Yours, Unexpectedly, by Susan Fox

20 Jan

Format: Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published: November 29, 2011
Publisher: Kensington Books
Back cover blurb:
The wedding may be off, but the honeymoon is on. . .

Merilee Fallon has been planning her wedding to Matt Townsend since she was seven, and now the big day is only two days away. But suddenly she has an unexpectedly serious case of cold feet. So she shocks both Matt and herself–and calls off the wedding.

They may not get their happily ever after, but both Merilee and Matt agree they shouldn’t let their non-refundable honeymoon go to waste. So they take the Mexican Riviera cruise–as friends. It’s Merilee’s chance to be adventurous, and maybe even put her newfound freedom to the test. But she’s about to discover that sometimes there’s nothing more arousing than first love–especially on a cruise ship where there are no rules and anything goes. . .

My review:

Although I enjoyed this, the characters annoyed me so much – Merrilee especially (and what kind of name is that? I found myself singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat as I read, lol!) – that I had to take half a cupcake off what might have otherwise been a four-cupcake read.

I hadn’t read the previous three books in this series, outlining the other sisters and their romances, but enough was reiterated here for me to get the gist of what had gone on before. Merrilee and Matt, both now 21, were about to get married, but she had second thoughts and called it all off. Independent of each other, they both decide to use the nonrefundable honeymoon cruise as a holiday to rest and think, but then find themselves sharing a cabin, and falling back in love.

It’s a great premise but my problem started at the idea they had been together as a couple since they were seven – yep, seven. How realistic is that? And unfortunately they both acted like they were still seven most of the time. Matt was my favourite of the pair, but he was such a doormat that even he started to get on my nerves. The smexy times were very hot, though, and the HEA seemed to be quite realistic. I just didn’t like the immaturity, but maybe that’s 21-year-olds for you? The cover’s lovely, though.

My rating: 3.5/5

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