Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn

Title: Knocked Up
Author: Stacey Lynn
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: Crazy Love (Book Two)
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisFirst 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.


**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

One night of fun leads to 9 months of... oh, baby!

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Cara is about to do something she never thought she would do. She's going to tell her amazing one night stand that he will soon be a father. The tattoo artist surprises her, though. Not only does he want the baby, but he wants her too. And he's not shy about it. Braxton is determined to win Cara over and the baby is just an excuse to keep her closer. But even with a baby in common, the pair are practically strangers, and it's going to take time and trust to turn their relationship into something more.

This book started off really well. The pair were thrust into a difficult situation and they both handled things in a believable way. I enjoyed watching them get to know one another and learn to depend on each other. I also liked the way Braxton stood up for Cara against her parents. I am always a fan of loyal characters. And the romance was spicy and plentiful. Braxton was a great character and I loved the way he jumped into this, head-on. That was admirable and I enjoyed reading his point-of-view.

The conflict was understandable, I think. Seeing the person you're falling in love with in a conspicuous situation could twist anyone up. But Cara's reaction was a little puzzling to me. If that fight is the worst one that they ever have, they are living in dreamland. And if that is all it takes to make her want to pack up and walk away, I'm not sure what to think about their happy ending either. However, I'll try to be optimistic and the ending was really cute.

I must say that I am confused and disappointed with the cover of this book. While it has little to do with my enjoyment of the novel, I was surprised to learn that our hero has tattoos covering nearly his entire upper body. Yet, the man in the cover photo is spotless. I know it's hard to find a cover model that matches every book, but come on! This isn't even trying and that's a little sad.

In closing...
This was a fun read and the first book of the series looks good too. Four suns!