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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 hA 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......

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Unexpectedly His Reviews

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    2019-06-12 10:13

    3.5 It Was Pretend and Then Not Stars * * * 1/2What Fun! A geeky, nerdy professional Gal and the hot, on the fast-track for partner Guy. Both need a pretend partner; she to throw off an ex-fiance, the other to make that partner position at his firm.What to do???Why become pretend fiances, of course... But there was more than this. There was the discovery of caring about someone... and the releasing of a sexual being who captured his heart... so the journey was enjoyable and rewarding. A quick read which touched on letting yourself feel everything... and risking enough to fall in love.A gifted copy was provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  • Cyndi
    2019-06-10 06:54

    This book was a mostly enjoyable read. The H was the typical manwhore- no overnights, new woman every other week, etc. the h was the typical curvy, insecure, only had bad sex with one cheater boyfriend. So from the start I lowered my expectations and then I was able to enjoy what happened. They enter into a fake engagement at the start of the book and then we see them fall in love. They are sweet together and I did believe they loved each other. The author also did a good job making me believe the h was different from the many, many, many OW the H had been with. Even with all the typical cliches this could have been a 4 star if the writer had mentioned the H's manwhore ways fewer times. The h thought about his reputation, his job was in jeopardy because of his reputation, and I lost track of how many times he thought about how he had a new OW every other week. I got the point the first time and didn't need to keep hearing it especially when they are developing feelings and we are more than 50% thru the book. I understand he was a whore, please stop reminding me because I am trying to see him as a boyfriend. safety gang safe

  • Mandy
    2019-05-22 12:07

    I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy romance. Nick and Marianne are opposites. Marianne is kind of geeky and shy. Nick is a playboy who doesn't do relationships. When Nick needs a fake fiance for a promotion at work, his sister suggests Marianne. I really liked the chemistry between these two and the sexy scenes were really steamy. The story is predictable but this is the perfect book if you are looking for a light and sexy romance. **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

  • Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
    2019-06-05 10:05

    Unexpectedly His was a middle of the road novel for me. I genuinely enjoyed it and it did have it's funny moments. I would certainly recommend it to others if they wanted something to curl up with and escape for a few hours. The writing is well done and the book can be read as a stand alone novel.I particularly enjoyed Marianne with her horn-rimmed glasses and geeky attitude, the woman basically just needed a shot of self confidence. She seems pretty down on herself at first, but then she channels her inner Marilyn and tends to find her courage. She's always been aware of Nick, in fact, she's had a crush on him she started working for his sister.Nick is one heck of a playboy. He goes through women like most of us go through body soap. He's never noticed Marianne beyond calling her "new girl", and he's definitely not expecting to feel attracted to her. What amused me about Nick, is that with his attitude, he though he could just go in, be okay with what was going on, and walk away. I have to laugh at that, because when he gets to actually know Marianne, she's the very last thing he expected.While I absolutely enjoyed this book, I did have a hard time writing the review. My biggest problem with it was that after three days, I couldn't even remember what it was about. Mind you, that didn't play into my rating, I tend to rate my books on GR before I ever write the review. That was a problem, however, it clicked quickly back into place once I read the book synopsis, which does a spot-on job of covering the books contents.All in all, it's a solid three stars for me, leaning toward a 3.5 and I would recommend it! It's a big of a different spin on the woman popping out of the cake, fake fiancee trope.

  • Danielle
    2019-05-23 09:59

    This was a cute little fast paced read about a nerdy girl who is looking for her inner siren and a hot lawyer playboy. I have to say this story started off very interesting. Marianne works for a match making service with her best friend. Her best friends asks for her to jump out of a cake for her brother Nick for his birthday. Although Marianne has a crush on Nick from the first moment she met him months ago see doesn't plan to kiss him and runaway. Now that the party is over Nick can't get the cake girl out of his mind. He is about to become partner in his firm but his boss needs him to have a commitment instead of him being such a playboy. Now looking for a fake fiancé. When he asks her sister she suggested Marianne because the fact of the matter is Marianne needs him as a date as well for a family function. These two have great chemistry and even though they agreed on no sex the more the time starts to pass they both get past that rule. I loved how they both grew in the short time they were together and how close they actually got. Nick made some tough choices with his job just to be with Marianne which was super sweet. Just a few things that I wish were different. I would have loved to see them go with the original plan of six weeks. I also wish the story would have been longer. It was like one minute I was starting it then it was over. I think if the author put in the extra weeks I would have felt more fulfilled at the end.

  • Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
    2019-06-10 11:03

    Reviewed by [email protected] Stars ReviewsARC Unexpectedly His begins when Marianne McBride wants to shake up her world a little bit. She is tired of being the good girl. So, when her friend and boss asks her to jump out of a cake for her boss's brothers birthday and the man Marianne has been crushing on for a long time she takes this opportunity to let her little vixen out. But it goes down a little differently then she pictured. Now, Nick needs her for something more, and she must play along in order to get back at her ex and show everyone she isn't at all like they thought she was. However, she didn't plan on falling for Nick along the way. And she knows that he may never feel the same way she does.. This book was very good! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the whole plot line from start to finish. It was really fun and excited. And of course extremely humorous as well. Then the characters were just as great! Marianne was a buttoned up good girl, with an extremely daring side that needed to be let out. And Nick was just the perfect man for her. I loved the way Nick's views on everything changed and how we got to see it from his point of view at times as well. Then the epilogue was just awesome too! I really liked this book! It had me laughing, and entertained the entire time I read it. I look forward to more from this author!

  • Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
    2019-06-04 09:54

    Lovestruck never disappoints when I need a sexy/fluffy/funny book. If you love the fake dating/engagement trope, this is a book for you. Plus it has some pretty sexy scenes (aka there's roof sex *wink wink*)-------I really really liked this book. Maggie Kelley enchanted me with the story and the characters. Marianne and Nick were so fun to read! They were funny and adorable together and had voices for themselves. One minute I was filled with joy for the two of them, next I was crying. I loved Marianne; she wants to get out of her skin for a while and I totally get that. Sometimes people need to let out their inner selves. I also really liked Nick and how Marianne tore down his walls and layers. I'm so into the fake dating trope, just give me ten thousand books of this I wouldn't mind AT ALL. Maggie Kelley did a fantastic job making me fall in love with this relationships and story. Ps. The level of hotness is off the charts! I loooved.

  • Bette Hansen
    2019-06-09 06:58

    Awesome sexy fun read that is a great spin on the fake fiancee trope. I really enjoy this author's writing style. A bit of humor, a bit of angst, and a lot of fun make this one I would definitely recommend.Nick is a no commitments kind of guy and perfectly happy, thank you very much. When he's hit with the ultimatum of settle down if you want to make partner, Nick knows he needs to do something. And fast! Going to his sister for help may have been the craziest thing he's ever done!Marianne has always lived life by the book. Just this once she wants to do something crazy. That's how she finds herself jumping out of a giant birthday cake and laying a solid kiss on the birthday boy! Her best friends brother may be the sexist man she's ever seen. So far out of her league, but just this once.....

  • Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
    2019-05-16 14:00

    What's a charming, commitment-phobic investment lawyer on the fast track to a partnership to do when his playboy reputation is the only thing standing between him and a coveted promotion? Find himself a fake fiancée! And it helps when his sister is the perfect Cupid with just the perfect woman to fit the bill - a buttoned-up computer geek on a quest to find her inner vixen and in need of a date to a family event. A little bit of quid pro quo!Nick Wright and Marianne McBride are very different in every way that counts. While Nick is the fun-loving ladies' man, cutting an impressive swath through the females in the Big Apple, Marianne is the girl who always obeyed all the rules and her inner bad girl is looking to break out. Her crush on Nick is her best-kept secret. Or so she thinks. Until she finds herself agreeing to a temporary six-week engagement at the urging of her boss, a professional matchmaker and Nick's sister.The relationship/marriage of convenience trope is a favorite of mine and UNEXPECTEDLY HIS checks off all the right boxes for me. Nick and Marianne had such great chemistry that their no-sex in the relationship clause was a non-starter. I absolutely love it when the shy, sweet woman blossoms and unleashes her inner vamp under the attention of the attractive, experienced guy. I loved that Nick was all in as soon as he realized he was in love with Marianne and did not spend time fighting his feelings.UNEXPECTEDLY HIS is sweet, sexy and funny, with great characters and a very enjoyable story and I enjoy Ms. Kelley's writing style.Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Want more? Subscribe to my Newsletter on The Sassy Bookster.Follow me on Twitter | Tumblr | Bloglovin’. Like my page on Facebook.

