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The Knocked Up Plan
Author: Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: June 2017
ISBN: 9781544104348

Book Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The Knocked Up Plan

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57 people found the following review helpful

Book Reviewed by Delta (reviewer)

[ Review Posted: Jun 23, 2017 ] - See all my reviews
5 super duper hanky panky hubba hubba lurve for THE KNOCKED UP PLAN!

As purveyors of love, sex and relationship advice, Nicole Powers and Ryder Lockhart are the queen and king of relationships. If only they knew how to handle their own! As a relationship consultant, Ryder's failed marriage didn't do a lot to help his career, and their boss at Hanky Panky Love wants the old him back at bat. Meanwhile, Nicole knows she's doomed to never find that Mr. Right for herself, and she's A-OK with that…except that she wants a baby, STAT. Her brilliant plan solidifies when she asks Ryder for the biggest favor ever…knock her up, then leave her and the baby alone. Except it doesn't exactly end up that way, as the two spend months having sex and testing out exciting dates for his radio show. Falling in love was never Nicole's plan, and it certainly wasn't in Ryder's future either, but sometimes life gives you exactly what you need.

How fabulous is the divine Ms. Blakely?! Every. Single. Thing. the woman releases is gold standard, and THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is no exception. Funny, sexy, sweet and smart, this book is everything delicious about erotic romantic comedy reading. Ryder and Nicole are such unique characters…hilarious and charming and soooo full of chemistry. I loved everything from their ping-pong matches to their trapeze dates…their geocaching adventures to their cupcake tasting. I especially adored their hot as hell, rip your clothes off sex scenes. DeeeeLICIOUS! Everything about THE KNOCKED UP PLAN was just fabulous! I highly recommend anything by the fabulous Ms. Blakely, and I hope there's more in the future featuring this group of characters!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use (helpful when working toward a 9 month goal); no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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57 people found the following review helpful

Book Reviewed by Pip (reviewer)

[ Review Posted: Jun 23, 2017 ] - See all my reviews
Pregnancy and baby romances aren't my cup of tea and that's my straight-out admission about my whole stance on the issue. Make it the central plot around which a relationship is built and I'm out of the door quicker than my own shadow can cringe and wave goodbye. But Lauren Blakely can offer something good (Blakely can be a mixed-bag author for me) and this is why I've picked up the story—to be planted straight in chick-lit zone, even if it's just pure fiction indulgence, more so than ever.

Honestly, I was squeamish. And got even more squeamish as the pages went on.

‘The Knocked up Plan' is a title that says it all: a plan to have children, with or without a man, simply because a woman can do it on her own the way Nicole believes. Except that the sperm donor that she wants is a friend and a colleague and the arrangement has to be exactly what it is—a transaction that has has Ryder uninvolved past the process of knocking Nicole up. But the catch is always coming—minus the distancing sterile environment of a sperm bank and the gift that anonymity presents, and no matter how much fun in and out of bed both of them have, feelings will and do get in the way. Basically, what Ryder and Nicole think might be a good idea is a bad idea all around and it's plainly obvious to all but the protagonists themselves because if there's actual sex in the mix between two people who like and respect each other, it's just a sweeter deal.

It was easy to power through the book nonetheless, because there's a confident woman who can easily be the representative for the independent 21st century feminist and a somewhat broken man who's more real than many of the protagonists I've read about recently. There's minimal angst really, unless you count the hormonal mood swings of pregnancy, and there's a tooth-achingly sweet HEA that Blakely drives home.

Some parts do read laughably like pure exaggeration (making it too clear that this is a woman writing a romance for woman, imagining a man's thoughts) and I do cringe at some descriptions that seem to take the metaphors of sex way too far. But Ryder isn't a clueless, emotionally-challenged idiot and neither is Nicole a clingy soul and the lack of drama along with the dual POVs go a long way in making the entire book a sweeter deal for me.
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