Knocked Up

Knocked Up

by Stacey Lynn

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ISBN-13: 9781524797850
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: Crazy Love , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,081
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Stacey Lynn is a simple girl raised in the Midwest. Over the long, frigid winters, she would read every book she could get her hands on, from John Grisham and Danielle Steel to Ann M. Martin and C. S. Lewis. She began writing poems and short stories long before she reached high school, and now, as a wife and mother to four children, she finds solace from the craziness of her life by creating steamy, sexy stories. After publishing her first book, what began as a hobby has now turned into an unending passion.

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Chapter 1
Cara


There are certain moments in life a young girl believes are absolute certainties.

Fairy tales are not only real, they really do come true.

Unicorns fly through the sky spreading glitter in their wake.

Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy and girl get married. Girl has a baby.

I’ve dreamed of and planned my wedding since the first time I saw Cinderella’s blue ball gown.

My wedding was going to be romantic. It would have white roses all over the place, twinkling lights hanging from the ceiling. I would wear glass slippers and my father would walk me down the aisle, glowing with a mixture of pride and pain as he handed me off to my groom. It was going to be classy, but excessively beautiful and extravagant.

In my fairy tale, my parents would be ecstatic. My brother would threaten the groom with bodily harm if my soon-to-be-husband ever hurt me. They would laugh it off, hug it out, and then my groom and I would dance the night away before he swept me off into my very own, happily ever after.

In reality, parents turn their backs on their children.

Brothers die.

The happily ever after spent living in a mansion like the one I grew up in turns into a studio apartment in downtown Portland no larger than a shoebox. The disowned princess gets knocked up in a one-night stand and spends the next six weeks puking morning, noon, and night with no relief in sight. My midwife has assured me it will end once I reach the second trimester, but I’m now ten weeks along and more than doubtful.

I’ve had a month now to get used to the idea of pregnant. To weigh the pros and cons of this fiasco I’ve found myself in. I’ve had time to consider all my options and there is only one that brings peace to my soul, while at the same time scaring me half to death.

I’m keeping the baby.

I have to tell the father I’m having his baby.

It’s no longer just the morning sickness causing me to puke.

Butterflies have been swarming inside me, rolling and taking flight ever since I made my decision, but the time has come to let him know.

From everything I know about Braxton firsthand, and from years of Dan occasionally mentioning him, he’s a good guy. A noble guy.

My first impression of Braxton when I walked up to him at Jenna’s wedding ten weeks ago didn’t include any thoughts of good or noble. Nope. My thoughts dove straight to the gutter, and my knees wanted to hit the floor.
The weekend with him had been spectacular, better than any time with a man I’d had yet. Tattooed from his knuckles to his throat with a large piece all over his back and down both sides of his ribs, Braxton was nothing like the country club members I’d been around my whole life.

Tatted and dark and menacing and absolutely delicious.

Just the memory of Braxton, the way his strong hands tenderly caressed my body, the way he lost control and slammed into me, can heat my body in pleasurable ways. I dream of his groans. I still feel the weight of his body on top of mine. I wake up in the mornings, gasping for breath, reaching for him next to me for another round.
It’s a disaster. I’m still trying to find my footing in Portland after throwing away my family’s expectations of me and going out on my own. I’m struggling to find my place in the art world, working part-time at Gallio’s Galleria while spending the rest of the time working on my own art either outside at the amphitheater when it’s weather permitting, or alone in my apartment.

A baby is the last thing I need thrown into the mix.

It changes all the plans and promises I’ve made.

I’m still keeping it.

I only hope Braxton doesn’t despise me for it. We might have just been a one-night stand but we’re connected through Jenna and Dan and while we haven’t seen each other since the wedding, that doesn’t mean our lives won’t continually cross paths in the future.

I’ve put this off long enough.

Grabbing the notepad where I scratched down his number and address for his tattoo parlor weeks ago when Jenna gave it to me, I slide into a pair of tan ankle boots and toss my purse over my shoulder.

It’s time to face the music.

I’m a block away from MadInk, feeling more green due to the sudden movements of the MAX light rail system, on my way to tell the man I barely know I’m having his baby.

I know a few certain things about Braxton Henley. He’s twenty-eight, owns a tattoo parlor in one of the seediest areas of Portland, and he’s been friends with Dan since they were nine when Dan beat up a couple of older boys who had ganged up on Braxton. He moved out of Portland to go to college in Seattle, where he also learned the art of tattooing. He’s only recently returned to Portland to open MadInk.

