Title: Emergency Engagement
Series: Love Emergency #1
Author: Samanthe Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 15, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
My Rating: 3 stars
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…
Read on for my thoughts on Emergency Engagement. No true spoilers, promise.
Emergency Engagement is a sexy, fun story of how far we’ll go to please the parents… even when it’s the last thing we want to do. Savannah and Beau have had a passing glance / nod in the hallways of their apartment building. A little surface attraction that neither one pushed past the light smiles and nods. Until the day Savannah’s mail ended up at Beau’s. It should have been a simple ‘return the mail to the proper owner’ moment – but then fate steps in and sets off a tornado of emotions.
Savannah had been dating one man exclusively for months, and was truly expecting a proposal before the holiday season hit. To her surprise she got the offer of a little action on the side as he put her firmly in her place in his life. No thank you loser. Beau has been dealt a truly heartbreaking situation when he lost his wife and daughter in a tragedy. He closed himself off from romantic entanglements and was prepared to live his life alone, as he would never risk his heart again.
But the parents… when Beau is innocently returning Savannah’s mail, her parents drop in on what could be considered a compromising situation. Thinking that Beau is the man their daughter has been dating they begin to see wedding bells. Beau’s parents will be in a similar situation when they think that he’s come out of his heartache and is in a serious relationship with Savannah. Our couple comes up with a brilliant plan – a fake engagement purely for the parents benefit through the holidays. They’d break up in the New Year with everyone going on their merry way with no harm done.
Right. Only it didn’t quite work out that way. As Savannah begins to have serious feelings for Beau, and it seems he is loosening that closely guarded heart – it seems that love is in the air way beyond their friends with benefits deal. Until Beau does something so stupid, so hurtful… there may be no way to salvage anything now.
I’ve given Emergency Engagement a 3 star rating – which is basically a good book rating. All readers have certain things that fall into that “Oh No You Didn’t” category… that story turn that just crosses a line with us. That happened for me when Beau did his stupid, hurtful thing. No, not gonna say more because I work hard to not give away spoilers. But that decision changed how I viewed this hero, and from that point onward he was not worthy of the heroine. While the couple gets their happy ever after in the end, Beau never recovered that special place in my reader’s heart again. As always that reaction is mine and not the author’s fault. It is certainly a very good story – it simply crossed one of my lines, and that changed how I reacted to Emergency Engagement.
*I received an e-ARC of Emergency Engagement from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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