On Tour with Prism Book Tours
It's a classic tale of a marriage of convenience turning out to be so much more. Read my full book review of A Love Unexpected by Leah Brunner and then download your own copy. Be sure to check out other stops on the tour, including my author interview over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Best of luck entering the great giveaway!
A Love Unexpected
(Under Kansas Skies #1)
By Leah Brunner
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
May 21, 2021 by Leah Brunner Publishing
My one and only goal has always been to make it to congress. I’ve got it all: the looks, the brains, the connections… Except I missed one glaring requirement: a wife.
The conservative voters of Kansas don’t trust an unmarried man. Which means I need a bride. Immediately.
The lovely Odette Hastings seems to fit the bill. She’s a wholesome small-town girl, and most importantly, in need of cash. I’ll give her the money to take care of her elderly parents, and she’ll be the political arm candy I need.
The only problem is Odette is a little too beautiful, a little too intelligent, and much too distracting. I have to keep my eye on the prize. Even when I’m starting to think there might be something I’d rather have more…
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I have to admit that I had a bit of a hard time getting into the book at first because of it being told in first-person. I am not a fan of that kind of play-by-play storytelling, but I also know that it doesn't bother others at all.
I kept pushing through because I enjoyed the overall story. It's a trope that I'm finding to be increasingly popular again - the whole marriage of convenience and then they fall in love. [I'm trying to ignore that it is a politician doing it because that means he is lying! But I digress ... ] What this book had going for it was it's not like they had a sudden snap of the fingers quickly leading them into a steamy bedroom scene. Their progression felt a bit more natural and realistic to me. And it really felt like they were working on a true foundation that included friendship and not just lust. That was a bit of fresh air in this genre.
I was a little thrown off by her parents buying into their romance story and quick marriage, though. I don't know see how they could have been that naive. But I guess stranger things have happened.
I did like the characters and would be curious to see what happens to them in the future. This is the author's debut novel and I know more stories are coming featuring other characters from this book. I think she shows some promise and will continue to grow as a writer.
Thank you to the author and Prism Book Tours for the requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Leah writes romance full of witty banter and lovable characters. She spends most of her time writing... and also petting her Maine Coon.
Although she's a Kansas girl at heart, Leah is a proud Air Force spouse and currently resides in Northern California with her husband and three children.
Her parents always told her she lived in her own little world and was oblivious to reality. The real world was simply too boring for Leah, writing is how she enjoys sharing her little world with others.
One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of A Love Unexpected (signed print to US, ebook outside the US)
Ends November 10, 2021