REVIEW: Unexpected – Jana Richards

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Masonville Series, Book 3
Jana Richards
Contemporary Romance, Family Life Fiction
Wild Rose Press, Inc.
September 27, 2021

Single dad Ben Greyson wants only to retain custody of his two stepdaughters. A dysfunctional childhood has made family the most important thing in his life. When his late wife's parents sue for custody, a desperate Ben is left with two choices – run away with his girls or marry his next-door neighbor.

Jamie Garven wants to be a mother. She's intrigued by her handsome new neighbor and falls in love with his little girls. Then Ben is faced with losing his children, and Jamie agrees to marry him for a chance at motherhood. They're determined to show the world, and the girls' grandparents, two loving parents.

Their marriage of convenience turns into unexpected love. But Ben interprets Jamie's efforts to save their family as betrayal—they could lose everything, including each other.

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Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

Although this is the third book in this series there is no reason to read the first two other than if they are as wonderful as book three than you owe it to yourself to dive into them for the enjoyment you will have. I will be taking my own advice and reading them as well since I haven’t as of yet.

Two people whose childhoods have severely affected them as adults meet and have a chance at a happy future but overcoming their pasts could put an end to that even before it begins. Jamie Garven has moved to Masonville, North Dakota after her husband left her and is working as a veterinarian in the local animal clinic. Her life consists of work and her animals, two dogs, a parrot and fish but she still dreams of having a family, a husband and children. The problem with that is that she is unable to have children and her ex-husband made trusting men difficult for her.

Ben Greyson has moved in next door to Jamie with his two young children. He is living in the house left to him by his grandfather when he died. Ben like Jamie had a difficult childhood the only difference was that Ben’s was a reality and Jamie’s was all what her mind saw whether right or wrong. Ben moved to Masonville near his brother and sister in an attempt to keep his stepdaughters from being taken from him. After his wife’s death he was convinced that her parents would fight him for custody of the girls and that fear caused him to refuse them access to them. With no other option left to them they did in fact file for full custody and a secret from Ben’s past could be all it would take for him to lose.

Ben had one option open to him propose to Jamie who he and the girls had become close to since they lived next door to each other. Jaime loved the girls and the girls loved her and she finally had a chance at having children and a family so she accepted. Jamie knew Ben was doing this for the girls but unlike him she had feelings for Ben and she hoped that their unusual marriage could grow into more.

This was a beautiful story and although I loved Jamie and Ben there were times, I would have liked to hiit them over the head, he for his stubbornness and she for not realizing that the horrible childhood she thought she had was all in her head all a result of jealousy. While Jamie and Ben tried to get over their pasts two little girls were caught in the middle.

I read this book in one sitting determined to find out how Jamie and Ben could overcome what happened to them and learn to face the future, and I did.

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