Friday, June 23, 2017

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely - Release Day Review, Giveaway, and Excerpt


From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a new and sexy romance…


A standalone romance told in dual POV, THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is about all of the fun, hotness, and heartfelt emotions that come when a single woman asks her gorgeous, jaded, sworn-to-be-single-forever good friend to get one particular job done. What happens next when he agrees to provide the bun for her oven are lots of hot sexy times and heartfelt moments.    

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Author: Lauren Blakely
Publication Date:  23 June 2017
Publisher: Self-Publish 
Series:  Stand Alone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

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.


**** There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date -- "your place or mine?"

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place -- as well as any position -- I can't refuse. Besides, I've got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There's no way I'll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except ... what if I do?

Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, playful jokes and a hot, swoon worthy hero you will fall madly in love with. One-click now for pure reading enjoyment!


✦The audiobook will be narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! Link coming soon! ✦

My Review:

What a fun and enjoyable read.  The Knocked Up Plan is the sweet, funny, romantic, quick read you need this summer.  I have been having a really difficult time with contemporary romances lately, they just aren't catching my interest and while I end up liking them it's been taking me days to get through.   The Knocked Up Plan however, pun intended, knocked it out of the park for me.  I had so much fun reading this.  I swooned more than I have in a long time and have easily found a book coupledom that makes me want to hashtag everything with #RelationshipGoals.  I read this book in a matter of hours.  It totally captured my attention and kept it.  

I can say easily that when you pick up a Lauren Blakely read you are going to walk away satisfied.  She writes the sweetest romances, that will have you laughing, and crying.  She writes beautiful love stories full of heart and without all the heart ache that drags you down into the depths of nervous and anxious reading.  It's that fact that makes it so hard to put the book down.  You know that it's all going to be okay and that even though there will be moments of stress between the couple it isn't the kind of stress that is going to end up stressing out the reader as well.  

One of the things I loved best about Ryder and Nicole is their complete honesty with each other.  In so many romances that bluntness can come across as overly 'alpha', bitchy, or crass...but the way Lauren writes this beautiful couple you know that their honesty is simply who they are and more importantly who they are with each other.  They aren't trying to be shocking, they are just trying to lay out their cards and be true to themselves.  

Ryder, he is the book boyfriend you dream of.  He's smart, he's a bit troubled, he's focused, determined, caring, gentlemanly, sexy, and as Nicole says he's good and not in the 'good guys finish last type of way', he is just a great guy.  I dare you not to fall in love with this character and have him (and Nicole) on your mind days later.  

Nicole, she's simply an awesome lady.  She knows what she wants and she's determined to get it.  She is all the things Ryder is rolled up in a softer, perhaps prettier package.  I loved that there is never any doubt that she is just as strong of a character as the hero, in fact she may be the stronger of the two.  She doesn't need saved, she is going to make her own dreams come true in the end but how beautiful is it that she ends up with a man as loving as Ryder to help all of her dreams and fantasies become reality?  

I love the empowering feel to this book.  The women in this book are taking care of themselves, their families, their friends.  They have strong personalities (with out being over bearing) and they maintain strong relationships.  They are the women we strive to be.  They have loving relationships with partners but they don't need those partners to be happy.  They know that happiness is within themselves and they aren't afraid to achieve it.  

In the end this book is just plain perfection.  It's plot is intriguing and different enough that you feel like you are reading something completely new and untold before.  Lauren's character development, her secondary characters, the romance, it all just pills you in.  Every character, every moment, every twist is seamless and flawless.  I want more of this world and these characters.  The epilogue gives you everything you can want but I am still not ready to let them go, thankfully we have the twins to come back to and hopefully sneak peek check ins of some of these amazing characters.  

If you are looking for a fast paced read that is perfect for the beach, the pool, the car ride to your summer vacation...this is the book.  It will have you smiling with pure unadulterated joy!  




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.” 

“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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About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In June she'll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone contemporary romance.

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