Unexpected (Start Up in the City, #1)
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 doctor—if she wants to get pregnant, she needs to get started on that by…well, yesterday. On the bright side, she has the perfect person in mind to be the father.Tech entrepreneur Marcus Ross has been harboring decidedly not-friends feelings toward Abby. He doesn’t want to lose her and, knowing his feelings are one-sided, he’s been trying to move on. When he learns about the curveball Abby’s just been hit with, he promises to be there for her however she wants him to be, even if the idea of fatherhood is a little complicated for him right now. But it isn’t long until boundaries start to blur, and a deal struck between friends starts to turn into something perilously close to feelings that could change everything…

Unexpected (Start Up in the City, #1) Details

TitleUnexpected (Start Up in the City, #1)
Author
ReleaseMay 28th, 2019
PublisherHQN
ISBN-139781335504951
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Unexpected (Start Up in the City, #1) Review

  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    I have been in need of sweet romances and the synopsis took me away for this one, plus the cover is so beautiful... ARC galley kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amanda D.
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    One of my FAVORITE tropes is friends-to-more, and these two had such a beautiful history together. Though they sometimes frustrated me with their inability to tell the other their true feelings, I loved watching their relationship evolve. I had the pleasure of sharing lots of fun and lovely moments with these two, and the ending was all sorts of smile inducing. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Kellisa
    January 1, 1970
    ✨ Thank you Kelly Rimmer and Harlequin Publicity Team for providing a copy of Unexpected in exchange for an honest review ✨Well, add this to the list of contemporary romances I stayed up super late reading! #noregrets I mean, I’m getting better! I forced myself to go to bed at 3am with 81% read. But believe me, I wanted to keep reading!I am a sucker for a friends-to-lovers romance, and Kelly Rimmer checked all the boxes of things I love in contemporary romances with Unexpected. This is her first ✨ Thank you Kelly Rimmer and Harlequin Publicity Team for providing a copy of Unexpected in exchange for an honest review ✨Well, add this to the list of contemporary romances I stayed up super late reading! #noregrets I mean, I’m getting better! I forced myself to go to bed at 3am with 81% read. But believe me, I wanted to keep reading!I am a sucker for a friends-to-lovers romance, and Kelly Rimmer checked all the boxes of things I love in contemporary romances with Unexpected. This is her first contemporary romance, and you cannot tell. It’s steamy, sweet, and emotional, I loved it SO much!This book jumps right into the story, Abby has just found out if she wants to have a baby she should have started yesterday. Since she’s single, she decides to ask her best friend’s identical twin brother to be her sperm donor. Did I mention her best friend Marcus is also her roommate?! The story opens with Marcus being thrown through a loop when he finds out Abby asked his brother to be her sperm donor. I was hooked on this story from page one. I take little notes when I read, and the first note I have is me questioning if I’ve ever shipped a couple so quickly (the answer is no!) There’s so much chemistry right from the beginning, it’s impossible not to root for these two best friends to become more! I loved that Rimmer told this story through dual perspectives, it’s a classic tale of two best friends who clearly feel more for each other, but with a twist. They’ve been friends their entire lives, thanks to their families being neighbors, and was such a delightful ride to follow them as they go from friends to so much more.If you love contemporary romance and friends-to-lovers stories, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Unexpected when it releases on May 28th! This was a 5 star read for me, I found it completely unputdownable! I cannot wait for book 2 of this series!(My one tiny complaint is that Abby’s fertility doctor doesn’t suggest she freeze her eggs, getting pregnant right away certainly isn’t the ONLY option in her case! But that would make for a pretty quick story if she did that 😂)
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  • Autumn Byrd
    January 1, 1970
    Arc given to me by HQN in exchange for an honest review. Content/Trigger Warning: Cheating, postnatal depression, maternity struggles/infertility, anxiety, depression, passive-aggressive divorce, toxic relationships, and sex scenes (for those of the younger audience).This review is going up the day of release (May 28, 2019), so Happy Birthday Unexpected by Kelly Rimmer!Abby Herbert has had her life all mapped out. From the perfect job all the way to the perfect husband, she’s a girl with a plan Arc given to me by HQN in exchange for an honest review. Content/Trigger Warning: Cheating, postnatal depression, maternity struggles/infertility, anxiety, depression, passive-aggressive divorce, toxic relationships, and sex scenes (for those of the younger audience).This review is going up the day of release (May 28, 2019), so Happy Birthday Unexpected by Kelly Rimmer!Abby Herbert has had her life all mapped out. From the perfect job all the way to the perfect husband, she’s a girl with a plan and she intends to stick to that plan. But when devastating news shatters her dreams, she’s suddenly thrown into a whirl wind of chaos that she has no control over. Marcus Ross has been harboring not-friends feelings for his life long best friend Abby Herbert. Knowing his feelings have been one sided, Marcus has been desperately been trying to move on since their New Year’s kiss. But when he learns of Abby’s curveball, Marcus instantly jumps into the stirring pot to do whatever it takes to help and be there for Abby. With emotions and feelings running high, it isn’t long before all the rules start to break and the boundaries start to blur. And that deal struck between two good friends starts to blossom into something perilously close to something that will change their lives forever! “No point beating about the bush on this. I hope you know I’ll support you whatever you decide, and I’ll be here for you whatever happens.” Have I even mentioned how much I love books that have two different point of views? I really, really like books that have two point of views and we can get two different insights on the two main characters. Not only that, having two different perspectives for the two main characters allow us to really see how one or the other handle each situation or conflict with their own unique personalities. It’s a fun time and I’m always down for some really two point of view books.Speaking of two point of views, we have two main characters in this book. Our first main character is Abby Herbert. Abby Herbert is a professional gamer/streamer. She does a lot of her work from the apartment she shares with her best friend, but she does have a previous history of working for a publishing company before she truly committed to her gaming full time. Abby also has some serious anxiety going on with a history of depression. Not to mention, she has to have control over everything. I want to say she may have slight OCD behavior, but she’s definitely a planner and has to have little thing under control otherwise she ends up having an outburst of from frustration