Unexpected

Unexpected

Co-parenting with her best friend. What could go wrong? The next three decades of Abby Herbert’s life are as carefully planned out as the last three were. Best career ever? Check. Great friends, one of whom she lives with in a stunning Tribeca apartment? Check. Perfect man to share her dream family? Surely just a matter of time. But then she gets devastating news from her...

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Title:Unexpected
Author:Kelly Rimmer
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Unexpected Reviews

  • Jamie

    When Kelly Rimmer released Before I Let You Go, she earned a slot on my pre-order list immediately. When The Things We Cannot Say was released, she moved into a top favorite author slot for me (and I shouted praise from the rooftops) - immediately I dove into her backlist (also nothing but praise) and then I heard she would be releasing a romantic comedy and I was THRILLED. This author has proven to me she can write contemporary fiction, historical fiction, women’s fiction and it all blows me aw

    When Kelly Rimmer released Before I Let You Go, she earned a slot on my pre-order list immediately. When The Things We Cannot Say was released, she moved into a top favorite author slot for me (and I shouted praise from the rooftops) - immediately I dove into her backlist (also nothing but praise) and then I heard she would be releasing a romantic comedy and I was THRILLED. This author has proven to me she can write contemporary fiction, historical fiction, women’s fiction and it all blows me away. Having become a huge fan of contemporary romance and romantic comedies lately, I was psyched.

    Unexpected is the story of two best friends who are also roommates and decide to have a baby together. Abby suffers from fertility issues and is afraid to wait longer. Marcus, the doting best friend, offers to help - via clinical methods, of course. Now, it’s pretty clear to everyone but the two of them that they are made for each other. But it’s nothing but fun and heartwarming feels watching them figure that out.

    Again, Rimmer’s writing is nothing short of spectacular and this book delivers 100%. Be sure to grab a copy tomorrow and thank me later.

    Thank you to Harlequin HQN for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)

    Thank you to Harlequin Books for my free review copy. This book is one of the best contemporary romances that I have read lately. This is a fun and sexy story about two roommates who decide to have a baby together. Abby and Marcus have known each other all their lives and are best friends and platonic roommates. Abby discovers she has a medical issue and she should start having children sooner than later. She is a goal driven person and she has her whole life mapped out and having children is so

    Thank you to Harlequin Books for my free review copy. This book is one of the best contemporary romances that I have read lately. This is a fun and sexy story about two roommates who decide to have a baby together. Abby and Marcus have known each other all their lives and are best friends and platonic roommates. Abby discovers she has a medical issue and she should start having children sooner than later. She is a goal driven person and she has her whole life mapped out and having children is something she has always planned. When Marcus hears about her plight he steps in to be the father. He wants a baby but not a romantic commitment so he thinks this will be perfect. The relationship between the two of them is fun and cute. Their friends and family round out the cast and they really add to the story. This is the first in a series and I’m looking forward to more of these books. I read this in one sitting I was enjoying this story so much.

  • Shelby

    Abby and Marcus, childhood best friends, have always managed to keep their friendship platonic. Well, except for last New Year’s Eve when they shared a passionate kiss that they still refuse to discuss. But aside from that, their friendship is perfect. Abby and Marcus share an apartment and love the routines they have together.

    When Abby learns from her doctor that at 30-years old, her fertility is on the fast decline, she knows it’s either now or never to have a baby. Unfortunately for her, she

    Abby and Marcus, childhood best friends, have always managed to keep their friendship platonic. Well, except for last New Year’s Eve when they shared a passionate kiss that they still refuse to discuss. But aside from that, their friendship is perfect. Abby and Marcus share an apartment and love the routines they have together.

    When Abby learns from her doctor that at 30-years old, her fertility is on the fast decline, she knows it’s either now or never to have a baby. Unfortunately for her, she hasn’t found her Mr. Perfect yet and will have to do the parenting thing alone. The cost of fertility treatments is astronomical and the idea of using a sperm bank is as unromantic as it gets, but Abby wants a baby now.

    When Marcus learns of Abby’s predicament, he starts to think about what it would be like to raise a child. Due to his parents’ unsuccessful marriage, Marcus is completely uninterested in ever getting married, so he always thought kids were off the table. But Abby’s situation could be his one chance to be a dad. So he proposes that Abby and him have a baby together and jointly raise it, as friends. They could be great parents together and have a happy family, minus the relationship part.

    Due to the high costs and waiting period associated with artificial insemination, Abby and Marcus reluctantly choose the old-fashioned method of conception. What they weren’t expecting was that they have amazing chemistry together. They wanted to keep their friendship exactly how it was before having sex, but that’s impossible. Abby and Marcus become addicted to each other in ways they never thought possible and the task of creating a baby becomes something they not only look forward to, but insanely crave.

    This new phase of their friendship is uncharted territory for Abby and Marcus. The physical aspect is surfacing feelings they both have been harboring for months, if not years. And even though they don’t want to complicate their tight bond, the potential for unimaginable love may be too good to pass up. And putting their feelings on the line makes them more vulnerable than they’re used to, yes, but the best kind of love is always worth the risk.

    Unexpected is the first book in Kelly Rimmer’s Start Up in the City series. This book is new territory for Kelly Rimmer, as her other books are harder-hitting usually and her next release this year is a historical fiction. But I’m happy to see that she can write across a range of genres and excel at all of them. Unexpected is a steamy romance, following the friends to lovers trope. I thoroughly enjoyed Marcus and Abby’s relationship and I was rooting for their happily ever after from the very beginning. Their banter is witty and they are great together. I’d read anything Kelly Rimmer publishes and can’t wait to see what book two has in store—4/5 stars.