  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    2019-06-07 07:08

    Reviewed by KimSimply put...I loved Unexpectedly His. Marianne McBride is a nerdy geek girl who is so into numbers, it isn’t even funny. For exactly, five months, fifteen days and six or seven hours she has been crushing on her best friend and boss’ brother, Nick Wright. But Nick is the love them and leave them, no back to back dates kind of guy.When Nick is told he’s a shoo-in for partnership at his firm, he’s also told that his bachelor ways may keep him from having his dream job. In a panic, he admits to having a fiancée. Desperate to find someone to fill the bill, he calls his sister who just so happens to be one of the top matchmakers in Manhattan. Jane comes through immediately with Nick’s perfect match, her assistant, Marianne or new girl as Nick likes to call her.Being in a bind of her own for a date to a family event, Marianne agrees, as long as he will play the role of her boyfriend with her family. Nick and Marianne agree to a six week fake engagement that includes living together, not seeing other people, and absolutely no sex.Things change when Nick and Marianne are forced to kiss each other and he realizes she’s the woman who jumped out of his birthday cake and kissed him. The same woman he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about.Unexpectedly His was one of those feel good stories. You have the Marilyn Monroe loving, computer nerd girl getting the hot sexy bachelor. Over the course of the book, Marianne and Nick became friends who cared about each other to lovers with Nick letting Marianne see parts of himself he doesn’t show people.I will admit to thinking the book was going to be predictable but I was pleasantly surprised by a little twist. Maggie Kelley has written extremely likeable characters that allow you to become invested in their story and their journey to a happily ever after. Unexpectedly His is the second book in the Smart Cupid series but is totally a standalone read. There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t like.**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

  • April Symes
    2019-05-16 10:20

    ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review***Unexpectedly His starts when Marianne McBride decides she wants to change her world because her life is boring and she wants to change her life. Mari thinks people see her as a good girl and she just wants to be a bit of a bad girl. She thinks of Marilyn Monroe whenever she wants to be bad so when her boss wants her to do her a favor and jump out of a birthday cake for her brother Nick. Marianne has always had a huge crush on Nick so when her boss asked her to do this, she was totally willing but very nervous. Then she immediately thought of Marilyn and went thru this semi make-over to because this new Mari to impress Nick when she popped out of the cake. So the moment comes and when she pops out of the cake, she sings Happy Birthday and BOOM she kisses Nick on the mouth. Mari secretly cant believe she did this but it felt good.Nick Wright has never really noticed Marianne McBride before but now, WOW, he does. He goes thru women like crazy ,yes, but hey he is a guy. Now in order to make partner he has to settle down. Into his life comes Mari and wow yes she is it. His sister introduces the two and the faux fiancée works for him but they cannot have sex or even kiss but that doesn’t happen. They have crazy chemistry that sets them both on fire. Nick thought with everything that when the 6 weeks was up he would walk away and they both would be ok. Unfortunately that wasn’t going to be the case. Mari has crazy good feelings for him. She also has a problem-her ex boyfriend is aware of what’s going on and is threatening to turn this into the big boss of Nick’s unless she walks away. The twists and turns in the final pages of the story is wonderful and the epilogue makes this story wonderful. I highly recommend this story because it is so sweet and romantic. I like how the author finishes up this great story. My rating: 4.5 stars ****

  • Lynn
    2019-05-21 09:04

    First off, I came to the conclusion I was Marianne right out of the gate. I can hardly see anything without my glasses (or contacts) and the interaction with her and Nick in the first scene just made me cringe and sigh at her lack of vision. I had to laugh. I knew this book would be more than just a guy and girl making a contract and falling helplessly in love.Marianne is the girl who doesn’t get guys like Nick and even he admits that. She isn’t the typical woman he would pick up. Ever.But that doesn’t seem to matter when Marianne just continues to be herself and Nick can’t help but see what a beautiful woman she is on the inside. This, in turn, makes him see her in a radiance he never expected and recognizes his attraction to her.Marianne could be an inspiration to a lot of women. The women that are skimmed over in large crowds because they don’t fit the “Hot”, “She’s a 10” mold. But men fall in love with them once they know their heart. These are the women worth falling in love with.And Marianne was worth it all to Nick. I enjoyed seeing these two change slowly and realistically throughout the book. Their banter was fun and the their ability to still be their true selves was wonderful. I applaud their attempt at not making their relationship more than a contract that was going to expire. But it is inevitable that both of their eyes are opened because of love.Love for each other and love for themselves.#BookReviews @