or has a breakdown from panic. Which is why she has her binder full of her life long dream package and of course, everything is planned from the type of guy she wants to be with, to the house they will share, and right down the amount of children running around their home. She has it all figured out and she intends to have it happen when she wants it to happen. Also, my favorite thing that is brought up from time to time in this book is Abby having a very curvy body. While it’s not actually stated or put into full details, it’s been stated she has fuller figure than the other girls in this book (and you know I’m here for diverse body rep!). And while I’m still on Abby, the one thing this girl has never compromised on has been her life long best friend, Marcus Ross. Which brings me to our second main character, Marcus Ross. Marcus couldn’t be more different from Abby. They’re as different as night and day. Marcus is a head strong, tech entrepreneur who has never had time to truly put though into wanting a life long partner. In fact, Marcus has said no to the wedding and no to the full commitment of a life term partner. No wedding and no serious relationship. In fact, everyone sees him as the type of guy who prefers to casually date, but likes his options open. If there was ever more of a Batman, this guy is it. He’s got full on daddy issues and full blown emotions for a girl who doesn’t feel the same way for him in return. However, Marcus has a lot of self-doubt and questions himself a lot of the time with making the right moves or what’s the best thing to say. But in general, Marcus is a really good guy who’s dedicated to his job, cares deeply about his friends and family, and genuinely thinks about others. Plus, did I mention his brother? His brother Lucas is a such a sassy pants and his interactions with Marcus are just the most precious moments.Essentially, Unexpected revolved around the whole plot of this book being our one main character, Abby, ends up being told her ovarian reserve is diminishing. So Abby begins to plan to become a single a mother as soon as possible and begins trying to find the best way to getting herself pregnant. When her first two options fall short, she ends up turning to her best friend, Marcus, and shortly after a deal is struck between them. Eventually, the rules and boundaries that were established during to them agreeing to cross-over that best friends forever line end up getting broke and boundaries blur together is a messy pot of unexplored feelings.Yet somewhere in between the pages of this book, we see the good, the bad, and the ugly. We see how these two characters interact and navigate what is most definitely a difficult and stressful situation for both of them. We also get to see a lot of their thought process, but also them reaching out to their closest, most trusted friends about their feelings. But somehow, even though this book had some great elements that I love in a romance, it fell a bit short for me. ” We can have a reset if I move out. We can get things back to normal and stay friends. It’s the smart move.” THE GOODOkay, first the good and the things I really loved. This is probably the first romance book I ever read that hits close to home for me. Granted, there have been other books that got me emotional, but most of those were either comics or fantasy. This is the first ever romance that had me sobbing with our main character, Abby. I already liked Abby because she was a gamer (as come to learn very early on in the book), I do some serious hardcore gaming when I need it, but it became so much more than that. Between her struggles with depression, having anxiety, and then topped with fertility complications, that was it for me. I felt connected with her and I found myself rooting for her. Even as I read on, she was a very relatable character to me. So this book became a faster pace read for me once I found a way to get connected and to throw myself into the book. Also really loved that we got some LGBTQIAP+ representation. As I mentioned before, Marcus has a brother, Lucas, and he’s just great! Not only is Lucas the more playful brother, but he’s married to a chef named Austin. The moments we get interactions with Lucas and Austin or when our main characters and the wonderful pair are together, they were so wholesome and warming.We also get some talk about postnatal depression which is the very first time I’ve seen it talked about in a romance book. While there’s no in depth conversation and there definitely could have been more talk about it, it’s handled very nicely and in very realistic way especially for why it’s an issue/concern for Abby. Not to mention this book really goes into detail of the struggles a person with fertility complications has to go through if they want to have a child. This book talks about how long the process it, talks about legal actions that have to be taken with parties involved, and even some of the financial hardships that will come during and afterwards. I was really surprised that all of that was featured, but I was also overjoyed. It’s not often books (a lot of genres) talk about serious issues that aren’t often discussed. So seeing that in this book was such a pleasant surprise. I also really liked and enjoyed the way Abby relationship with Rodger was addressed. We not only got to see Marcus calling out how abusive the relationship was, but we also got to see how her friends viewed the relationship. What made my heart smile, most about whenever this toxic relationship was brought up, was how the characters addressed Abby. Both Isabel and Marcus reassured her that she was not in the wrong and that she was the one who pulled herself out of those dark days. I loved this and how beautifully it was done. That type of love and support is always so beautiful to see and read about. “She’s the key player in all of my best memories, and now, she’s the star of all my dreams for the rest of my life.” THE BADHowever, even though there were many wonderful things about this book, there were also plenty of things I had issues with that made it hard to look past. For starters, I definitely don’t like the fact that both of our main characters ignored the advice of the doctor. I understand that Abby wants a baby and time is of the essence, but the fact that they weren’t willing to listen to the doctor to all the details, I mean ALL of the details in what he had to say, it felt rude, ignorant, and definitely a naive thing for both of them to do. Not to mention after they went home and didn’t even talk about what was discussed in the doctor’s office and they both went straight to Googling at home, do it yourself with a turkey baster or syringe. I don’t know if this was for comedic relief or if the author was being serious, but this whole part fell flat for me. It felt like this whole thing was counter-productive and just didn’t sit well with me. Secondly, Abby’s sex scenes felt very virgin-ish. I had a better time and a more leg crossing time with Marcus’s sex scenes than I did with Abby. The thing is, Abby is a very appealing character and the descriptions we receive of Abby, she’s a very beautiful woman. So the fact that Marcus’s scenes were the most steamy, more intimate, and more leg crossing than Abby was a bit surprising. Her scenes felt safe, they felt like there was a lot of overthinking happening from the character and the author, and half the time if felt like she wasn’t even doing anything at all because Marcus would end up dominating the whole scene in the end. I just expected more from the intimate Abby