Title: Surprise, Baby!
Standalone Companion Novel to
All About the D
Authors: Lex & Leslie McAdam
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 12, 2019
There’s a fine line between lust and hate.
I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem.
His mouth is.
And the stupid things that come out of it.
But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his damnedest to take care of me…
Let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on.
And it doesn’t involve talking.
I’ve despised Drew since I met him years ago. One weekend can’t change us that much, can it?
Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.
Except he left me a little keepsake.
And in nine months, I’ll have a surprise for Portland’s most notorious player.
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Interesting concept. Surprise Baby was a decent novel with good plot points. While it kept me interested until the very end, it was not a five star read. This book has drama, heat, and a good moral.
The plot of this story is what you would expect with the title. What happens when you end up knocked up by someone you never thought you would sleep with? This story investigates that. I really liked the trust issues in the story. It showed that insecurities are normal especially with someone who knows your past.
I liked Kendall's character. I really like how she was unapologetically a woman who lived her life to her standards. I think too many times we conform to societies views instead of living life for ourselves. I like what she represents. Drew was a hard sell for me. While I liked him overall, he was also a bit immature for my liking.
The heat in this book is the best thing about the book. I liked how the story started with a good bit of heat. It set up the story to feed right into the title.
The writing style of this story is where I had the most issues. The pace was steady. The story is told from dual point of views. I felt that there was too much happening in the story. I also didn't care for the use of the time jump in this story. Overall I did like the story though.
In conclusion, this was a decent story. While it was not one that is blowing my hair back, I did still enjoy it. I am not sure if I would recommend it to others, but I wouldn't warn people away from it either. I just don't think this one was my cup of tea.
Writing style: 3/5
This was an interesting read. Not quite enemies to lovers, but more annoying friend of a friend...who turns into more. I loved the blurb and was excited to read, but was a bit underwhelmed by the character traits and plot line. This book is the second in a series, though I haven't read the first, and followed along well enough.
The plot follows Drew and Kendall. They're friends of friends, who just rub each other the wrong way, but try to put up with each other for their now married friends. Plausible story line, but their actions leave a lot to be desired. We see them go from annoying each other to falling over each other naked, to having to figure out co-parenting. Tough road, made tougher by their choices.
Individually, I liked each character. Drew is a mostly reformed bad boy. After a health scare, he's sobered up, gotten fit, and made some lifestyle changes. He has his own company and seems to be a great friend to Josh. Drew has the unfortunate path in life to have unsupportive parents, who can't see how he's changed his life and who hold a much different set of lifestyle beliefs. Kendall is a hard working woman who has started her own PR firm and is doing well for herself. She gets to work with a good friend, has parents who love her (and each other), and a good friend in Evie-who is married to Josh. And since Drew is Josh's best friend, Kendall has seen and heard all of Drew's past actions. Yet despite a new Drew emerging, Kendall isn't keen on giving him a fresh start. I really like Drew; he's made so many positive changes in his life, stands for so many good and just things in the world, and takes up the task of being there for Kendall and the pregnancy so well. But he holds so much back. Lack of good communication is much of there conflict. Not just his, but also for Kendall. She's unforgiving and jumps to conclusions instead of being open and talking to Drew. Makes the last third of the book painful!
Kendall and Drew have the annoying each other thing down, and it's no surprise that translates into hate you enough for sex. Their weekend together is cute and fun and sexy and everything a weekend stranded together should be! But after that it's pretty slow and stilted due to their communication break down, though they do manage to get it together and have some good times at again. So while they have chemistry, they also sabotage themselves and it's to the detriment of the story.
I really wanted to like this book. The blurb was funny! The plot was easy to follow and understand, but the character flaws made it hard to relate. I cringed through so much in the last third of the book, all the assumptions and lack of communication.
I'm torn about how I feel about this book as a whole...there's some fantastic dialogue and descriptions, and laugh out loud situations; but then then Kendall and Drew forget to talk and hash out life like people have to do in the real world, and they mess it all up. I can't fully recommend it due to those unlikely actions, though it was well written.
“...since he seemed to have cranial rectosis-excuse me, shit for brains...”
“They feel terrible about the last time you saw them and promise to use silverware and not pee on the sidewalk.”
Plot = 3/5 Characters = 3/5 Heat = 4/5 Writing Style = 3/5 Overall Rating = 3/5
Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
Lex is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary & Management.
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Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves - even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avirectreader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it's Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She's unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement.
Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she's not in the writing cave you'll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.
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