Book Review: Unexpectedly His (A Smart Cupid Story) by Maggie Kelley

Posted August 14, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Unexpectedly His (A Smart Cupid Story) by Maggie KelleyUnexpectedly His (Entangled Lovestruck) by Maggie Kelley
Series: Smart Cupid,
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on August 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 158 Pages
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1633754162
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four-half-stars

A match made in Manhattan...

By-the-book Marianne McBride wants to prove she's more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. But how did she end up hiding in a cake, waiting to sing "Happy Birthday" to Nick Wright, a sexy and arrogant serial-dater? Not exactly part of her plan. Especially when she finds herself kissing the birthday boy, and then running like hell...

Nick falls for no woman. No strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Not even with the sweetly curvaceous bombshell from his birthday. But then he's hit by a bombshell of his own. He needs to find the perfect faux fiancée, or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind.Now Nick and Marianne have to pretend they're in love for six weeks. No dating. No sex. And definitely no acting on the wickedly-hot chemistry that could ruin everything...

The Good…:

One of the aspects of this story I really enjoyed was how it was short and sweet. Nick and Marianne knew each other for a while before they found themselves in their crazy predicament of pretending to be engaged. Marianne is Nick’s sister’s best friend, and works for her matchmaking company. She is very buttoned up fashion wise, and Nick has always looked through her. Nick is a financial attorney for a prestigious New York firm, and a major commitment phobe. He’s never had a serious relationship, and the women he normally hooks up with are super hot. After Nick stupidly tells his boss he’s engaged in order to secure a partnership with the firm, he needs a temporary fiance stat. In walks Marianne…

The concept of the book was really cute. I won’t lie and say the book isn’t predictable, cause it was, but instead of being an annoyance the predictability actually added to the entertainment of the story. What I didn’t know when I began to read Unexpectedly His was that it was the second book in the series. However, this wasn’t a problem at all. Readers don’t need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. In fact, the first book centers around Nick’s sister and his best friend. Anything you need to know that happened in that book is explained in this one, and readers won’t feel confused.

I also really enjoyed the characters. Both Nick and Marianne were very likable characters, and it was wonderful watching them bumble around with their new relationship. In fact since I enjoyed the characters and writing in this book so much, I actually plan to read the first book as well.

The Bad…:

Like many romance novels, I didn’t really care for the unnecessary drama added to cause conflict between Nick and Marianne. There are other major events that happen in the story that would have added drama all on their own. The childish miscommunication and misunderstanding to cause drama is an irritation I have in books no matter the genre. I find this also happens a lot in YA books as well.

Do I Recommend?

Unexpectedly His is a highly entertaining romance with great characters, a cute story, and a little intrigue. The story is pretty faced paced, and I disappointed when it came to a conclusion, as I could have read more about these two adorable characters. If you are still looking for fun, fast, entertaining books for any last-minute summer vacations, then definitely add Unexpectedly His to your list.

Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.4

About Maggie Kelley

After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life’s greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.

@Angelized_1st

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