scenes and expected her to let loose a little. Speaking of Abby, there were also a lot of moments where it felt like she was being extremely immature and, in all honesty, being a real jackass to Marcus. I understand that the author was trying to show Abby’s level of anxiety and just how far it could be push or show just how desperate she needs to be in control of everything, but when it boiled down to everything, there were times where it felt like she was being a child throwing a tantrum because things weren’t going her way. But those moments she would go off the rails and be totally unfair about things to Marcus were a huge problem. For me, it almost felt like it was right on the edge of becoming a toxic relationship. Considering how well Marcus and Abby’s personalities mesh, seeing how quickly it would flip and she would go off on him made me really uneasy and uncomfortable reading. Anxiety and insecurities is one thing, but to push it to the point of toxic situation just felt like it didn’t belong in this book. Now I know it feels like I’ve only been talking about Abby, but I do have my issues with Marcus. My biggest issue with Marcus is the daddy issues. So in this book during the whole Abby and Marcus thing, we have a situation brewing with Lucas and Marcus where their father comes back into their lives by sending these Facebook messages. Of course, both Marcus and Lucas are internally struggling with how to deal with this level of stress and unease, but my true issues lie with Marcus (which will tie in with my biggest and most delicate situation from this whole book). With these issues coming up as a side situation in this book, one of two things needed to happen; (the easiest thing to do) One: Remove the whole sideline, “father coming back into the picture to reconnect with his sons” situation. OR (the more complicated thing to do) Two: Don’t allow Marcus to get Abby pregnant or become a father. These seem like the only two options because once you hit that point in the book where the two brother actually do go meet with their father…it’s a hot mess (like any type of reunion would be if you haven’t seen your parent in years) that’s followed up by another hot mess of the brothers trying to sort how they feel about everything. I wasn’t that big of a fan with how Marcus was handling the whole situation and the icy tones that were coming through that whole section with, not only how he was addressing his father and the situation, but how he was addressing his mother when he called her. Even outside of of this whole section, the “father popping back into his sons’ lives” part felt very distracting to what this book is actually about. There were times where I was wondering how it was going to play into everything and it definitely felt like a minor distraction that derailed the story-line.THE REALLY BADWith all of this being said, it’s time to lay out the biggest issue I had with this book. I have sat on this for three days now and stating this doesn’t make it easy because I did genuinely like some parts of this book…however, this is something that by the end of the book just didn’t sit right with me. Marcus and Abby shouldn’t be having a baby. Now before you come at me with torches and knives, I didn’t conclude this overnight and it wasn’t an easy choice to make. I went back through and looked at everything I marked, tabbed, noted, and wrote down just so I could weigh all the pros and cons. But after all of that, they truly shouldn’t have a baby and so many factors went into me deciding this. For starters, Abby and Marcus, both, have some serious issues. These are the types of issues that should be worked out before you decide to have a child. For starters, Abby has serious concerns especially the postnatal depression and since she has a history with depression, it felt like that should have been taken more seriously. Also, as I stated before, there were a lot of times where Abby would start an argument and it would feel like she’s acting like a child. I feel like this conflicts because how can you truly be a parent to a child if you yourself are going to act like a child as well. Not to mention, you see no sign of her looking for a therapist or a counselor for any help with her anxiety. To me that’s a huge issue because anxiety can be a very hindering mental health condition especially if it goes untreated. And considering almost every chapter that’s from Abby’s point of view it feels like she’s about to go into panic attack, have an emotional breakdown, or she’s putting herself in emotional and mental turmoil, the fact that there’s no mention of a therapist or any professional counseling make me come from a place of concern. I’m not saying it’s the answer, but I definitely think Abby needs some guidance in the right direction before having a child. Then there’s the matter of Marcus who is dealing with own issues. He’s a busy tech entrepreneur that struggles with keeping balance between his work and personal life. Then add on top of him trying to come to terms with everything that happened between his mother and father as well as him trying to reconnect with his father. That’s a lot of stress riding on him. Plus, he has to console Abby every time she tries to start an argument or causes so much turmoil that she has a break down. He’s already dealing with so much. We also have the fact that both of them went and completely ignored a professional doctor who was giving them sound advice and genuinely trying to help our main heroine to become pregnant as safely and as quickly as possible. I have a lot of issues with this and with that whole situation being what it was, didn’t impress me at all. I understand that Abby wants everything done her way, to her pace, and on the drop of her word, but the fact she blew off the professional and then Marcus went along with her on it makes me think they’re both really naive. And even though they went home, sat on things, and then did their own research via Google, that doesn’t mean that was the smartest move for them to do and a lot of stuff on the internet is misleading. Once again, it all felt like a waste a time that could have been used in a more productive way instead of them both acting clueless and being irresponsible by not listening to a medical professional. There’s also the fact that no alternate paths to motherhood ever being discussed which is definitely a problem since there are so many other options out there for our two main characters. Abby seems to feel like if it isn’t her being pregnant then it isn’t motherhood. Not only that, but her own mother (who also suffered fertility issues) is pressuring her to settle down and breed. I’m coming to the topic as someone who wants to have kids, but can’t and I’m honestly surprise I didn’t go into a blackout rage (I’ll be surprise if anyone who is struggling with fertility complications doesn’t go into a blackout rage). With all of this being said, I truly believe they’re not ready for a baby and they shouldn’t be having a baby until they actually listen to a medical professional and have all their options before them.Overall, I have so many mixed feelings on this book. There were some parts that I really loved and thought were the sweetest moments. On the other hand, there were parts that should have been removed or never included, parts that were frustrating and absolutely ludicrous, and then there were parts that were just absolutely awful and almost insulting. I understand romance novels are escapist. They are also capable of introducing and evaluating serious issues but Unexpected fails on all counts. I don’t think I’ll be continuing this series as this first book has stirred quite a mix of feelings. If you have read this book and plan on continuing this series, comment below and tell me your thoughts. I would love to know what you loved and didn’t love about this book and why you plan to continue on.Blog|Instagram|Twitter|YouTube|
