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Friday, March 14, 2014

Made the Grade: Jersey Boys Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 224; Kindle Edition - File Size: 351 KB | Release Date: April 1, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition | Obtained: NetGalley

"More Than She Expected" [Jersey Boys Series, Book 2] by Karen Templeton

Author's Book Description : Laurel Kent has learned the hard way that the only person she can trust – aside from her slightly crazy grandmother – is herself. So when Tyler Noble, her too-cute-for-his-own-good next door neighbor, starts hovering like a sheepdog when he finds out she’s pregnant, she doesn’t dare let herself get used to the attention. Especially since Tyler’s made it more than clear he is so not a family man. And Laurel would rather raise her son by herself than in something fake, like her parents had...even if she does see all the good in Tyler he doesn’t yet see himself...

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! A woman who has been unlucky in love finds herself in a tough situation yet plans to make it on her own by any means necessary, that is until her neighbor brings her into his life and family offering her support, friendship, and a little something more. Yet, will she be willing to take what he's offering no matter the circumstances?

Laurel & Ty turn out to be great friends, who just happen to fall in love. I really enjoyed the plot and how these two get to know each other. I especially liked that Ty took it upon himself to fix some of the things in Laurel's life that she didn't know how to or didn't know how to ask for. They made quite a pair.

Yet, when it came to their personal issues, I thought they could have fessed up about their feelings a bit sooner. If they did open up sooner it would have made the story flow better, I think. Since I really enjoyed how everything was going until Laurel gives birth to her son (Jonny), because not long after Ty & her have a falling out that I feel was unnecessary and basically throws off the rest of the novel. Therefore, even though I liked how this novel ends I had a hard time liking the characters by then. Good thing they redeem themselves...

Overall, I recommend this novel to anyone who is fans of the series (as it keeps you updated with the characters from book 1), fans of Ms. Templeton, and/or those who enjoy contemporary romances!

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Author's Novel Extras : MORE THAN SHE EXPECTED - Overview & Excerpt

Author's Series Extras : THE REAL MR. RIGHT - Overview & Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :
"You don't date? Go out?" She gave him another look, her mouth twitching at the corners. "Hey. You're the one who said there's no line. So I'm curious why you're always home. Since you seem really nice," he pushed on. Because he was an idiot, for one thing, and it wasn't like he ever intended to make a move on the woman, for another. "And you're okay looking---"
She laughed again. "So much for thinking you were one of those charmer types."
"And you've got a really nice laugh---"
"Dude. Awesome last-minute save."
"Not to mention a pretty decent sense of humor."
"Why, thank you."
"You're welcome." He paused. "You think I'm a charmer?"
"I've seen you with your lady friends. From time to time. So, yeah. You definitely know how to work it."
"You've been spying on me?"
"Says the man who wonders why I'm always home."
"Touché." ~ within Chapter 2
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Karen, then please check out her website.

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