  • Heather andrews
    2019-06-15 11:11

    Nick he likes to make sure that his woman knows that he's a negotiable guy, “well, Marianne, anytime you want to add sex to our six-week agenda, let me know.” Nick will take his woman any way he can get her, “I’ll take you as a present anytime, honey.” He pulled on the fabric and she turned, unwrapping the dress in the process." Nick is a good man he spoils his woman, “breakfast in bed, or rather, on the sectional . I didn’t know what you liked so I brought you a little bit of everything… three tea options, orange juice, yogurt, two kinds of granola, scrambled eggs, French toast and a fruit cup— and me, of course.” Another grin as he leaned in close. “But I already know you like me over easy.” I liked this book Marianne and Nick were perfect for each other.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-29 08:08

    I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is a book in what is rapidly becoming one of my all-time favorite genres books dealing with marriages of connivence. Now, this one was about an engagement of connivence but I can deal with it. This was actually a pretty good read. I think most girls can relate to Marianne in this story and that is always a plus. I enjoyed the romance and the story was actually pretty good. Not awesome but still a good read.

  • Amanda at WickedGoodReads
    2019-05-23 09:56

    I found this book to be a fun little read. This was my first book by this author from entangled. I will say, that it's not "off the charts" in the sexy time category but, Nick, he was a good guy. Tried to play it off like he was a player but deep down he wasn't. Not when he meets his cake girl. Character development was ok as was the story. I gave it 4 stars and I will probably read more from this author. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Hilda
    2019-05-27 12:16

    I received this book via NetGalley and the publisher as an ARC.I read this series out of order. I started with book 3 because the blurb caught my eye. When i was finished I knew I wanted to read the others in the series because this was an interesting bunch of characters.This book is about Marianne and Nick. Nick, brother to cupid, I mean Smart Cupid owner Jane Wright. He is your typical playboy with commitment issues. Those commitment issues threaten his career. What do you do but get that kind of pressure? You get engaged, even if it's for perception. But what happens when cupid's arrow strikes and you can't find the girl who gave you an unexpected spark? Marianne is the shy numbers girl whose insecure about herself thanks to a loser ex-fiance. Jane Wright is her boss and cons her into helping out with her brother's birthday party. Stepping outside her comfort zone, Marianne is taken over by some spark and kisses Nick. But then runs in a typical cinderella style. So when Nick and propositions her to be his fake fiance she's reluctant because she doesn't want him to find out. Yet this is just want she needs to prove her ex-fiance wrong. But will she be able to fight that spark? Or will her secrets threaten their careers?I enjoyed this book. Marianne was just so loveable. I found myself rooting for this couple. Don't get me wrong there were times when I just wanted to scream at them. But overall I love this couple. The author, Maggie Kelley did them justice with a well written story and and slow burn build up but she brought me closure with the ending. Although after that slow burn beginning, it resolved pretty quickly. But it was still worth the read.

  • Betsy :D
    2019-05-18 13:15

    I LOVED Marianne AND Nick!!! I was mad when Marianne left Nick because she thought she would save him like that but I mean he to and he knew what she doing and he had it figured out but she was stubborn but it worked out. As for Marianne Ex- Fiancé, Jason, I wish he got what was coming to him!

  • Pansy
    2019-05-21 13:56

    Nice story.This was a nice story. There was enough here to keep me coming back, but it was easy enough to put down. The romance was sweet though predictable. The story seemed to plod aong, than rush to the end. The hea was just there making it to much of a faerie tale for what I was reading. That left me a bit flat rather than fulfilling potential.

  • Jeri
    2019-06-12 12:51

    So romantically sweet almost like a cake 😘Sweet, romantic and so very sexy. I loved this book. I ohh and aww all thru it. It was one of those that wrapped itself around your heart. I definitely need to read the others.

