The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely
Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt
Standalone Romantic Comedy
How the hell does she do it? Lauren Blakely is MAGIC I tell you! She churns out one amazing book after another! They all feature sexy, smart, alpha men who respect women, and smart, spunky, career-driven women. I fell in love with Lauren’s writing with Big Rock, and haven’t missed a book since, nor will I. Every single one is my new favorite….until the next!
I love Lauren’s male POV books the most, but in The Knocked Up Plan, I am so glad we got both sides! I really felt we got to know both characters and I think seeing (or hearing in my case) both of their fears made it so much more fun, especially with two of my favorite narrators, Sebastian York and Andi Arndt.
Now, I want to start by saying I read a book with the same trope last week. A woman wants a baby when her 30th birthday comes around, and wants to do it alone. The single-for-life donor and the woman hit it off and things get more complicated. They were very similar story outlines to tell you the truth, but we have all read this story before. AND IT DOESN’T MATTER. Lauren Blakely kept it FRESH, FUNNY, and SEXY and added her own UNIQUE flair.
Nicole and Ryder work for the same radio station that produces talk shows about love and relationships. They are both “sexperts” in the field. Yet he is broken after his wife screwed him over, and she doesn’t even really know what love is. But they are friends and ping-pong partners. He agrees to be her baby daddy, and she agrees to 10 dates to help him out on a project his boss is making him do for his show.
I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?
Well it starts off as just a hot sex-fest. And let me tell you, these two have CHEMISTRY!
“Fuck that romance shit. I want you in bed, woman.”
They both have a very high sex drive, and soon they can’t get enough of each other. But it’s just to make a baby, right?
“I fucking love that we’re not playing games. There’s something incredibly freeing about this kind of relationship. Maybe this is the way it should be— clear and easy.”
I mean this guy has the most amazing….
“The man makes oral sex a two-person sport, and in return I get the best Os I’ve ever had.”
“I will say this about Ryder Lockhart: he has a world-class tongue. He’s a champion with his mouth, and he treats me like a dessert.”
But when she gets what she wants, and the 10 dates are over, how do they go back to co-workers and friends?
“I don’t know how I fit into this scenario. My part is over, like a character in a play who was killed off in the first act. My role in the story of her life has ended…”
They have a contract. He won’t be involved. But can things change?
Honestly, Ryder is freaking perfect. These so-called relationship experts were total chickens when it came to actually communicating, but I loved how Lauren opened them both up to us to see both of their hopes and fears. After all, how can you resist a man like this?
Personal note: The following was one of my favorite quotes, because after 30 years ago, my husband still says this to me all the time, and I think I fall in love with him again every time he does:
“I want to watch you come again. I want to watch your beautiful face when you fall apart.”
- A fresh take on a common trope.
- Intelligent banter.
- Ryder was totally swoony.
- Cameos from other books.
- So freaking sexy!
- So much chemistry!
- Dual POV (played a part in this story more than some books).
- The fun dates.
- The epilogues!
- I just wish she was older than 30. I don’t get the whole desperate to have a kid by 30 thing.
To me, Sebastian York has become synonymous with Lauren Blakely. Though I think both narrators are WAY overused, they are both just so perfect for the mature, sexy, intelligent characters Lauren writes.
The Down & Dirty:
Once again, Lauren Blakely brings the perfect blend of humor, heart and heat to a novel filled with intelligent characters, great banter and huge amounts of chemistry. The Knocked Up Plan is the perfect example for why Lauren Blakely has become one of my top 5 authors, and I will not miss one of her books.
Rating: 4.5+ Stars, 4.25 Heat, 5 Narration
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While they each easily stand alone, I like reading in order since each couple turns up in the next books. Also, I am putting The Sexy One and The Hot One in there where it belongs chronologically because they are all part of the same group of friends in New York City, but The Sexy One, The Hot One and The Knocked Up Plan are dual POV while the rest are male POV.