Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Her Surprise Engagement by Cari Lynn Webb

Posted July 14, 2020 by meezcarrie in Cari Lynn Webb, contemporary, giveaway, romance / 25 Comments

Her Surprise Engagement, On Tour with Prism Book Tours

City by the Bay Stories #6
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2020
PAGES: 384

A football star and a single mom…

Teach each other to trust again

To impress the executives buying her app, Nichole Moore enlists the help of old friend and pro quarterback Chase Jacobs. A pretend marriage is the perfect ruse: Chase’s celebrity status will impress the executives, while likable, hardworking Nichole could fix his fading career. But as their fake relationship plays out under the glare of the public eye, Nichole realizes her feelings might be the real deal…


Other Books In This Series

I have enjoyed every book I’ve read in Cari Lynn Webb’s “City By The Bay Stories” series, and it’s always fun to revisit some of the same characters from book to book. Whether it’s time for another family member or a friend of a past hero/heroine to shine in each new book, we get the best of both worlds as readers – the confirmation that beloved characters do still exist after their own stories are read and the enjoyment of watching two more people fall in love. Best of all, the books in this series can each be read as standalones, so don’t fret if this is the first one you’ve found.

Nichole is a single mom with an adorable son, and she’s trying to find investors in the app she’s created. Chase is a football star fighting to stay relevant to his team, despite a serious injury (that he’s ignoring) and a less than squeaky clean reputation. High school friends who’ve briefly reconnected, Nichole ropes Chase into being morale support at a meeting with executives who are interested in her app. This turns into an innocent ruse as newlyweds … which quickly spirals into what you might expect – that tangled web we weave when we deceive, however innocent our intentions.

With hearts of family members now at stake, especially that of Nichole’s adorable son Wesley (who steals the show on more than one occasion), Chase & Nichole are walking a shaky tightrope. This, of course, amps up the sparks that rush to life after an impromptu kiss … and then another … and yeah, you’ll be fanning for sure. I appreciated how a rather implausible situation still seemed pretty believable the way Webb framed it, and I really liked the character growth we see in both protagonists throughout the story. The romantic tension was nicely developed, and the twists that the author weaves in along the way serve to enhance the plot well.

Bottom Line: It’s always a treat to visit with the characters from Webb’s “City by the Bay Stories” series, and Her Surprise Engagement is no exception. This friends-to-more / fake marriage story has some super swoony kisses, sweet moments & great characters. The author draws you into the story right away & keeps your attention until the end – and you’ll be rooting for Chase & Nicole’s fake relationship to become real. A cute weekend read you’ll enjoy!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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25 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Her Surprise Engagement by Cari Lynn Webb

  1. James Robert

    I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks so much for taking time to share.

  2. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Her Surprise Engagement” by Cari Lynn Webb.

    Sounds like a wonderful book and one that I would enjoy having the opportunity to read. Now on my TBR list.

    What a fabulous giveaway! Shared and hoping to be the extremely fortunate one selected.

  4. Lynn Brown

    I have read one where a fake office romance turns into the real thing. I can’t remember the name but it was good. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Megan

    Fake romance stories can be such fun, depending on the story, and this one sounds really good.

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