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.
Y'all. I don't know about Knocked Up by Stacy Lynn. This isn't usually my favorite corner of the romance genre, but I thought I'd give this a try because--tattooed dad and MBA/Portland artist? I don't know. Maybe I didn't really read the blurb.
Anyhow. The issues. The cover is so misleading, for one, and it should have been a big sign and maybe it was and I just sped through it and got what I deserved. Like, he isn't even tattooed?
This book started off strong and then went all kinds of downhill from there. Knocked Up really packs it all in, and quick--Terrible Parents (and Dead Parents), a Tortured Past, Dead Siblings, Cancer. So much angst all in one place that there's no way to handle it all. Plus, a dog that feels human emotions! Oh, and also a pregnancy! A pregnancy topped with hyperemesis gravidarum!
That's pretty serious, by the way, but you probably wouldn't know it from this book because it's just a ploy to get the poor (used-to-be-rich) girl into the rich (but used-to-be-poor) guy's house. And then there's all the misunderstandings and slamming of doors and crying and pregnant sex and more misunderstandings. But don't worry, everyone ends up rich.
Why did I finish reading this book? I don't even know. But I still give it 2 stars? Which means "It's okay?!?"
Should you read it? Y'all, don't do it. Unless you want to just try it out? It's okay?!?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Expected Publication June 5, 2018 by Loveswept (Random House)
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