ARC REVIEW: Unexpectedly His by Maggie Kelley

Unexpectedly His

Unexpectedly His
Author: Maggie Kelley
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: August 18th, 2015
Published By: Entangled Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 1633754162


 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 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 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.


3 star

**ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.**


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