Jerri Drennen
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Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
January 2012
Book 2 of Men of the Jungle
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance

Galen Hall wakes in a Ecuadorian jail with a murderous headache, a murder charge, and a memory gap where his alibi should be. How does the jungle guide prove his innocence? His best friend comes to help, only to bring with him the woman whose unplanned love sent him fleeing the Amazon to begin with.

One night of steamy jungle passion has botanist Dana Rutherford carrying a stranger's baby. While coming to terms with raising a child on her own, she learns of the father's captivity. In a town where corruption reigns, she unknowingly initiates a jailbreak, and finds herself again face-to-face with the hunky, green-eyed devil who has changed her life forever.

Book Review by MamaKitty (reviewer)
Jul 30, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
268 people found the following review helpful
I love secret baby books. What can I say? I started reading them when I was 12 and stealing my grandmother's old Harlequins, and I've been addicted ever since. So, when I saw this one up for review at TRR, I jumped at the chance.

The book opens with Galen waking up in jail with no memory of how he got there and a mean headache. When he's informed that he's being held for murder, he immediately deduces that he's been set up. Duh. I have to say that the whole scenario was really well written... until he started thinking about Dana. I find it hard to believe that he'd focus on the fact that he deflowered her when he's facing a death sentence. I can believe him daydreaming about doing it again because, let's face it, he's a man. But sitting there feeling bad about it after he JUST found out he's going to be rotting in prison until they decide to kill him? Doesn't make a lick of sense to me.

The second chapter opens with Dana finding out she's pregnant. She's only 4 weeks along and already throwing up so much I'm pretty sure her intestines are going to make an appearance at any moment. Now, I know that pregnancy is different for everyone, but as far as I can remember, you don't usually find out you're knocked up until you're 2-3 months along and your morning sickness (which is horribly misnamed, since you're sick ALL THE TIME) doesn't usually kick in around then either.

I'm going to give Dana the benefit of the doubt and say she's one of those special cases who find out super early and has the joy of worshipping the porcelain god the entire course of her pregnancy. Poor kid. Even giving her the benefit of the doubt, it felt like the pregnancy thing was pushed entirely too hard. Especially because she mentioned it once every 2.536 seconds or so. Seriously. It got incredibly annoying before the 2nd chapter was even over.

Because this is the second part in a series and I didn't read the first book, I was lost a lot of the time. When they mentioned Travis and Mattie's relationship, it sounded all cute and sweet and like they were genuinely in love, but I knew there was more to the story and not knowing bothered me. UNPLANNED can be read as a standalone, but only if you're not as curious (read: nosy) as I am and want to know everything about everything.

I loved the secondary characters. Travis and Mattie were too adorable together and both seemed like friends I'd love to have. I sort of have a crush on Hunt because he's all big and brave and strong, but you can tell he's got a soft side by the way he treats Dana, Reyna, and Juan. LOVE me some strong men with tender, squishy insides.

Chief Adios got on my nerves. First, his last name is all kinds of goofy. Chief "Goodbye"? Really? I may need to check with my abuelita on this, but I'm fairly certain that Adios is NOT a Hispanic surname. Second, it felt like he was just trying too hard to be a bad guy. And for him to want Dana and demand dinner with him was so cliche that I literally rolled my eyes.

All in all, it was a cute read, but not something I'd suggest to my friends.
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