Knocked Up By Stacey Lynn Release Date: June 12, 2018 Publisher: Loveswept Book #2 in the Crazy Love series* Number of pages: 250 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 6/3/18 to 6/4/18
I’m going to begin with a few administrative notes. First, when I posted my review for Fake Wife it was listed as a standalone. Although it is listed as book one of this particular series*, you absolutely do not have to read it in order to enjoy this story. The characters do not overlap. I believe the author is grouping the books together because of the overall theme/feel of the stories.
My second note has to do with the cover. As much as I like this cover and think it’s fun and sexy, it absolutely does not represent the characters in this story. Like, not at all. That is something that annoys me because it always makes me feel the publisher, or whoever is in charge of packaging the book, didn’t pay attention to what the book is really about. When it’s something little I won’t mention it in my review. But this cover is just so off base on the look of the characters I had to mention it here as a note to the publishers to please give your readers some respect and actually give us covers that represent the stories.
Now that I have that all out of the way it’s time for me to tell you…I loved this book!!! I loved the story, the characters, the emotions, all of it. You will be so angry with Braxton when he first comes into the story, but he’ll redeem himself, don’t worry. Cara has such a sweet vulnerability, but also has tons of grit.
Both Cara and Braxton had it rough, in significantly different ways, while growing up. Both came out as wonderfully kind, thoughtful, and caring adults. Although the author left a lot unsaid when it came to their pasts, she didn’t leave me wanting. I got just enough information to get me invested in the characters and to help me understand their motivations without bogging down the story.
There is a lot Braxton and Cara need to work through to make their relationship work, but it’s all the usual things any couple would go through. When the story comes up to the main conflict, it was obvious what would happen. I was a bit bummed that it played out as I predicted, but it was still great. Especially because of the reasons for the looks Cara is giving during that part. (No spoilers!)
This is only my second book by this author and I’m officially enamored with her writing.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own and given freely. **