The Knocked up Plan by Lauren Blakely
Published by Lauren Blakely Books on June 23rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”
This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.
I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
We have another fun, sexy, and hilarious book from Lauren Blakely! The Knocked Up Plan will leave you laughing, swooning, and falling in love with its great plot, perfect pacing, and an engaging story from start to finish.
Top 5 Reasons Why The Knocked Up Plan is a Five-Star Read
1. Hilarious banter and effortless sense of humor
A few pages in and I’m already laughing so much! These two romance and sex experts who get along really well can flirt each other and keep the sexual tension and humor perfectly balanced. It’s an innuendo minefield, but like Blakely’s previous works, not once have I thought their humorous exchanges about tadpoles and cupcakes were juvenile.
2. Fur babies and human babies
We don’t have to have baby fever to find them irresistible. Aside from Nicole’s obsession with babies and her goal to have one, she and Ryder are great parents to their own fur babies. Nicole has Ruby, an Irish Setter mix, while Ryder has Romeo, a Border Collie. I tend to like people with pets more. So these two went up my favorite couples list just from their status as fur parents. Haha!
3. Nicole is a strong, confident, and endearing woman
She knows what she wants and will do it whether or not there’s a man beside her to do it. But even if she decided to go on an independent route to have her baby, she’s still a romantic and will always be a champion of the happily ever after. And you can see with her interactions with her family and friends how great of a woman she is. She’s sweet, funny, and can stand on her own.
4. Ryder is sexy, charming, and swoon worthy
As Nicole’s counterpart in the romance expertise department, Ryder used to give amazing advice to win a girl’s heart. After his seemingly perfect marriage crashed and burned, Ryder closed his heart to anyone, becoming a commitment-phobe. Despite his issues with romance, he’s charming and sexy without looking or acting like a douchebag. Then when things started changing for him and Nicole, swoon alert!!!
He’s sweet, caring, and protective. He’s thoughtful and considerate. I could wax poetic about this man all day, I swear.
5. Friends to Lovers Romance
“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage…” Obviously, things didn’t work out that way for Nicole and Ryder, and you know what, it’s what I loved the most about these two. They started out as colleagues and good friends who think highly of each other. Ryder agreed to become her sperm-donor in exchange for her help with a column he needed to do to keep his job. Ten dates for a baby? Sure.
With the baby-making and dates for Ryder’s segment on their horizon, we all know love is bound to follow.
The Knocked Up Plan is definitely a top read that romance readers and fans of Lauren Blakely will enjoy and love!
Tropes: Pregnancy, Friends to Lovers, Office Romance
POV: Dual, First POV
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Yanking open the door, I head inside. I stride to the small cafe where Ryder said he’d wait for me.
My chest falls. The man is known for punctuality. I scan the white bakery case and the five round iron tables, but he’s not here. When I spin around and survey the bookshelves, my heart nearly leaps from my chest.
He’s in the . . .
Oh my fucking God, he’s waiting for me in the . . .
I bring my hand to my mouth, and I want to run, to leap into his arms. When he sees me, his blue eyes twinkle with mischief.
I am a teapot about to whistle. I am a dog dancing before dinnertime.
He taps the shelves and holds up a book.
A pregnancy guide.
He’s ten feet from me. But I sprint anyway, and I grin like a fool. I stop two inches from him and clamp my hands on his broad shoulders. “Is that a yes?”
I tackle-hug him before he can say anything more. I knock the breath from him in an oomph as I rope my arms around his neck and crash into him.
“But I have one condition,” he says, embracing me back.
I’m crying tears of happiness, so I don’t care. “Anything. Name it.”
“You better hear it before you agree.”
The moment screeches to a halt. He’s going to want visitation rights. He’ll want lots of money. He’ll want summers, or weekends, or evenings out.
I unwrap myself from the warmth of his strong chest and swallow. “What’s your condition?”
“I thought it would be best to present it in the form of a column.”
“Top five list and everything.”
I groan inside. He has five conditions? Maybe my mother was right. Maybe asking for baby-mix from someone you know is a big mistake. Anonymous donors request nothing but greenbacks.
I steel myself as he fishes in the back pocket of his jeans. The paper is square, folded in quarters. He hands it to me. “Open it.”
I unfold it then read the headline out loud. “‘Top Five Positions for Getting a Woman Pregnant’?”
I blink and stare at him. The cogs turn slowly in my brain. I part my lips to speak.
He raises a hand to silence me. “Hear me out. You explained how it worked. The room, the cup, the magazines, the videos. The whacking off in a fucking public place. The cost. But most of all . . . the wait. You’d have to wait for an appointment for me, for the testing, for the jerking off, then for your special date with the turkey baster.” He cups my cheek. His hand is big and warm. “What if we did it the old-fashioned way?”
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