Title: Emergency Engagement
Author: Samanthe Beck
Series: Love Emergency #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: Feb 15th
He needs the kind of rescue only she can provide…
Glass artist Savannah Smith expected a marriage proposal for Thanksgiving—just not from her strong, silent, super-hot neighbor. But when misplaced mail and a wayward can of paint lands them in a compromising position right as her family arrives for dinner, they assume he’s “The One” she’s been talking about.
Then his family shows up.
Fate dealt a crippling blow to paramedic Beau Montgomery’s heart, and he isn’t about to put it at risk again. Except, with his mother crying tears of joy over his surprise engagement to the sexy little blonde next door, he can’t bring himself to ruin her “Christmas miracle.”
Somewhere between the paint can to the head and the chaotic family trip to the ER, Beau manages to talk Savannah into being his fake fiancée long enough to survive the holidays.
If, of course, they don’t fall in love first…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
This was a fun contemporary in which a simple misunderstanding gets blown all out of proportion and turns into a whopper of a lie. There’s a bit of a tragic past, a lot of family pressure and one or two moral dilemmas along the way. For a Brazen book, the heat is quite tame, but for the most part this is an enjoyable tale that develops just as you’d expect from this genre.
Beau is lovely. He’s a decent guy who has had a rough few years. He isn’t looking for love or any kind of romantic entanglement, he just wants his neighbour to turn her music down. When a comedy of errors leads to both his and her parents finding them in a compromising situation, a lot of fast assumptions are made, and since his parents are so happy at the thought of him getting married, he doesn’t want to hurt them. Which is how the lie comes about. Is it preposterous and absurd? Of course, but that’s half the fun. Besides, almost everything Beau does in this book comes from a good place. No, his methods aren’t always brilliant, but he’s just trying to stop his parents from worrying.
Then there’s Savannah, who seems to have convinced herself that some hopeless loser is going to propose to her and she can’t wait to marry him! Which is how the whole engagement misunderstanding comes about. As fun as it was, and as good of her as it was to go along with everything for Beau’s sake, it also didn’t really ring true for me. Savannah is a talented, smart, slightly off-beat, independent woman – I can’t imagine why on Earth she’d want to marry someone as awful as her boyfriend. Sure, she was in a low place, but the more I got to know her, the less likely it seemed.
Sadly that isn’t the only thing that didn’t quite work for me with this book. I’ve already mentioned the heat level – there is plenty of chemistry between Savannah and Beau, but it never quite scorches the way you might expect from the cover and this imprint. Also, the ending. I suspected very early on where that might go, but I hoped and hoped it wouldn’t. But it did and it irritated me, a lot. (Spoiler! It amazes me that any woman bothers with the pill, since according to the romance genre it never works. Either that or women are just too foolish to know how it works, so always mess it up.) It also undermined everything that had gone before by rushing the romance to a conclusion the characters hadn’t quite reached yet. Especially when one character gets all the blame for the fall out. Yes, their behaviour was bad, but there was a reason and the other person knew that and claimed to understand, so both should have been apologising and making an effort.
So, while on the whole I enjoyed this book and found it a fun, easy read, it also didn’t quite hit the mark for me. If you like your contemporaries with a medium amount of heat and aren’t bothered by some of the more irritating clichés then you will probably enjoy this. However, if you’re picking this up because you’re expecting a hot Brazen read, be aware that it won’t quite deliver on that side. Overall it’s good, but not the best that Samanthe Beck has to offer.
Emergency Engagement is out February 15th!
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