Friday 4 August 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Suddenly Engaged by Julia London

Welcome to the blog tour of Suddenly Engaged by Julia London. I am your host today and I am reviewing the book on my blog.

Suddenly Engaged
Lake Haven #3
By: Julia London
Releasing July 25, 2017
Montlake Romance


Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby—especially when Ruby won’t stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who’d be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that’s exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery.

Dax showed up in East Beach a year ago, fresh from a painful divorce and looking for a place where he could make furniture and avoid people. Suddenly his life is invaded by an inquisitive munchkin in sparkly cowboy boots—and her frazzled, too-tempting mother. So he presents a practical plan: his insurance will help Ruby, and then they can divorce—zero strings attached.

But soon Kyra and Dax find their engagement of convenience is simple in name only. As their attraction deepens, a figure from the past reappears, offering a way out. Can Kyra and Dax let go so easily—or has love become a preexisting condition?

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My Musings :

I was expecting an arranged engagement for convenience romance. That part is only a tiny bit of the story. Only the last 20% is actually about it. All other parts are totally different. I feel that the blurb was a bit misleading. If I hadn't like the book as much as I did, I would have rated 3.5 stars for this reason alone. But I loved the book. So I would be rating 4.5 instead. Yeah I know but the protagonists are worth it!

The characters are many to keep in mind and they all sync well with the setting and the story. I especially love Dax who is a grump. He is gruff with a heart of gold. Without any intention he falls for the mother-daughter duo. Krya is hard working and trying to hard to make life better for her daughter. Her motives are pure and she is selfless in her actions. And the highlight of their romance is being chaperoned by Ruby. Oh my goodness, I adore her! Her silly nickname and her penchant for mischief had me smiling against my wishes. She is such a cutie. She plays a prominent role in this romance. Without her, this book wouldn't be!

The romance plays second fiddle to the emotions of Ruby's health. But it is well done with the perfect sweet and hot connotation to it. I didn't feel that the protagonists were hurrying into their relationship inspite of the short timeline. I enjoyed their initial hesitation followed by their capitulation. I can totally understand each of their positions. The other thing which irked me was the ending. I felt it was a bit dragged out! I was as impatient as Dax!!  Now I am hankering to try out the other books in the series. I don't know if they will be as good as this one.

So I can say that I honestly enjoyed this family romance inspite of the misleading part.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : A cute heart tugging romance.

My rating : 4.5/5

My reread factor : 4/5

Author Info

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty romance novels. Her historical titles include the popular Desperate Debutantes series, the Cabot Sisters series, and the Highland Grooms series. Her contemporary works include the Lake Haven series, the Pine River series, and the Cedar Springs series. She has won the RT Book Club Award for Best Historical Romance and has been a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.


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  1. Thank you for reviewing!
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  2. I just found your blog through the Good Reads book blogger section. This is a great review. Thanks for sharing it. I just recently discovered that I like romance novels, so I'm always happy to get new suggestions for what to read next.