(The Bride Series)
By Shadonna Richards
Getting a man is one thing…keeping him is a whole different story!
Recently wed to her hot boss, CEO Evan Fletcher, Emma Wiggins-Fletcher thinks her sizzling hubby is avoiding spending quality time with her…that is until Emma discovers that her pregnancy test is positive.
A baby changes everything. Jetsetter Evan discovers his new wife is pregnant and cancels an important business trip and prepares to rearrange his workaholic life to pamper his newlywed princess. Emma is over the moon about the new special affection from her spouse and her ill grandfather. Gramps has been given six more months to live, and he is so delighted about the baby news, he plans a surprise for the couple.
Too bad her world is turned upside down when she discovers the pregnancy test was false. Emma has been enjoying Evan’s renewed attention and he’s already shifted his life around to be daddy to their unborn. How could she possibly break the news to her husband and to her ailing grandfather without breaking their hearts? Still, pretending to be pregnant is a whole different story and can only last so long before they find out the truth.
An Unexpected Baby is the sequel to An Unexpected Bride and part of The Bride Series.
This is a short and quick contemporary read with a simple plot. Basically Emma is worried her new husband isn’t paying attention to her. He’s working a lot of late nights and she’s worried he’s having second thoughts about their quickie wedding. Then Emma learns she’s pregnant and Evan’s entire attitude changes. He seems excited about the baby. Unfortunately, Emma learns she’s misread the pregnancy test. Telling her husband and everyone else proves difficult, and soon Emma’s innocent mistake makes her feel as if she’s on a runaway train.
The premise of this book sounded cute, which was why I chose to review it, and it is cute. There’s a bit of humor, which I enjoyed, but I found myself distracted by the dialogue and the profusion of exclamation marks. In some cases the dialogue plain didn’t work for me while many of the exclamation marks would be better replaced with full stops.
The main character Emma got on my nerves, especially at the start. She comes across as immature and self-centered. Toward the end of the story she redeemed herself a little, and I softened toward her.
Where the author got this story very right was the way she upped the stakes again and again for poor Emma. I started feeling sorry for Emma, her predicament and her worsening circumstances. I didn’t think she could come out of this with her marriage intact and breathed a sigh of relief at the end. Well done in this respect, Ms. Richards.
While this story didn’t work for me as well as I’d hoped, the end did leave me with a smile.
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Note: this book was provided by the author and Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.