Her Unexpected Engagement by Kyra Jacobs
Series: Checkerberry Inn #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it…
Stephanie Fitzpatrick wanted out of the spotlight after her pro-golfer husband was caught on camera cheating. But when she returns to Michigan for a job interview and some much-needed R&R, a fib told by her well-meaning sister has her looking for a temporary fiancé, or she can kiss her new start good-bye.
Desperate to hide the truth, she goes to the one man who can help—her former best friend.
Miles Masterson is relieved to see the Checkerberry Inn beginning to thrive once more. Not only does it ease his mind about his grandmother’s financial future, but also about his decision to finally escape town. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing rescue. Now the temptation to change the “temporary” arrangement into something more is making it harder to think about leaving.
Each book in the Checkerberry Inn series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Sometimes, a story just doesn’t work for you. It’s no one’s fault really, there’s certainly nothing wrong with this book, sadly it just didn’t do it for me.
Stephanie, the very publicly cuckolded ex-wife of a pro-golfer, is back home after a decade. The paparazzi attention alone has pushed her from being a confident and lively person into a tired and anxiety riddled woman in desperate need of a reboot back to her old self.
Miles has finally set in motion his plans to leave his job at the family inn and go for his dream career. Now he only needs to land the job and break the news to his family, but when his best friend since childhood comes back home and asks him to help her out… well, things start to fall out of line.
Her Unexpected Engagement is a friends-to-lovers type of story, which, truth be told I’m not a huge fan of. Add to it that both main characters acted in ways I found annoying meant I didn’t really connect to either of them.
Allison’s complete meltdown after she found out what a pig her ex was, I could understand to a point, then I just felt it was an over the top reaction that didn’t quite fit with what the person she was supposed to be before.
Miles was a guy who didn’t realize he had feelings for his best friend until too late, and then he didn’t do anything about it. He had an aversion to relationships due to a situation in his past. What totally killed him to me was his lack of action regarding one specific topic View Spoiler » when he acknowledged that he had suspected Stephanie’s husband was cheating on her when he used to ask Miles to go bar hopping with him, but he never told Stephanie… I mean, what kind of friend does that???? « Hide Spoiler.
In the end, while not a bad read, as it was hard for me to relate to either character and their lack of open communication drove me batty wasn’t the most enjoyable read.
Rating: 3 Stars
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