Wednesday, March 23, 2016

BLOG TOUR & 5 STAR REVIEW: Love So Unexpected (Lawson Brothers #6) by Marquita Valentine

We're celebrating the release of LOVE SO UNEXPECTED this week! Have you ordered your copy?

Title: Love So Unexpected (Lawson Brothers #6)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Cover Designer: Lindee Robinson Photography

Book Description:

Widower Caleb Lawson has resigned himself to a life of farming and family functions. He never expects to find another love like he had with his wife, much less remarry. But once his mother brings home Sofia Nogales to help her get back on her feet, he starts to reconsider his expectations. Sofia is beautiful, witty, and so full of life that his arms ache to hold her.

Determined to make a new life for herself, former head chef Sofia Nogales hopped on the first bus to the east coast and refused to look back. However, she never dreamed a series of bad events would have her end up in Jessamine, North Carolina as the guest of Dinah Lawson. Nor did she ever dream of meeting someone like Dinah’s son Caleb—the sexy farmer, who keeps everything to himself… except the heated look in his eyes.

But when the opportunity comes knocking—to the tune of cooking at an already established and popular restaurant two states away, will Caleb be able to convince her to stay?

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sofia is trying to make her way to Georgia for a job, but fate has other plans. She ends up in Jessamine and taken in, no questions asked, by Dinah Lawson, who went to college with her mother. The next morning at breakfast, Sofia meets Caleb. They have a brief, but pleasant conversation that leads to this comment from Dinah: 

“Do you suppose you could do that again?”
“Eat?” she asked, thoroughly confused.
“No.” Dinah shook her head. “Get my son to talk.”
It's been 13 years since Caleb lost his wife and to say that he has been keeping to himself would be an understatement. He has devoted himself to the life on the farm and that is basically all he does. He does talk to Austin, Mason and sometimes his cousin Preston, but he doesn't really get involved in family business. As he starts to spend more time with Sofia, he realizes that it is time to move on with his life. There are these little moments in the book where people see Sofia and Caleb together and they know that this may be when the old Caleb comes back to them.

Sofia was perfect for him. She was just a loving and thoughtful as Caleb and turns out they did have some things in common. Sofia had suffered her own personal loss and understands grief. When Caleb does open up to her, she is more than understanding. I loved those moments when Caleb thought he was being awkward or messing things up. He hadn't been a date or in a relationship in years and it would have felt all wrong if he was confident and so sure of himself. But Sofia was very patient with him and the two of them become very close in no time at all.

And can we talk about Dinah for a second? I. LOVED. HER. She is so kindhearted and those moments when she talked to Sofia about Caleb were so sweet. You could tell that it hurt her to see Caleb live the solitary life that he had been living, but she also knew right away that Sofia would change that.

This is definitely my favorite installment of the Lawson brothers. This book is absolute perfection. I was anxious to read Caleb's story because I wanted him to get the happy ending he deserves. And I was not let down. 

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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