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  • Limecello
    January 1, 1970
    I debated rating/not rating this book but ... *shakes head*IRL I'd be ranting about this book and swearing like a sailor. (Worse than a sailor?) So.I got 25% in. I admit it - BUT IT'S THAT BAD.I'd already skimmed some because we have that "my parents had a bad experience when I was a kid so I will NEVER MARRY." => which yes, a very terrible experience - not really a spoiler IMO since it's disclosed so early but ... the hero's dad left the family when the hero was 7 and has been gone for 25 ye I debated rating/not rating this book but ... *shakes head*IRL I'd be ranting about this book and swearing like a sailor. (Worse than a sailor?) So.I got 25% in. I admit it - BUT IT'S THAT BAD.I'd already skimmed some because we have that "my parents had a bad experience when I was a kid so I will NEVER MARRY." => which yes, a very terrible experience - not really a spoiler IMO since it's disclosed so early but ... the hero's dad left the family when the hero was 7 and has been gone for 25 years. They hate him - with good reason, but also realize their horrible grandfather has been denigrating their dad AND THEM for 25 years so their view is probably colored.(Which uh, hello, WHY DID THEIR MOM LET THEM SPEND TIME WITH THAT EVIL OLD BASTARD?) Fucking abusive mentally and emotionally ...BUT ANYWAY. Totally ignoring all that...I love friends to lovers stories. Love em.It's a lot of "ships passing in the night" with their attraction/not attraction and Marcus's utter cluelessness as to his own feelings ...And then the eyeroll of when characters who are "platonic best friends" WHO DO NOT AT ALL ACT PLATONICALLY - pet peeve there.Added to the "OMG I MUST HAVE A BABY OR MY LIFE IS INCOMPLETE."Like - I absolutely get some people DESPERATELY WANT CHILDREN.... >.> but wtf is with that plot cropping up SO MUCH lately? Just as a way to "force" friends to lovers?Like - at least [as of 25%] it wasn't "I demand to do it the natural way" - which admittedly I've read before. (And even enjoyed - although yes that was annoying .... by a few authors, actually.]HOWEVER => what made me put the book down was the absolute IDIOCY of the heroine [and hero] with her SOUNDLY IGNORING all the advice the doctor was giving her.He was bringing up EXCELLENT legal points - and not just that, psychological, emotional... and she's all "WHATEVER I NEED BABY NOW."... EVEN IGNORING suggested medical practice/ACTUAL PRACTICE. Waving the testing and such. WHAT'S THE FUCKING POINT OF ALL THIS - TO SEE IF YOU CAN HAVE THAT BABY YOU'RE SO DESPERATE FOR YOU IDIOT.... it made me hope they split up just to have to suffer through all that insane legal nightmare of custody etc.She's just INCREDIBLY PAINFULLY STUPID about it. SO.DUMB.Especially annoying what with her "epic research and binders" and her "Dr. Google." ... AND THEN - like another review said - SAYING JOSS WHEDON DESERVES AN OSCAR!? REALLY? REALLY?!!??!!??!?!?!?! I don't know when this book was written - but it was PUBLISHED in May 2019 and ... yo.No.... No.Why not just throw in some gushing about Mel Gibson too? Seriously.THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T NAME DROP.Also - the heroine is a giant selfish asshole, with her shitty stuff she says and demands of INSTANT RESPONSES TO IMs while the hero is LITERALLY not just working but doing MAJOR PRESENTATIONS AND CHANGES TO THE COMPANY HE OWNS AND RUNS.... omfg.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    First I need to give a big thanks to Harlequin Publicity Team for sending this book my way. I really enjoyed Unexpected. It has two things I adore in a good romance: friends to lovers trope and a curvy nerdy heroine. Marcus and Abby are life long best friends. But, Abby has a problem. She is struggling with infertility. Her ovulation production is decreasing as she gets older. At thirty she needs to get on the baby train quick if she wants to have kids. So, she asks her best friend to help out. First I need to give a big thanks to Harlequin Publicity Team for sending this book my way. I really enjoyed Unexpected. It has two things I adore in a good romance: friends to lovers trope and a curvy nerdy heroine. Marcus and Abby are life long best friends. But, Abby has a problem. She is struggling with infertility. Her ovulation production is decreasing as she gets older. At thirty she needs to get on the baby train quick if she wants to have kids. So, she asks her best friend to help out. Marcus is down for the baby but doesn’t want a relationship so what is supposed to uncomplicated sex definitely gets complicated when feelings start getting involved. I really liked Unexpected because it deals with issues of infertility normally. Abby also had an ex boyfriend who cheated on her and combine that with infertility issues she cries a lot and is depressed. I love the line Abby says, “I’m a self-rescuing princess.” Because, no knight in shining can save you from your mental health problems. It takes a strong individual to admit they need help and rescue themselves. I liked how Abby and Marcus support each with love, trust, and understanding. I like that in the end they have to be the one to pull themselves out of depression. A good partner will be the one driving to your mental health therapist not trying to be one.
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  • Romancebooksandmore
    January 1, 1970
    Abby Herbert wants a baby, but is it to late? Marcus Ross loves Abby Herbert but does he love her in that way? suddenly his father who has been out of his life for 25 years tries to contact him and his twin brother and Abby gets him mixed up in her baby making plans. (Not that he's complaining ;)) will these two get their happily ever after. I loved, loved loved this book, friends to lovers is one of my fav troupes and ones where they have always been friends yes please sign me up. there are so Abby Herbert wants a baby, but is it to late? Marcus Ross loves Abby Herbert but does he love her in that way? suddenly his father who has been out of his life for 25 years tries to contact him and his twin brother and Abby gets him mixed up in her baby making plans. (Not that he's complaining ;)) will these two get their happily ever after. I loved, loved loved this book, friends to lovers is one of my fav troupes and ones where they have always been friends yes please sign me up. there are so many layers to this book, so many obstacles and emotions that you honestly don't know where it's going to churn next. I liked the subtle LGBTQ+ story line in the back, and would love to see more of Luca and Austin in the future. the issues that arise were handled in an organic way, even if I did find Warwick's explanation for his long absence hard to swallow and wish that relationship had been flushed out a bit more it was still handled way better then many similar plot lines I've seen in other books. this is book one in a new series and after already getting to know the couple that book two will revolve around I can't wait to read it. book out now. in full disclosure I was sent this book from Harlequin publicity team in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts here are my own.
