3.1.2023 | Wednesday

Unexpectedly in Love

category: Book Reviews

Unexpectedly in Lovetitle: Unexpectedly In Love
author: Christina Tetreault
series: Sherbrookes #1
published: 2 February 2023
publisher: self-published
genre(s): romance
pages: 224
format: manuscript
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

Tory Sherbrooke has a small dilemma. She'll be the maid of honor in a few weeks at her friend's wedding. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend, a man her parents want her to marry and who can't accept it'll never happen, is the groom's best man. Tory has a simple solution, though: show up with a boyfriend. And the Helping Hands Bachelor Auction seems like the perfect place to find someone to fill the role temporarily.

After losing a bet, Duncan Ferguson finds himself part of a charity bachelor auction. And when he walks on stage that night, he has a plan—take the winner out on the required four dates and then say goodbye. All that changes when Tory Sherbrooke presents a proposition he can't pass up. If Duncan spends a week in Puerto Rico pretending to be her boyfriend, she'll make a substantial donation to his favorite charity. Then once the week is over, they'll go their separate ways.

Falling in love was never on either's radar. However, the more time Tory and Duncan spend together, the more real their relationship feels. But will they both be willing to risk their hearts again?

a few notes

keywords/phrases: billionaire, exes, family, fake boyfriend
mood reading:
in the mood for romance and the lifestyles of the rich

my review

This is the first book in a new series, set in the same world as the Sherbrookes of Newport series. It is a world of tight family bonds, friends in high places, politics, entertainment, and privlege. Many of the characters have appeared in other books with in the established Sherbrooke world, but while reading them might give the reader more insight into them, I feel like this can easily be read and enjoyed without having dived into the others.

I enjoyed the dual POVs of Tory and Duncan, letting the reader get to know each of them as the story develops. Tory is intelligent and driven, but she has trust issues after having been burned more than once by bad relationships. Duncan is a kind soul, always ready to help others. And the plot trope of “fake boyfriend” really worked with them. It’s got all the romance and just enough angstiness to keep it interesting! Unexpectedly in Love is closed-door and ends with an HEA.

About Christina Tetreault

USA Today Best Selling author, Christina Tetreault started writing at the age of 10 on her grandmother’s manual typewriter and never stopped. Born and raised in Lincoln, Rhode Island, she has lived in four of the six New England states since getting married in 2001. Today, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, three daughters and two dogs. When she’s not driving her daughters around to their various activities or chasing around the dogs, she is working on a story or reading a romance novel. Currently, she has three series out, The Sherbrookes of Newport, Love on The North Shore and Elite Force Security. You can follow her on Facebook to learn more about her characters and to track her progress on current writing projects.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

reading challenges:

  • 2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Alphabet Soup: Author Edition Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Linz the Bookworm Reading Challenge
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