#Review: An Unexpected Baby, by @SusanHatler

An Unexpected BabyTitle: An Unexpected Joy (Treasured Dreams #6)
Author: Susan Hatler
Rating: 4/5 stars

AN UNEXPECTED BABY is a super short and sweet contemporary romance short story (24 pages, 5600 words).

Holly’s already in over her head when she and her husband, Dave, receive an offer to adopt a baby. They make a decision on the spot, but Holly’s afraid she’ll regret their choice forever. What if it’s those unexpected moments in life that make treasured dreams come true?” (description from Goodreads)

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Reviews of previous Treasured Dreams stories:

An Unexpected…

Date | Kiss | Love | Proposal | Wedding | Joy

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Treasured Dreams is over. Now that An Unexpected Baby is out, that means I’ve finished the series of stories that follows Holly and Dave through the early parts of their relationship, all while enjoying the beautiful town of Whitefish.

This story was just as great as the others. Holly and Dave’s characters continue to develop and grow. It’s hard to leave them behind at this point, seven stories in. I’m sure I’d be happy to read more if Hatler were to write them. I feel with the way this left off (not as a cliff-hanger, don’t worry), there’s more enjoyment to be had from this couple’s future. But at the same time, I’m content with this being the end. I think this was a good place to leave it.

I’m sorry I don’t have much more to say about this story. It, like the others, was short. There’s not much to pick apart without giving everything away. I’m confident in saying that if you’ve enjoyed the series so far, this story won’t be a disappointment. That’s what we want in the end, anyway.

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You can grab this FINAL story, An Unexpected Baby, from

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and if you haven’t read the first story, An Unexpected Date, yet:

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…or story two, An Unexpected Kiss,

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and story three, An Unexpected Love

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story four An Unexpected Proposal from

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story five An Unexpected Wedding from:

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story six An Unexpected Joy from:

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About the Author:

Susan HatlerSUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, and Italian. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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#Review: Baking and Babies, by @TaraSivec

Baking and BabiesTitle: Baking & Babies (Chocoholics #3)
Author: Tara Sivec
Rating: 5/5 stars

“I’m pregnant.”

Molly Gilmore had a good life before she uttered those two stupid words. While preparing to graduate from culinary school and building up the courage to make a move on her hot, sugar-cookie-smelling pastry instructor Marco, she can’t wait to finally have the GREAT life she’s always dreamed about, instead of just the good one she’s been living.

Always known as the quiet ninja, she fully intends to stay hidden in the shadows with her nut-job family, so they have no chance to embarrass her around the man she’s crushed on for two years. Unfortunately, her family has other plans. When they yank her straight out of her comfort zone, she finds herself starring in the craziest train wreck she’s ever witnessed.

Molly ultimately gets a more exciting life that doesn’t revolve around school, but she’s pretty sure the man of her dreams won’t be sticking around long after her family gets ahold of him. There aren’t too many guys who can handle smelling like pee, having the whole world know how he masturbates, and being forced to eat an entire bag of dicks.

Join the Chocolate Lovers and Chocoholics gang for one final story about love, baked goods, making poor life choices, and remembering how important family is—even if they drive you insane.

Mostly because it’s illegal to kill them. (description from Goodreads)

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To put it simply, reading Baking & Babies was like coming home to some old friends. I’ve been reading Tara Sivec’s Chocoholics series, shortly after finishing the original Chocolate Lovers series, since the Love & Lists was released. I loved every minute of the series, but it’s been awhile since I read those books and forgot how much I missed the characters, situations, and absurdity that Sivec writes so well. From the start, this book reminded me why I can never get enough of these books.

In this book readers get a glimpse at another member of this large and strange family we’ve grown to love over the years. Not much is known of Molly before this book starts, and it was great to see her character develop and change. It was also great to have a new character pop up, adding a fresh set of eyes to what readers have come to accept from the characters at this point. I really liked how Marco fit in, while also reminding us what “normal” can be.

The only “downfall” is that this is the final book in the Chocoholics series. Was I sad to end it? Of course. Was it done well? No denying that. Does this mean I’ll have to reread the books and enjoy them all over and over? Yes, this will be a series that I make an exception to my “no re-reading” rule. I can’t wait to revisit all the hilarious and horrific (sex/)escapades Sivec can cook up for her books. These books will never get old for me.
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If you’d like to buy a copy of Baking & Babies, you can find it on:

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This is #3 in the Chocoholics series. If you haven’t want to start from the beginning, books 1 and 2 can be found on:

Love and Lists (Book 1)

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Passion and Ponies (Book 2)

Goodreads | My Review

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and for more chocolate loving, the novella…

Tattoos and Tatas (Book 2.5)

Goodreads | My Review

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About the Author:

Image 7Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

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