  • Sherry Vitaniemi
    2019-05-23 06:11

    Eating your cake toIt all started with the cake. Cupid decided to have some fun. And putting Nick and Marianne together was the best plan ever.

  • Jenise
    2019-05-24 08:11

    Cute read I loved this little read. I do recommend. Quirky girl meets hunky man and they fall deeply in love. The End.

  • Hana Bilqisthi
    2019-06-04 11:51

    The premise is really interesting but somehow I feel it is like lust at first kiss, rather than love

  • Cris Conquers
    2019-05-21 12:15

    If there's something you should know about me it's that I absolutely adore romances that begin with two people pretending to be in a relationship for one reason or another. I just love watching a romance go from pretend to the real deal. It's up there along with Friends-to-Lovers and Best-Friend's-Brother (which this novel also features) in my 'Romance Trope Hall of Fame'. So, it's safe to say that this book had me hooked from the synopsis alone. Add to that tropey goodness the fact that the heroine is a shy, bespectacled, curvy smartypants with a Marilyn Monroe obsession, and this novel promised to be Cris crack. As expected, UNEXPECTEDLY HIS is an incredibly fun, sexy, satisfying read. Nick is a gorgeous ladies' man who is used to having women play by his rules, not run away from him after surprising him with a birthday kiss. Although he's known and overlooked the buttoned up Marianne for months, he can't get his mysterious 'Cake Girl' out of his head. After a confidence-crushing breakup, Marianne has been trying to awake her inner siren for months and popping out of a cake and serenading her secret crush is just the push she needed. Except an impromptu kiss and her resulting fear has her running for the nearest exit. When Nick suggests a mutually beneficial fake engagement, Marianne is unsure if she can keep her siren, and all those secret fantasies, in check. I really appreciate that Nick and Marianne's feelings weren't instantaneous, but grew and developed throughout the course of the novel. What started out as an unexpected attraction and overwhelming desire really flourished as the lovers got to know and respect each other more. Nick isn't just your typical player with a different woman warming his bed every night. He has a big heart, a strong sense of family, and a need to do what's right and just. Marianne is a genius with numbers and comes from a very wealthy family but she never uses either of those advantages to make others feel like less than her. I enjoyed the teasing banter between the couple and the flaring of jealousy and proprietary feelings throughout the novel. Plus, these two were just hot together. A good portion of the sex scenes focused more on the male perspective which was a really interesting way to observe the couple's chemistry and dynamic. I loved reading all of the hero's dirty thoughts! Marianne is the kind of heroine I can really connect to. She sincerely wants to come out of her shell and express her inner fantasies and passions, but she is overwhelmed by niggling fears and doubts. She's a little sexpot wrapped in the packaging of a cardigan-wearing librarian. I feel like to a certain extent we can all relate to that disconnect between how we feel and how people perceive us. That sense of being overlooked or misunderstood. I've never considered watching Marilyn Monroe movies as bombshell inspiration for a confidence boost but now that UNEXPECTEDLY HIS sparked the idea, I'll definitely be binging on some Netflix this weekend. Though this is the second novel in the Smart Cupid series, it's the first book I've ever read by Maggie Kelley and I don't think I was missing any crucial information. This could totally be read as a stand-alone if you are so inclined but after reading UNEXPECTEDLY HIS I would definitely like to go back and read Jane's story too. This novel just really hit the spot. If you're looking for a sexy, fun, contemporary romance that'll have your inner siren cheering, go pick up a copy of UNEXPECTEDLY HIS by Maggie Kelley. Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