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  • Anne Z.
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite thing about the whole story is their friendship. Abby and Marcus have something we all want in life, a friend that knows you and that you can trust with anything and everything. I loved that the story built from that friendship. Marcus is super sweet, that one guy that you can trust with your life. There was nothing not to love about him. I liked Abby's determination but I couldn't help but find her annoying at times. The side characters were really good. Abby's outspoken friend is g My favorite thing about the whole story is their friendship. Abby and Marcus have something we all want in life, a friend that knows you and that you can trust with anything and everything. I loved that the story built from that friendship. Marcus is super sweet, that one guy that you can trust with your life. There was nothing not to love about him. I liked Abby's determination but I couldn't help but find her annoying at times. The side characters were really good. Abby's outspoken friend is going to make a great heroine eventually!And the side story between Marcus, his twin, and his dad was interesting, it kept my interest the whole way. As sweet as this book was I just need 'more' from my romance books. More feelings, more twists and turns (even if predictable), more grown up characters, more chemistry, more more more... Abby's issues with confrontation were annoying after a while and it was really bothering me and boring me towards the end. I obviously enjoyed the book or I wouldn't have given it 3 stars, but it could have been better.Will I read the next one? YES! Can't wait actually :) It wasn't perfect, but it was GOOD!Go Read!
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Marcus likes to give his girl free reign at times, “sweetheart… just about anything you want to do to me at this point is going to be okay with me.” Marcus can be a go with the flow kind of man, "Abs, I’m up for it. As often as you want. You just seduce me with that “let’s have * ***” move you pulled on me after dinner and I’m there." I liked this book, I liked Marcus.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of Unexpected for review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.I went into this read with high hopes - thinking this would be similar to the film Friends with Kids but smooth out some of the failings of that story. I was wrong.We all know romance novels are cookie cutter - they have specific plot points to hit and an ending we all know is coming. Everything rests on the characters and wanting to root for them. This was sim Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for providing me with a copy of Unexpected for review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.I went into this read with high hopes - thinking this would be similar to the film Friends with Kids but smooth out some of the failings of that story. I was wrong.We all know romance novels are cookie cutter - they have specific plot points to hit and an ending we all know is coming. Everything rests on the characters and wanting to root for them. This was simply not possible in Unexpected.Abby is 30 years old, a twitch gamer/blogger?, and dealt the blow of declining fertility. She wants a baby intensely and has made a binder filled with parenting tips and good school districts - keep in mind she is single at this point (and the binder predates the fertility news). She also has an entire life plan mapped out of specific traits she expects her husband to have and the name of their hypothetical dog- planning ahead and having goals is fine, but this is not that.Marcus seemed fine in the excerpt I'd read, but upon reading the whole book he might be a bit of a psychopath. Much is made of his charisma and charm, but on the other hand he fails to recognize or remember the name of a recent ex. He also has a very specific dating M.O. that is pretty dehumanizing. If you want no strings sex, have a tinder, not one girl in regular rotation for months that is abruptly dumped. I also had a huge problem with the fertility treatment appointment - Abby and Marcus eschew the advice from the doctor (counselling, legal protections) because it sounds expensive and will take too long? Going from platonic friends to co-parents should really involve a bit more sober reflection, regardless of a ticking clock.Alternate paths to motherhood are never discussed. Abby seems to feel like if it isn't her being pregnant then it isn't motherhood. Not only that, but her own mother (who also suffered fertility issues) is pressuring her to settle down and breed - maybe ask your kid about her job or life otherwise rather than poke at a pressure point that isn't easily solved? Or maybe Abby could be less of a doormat and tell everyone to get out of her uterus.I'm coming to the topic as an outsider - someone who has no interest in having kids - but even to my eyes, this seems like a read that would set anyone struggling with fertility into a rage blackout. I understand romance novels are escapist. They are also capable of introducing and evaluating serious issues but Unexpected fails on all counts.
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first read by this author and, while I can see what she was attempting to do, the execution did not live up to the expectations.At first I was mystified as to why the book wasn't grabbing my attention. The female lead suffers from anxiety and I always appreciate a story that showcases less than perfect characters. Also, Friends-to-Lovers is a time honoured trope and is usually quite enjoyable for me. Then there was the reason for them being together in the first place, and that is us This was my first read by this author and, while I can see what she was attempting to do, the execution did not live up to the expectations.At first I was mystified as to why the book wasn't grabbing my attention. The female lead suffers from anxiety and I always appreciate a story that showcases less than perfect characters. Also, Friends-to-Lovers is a time honoured trope and is usually quite enjoyable for me. Then there was the reason for them being together in the first place, and that is usually enjoyable for me, too. So why was I constantly putting this book down and hesitant to pick it back up? The answer is varied.First, as I've said, this book utilises many tropes. (I've only touched on the top two.) But in each case I was reminded of another book that handled it more smoothly, so that it works better. None of the ideas were fresh, and the writing wasn't stellar enough to elevate it to an acceptable level. Quite disappointing.And secondly, we spend so much time in the characters heads and nothing else happens. No forward momentum. I was going through pages and pages where the only dialogue is a sentence or two. As I complained to a friend whilst reading: If I wanted this much introspection and self-reflection I'd just buy a f**king self-help book.Which leads me into my next point. Her mental issues are used as a plot device rather than with any respect. She's desperate to have a baby, but she can't even have an honest and adult conversation about the smallest thing. She's rigid with her routine and schedule, and yet she thinks having a baby - one that can't even communicate for years - is going to be okay? If she child is being bullied at school, how would she handle it if she gets too emotional and can't stand confrontations? They had their first honest conversation at approximately 80% of the story. I almost didn't care. The more I read of her, the more issues she had, and the more I just felt it was all too much.(To be clear, I fully realise that there are people with issues this severe. I'm not saying that they don't deserve representation, just that THIS book doesn't do them justice. She suffers from debilitating depression and when she gets some harsh medical news she just deals with it? Why isn't she talking with her therapist? This bit of throw-away plot is what annoyed me time and again throughout the book.)I was actually more interested in Paul and Isabel's story, to be honest. (When the secondary characters are more attention grabbing than the main characters, you know you've got a problem.) It seemed to me that he might be on the Autism Spectrum, most likely undiagnosed, which is another fascinating premise for a character. But again, I've read some stellar books with ASD characters and I just don't think this author has the capabilities for writing this well or properly. While I'd love to know how things work out for Paul and Izzy, I just can't force myself to slog through another book like this.*I was generously given an ARC of this book by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
