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#Review of Her Surprise Engagement (City by the Bay Stories #6) by Cari Lynn Webb w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #HSEPrism @carilynnwebb @harlequinbooks @PrismBookTours

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Her Surprise Engagement
(City by the Bay Stories #6)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
July 1, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

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…

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Nichole gathered the extra clothing they hadn’t used for their snowmen.

Chase picked up a scarf, shook off the snow and set it gently on the pile she held. He asked, “Want some help with lunch?”

She wanted help remembering their kiss had been a mistake. She wanted help putting a wedge between him and her son. She wanted help reminding herself this was all pretend. “We’ve got it. Don’t you want to go explore with the boys?”

He tugged her hat over her forehead. “We never talked about that kiss. Or our options.”

There were no other options. But she’d lain awake thinking about their kiss most of the night, until she finally decided she’d created a simple memory for later. For the nights she couldn’t sleep, and the loneliness joined her. Nothing wrong with that. “It was a late night after we finished dinner and playing cards.”

“We have time now and no one to hear us besides the snowmen.” He tipped his head toward the snowmen. One corner of his mouth tipped up, offering a different sort of suggestion.

No one would see if she kissed him again. No. She already had enough memories of kissing Chase. Two to be exact. More than enough. Nichole hugged the clothes pile tighter and locked her hands together to keep from reaching for him. “I should really go help Brooke. She’s worse than me in the kitchen.”

“Then you do need my help.” Chase set his hand on her lower back and walked with her up the stairs. He held the door open for her, but set his hand on her elbow and stopped her just inside the doorway. He leaned in and whispered, “I know you don’t want to talk about that kiss. But at least tell me I’m not the only who can’t stop thinking about it.”

Nichole closed her eyes, willed that shiver to recede. Ordered her heart to stand down. And opted for one of her son’s favorite defaults when he wanted to avoid getting in trouble.

Deny. Deny. Deny.

Peeps this book.  I’ve read every book in the series and this is my favorite.  I don’t try to play favorites but I just loved Chase and Nichole.  For me, the book had a great storyline, perfect pacing, the situations that they went through, and let’s not forget that this one is hilarious.  Ms. Webb has really written a well-thought-out, pitch-perfect story about two people that were childhood friends that reconnect in the most hilarious situation.

Seriously, the Tahoe scenes alone are worth the price of the book.   There’s romance, hilarity, kittens, friendship, worry but most of all love.  You can feel the love all through the book.  It’s rare that a book comes along that while there should be some conflict between the characters, I didn’t find that here.  Sure, sure, there is a black moment but it’s not bad.  Ms. Webb took her time with Chase and Nichole in the romance department and developed their friendship first.  I loved seeing Dan Harrington again but it did make for some awkward moments later.

If you haven’t picked up this series you are missing out.  I liked seeing everyone again and catching up.  But Chase and Nichole just have my heart.  I can’t wait to see what Ms. Webb has in store for me next.



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About the Author

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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