  • Bridget O'Toole
    2019-05-18 12:09

    Unexpectedly His by Maggie Kelley features one of my favorite tropes in romance! Shy girl moons over her best friend’s brother from afar until a crazy situation throws them together and then they fall in love. And of course, in this book, it’s a convienent and necessary fake engagement that throws Marianne McBride and Nick Wright together.To further explain (without giving anything away!), Marianne sets out to prove that she isn’t just a computer geek. She can live on the wild side. Her first step in that direction? Dressing like a bad girl and popping out a cake for Nick, her crush and the birthday boy. Nick, on the other hand, has always lived a bit on the wild side, which doesn’t help his case for the desired promotion to partner. His first step in the right direction? Finding a fake fiancee to show the board that he is a family man (and not a manslut who is rumored to be sleeping with a board member’s wife). Luckily, his sister Jane runs a matchmaking business, and she has the perfect woman for the job. His sister also happens to be Marianne’s BFF, and after witnessing their chemistry on Nick’s birthday, she secretly sets out to make the fake match between Marianne and Nick a real match.Unexpectedly His is a sweet little story for those days when you just need to unwind and you don’t have a lot of time to do it. I like the mystery to it, and by mystery, I mean that it is SUPER FUN to watch Nick be fake engaged to his cake girl who he doesn’t know is his cake girl. Does that make sense? In other words, Nick doesn’t know that it was Marianne in the cake who gave him a sweet birthday kiss! The big question in this story is how long will it take Nick to figure this out, and when he does, what will he think about Marianne? Unless you think that, “What will happen if Nick’s work finds out that his engagement is fake?” is the bigger question.And you know, besides her crush, Marianne has a reason for agreeing to the fake engagement, too. Nick isn’t the only one using another person for his benefit. But I’ll leave her condition for the fake engagement a secret so you have something else to look forward to finding out! I liked Marianne. I could relate to her desire to step outside of her comfort zone. Although, I was a little surprised at how quickly she became so comfortable and confident around Nick. It was so contradictory to her thoughts, which I guess made her a more dynamic character. Nick’s thoughts are pretty consistent throughout–it’s easy to track his changing feelings towards Marianne. Plus, his thoughts debunk the whole “I don’t do commitment because I’m a player and don’t have feelings” thing. His ways are very much a result of his past, which I honestly would have liked to been able to delve deeper into.There was enough tension (that didn’t make me absolutely crazy, THANK GOD) with dirty ex’s (like seriously you suck and OMG you’re an awful person ex) and scheming co-workers to make the story exciting and not boring. Marianne’s family is great, and the effort Nick puts into helping Marianne’s dad is so cute and admirable. He’s definitely a keeper. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but not in a bad way because of course there is a HEA. There was an unexpected yet pleasant outcome to their whole charade. And the epilogue was great–I love epilogues!!! I sincerely hope there is a third book in the series for Jane and Nick’s elusive and mysterious little brother!

  • Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
    2019-06-03 13:50

    ***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***Aside from the great cover, Unexpectedly His was such a great book to read. From the very beginning we meet Marianne McBride, a computer geek who has always been one to follow the rules and do what she is told. Though she is good at what she does, she wants to get out of her shell, and her boss who also happens to be her best friend comes up with the perfect idea. Marianne will be hiding in a cake, and when the right time comes sing “Happy Birthday” to non other than her best friend's brother. Now that should sound simple enough, but when she is wearing the shortest and tightest dress she has ever seen while singing to her crush, made things a lot worse for Marianne. Needless to say, she does sing to him and after seeing his stunned face, she kisses him and runs away. She bows to never bring that subject again after that day, but secretly hopes that Nick did not recognize her. The night of his birthday party will always be in Nick's mind, especially when he gets kissed at the end. Now he can't figure out who she was and it's driving him nuts. To add to his already crazy state-of-mind, his boss gives him the news that he is going to become partner only if he settles down. After receiving the news, he reaches out to her sister in hopes that she'll help him out, and she has the perfect idea of who to match him with. But Nick doesn't want an actual relationship, he only wants a fake fiancee, someone that is going to look nice beside him after meeting other executives. When his sister tells him about Marianne, he is taken back since she is reserved and a workaholic as well. But he doesn't have a choice, and so he agrees. When he proposes the proposition to Marianne, she only asks him to attend a family reunion in return for a six week engagement. Soon the pair is living together, and the more time they spend together, the more they start to like each other. Secrets get revealed as well and soon they both have to face obstacles in order to be together. I really liked the overall plot of the story, it flowed nicely and we get to understand the characters more after they start to get to know each other. They are both driven by their work, but together they balance each other out. Their chemistry is not instant, at least from Nick's POV, though he is somewhat attracted to her he doesn't find out who she really is right away. We do get to find out a lot of secrets and how they can potentially break the couple apart as well. All in all, the book was a total page-turner for me and quick to read. The ending was perfect, it totally fit with the story and tied things nicely at the end. I highly recommend it. :)***ARC provided by Entangled: Lovestruck in exchange for an honest review.***

  • Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
    2019-05-22 05:58

    Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars!Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In BooksI received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating.Unexpectedly His started off in such a fun way and that grin that it gave me stuck around for nearly the entire book. And while I didn't fall completely head over heels in love with it, I did happen to like it very, very much.I read the first book in this series a few months back and while I had lukewarm feelings toward it at best I knew deep down that it was never an issue with the writing itself, I had liked Maggie Kelley's writing style for sure. My problem was that I started shipping the wrong two people and I couldn't shake that desire to see a different guy with the main character. But one thing that jumped out at me while reading Breaking the Bachelor was the adorable and shy Marianne and the lingering looks she would give her best friend's brother Nick. New woman every weekend Nick. I couldn't help but giggle at the possibilities of these two ending up together. It was even more fun than I had hoped it would be.Even though this trope is getting pretty overused lately, guy needs a fake fiance to get a promotion and the ruse inevitably becomes reality because they fall in love and live happily ever after. I really liked the way it played out here. I think because Nick and Marianne were so vastly different, I mean, she's pretty uptight and straight laced, very conservative and an air of innocence. It just presented so many funny and steamy possible moments.I enjoyed watching how both Nick and Marianne influenced each other and the incredible bond and chemistry that they formed. When things started heating up between them...*fans self* wow. However I feel like Marianne changed way too fast and too easily broke through her nerves and anxiety. I kind of expected her to be more shy or nervous when things would heat up with Nick and I definitely didn't expect her to be as bold as she was. I mean, good for her for finding her inner vixen and letting it shine. Still, it was just too easy.One thing I really loved was the occasional meddling from Nick's sister Jane, the matchmaker extraordinaire herself. She had me cracking up whenever she would sneakily play cupid and then be like "don't be mad..." I really hope there will be more mischief from her in the next book(s) in this series.It was a lot of fun reading Nick and Marianne's story. It was full of sweet and steamy moments laced with lots of humor. Definitely a step up from the first book and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next in this series!Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!

  • Jamie Kline
    2019-05-25 08:10

    Another delightfully fun, sexy novel that made me smile. There really is nothing better than a light-hearted romance to lift your spirits. Unexpectedly His was extremely charming and it shows that true love could be hiding right under your nose.I loved the dynamic between Nick and Marianne. They were two completely different people, at least at first glance. I almost said that Nick was a player, but that's not true. He liked to sleep with many different women, however he didn't lead them on or give them false hope of it turning into anything more than casual. I don't see anything wrong with it, especially since he wasn't promising these women forever; he just hadn't found the right woman yet and his past kept him from even wanting to settle down in the first place. Marianne was very into her work and wasn't really looking for romance. She did have a crush on Nick, but didn't have the courage to act on her feelings; only when she was in disguise for his birthday party did she feel like she could let her inner temptress (or siren, as she called it) out. As an introvert, I can certainly relate, because putting yourself out there can be downright terrifying.Their relationship starts out as a sham, as Nick had to throw together a quick engagement in order to land a huge promotion at work. That may sound crazy, but it makes sense when you find out the story behind it. Marianne quickly had him wrapped around her finger, even though she wasn't like most of the women Nick usually went after. I love that he made her feel sexy and wanted, so she could let her true self shine. In return, she helped him learn to open up and love fully, without reservations.The sex scenes were hot. Despite her reserved outward appearance, Marianne was very confident, probably because Nick made her feel so comfortable in her own skin. They had an intense chemistry both in and out of the bedroom; I went from saying, "Awww" to "Ooooh, that's hot!"I can't say that there were any real twists and turns in this book. Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, some hurdles to overcome, but let's be honest. We don't read these steamy romances looking for mystery and suspense. We read them because they make us feel good and it's exciting to see the characters evolve in different ways, eventually coming together in a happy ending. If you're looking for a book to escape into and unwind, then definitely check out Unexpectedly His.If you would like to see more of my reviews, please check out my book review blog, Lucky Devil Reviews