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  • Char (1RadReader59)
    January 1, 1970
    What an endearing book of two friends who were truly that f-r-i-e-n-d-s. That no matter what they were there for each other. Happy, sad, bad relationships, new relationships, and all the in between. Therefore all of it. But when it came to needing a test tube baby daddy Marcus’s very neurotic friend, Abby asked his twin brother, Luca. The reason being, Marcus never was one to want marriage and children. Where Abby has always wanted them to an all-out obsession. In fact, she has a baby book. Not What an endearing book of two friends who were truly that f-r-i-e-n-d-s. That no matter what they were there for each other. Happy, sad, bad relationships, new relationships, and all the in between. Therefore all of it. But when it came to needing a test tube baby daddy Marcus’s very neurotic friend, Abby asked his twin brother, Luca. The reason being, Marcus never was one to want marriage and children. Where Abby has always wanted them to an all-out obsession. In fact, she has a baby book. Not just any baby book as you and I would think of but the mother of all baby books. This is one she has been putting together for years that gives you the 411 on how to. How to care for yourself before getting pregnant, to getting pregnant, to being pregnant, to having said baby, to having an infant, you get what I’m saying. I mean she even has, how she will find the perfect man who is a gamer to understand her job, they will have a dog, and where they will. But when a check-up doesn’t go as planned, she has to think fast. That is when Luca is called to meet with her. Luca is not the one she gets along with they don’t hate each other they are just not besties like her and Marcus. Yet, when Marcus says no, she feels pressured to tell Marcus her plan to find a donor daddy at the clinic. She never would have told him, but Luca said he would if she didn’t. So, Abby had to spill her guts about her medical condition and about wanting a baby fast. This is when the story takes an interesting turn. This deals with medical issues that are real that Abby has to deal with daily. She hates dealing with reality, confrontation, and emotions so this causes her to delay telling Marcus. Causing hurt feelings. So, you add emotions, humor, extended friends and their families and you have a basis for this really enjoyable story. I mean who hasn’t had a dream. Although, Abby’s is extreme. Her friends tell her, but you have to remember she lives in a dream world most of the day, she is CEO and creator of a successful gaming company. Not to mention everything outside her pod is overwhelming for her. Marcus being her lifelong friend gets her and has never judged her for it or begrudged her for it. Yes, he was insensitive with the women he once dated the ones and done. Or the months and done. But never Abby. Which has been his longest relationship, granted it has been platonic. He as always been true to her. I give this: 4 stars. Provided by netgalley.com.Follow us at www.1rad-readerreview.com.
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  • Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, I want to start off with the love I have for this cover. It is absolutely gorgeous, and it fits Marcus and Abby so well, down to what they look like. So props to Kelly Rimmer for choosing such a profound cover, that displays them so perfectly. Okay, now on to the important stuff. This is my first read by this author, and I am seriously impressed. She has a unique sense when it comes to her writing style. In my opinion, there was maybe even a little too much writing if that ma First and foremost, I want to start off with the love I have for this cover. It is absolutely gorgeous, and it fits Marcus and Abby so well, down to what they look like. So props to Kelly Rimmer for choosing such a profound cover, that displays them so perfectly. Okay, now on to the important stuff. This is my first read by this author, and I am seriously impressed. She has a unique sense when it comes to her writing style. In my opinion, there was maybe even a little too much writing if that makes sense. It was just little odds and ends I felt that could have been left out, so it kinda dragged for me. Overall I would prefer too have too much versus less than, so that's always a positive. Now on to the positives, the whole book felt natural. Which means it flowed pretty well too me, nothing felt like it was rushed, or the main characters were pushed together. I absolutely adored the characters and their overall relationship. Marcus and Abby is seriously relationship goals and friendship goals. It was nice to see how supportive they were. These characters had some serious developments and it was nice to see the maturity in them. The chemistry was one of a kind. As I mentioned above, it felt natural and like some real life stuff. I can't wait to see more from this author.Abby is an introvert that is very indecisive. She is also so in to her head and can not stand confrontation, and I seriously felt that. She is me and I am her. The only thing she has truly wanted in life is a husband and children.Marcus is a control freak but in the best of ways. Being a twin he knows how to share nicely. He is a very intuned person that loves food. He is not made for marriage and family other than the one he already has.What is the worst that could happen when two friends take their friendship to the next level so one can make their dream a reality?*I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.*REVIEWED FOR REVIEWS FROM THE HEART~ Ashley
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  • LJT
    January 1, 1970
    UNEXPECTED, by new-to-me author Kelly Rimmer, is a friends-to-lovers romance that tugged at my heartstrings. It is nicely written and the characters are easy to get to know. This is the first book from the author’s brand new series, START UP IN THE CITY, and it can be read as a standalone.About thirty years ago, Abby Herbert and Marcus Ross were neighbors. They became best friends while growing up together in Syracuse New York, and their friendship remains just as strong today. Their respective UNEXPECTED, by new-to-me author Kelly Rimmer, is a friends-to-lovers romance that tugged at my heartstrings. It is nicely written and the characters are easy to get to know. This is the first book from the author’s brand new series, START UP IN THE CITY, and it can be read as a standalone.About thirty years ago, Abby Herbert and Marcus Ross were neighbors. They became best friends while growing up together in Syracuse New York, and their friendship remains just as strong today. Their respective parents would be absolutely thrilled if their amazing friendship evolved into a romantic future.Abby is a successful gamer and gaming commentator. She earns a good living from her videos and live streams. About 1.5 million subscribers tune in each week to view her videos. Marcus found his niche in the tech industry. He and a couple of good friends founded their own software development company, which is doing quite well. Due to a bad breakup, Abby moved in with Marcus a while back. They get along splendidly, because they know each other so well. They shared a passionate kiss a few months ago, which they both think about quite often. Sadly, Abby finds out that her fertility is declining, so she enlists Marcus’s help in getting pregnant. Naturally, their deep rooted friendship evolves into much more when they start sleeping together.This book is all about Abby and Marcus’s road to forever together. I immediately connected with both of them as individuals and as a couple. Their sexy times were a bit subdued, however, I truly felt their desire for each other. The secondary characters are unique in their own right, which added a lot of background to the present happenings. I especially liked Marcus’s mother, because her happiness was so genuine. Overall, a solid friends to lovers romance.
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  • JoAnna G
    January 1, 1970
    Unexpected is the first book in the series Start Up In The City. I love love love reading friends to lovers romance. This is the book of two roommates that have been friends forever. It’s cute and fun and romantic. It also has passion and boundaries that are pushed.Abby, she is quiet and geeky. She keeps to herself pretty much. She is that video game girl that does blogging for a living. I can relate to that. When she hears the news she is even quieter.Then you have Marcus. He doesn't believe in Unexpected is the first book in the series Start Up In The City. I love love love reading friends to lovers romance. This is the book of two roommates that have been friends forever. It’s cute and fun and romantic. It also has passion and boundaries that are pushed.Abby, she is quiet and geeky. She keeps to herself pretty much. She is that video game girl that does blogging for a living. I can relate to that. When she hears the news she is even quieter.Then you have Marcus. He doesn't believe in commitment. He has seen how his parent's relationship tuned out so he doesn't want that. When he finds out what is happening with his best friend and roommate he wants to help. These two know each other like no one else. They have been best friends since childhood. They never wanted to be with one another that they know of. Deep down I think it was there just denial or really don't see how they are with each other. When Abby learns her dreams of having a baby need to be rushed she looks into fertility and has Marcus go with her. He proposes they do it together. When they find out that the waiting period for testing and such will takes months and months. Abby is afraid of what will happen then. Her doctor even advises her that it can be risky and she should wait. Slowly but surely, as you can expect things change for them. The craving they have for each other just keeps growing. No matter how hard they want it to stay platonic. What is it they expect after the kiss that was not ever mentioned before on New Years. I loved the sweetness of this book. I needed it after what I had been reading. It was a bit predictable but still fun. I loved their friendship. The writing was good and the people you can relate to. I am excited to read the next book in the series.
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  • Kelly (Simply Kelina) C.
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book from the publisher. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. I love Kelly Rimmer, so when I saw she was coming out with a romance I knew I wanted to read it. Better yet, this is a friends to lovers romance which made it even better. I really enjoyed that this involved older characters as Abby is 32 years old. I actually loved the friendship between Abby and Marcus. The I was sent this book from the publisher. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. I love Kelly Rimmer, so when I saw she was coming out with a romance I knew I wanted to read it. Better yet, this is a friends to lovers romance which made it even better. I really enjoyed that this involved older characters as Abby is 32 years old. I actually loved the friendship between Abby and Marcus. The friendship is developed prior to the emotional/physical relationship happening and I really appreciated it. You really believe they were best friends. Most stories will say they were best friends, but they are throwing themselves at each other by the end of the first chapters. I liked that this is not what happened with this couple.This does deal with fertility issues, but not really. It does not get into the emotional trauma or hit that emotional level as it really is only the on the surface. I know this is the main thing around why the romance happens, but it was not as emotional as I thought it would be. I am a person in my 30s struggling with infertility and it did not trigger me. I was able to connect a little more with Abby though due to my own struggles. I did cry in the end based on this connection.Yes, this was a little slower paced and there is not too much going on besides the building of their relationship. There is a little extra drama thrown in with the father of Marcus coming into the picture. The story itself was predictable, but I still enjoyed it.Overall, this one was good and I liked it.
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  • Rachel | mrs.bennett.reads
    January 1, 1970
    I am really sad that this didn't work for me. I loved Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer so I was really excited to hear that she was writing contemporary romance. My issues with the book aren't so much with the writing - I still think Rimmer is a great writer - but with the overall plot and characters. So my biggest pet peeve was that the entire romantic tension/plot depending on a lack of communication between the characters. If Marcus & Abby had spoken to each other at the beginning of t I am really sad that this didn't work for me. I loved Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer so I was really excited to hear that she was writing contemporary romance. My issues with the book aren't so much with the writing - I still think Rimmer is a great writer - but with the overall plot and characters. So my biggest pet peeve was that the entire romantic tension/plot depending on a lack of communication between the characters. If Marcus & Abby had spoken to each other at the beginning of the book, then this book would have been about 15 pages long. Their feelings were both already there, so the plot was just them overcoming their denial and talking to each other about it. I know this may be realistic, but honestly, it just got on my nerves. I just wanted them to TALK TO EACH OTHER. Especially Abby - her character overall really got on my nerves because she insisted on living in denial, was non-confrontational to the point of allowing issues to ruin her relationships rather than confront them, and had a really weak personality. And I don't even think she really overcame that by the end of the book! Okay, I'm getting a little ranty so I'll sign off with the hope that if Rimmer tries romance again, next time it will work a little better for me. Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Romance for providing me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Pelusa Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    This was just an ok book to me. I found it a little slower than I like my books to go, both Abby and Marcus annoyed me. Abby wants a baby and since it seems she is on biological clock to have a child she decides that now is the time, however and with whomever possible. Marcus offers his services to be baby daddy. This part was ridiculous to me not that he would but-so here's the thing he is a commitment phobe and supposedly in love with Abby but he wont admit to even himself yet everyone around This was just an ok book to me. I found it a little slower than I like my books to go, both Abby and Marcus annoyed me. Abby wants a baby and since it seems she is on biological clock to have a child she decides that now is the time, however and with whomever possible. Marcus offers his services to be baby daddy. This part was ridiculous to me not that he would but-so here's the thing he is a commitment phobe and supposedly in love with Abby but he wont admit to even himself yet everyone around them knows. Abby is lying to herself also since they had a kiss months ago and since she does not want to mess up their relationship she buries her head in the sand. When they try to conceive it is back and back and forth, just grow up and have real communication before you try ti bring another life in the mix.Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
