even sure she wants. But a mix-up at the fertility clinic lands her with a hassle she didn’t count on. A big, muscular hassle in a Stetson and cowboy boots. Cole Mitchell is shocked to discover that a grand gesture from years past has come back to haunt him. Now, thanks to a clerical error, a woman he’s never met is having his baby—and there’s no way he’s going to walk away and forget he has a child. Trying to make nice with the unexpected father of her baby lands Kelsey in Silver Creek, Oregon, dealing with the kind of small town life she left behind years ago. Even worse is dealing with the burning attraction she feels for Cole. She knows adding sex to the mix is a very bad idea, but she’s not sure how long she can resist falling for the last man she ever expected... Includes a preview of Maisey Yates’ novella, Unbuttoned. Praise for UNBUTTONED: “I loved Unbuttoned by Maisey Yates in a big way....I love a feisty heroine and a charismatic hero, especially when they clash. The scenes where they duked it out verbally, all the while undressing each other mentally, were so delicious....Lots of fun.”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books “A sexy, compelling read.... it’s a great start to what looks to be a promising new small-town contemporary series and has introduced me to a new-to-me author who writes enjoyable characters with great emotional depth, witty dialogue, and steamy love scenes.”—Ramblings From This Chick “Maisey Yates is a very talented author and has created the perfect small-town romance about two people that found love once they learned to take a leap of faith.... I can’t wait to see what is in store for the residents of Silver Creek.”—Books-N-Kisses
Nothing like being late on reading something but…. I really enjoyed reading this story of a woman who is so used to being the odd duck in her family that she is amazed to find a family that accepts her as she is. It also is a good story for anyone who doesn’t conform to the mold their parents try to put them in and to go for what makes you happy.
Kelsey is stuck at yet another wedding and dealing with relatives that keep asking her when she’s going to get married. She’s been burned by the man she thought she would marry so is in no hurry to have another relationship even as she wishes for children. She decides to do something bold and get artificially inseminated so she can have the child she yearns for without the hassle of a relationship. When the sperm donor shows up at her door with information that the sperm she was impregnated with should not have been in the main donor pool she’s shocked and terrified about what this means. She agrees to go and spend time with him on his ranch in order to figure things out but winds up with more than she imagined. I loved her strength and enjoyed seeing her really learn what she needs in her life. She’s smart but so vulnerable to being hurt by this sexy cowboy that you will root for her to get what she deserves. I liked that she pushed him to really open up and admit what he wanted/felt. There was something interesting about seeing a woman who claimed to not need the traditional family realize that she really wanted that connection.
Cole was a bit harder at times. I understood why he was so adamant about not being willing to be in love with Kelsey but I really wanted to slap him. He’s so sexy when he finally gives in to their chemistry and also when he is caring for her as she struggles with morning sickness. He’s unfortunately a bit of a jerk as he deals with what his father left him to clean up and what his ex-wife did to him over their way-to-long marriage. He’s very loyal to those he loves and seeing him struggle to admit what she actually means to him was at times frustrating but ultimately it was a struggle that left him in a wonderful place.
I hope that you will give this series a chance as I have completely enjoyed each installment and am ready to read more from this wonderful little town…
Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Intermix for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. I’m sorry it took me so long to finally get to it but I really enjoyed the heart of this wonderful town/family.