Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Blog Tour & Review - Knocked Up - Stacey Lynn

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Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order....

Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in.

Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night stand might’ve led me to the one.



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Excerpt:

I quickly take everything off and drape the paper sheet over my lap, leaving my socks on, and when I’m ready, the edges of the sheet tucked under my thighs and backside, Pam knocks on the door.

“Ready?” she calls as she’s already pushing open the door.

“Yup.” I sound like I’m about ready to croak, and Braxton’s deep, rumbling chuckle worsens my rattled nerves. He kissed me!

I raise my hand to my mouth and as my fingertips press my lips, they’re taken away, gripped in Braxton’s warm hold. He smiles down at me knowingly and I force my attention on Pam.

She pulls the internal monitor out of the drawer, along with a bottle of lubricant and a condom, and Braxton’s grip on my hand turns almost bone-crushing.

“Is that—”

“Yup.” I cut him off.

“Um.”

“Now you see why I wanted the external one,” I mutter quietly.

I can’t look at him. My cheeks are on fire, and for some absolutely insane reason, other parts of my body are warming and this should not be happening at my midwife’s office.

“So,” Pam says, turning around and back to business. Except it’s hard to take her seriously as she waves what looks like a massive vibrator in her hand. “We’re going to insert this inside of you.”

“Holy shit,” Braxton mutters. And God, kill me. Please kill me now.

If Pam hears him, she ignores him as she steps toward me, and pulls out a set of stirrups from beneath the table. “I’m going to need you to lie down, Cara, and spread your legs, and slip down to the edge of the bed for me.”

“I feel like I’ve heard this before,” I say, unable to stop myself. My filter has evaporated along with my self-respect and all of this is so absolutely humiliating.

Pam pauses, glances at me and then at Braxton and nods, understanding. But I swear, as her gaze sweeps down Braxton’s arms, even she blushes. Which is great . . . my midwife thinks my non-boyfriend baby daddy is hot.

“I feel like I’ve said this before,” Braxton says, and both of our eyes whip to him. My gracious. He’s smiling, shoulders shaking like he’s holding back the world’s most boisterous laugh, and it’s all I can do to not kill him while he’s standing there, glancing between the monitor-slash-vibrator and my spread legs and I can’t hold it in anymore.

“This is embarrassing.”

Pam is back to business, already spreading the condom over the phallic-shaped instrument, and then she drizzles on the lubricant.

Braxton’s breath brushes over my cheeks. His dark locks tickle my temple as he whispers, “I feel like I should be offering to help with this.”

“Shut up,” I grit, my stomach muscles clenching from trying not to die or laugh. “This isn’t funny.”

“Oh. This is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, I’m not going to lie.”

My fingers squeeze his hand and Pam is in front of me. She holds a small black box in her other hand and the tip of the wand against my center. “I’ll go slow, and it might be cold, okay?”

“Yup.”

“Sweet Jesus,” Braxton whispers. “I don’t know whether to be terrified or turned on right now, Cara.”

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Our Blogs Reviews:

Johnaka's Review:


“Sometimes getting knocked up is the best thing to happen to you, 4 stars”



Cara may have been born into the rich life but she sure isn’t living it now. She’s trying to go out on her own and live the life she’s always wanted. Cara can’t explain what came over her at her best friend’s wedding when she decided to have a one-night stand with the best man, but she does. She never expected those two pink lines to show, and she definitely didn’t expect to fall in love with her baby daddy. Is this all too good to be true?


Braxton liked Cara when he first met her. He didn’t like her when she disappeared only to reappear months later. But when she breaks the news to him he steps up, in more than one way. He wanted her back then and he wants her now, only question is will he get her? He comes from the wrong side of the tracks but has his life together, but will his past prevent him from his happily ever after?


I really got into this book and their love story. It wasn’t easy for Cara to finally accept Braxton but there was no denying that he stepped up and stayed. Not out of obligation but because he wanted to. Knocked Up went by fast and was super sweet from beginning to end. It was my first book by Stacey Lynn and I plan on reading more of her work later in the future.


Star Ratings:
Plot - 4/5
Characters - 4/5
Heat - 4/5
Writing style - 4/5
Overall - 4/5



Jennifer's Review:


Knocked Up is a wonderful, Surprise Baby romance! I am so happy I decided to read this book. I usually avoid books with a surprise pregnancy, but this one just called out to me. I wanted to know what would happen between these two characters just by reading the blurb. This book had some humor, but was mostly a good-hearted romance with a bit of heart-break.

Like I said before, I don’t usually buy into the surprise pregnancy thing, but I decided to give this one a chance. A one night stand turned into an accidental pregnancy? Most men would run, but Cara is surprised when Braxton says he is all in. Can they form a mutual beneficial friendship for the sake of their child or will they blur lines and end up in something that can destroy everything they have worked towards?

Cara is such a great character. I kinda really loved her. She moved out on her own after defying a family that was stifling. She suffered major loss, but still was able to stay strong and move on her life. I also liked how she didn’t just fall into Braxton and accept his words. She waited for his actions to back up what he was saying. That is a smart woman. Braxton was irritating at times, but I also liked how he cared about Cara immediately. He didn’t accuse her of lying like most men would if a woman just showed up out of the blue claiming to be pregnant. Instead, he immediately started to care for her. Whether they were together or not, he was going to take care of the woman who is carrying his child.

The heat in this book is there. These two characters obviously have chemistry. That’s how this situation happened to begin with. I will say that I wish we had a little bit of a prologue or maybe even a novella added to see what happened the night they met. We get bits and pieces, but I would really like to be drawn into it. Anyways, that past added to the layer needed to make the heat in this book on point.

The writing style of this book is good. I liked where she took the book. The pace of the book is steady. The action and romance believable. There were a couple of things I thought were missing, but they were small and didn’t take away from the book. My favorite part of this book is Cara. That and the accuracy of pregnancy for some women.

Overall, this was a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it. I especially enjoyed the characters. They were so lively and realistic. I will say that I was surprised by parts of this book. I didn’t expect it, which is good because I don’t like predictable books. Great read!

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5




About the Author:


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Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.
She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

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