ARC Review – Unexpectedly His by Maggie Kelley

Posted August 25, 2015 by smutmatters in ARC, Contemporary, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review – Unexpectedly His by Maggie KelleyUnexpectedly His by Maggie Kelley
Published by Entangled: Lovestruck on August 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 158
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled Publishing, Netgalley
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A match made in Manhattan...
By-the-book Marianne McBride wants to prove she's more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. But how did she end up hiding in a cake, waiting to sing "Happy Birthday" to Nick Wright, a sexy and arrogant serial-dater? Not exactly part of her plan. Especially when she finds herself kissing the birthday boy, and then running like hell...
Nick falls for no woman. No strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Not even with the sweetly curvaceous bombshell from his birthday. But then he's hit by a bombshell of his own. He needs to find the perfect faux fiancée, or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind.
Now Nick and Marianne have to pretend they're in love for six weeks. No dating. No sex. And definitely no acting on the wickedly-hot chemistry that could ruin everything...

Marianne was my favorite character in this story. Watching her try to come out of her buttoned-up, horn-rimmed glasses wearing shell was a lot of fun. Her ex had really done a number on her self-esteem, and it was wonderul watching her learn how wrong he had been about her and great she really was. Nick was a little more of a stereotype, though. The wealthy (though not billionaire status) bachelor playboy who has no interest in a relationship that lasts more than one night. There were no surprises to him at all. I could see why he would fall for Marianne, but I couldn’t really see the reverse. I didn’t find anything in Nick to set him apart from her ex-fiance or anyone else Marianne already knew. In fact, if Marianne were a friend of mine, I may have tried to talk her out of it. She’s very down-to-earth, grounded, and caring. About everything – her family, her friends, the environment, animals. Nick didn’t care about any of that and actually made fun of her for it on occasion.

But this story was cute, if a little predictable, and a perfect fun read for a summer afternoon.

About Maggie Kelley

After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie, AKA Husband Number 1, and their two occasionally punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life’s greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun!