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What a refreshing take on the accidental pregnancy trope/theme!
While Waking Up Pregnant‘s plot is pretty predictable, it does have the wonderful quality of having its hero and heroine communicate their problems to each other and deal with the Sudden Life Changer like fully grown adults. I’m not trying to be snarky here, and admittedly I have been reading older Harlequin releases lately, but it’s just so nice when the two leads in romance novels are communicating! I felt like because of this, I managed to concentrate more on Darcy and Jeff’s feelings and emotions towards each other. Seriously, because there was no unnecessary angst, no Big Misunderstanding, no family feuds or whatever, Waking Up Pregnant is a surprisingly fun,light and really romantic read for a book dealing with accidental pregnancies.
I really liked both Jeff and Darcy. They weren’t perfect but I felt like they were written beautifully and that their personal issues were dealt with beautifully. Jeff is your modern day reformed rake but that reforming part wasn’t exactly hinged on his being with Darcy. Darcy had some childhood issues which made her want independence but she wasn’t portrayed as someone too cold or too off putting. Really, they just seemed like realistic characters you know? Even with Jeff being super rich and one-night-stand accidental pregnancies.
No seriously, I think I’d like to hang out with them because they just seem like really cool, approachable people you know?
I also liked the way they finally realized they loved each other. I can’t really say much because of spoilers and all, but yeah there was just something about it that made me grin?
I’m going to have to reread this to look for something I didn’t like, but I don’t know, it caught me right from the start and made me smile that didn’t stop until after I finished reading the book. So I guess I didn’t dislike anything?
Waking Up Pregnant is such a fun and happy and wonderful read you should do it right now. If you’ve never read anything from Harlequin KISS or by Mira Lyn Kelly, you should read Waking Up Married, which coincidentally is free as a sampler for the Harlequin KISS line. (That book is also great. In fact, I think I’ll reread it as soon as I finish this review.)
Note: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange of an honest review.
I thought One Taste of Scandal was an adorable and heartwarming love story for the holidays. I also thought that it deeply conveyed the message that no matter how much unpleasantness is going in your life, once love has come in to your life and decided to stay there, you really have no choice but to follow along with it. I thought Heather Hiestand’s characters and conflicts were realistically written and that overall, it was a pretty great and heartwarming story to read. Especially on a cold winter’s day. And as a parting note, don’t read this book when you’re craving cake. Seriously, it does not help and not only am I now craving cake but I could also do with someone like Lord Judah Shield, honestly.
Read the full review over at Sleepless Nights Romance Reviews.
I really think that The Sum of All Kisses is the best book in this series so far because it just hit the right spots for me. It was funny, it was romantic, it was thoughtful and most importantly it made me believe in happily ever afters again. (I remember this every so often when I read a good book. I tend to reread a lot of my favourites.) Also, because it has Hugh. And Sarah. And Frances. And a lavender wedding cake that I want to taste. Seriously, if this book was a person I would hug it very tightly because I finished reading it with a fuzzy and happy feeling that I think is a trademark of JQ books.
One of my favourite scenes between Hugh and Sarah (this happens early in their acquaintance):
He didn’t move. She’d piqued his curiosity, and there was little in this world more tenacious than Hugh Prentice with an unanswered question.
“You have just spent the last hour ordering me out of your way,” she ground out.
“Five minutes,” he corrected, “and while I do long for the serenity of my own home, I find myself curious about your fourteen men.”
“They were not my fourteen men,” she snapped.
“I should hope not,” he murmured, then added, “not that I would judge.”
Her mouth fell open.
“Tell me about the fourteen men,” he prodded.
“I told you,” she insisted, her cheeks flushing a satisfactory shade of pink, “it was nothing.”
“But I’m curious. Fourteen men for supper? For tea? It’s too many for a team of cricket, but—”
“Stop!” she burst out.
He did. Quirked a brow, even.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Avon and Tasty Book Tours for giving me access to this wonderful book in exchange for a review.
No review yet as my stop is on the 12th of November, BUT if you have been thinking about buying The Sum of All Kisses don't think, just do. Pre-order the stockings out of this book because it is adorable and you will not regret it!
This was adorable! I'll write a full review when it's not 2 AM, but this is currently free on Amazon! I suggest you go pick it up because this was hilarious, romantic and I just love this book.