Review: Her Surprise Engagement (The Sorensen Family #4) by Ashlee Mallory

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

Single mom Daisy Sorensen doesn’t believe in fairytale endings—at least not for her. All she wants is to enjoy a much-needed, stress-free family vacation at a friend’s Lake Tahoe home. So of course everything that can go wrong does. Including a gorgeous man and his daughter showing up in the middle of the night.

Soon-to-be Governor Jack Harrison has had a crazy week, but he’s sure nothing can top arriving to find a bathrobe-clad, beautiful stranger in the home he’s staying in for the week. He’s wrong. When things spiral out of control the next morning, Jack makes Daisy an offer she can’t refuse. She’ll pretend to be his fiancée and he’ll help her open the bakery she’s been dreaming about.

But in between late-night campfires and days on the lake, Jack finds himself falling for the strong, stubborn woman for real.

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I’ve been a fan of Ashlee Mallory’s The Sorensen Family series since the first book, Her Backup Boyfriend, and have enjoyed each book since. I love the relationships between the Sorensen siblings and have enjoyed getting each of their stories.

In Her Surprise Engagement we focus on the last of the Sorensen siblings, Daisy. Daisy has recently become a single mother and she’s determined to prove that she can provide for herself and her three children. She frustrated me at times because that determination came off as prideful and it didn’t seem like good parenting to turn things down that would be beneficial to her kids. However, as we get to know her a little better we see how it’s not so much pride keeping her from asking for help, but the fear of once again being in a position where she relied solely on someone else for support and how hard it would be to pick up the pieces of her life again if that support leaves. I liked how she learned that accepting some help sometimes didn’t mean she would lose her independence.

The fake-relationship storyline is always one of my favorites to read about and I liked that it was incorporated here. I thought the events that led up to it were humorous. I did think that the fake relationship turned real a little too fast, though. Jack is a love-at-first-sight kind of guy and while I thought he was sweet and romantic and did like him and Daisy together, it was a little too insta-love for me to really get behind it. They only know each other for a couple of weeks before he’s all in and I would’ve liked to have seen their relationship develop a little more before that.

Overall, I enjoyed Her Surprise Engagement. I enjoyed re-visiting the Sorensen clan one more time and thought this book did a good job of showing us all their Happy Ever Afters. I would definitely recommend this to fans of the series and Contemporary Romance.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

Review: Her Accidental Husband (The Sorensen Family #2) by Ashlee Mallory

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

Payton Vaughn’s trip to Puerto Vallarta for her friend’s wedding was her big escape from her ridiculously overbearing mother–oh, and that little matter with her cheating fiancé. Now, her flight’s been cancelled, and she’s crammed into a tiny car with the gorgeous-but-irritating best man.

Viva la road trip from hell…

Cruz Sorensen doesn’t have time to babysit some spoiled socialite, even if she is the future daughter-in-law of the man who could change the fortune of his family’s company. He has no business getting to know her better—not even for all the tequila in Mexico…until they wake up with grande-sized hangovers as man and wife.

Now Payton and Cruz must decide if they’ve reached the end of their journey…or the beginning of a new adventure.

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I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

When I started to read Her Accidental Husband I realized it was the follow up to Her Backup Boyfriend, which is a super cute fake relationship story. I’m happy to report that this one is just as cute.

Cruz and Payton have always had an attraction to each other – even if they can drive each other crazy. It’s a moot point, however, since Cruz has all but sworn off relationships to focus on work and Payton is engaged to someone else. But when Payton finds out her fiancé has been cheating and their mutual flight to Mexico to Cruz’s brother’s and Payton’s best friend’s wedding is grounded, they must come together to find a way to make it there in time.

This book unfolded a little differently than I thought it would. I thought the marriage would happen almost right away and the rest of the book would be them trying to get out of – while falling in love. However, it focuses a lot on their road trip as they learn more about each other and their attraction grows into something more, which I really liked. We also get to see them deal with the fallout and the range of emotions and decisions they go through. I thought the overall arc was done well and I appreciated that it was a little different than I’m used to reading when it comes to this particular trope.

I loved seeing Dominic and Kate again from the first book in this series and how happy they are. I also enjoyed seeing the rest of the Sorensen clan again. I really enjoyed both Cruz and Payton. They were well-developed and likable characters. I like how Payton started to stand up for herself and make her own decisions and especially liked that it didn’t take until the final chapters for it to happen. They both had moments where I wanted to clunk their heads together for their miscommunication, but overall they were pretty great characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed Her Accidental Husband. It was a quick, fun read and pretty darn adorable. I think my biggest complaint is that the cover has nothing to do with the book – they are never once on the beach together. I would recommend it to fans of romance and those looking for a light read.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3.5 Stars

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