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About the Book:
Single mom Daisy Sorensen doesn’t believe in fairytale endings—at least not for her. All she wants is to enjoy a much-needed, stress-free family vacation at a friend’s Lake Tahoe home. So of course everything that can go wrong does. Including a gorgeous man and his daughter showing up in the middle of the night.
Soon-to-be Governor Jack Harrison has had a crazy week, but he’s sure nothing can top arriving to find a bathrobe-clad, beautiful stranger in the home he’s staying in for the week. He’s wrong. When things spiral out of control the next morning, Jack makes Daisy an offer she can’t refuse. She’ll pretend to be his fiancée and he’ll help her open the bakery she’s been dreaming about.
But in between late-night campfires and days on the lake, Jack finds himself falling for the strong, stubborn woman for real.

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In Her Surprise Engagement (Sorenson Family #4) by Ashlee Mallory, Daisy Sorensen was looking forward to the few days she was spending at Lake Tahoe with her three children and her aunt until Jack Harrison rocks up at the holiday house they're staying at and turns her life upside down. Being the soon-to-be Governor comes with a certain level of invasion to privacy moments, and when the paparazzi arrives believing they could have a possible juicy story on their hands, it seems Daisy has no choice but to go along with Jack's plan of changing their relationship status from single to engaged. However, the closer they get, the more Jack wants their 'fake' engagement to be the real deal. Will he be able to convince Daisy to give him a chance for real, or will the hurts of her past keep her from giving another man a chance at forever?

Having not read the previous books of this series, I was a tad concerned whether I could read this without needing to know more about the Sorensen family, but I'm glad to say this story can easily be read as a stand-alone. The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the heroine, as her life is pretty hectic with three children and her ex being a jerk that is more concerned about what's happening in his own life than spending time with his children. Yet, it was from the moment the hero was introduced to the heroine where things got interesting, as they're both in for a surprise. How will they deal with the mix-up? Will Jack be able to protect Daisy and her children?

Both the main characters were fascinating due to their back stories and the reason why they need to become fake engaged. Will they be able to convince everyone that they're in love? As for the heroine, she isn't ready for another relationship, because of what her ex did and the fact that it has made it hard for her to trust, but I liked that she gave Jack a chance to protect her children. I also liked how resilient and brave Daisy was in starting over and how determined she was to follow her dreams, especially when it becomes more likely to happen with Jack on her side. But what I liked most of all is how kind and caring Daisy is and how she treats Jack's daughter as if she was her own, even when the young girl isn't all that open to getting to know Daisy and her children in the beginning.

While the hero, he's been through a lot and deserves a second chance at love. Moreover, I couldn't help but sympathize with how he lost his wife and the guilt he feels because he should have been there more for the woman he loved. Yet, what I liked most about the hero is how driven he is in everything he is determined to achieve or has already achieved. The heroine is coming to mean so much to him, and I really enjoyed his words and actions in his determination to win her over and prove to Daisy that he's different to her ex. That there's no way he'd let her down, even though he continues to go against her wishes when it comes to her need for independence and not having to rely on someone other than herself.

Overall, Ms. Mallory has penned a really good read in this book where the chemistry was strong, the romance sweet and the secondary characters provided a good bit of amusement, especially Daisy's aunt who was a total hoot with her dialogue and her desire to see her niece happy. The way this story ended was wonderful, because of Jack's words to Daisy. He wants her in his life forever and is determined to prove it. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as it reveals to readers whether Jack is the governor or not and how good getting a second chance at love can be. I would recommend Her Surprise Engagement by Ashlee Mallory, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Amanda Ashby, Kyra Jacobs and Annie Seaton. 

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Meet the Author:

Ashlee Mallory is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and two kids. She aspires to one day include running, hiking and traveling to exotic destinations in her list of things she enjoys, but currently settles for enjoying a good book and a glass of wine from the comfort of her couch.

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1 comment:

  1. I love the listed tropes and am glad to hear this book can be read as a stand-alone, because it sounds like a good read.