The Army Ranger's Surprise by Donna Michaels
Series: The Men of At Ease Ranch #5
Also in this series: Her Secret Ranger
Published by Entangled Publishing on July 9, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Army brat Kaydee Wagner gets twitchy if she stays in one place for too long. But when her grandfather needs someone to stay with him for a bit and his home needs a lot of repairs, she steps up to the plate.
Lucky for her, help arrives from their neighbor’s gorgeous grandson, former Army Ranger Leo Reed.
Leo’s desperate to rise above his dark past and enjoy life again. He’s already made a lot of progress, so when the woman he can’t stop thinking about needs a handyman, he volunteers. But after a very...wet incident involving deadly dance moves and a wayward sink hose, their clothes hit the floor faster than a stack of tile.
He doesn’t want forever—that would mean revealing his past, which he’s not ready to do. She only wants right now, because any other option would require sticking around.
And then Kaydee discovers she’s pregnant.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The blurb for The Army Ranger’s Surprise had me salivating. The love between recuperating former Ranger Leo and the sweet neighbor he knocks up, forcing him to rise to the challenge couldn’t come fast enough. Unfortunately, it seems my blurb reading skills need exercising because the story was so not what I thought it was going to be.
Leo had struggled greatly when he got out of the military, but after months of therapy, hard work and a supportive group of friends, he started to finally feel better.
“Leo, you’re not a bother, You’re a brother. We’re always going to worry about you.”
He still had some issues with his past, mainly guilt and a bit of undeserving-of-happiness-syndrome, but he was actively fighting it. He was one sexy construction/handyman. He was sweet and considerate and just wanted to help others in the way that he was helped. I really liked him and the way he tried to confront his issues as they arose.
In one of his frequent visits to his grandmother he meets her new neighbor Kaydee, who is living with her grandfather across the street.
“Kaydee’s ability to embrace her mistakes and turn them into something positive left him in awe. So did the way her jeans hugged her sweet ass.”
Kaydee’s cheerful disposition, fun and caring personality along with a bit of clumsiness and shyness charmed the pants off Leo. Literally. I really enjoyed her fresh and natural ways. I loved their sizzling chemistry and how they were together.
So, if everything was lovely and I enjoyed everything why was I disappointed? Well, because I was expecting things to go differently, as in, she’d get knocked up right away and they’d have to deal with it and their feelings would have no choice but to flourish in the process. First, the pregnancy didn’t really happen until 74% into the book, a measly 40 minutes before I finished reading it. I mean, the baby isn’t even born until the epilogue!! Also, both main characters had insecurities they liked to peruse at length in their own minds, which made for a slower pace than I personally liked. I have to confess to skimming during parts of the story, especially when I realized the pregnancy wasn’t happening when I wanted it to.
The Army Ranger’s Surprise is a nice, sweet romance about learning to open up in spite of our fears, because the possible reward of true love is worth any pain. While I liked the story, I think my expectations about it prevented me from truly enjoying it.
Rating: 3 “It’s my fault, I read “surprise” and “pregnancy” and then lose my mind” Stars
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