    Thank you to NetGalley, HQN and Kelly Rimmer for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Zoe

    Sweet, touching, and romantic!

    Unexpected is an adorable, lively tale that introduces us to the gamer and planner extraordinaire Abby who just discovered her dream to become a mother needs to occur sooner rather than later, and her commitment-phobic, best friend Marcus who is more than willing to help out the girl he’s secretly in love with as long as in the end he can have it all.

    The prose is witty and warm. The characters are fun-loving, hesitant, and engaging. And the plot is a playful mix of

    Sweet, touching, and romantic!

    Unexpected is an adorable, lively tale that introduces us to the gamer and planner extraordinaire Abby who just discovered her dream to become a mother needs to occur sooner rather than later, and her commitment-phobic, best friend Marcus who is more than willing to help out the girl he’s secretly in love with as long as in the end he can have it all.

    The prose is witty and warm. The characters are fun-loving, hesitant, and engaging. And the plot is a playful mix of push-pull drama, chemistry, flirty banter, palpable attraction, tender moments, and steamy baby-making.

    Overall, Unexpected is a contemporary, charming, entertaining tale that has just the right amount of emotion, angst, and passion to make this an easy, lighthearted, enjoyable read.

    Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jen

    I recently discovered Kelly Rimmer and went on a binge, reading three of her books in a week span. This is a cute, lighthearted, predictable romance. While not my favorite of hers, I grew to like it more after reading her authors note at the end that detailed why she wrote a predictable, happy book. After a string of heavier topics, this light hearted read was exactly what I needed! It dragged a bit for me in the middle but overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to what she comes at us wit

    I recently discovered Kelly Rimmer and went on a binge, reading three of her books in a week span. This is a cute, lighthearted, predictable romance. While not my favorite of hers, I grew to like it more after reading her authors note at the end that detailed why she wrote a predictable, happy book. After a string of heavier topics, this light hearted read was exactly what I needed! It dragged a bit for me in the middle but overall I enjoyed this book and look forward to what she comes at us with next. 4⭐️, rounded up from 3.5. Thanks to the publisher for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review!

  • Jennifer

    Unexpected is a contemporary romance. It is book one in the Start Up in the City series. The book does not end with a cliffhanger. So potentially the next book will be about a different couple (one of their friends?).

    The narrators are best friends Abby (30) and Marcus (32). They are already roommates. And have been best friends since childhood. Abby finds out that if she ever wants to have a baby she needs to try now.

    This book will be for romance readers who like sweet, sexy books. The book was

    Unexpected is a contemporary romance. It is book one in the Start Up in the City series. The book does not end with a cliffhanger. So potentially the next book will be about a different couple (one of their friends?).

    The narrators are best friends Abby (30) and Marcus (32). They are already roommates. And have been best friends since childhood. Abby finds out that if she ever wants to have a baby she needs to try now.

    This book will be for romance readers who like sweet, sexy books. The book was a bit predictable and not overly substantial. But it was enjoyable.

    I did like both Abby and Marcus. Although her not liking confrontations sort of drove me crazy after a while. I liked his twin brother. And I enjoyed the sub-plot with their father. Both Abby and Marcus had intriguing jobs and I liked their group of friends. The baby part was an interesting part of the story.

    But I just like more from my romances. I need to feel something. I like unexpected twists and turns. This book was not that, but it was still a fun read.

    Thanks to netgalley and HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada) for allowing me to read this book.

  • Amy

    I wanted to love this one but it didn't completely work for me. I loved some aspects but could not get past others. Friends to lovers is usually a trope that I love - and this one had so much promise. I think my primary issue with the story was the heroine, Abby, who I struggled with. Her inability to face things head on became very difficult for me. I became frustrated with how she couldn't see things that are right in front of her. But, I loved her relationship with Marcus and their history to

    I wanted to love this one but it didn't completely work for me. I loved some aspects but could not get past others. Friends to lovers is usually a trope that I love - and this one had so much promise. I think my primary issue with the story was the heroine, Abby, who I struggled with. Her inability to face things head on became very difficult for me. I became frustrated with how she couldn't see things that are right in front of her. But, I loved her relationship with Marcus and their history together. This is a fine romance - just not one that blew me away.

    ** Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review. **

  • Prerana

    It was a fluffy read, but not quite good enough to really make a lasting impression.

    And I'm out.

  • Amanda D.

    My honest advice: don't read this one.

    The romance hinges on the heroine wanting a baby due to declining infertility. The hero (her best friend and roommate) agrees to be the sperm donor, but wants to remain in the baby's life.

    NEITHER OF THESE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE A BABY. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion, given how much sound advice they actively ignore in favor of making sure the heroine gets pregnant ASAP.

    Oh, and the gamer heroine makes an offhand comment (in the year of our lord

    My honest advice: don't read this one.

    The romance hinges on the heroine wanting a baby due to declining infertility. The hero (her best friend and roommate) agrees to be the sperm donor, but wants to remain in the baby's life.

    NEITHER OF THESE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE A BABY. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion, given how much sound advice they actively ignore in favor of making sure the heroine gets pregnant ASAP.

    Oh, and the gamer heroine makes an offhand comment (in the year of our lord 2019) that Joss Whedon deserves an Oscar.

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