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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Give Me Book Presents: Surprise, Baby! by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam; #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Live, #Review, #Giveaway

Title: Surprise, Baby!
Standalone Companion Novel to All About the D
Authors: Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Give Me Books Promotions and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


There’s a fine line between lust and hate.

I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem.

His mouth is.

And the stupid things that come out of it.

But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his damnedest to take care of me… 

Let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on.

And it doesn’t involve talking.

I’ve despised Drew since I met him years ago. One weekend
can’t change us that much, can it?

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.

Except he left me a little keepsake.

And in nine months, I’ll have a surprise for Portland’s most notorious player.

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My Thoughts:

Kendall Greer seems to be talking to the reader – letting us in on what’s going on in her life. Drew Merritt also seems to share his thoughts with us. The authors, since I can’t tell which one, have given him a personal challenge that you don’t see very often. It’s something that lots of people have but don’t worry because it won’t overtake the story – impressed!

I love a story that has two authors and you can’t tell who has written what – whether chapter or scene. It shows how well they work together. I don’t know who created Drew but I loved watching him being brought to his knees by a woman who seems to have issues with him. There was a scene/were scenes where there was a fork in the road and loved watching how these two handled things.

I wouldn’t say that this story was a laugh out loud kind of book but I certainly got a few chuckles out of it. Loved the idea of the best things happen when you least expect it. Loved the banter back and forth. They have a couple of friends, Evie and Josh, who have their own story titled All About The D. You don’t need to have read it in order to enjoy this couples book. But how they interact with our main characters may give you an incentive to go back and find out what our authors had in store for them.

I’m a little curious about Tristan though. He’s Kendall’s business partner and friend. He’s been there when she’s needed it. He had issues with Drew and after reading Drew’s impressions of him in the epilogue it just has me wondering if we will see him again. Having this story end with Drew was a great idea because it gives us his impression of what has happened to him but also gives us enough of what Kendall’s also feeling.

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Lex Martin:

Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she's not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.

She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she's  lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

Lex is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary & Management.

Leslie McAdam:

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves - even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it's Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She's unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement.

Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she's not in the writing cave you'll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.

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