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  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the cover of the novel. I love how Abby was portrayed as a gamer instead of Marcus being a gamer it makes the novel unique because women are not usually labeled gamers and I love how Marcus started a company with friends, it shows how relatable these characters can be and how Abby relates to any other women in the female population because she needs space, alone time and sometimes she needs her best friend. I loved the friendship that started it all between Abby and Marcus Ross. I loved I loved the cover of the novel. I love how Abby was portrayed as a gamer instead of Marcus being a gamer it makes the novel unique because women are not usually labeled gamers and I love how Marcus started a company with friends, it shows how relatable these characters can be and how Abby relates to any other women in the female population because she needs space, alone time and sometimes she needs her best friend. I loved the friendship that started it all between Abby and Marcus Ross. I loved how everyone kind of expected the relationship but both Abby and Marcus were oblivious that they both liked each other. I loved how Abby turned to Marcus's sibling to ask to be a sperm donor even before talking to Marcus about anything. Thank you Harlequin Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    This was an Unexpected joy to read! This is my first experience reading this author's work, and if this is any indication of how she writes, I will be reading more from her because it hit all the marks of a contemporary romance for me. I loved Marcus immediately and then fell more in love with him as the book progressed -- he's sweet, understanding, loyal, sexy and the best friend any girl could ask for. The way he treated Abby throughout this book was nothing short of amazing. I loved the dynam This was an Unexpected joy to read! This is my first experience reading this author's work, and if this is any indication of how she writes, I will be reading more from her because it hit all the marks of a contemporary romance for me. I loved Marcus immediately and then fell more in love with him as the book progressed -- he's sweet, understanding, loyal, sexy and the best friend any girl could ask for. The way he treated Abby throughout this book was nothing short of amazing. I loved the dynamic among the secondary characters as well, not to mention their families are hilarious! I love this genre and this book was everything I look for and enjoy. I would definitely recommend this read if you love contemporary friends-to-lovers romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I started it last night and finished it this afternoon. I'm a sucker for surprise/unusual baby stories, and this one falls right in that category. In this case, it's two best friends who decide to have a baby together, and quickly realize that they're feelings for each other might be more than friendship. One thing I really liked about Unexpected, and that makes it unique, is that Marcus realized his feelings far earlier than Abby. It's often the woman that is expecte I really enjoyed this book. I started it last night and finished it this afternoon. I'm a sucker for surprise/unusual baby stories, and this one falls right in that category. In this case, it's two best friends who decide to have a baby together, and quickly realize that they're feelings for each other might be more than friendship. One thing I really liked about Unexpected, and that makes it unique, is that Marcus realized his feelings far earlier than Abby. It's often the woman that is expected to say the first 'I love you' and make the more emotional moves in the relationship. I loved that Marcus was able to realize (to an extent) the depth of his emotions for Abby early on, and worked to help her realize she felt the same. This book is super sweet with a classic HEA ending.
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  • Leeann
    January 1, 1970
    I first heard of this book when reading a magazine. There was a little blurb about it and the premise sounded cute. It had good reviews on Goodreads as well. Lo and behold, I saw it was available on Netgalley for requesting and was happy to receive an ARC. Overall, though, this book was just okay for me. It just lacked depth in the characters and I couldn't get invested in them. I got annoyed with Abby second guessing herself constantly. I know that is supposed to serve as a tease and build tens I first heard of this book when reading a magazine. There was a little blurb about it and the premise sounded cute. It had good reviews on Goodreads as well. Lo and behold, I saw it was available on Netgalley for requesting and was happy to receive an ARC. Overall, though, this book was just okay for me. It just lacked depth in the characters and I couldn't get invested in them. I got annoyed with Abby second guessing herself constantly. I know that is supposed to serve as a tease and build tension but it was the opposite for me. It was fine.. I didn't hate it or anything, but it was just okay and fairly forgettable. Maybe a good beach read.Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for this ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nicola Short
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the two main characters, Abby and Marcus and watching their friendship develop. I found it to be a fast read that has you wanting to keep reading until the last pages so you can find out what the ending is going to be. Though the story was a bit predictable, it was a very cute, fun read. If you are in the mood for a contemporary romance, this is the book you should pick up.Kelly Rimmer is a new author to me and I will definitely be getting more of her books. Many thanks to NetGallery, I enjoyed the two main characters, Abby and Marcus and watching their friendship develop. I found it to be a fast read that has you wanting to keep reading until the last pages so you can find out what the ending is going to be. Though the story was a bit predictable, it was a very cute, fun read. If you are in the mood for a contemporary romance, this is the book you should pick up.Kelly Rimmer is a new author to me and I will definitely be getting more of her books. Many thanks to NetGallery, Harlequin and, Kelly Rimmer for the opportunity to read and review “Unexpected.” I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This book was cute and I definitely really liked the characters. Best friends turned romance isn't always my favourite, but I'm almost always willing to give it a try. I loved their friendship and the storyline with Marcus and Luca's father. I didn't completely connect with the actual plot as much as I would've liked to - and everything felt a bit too...easily resolved, maybe? I will still continue with the series and this was a cute read that passed the time nicely and left me with a smile on m This book was cute and I definitely really liked the characters. Best friends turned romance isn't always my favourite, but I'm almost always willing to give it a try. I loved their friendship and the storyline with Marcus and Luca's father. I didn't completely connect with the actual plot as much as I would've liked to - and everything felt a bit too...easily resolved, maybe? I will still continue with the series and this was a cute read that passed the time nicely and left me with a smile on my face.
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