  • Smut Matters
    2019-06-11 08:55

    Heather's review from Smut MattersBy-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...Marianne was my favorite character in this story. Watching her try to come out of her buttoned-up, horn-rimmed glasses wearing shell was a lot of fun. Her ex had really done a number on her self-esteem, and it was a lot of fun watching her learn how wrong he had been about her and great she really was. Nick was a little more of a stereotype, though. The wealthy (though not billionaire status) bachelor playboy who has no interest in a relationship that lasts more than one night. There were no surprises to him at all. I could see why he would fall for Marianne, but I couldn't really see the reverse. I didn't find anything in Nick to set him apart from her ex-fiance or anyone else Marianne already knew. In fact, if Marianne were a friend of mine, I may have tried to talk her out of it. She's very down-to-earth, grounded, and caring. About everything - her family, her friends, the environment, animals. Nick didn't care about any of that and actually made fun of her for it on occasion.But this story was cute, if a little predictable, and a perfect fun read for a summer afternoon.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-18 14:10

    Marianne McBride is a computer geek and nerdy but wants to change from her horned rimmed glasses, cardigan and tweed skirt image to something …. something sexier! Somehow she’s ended up ditching her ‘good’ girl image to jump out of a cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to Nick Wright, the brother of her boss and the man she’s been fantasising for much more than she’d ever admit! Nick is a serial dater, determined to fall for no woman but then his cake girl kisses him and he finds himself feeling all protective of her and wanting to get to know her.Unfortunately for him, Marianne’s bravery deserts her after the kiss and she runs away….Nick needs to find someone to pretend to be his fiancée to ensure he gets the promotion to partner that he’s striving for so long to achieve. Unfortunately he’s been falsely accused of having an affair with a married woman and having a fiancee would really help negate this. He believes he knows just how to get someone - he’ll ask his sister, who has an excellent reputation and business as a matchmaker - to help. When she suggests Marianne he’s not certain he’ll be able to convince his colleagues that he’s fallen for her but when he sees her at the gym and when they kiss he’s not so sure he’ll be able to actually avoid falling for real! Living together for six weeks, no dating, no sex and follow the rules? Love will find a way of striking out the rules and making way for romance between them.This is a great story where events from the past, honesty, attraction and false accusations will all have serious impacts on the lives and loves of the people concerned. There’s intrigue, possible blackmail and romance galore in this funny story which is a great one to escape into. Well written, with a nerdy heroine who proves she’s so much more, a faux fiancee and a hero who’s determined never to love, then does! A lovely read relaxing in the sun for me!Thanks to the authors, publisher and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Samanthe Tucker
    2019-06-01 06:01

    Unexpectedly His is my second Maggie Kelley novel, so I feel familiar enough to state starting a book by this author is like starting a box of Fran’s salted caramel chocolates. You tell yourself you’re just going to have a little taste. You want to savor the experience, make it last…and then you go on and devour the whole dang thing in record time! Why? Because Ms. Kelley’s writing is as rich, smooth and addictively salty as those blasted chocolate caramels, and once you’ve sampled one, you have to have more, and then all. I loved the Marilyn Monroe quotes and the excerpts. I loved the innate chemistry between the characters and the snappy dialogue. Every word flows into the next. There’s no easy stopping point, aside from the end. No moment where you think, “Okay, I’ve had enough for now. I can put it down and take up where I left off tomorrow.” Sorry, no. You’re going to eat the whole box, and/or read the whole book, all it one sitting. Best accept that, going in.Because watching geeky SmartCupid data guru Marianne channel her inner Marilyn, and captivate commitment-phobic financial attorney Nick is just too sweet and satisfying to resist. Because a fake engagement is fun romantic fiction, New York in spring is always magical, and opposites really do attract in the most amusing ways.Because as Marianne falls for Nick, she also grows as a woman, comes to terms with her past, and stops feeling so scarred by wounds inflicted by someone not worthy of her esteem. Because Nick re-evaluates his effed-up priorities as a result of loving Marianne. His all-work, all-play, in-it-to-win-it attitude adjusts into something brave, self-sacrificing, and admirable.Because the best stories have bad guys who get what’s coming to them, and a heart melting happily-ever-after to make you want to move to New York and meet the guy of your dreams—even when you live in Malibu, married to the guy of your dreams.Enjoy Unexpectedly His...and you’re welcome.