Since Dan travels almost weekly for his job, and I’m busy on the weekends with my own art shows, having only recently moved back to Portland myself, it never worked out for the four of us to get together and meet before Jenna’s wedding.

That’s what I know. He’s busy and drills needles into people’s skin for a living.

Oh, and he screws like the Energizer Bunny. Actually, he’s better than the batteries that power my own personal go-to device. The man doesn’t stop and knows his way around a woman’s body like he was born to pleasure them. Or, he’s just had a lot of experience.

Which makes me want to vomit.

And did I mention he fosters animals? If he has that big of a heart for animals then he won’t exactly be pissed about the fact he got the maid of honor knocked up, right?

Right. My hands clasp together and I get a sudden waft of stench coming from the garbage dumpster in the alley I pass.

Fortunately, MadInk is right ahead and before I can second-guess myself and run back home to call him instead, I lunge forward and grab the door handle.

I whisk it open and a bell jingles. I gasp, inhaling the crisp, cool air inside, and almost stumble to my knees before righting myself.

Getting to my feet, I rub my arms and glance around. The waiting area, a small section of metal and black leather chairs, is empty. In the middle of the chairs is a glass table, three-ring binders are spread out in a fan shape, some open to reveal small but intricate and colorful pieces of art. Tattoos, probably.

In the distance, the faint buzzing of needle guns is barely audible over the heavy metal music.

“Can I help you?”

I jump at the voice and the woman who’s entered the lobby area without making a sound. Walking behind a large desk filled with small pieces of glittering jewelry, she snaps her gum with boredom clear on her face. “Need some ink? We’re busy tonight but the head guy can fit you in if it’s a small piece.”

“No.” God no, is more like it. I have a perverse fear of needles. The sharp stinging pain. And how do people ever truly know they’re sterilized properly?

“So what can I do you for then?” Her eyes narrow, dip down and then up, trailing my body. “You don’t seem like the clientele we usually get. You lost?”

I wish. Southtown isn’t far from where I live, but two blocks into Southtown is an entirely different world from the Pearl District.

“No, I’m not. Is Braxton here?” As soon as I ask the question, my gaze lands on a portrait on the wall. My heart seizes. It’s not just any ocean, it’s his. The way he sees it. The way he’s imagined it. Startling blues with bright orange lighting the night as the moon rises, pinks and swishes of purples melding at the horizon. It seems and feels as if the water travels forever. Just like it appears in real life except the painting makes me hurt. Because he wants to see it and hasn’t.

I don’t know what possessed him to tell me all about it when we were together, but I’ll never forget the story or the ache in his voice as he mentioned his desire to see dolphins splash in bright teal waters.

I am so going to throw up.

Clearing my throat, I step toward the girl behind the counter. She’s sitting in a chair, bar height, feet kicked up onto the counter. Her feet, clad in rubber flip-flops despite it being only fifty degrees outside, wiggle to a beat of music. She has multiple facial piercings and ink covers the entirety of her arms until it disappears beneath cutoff sleeves of her tank top.

“Sweetie, listen, I’m not sure what you need—”

“I need Braxton,” I blurt. Get a grip, I tell myself. Just say what you came to say and leave. “I don’t have an appointment, but my friend Jenna said he should be here.”

She scans my body again, a piercing on the outer edge of her upper lip glimmering in the light as she presses her lips together. “So you do need to see the head guy.”

Her gaze makes me uncomfortable, like she’s inspecting me. “Yes. If he’s not busy.”

“Sure thing, sweetie.” Without taking her eyes off me, she reaches for a phone next to her and presses a singular button. “Yeah, B? Got a girl out here needs to talk to you.” Silence, then, “Don’t know. Seems like a Free People model if you ask me, but she’s asking for you.”

Free People? I’m not certain whether to be offended or flattered. I’m in my last remaining pair of “fat” jeans, barely able to squeeze my quickly growing backside into them and unable to button them at night when pregnancy bloat appears. My flowing tunic top is able to hide the small pudge in my front, and while I might be dressed more hipster-ish, I’m not sure she really cares.

“Don’t matter you don’t know Free People, B, just get your ass out here. Girl looks like she’s gonna puke.”

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Knocked Up 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved both the main characters. Good chemistry and dialogue.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good easy read. Nothing extremely surprising. Hot guy meets nice girl with great chemistry. A one night stand that leads to a baby that for the most part leads to a HEA. One slightly big misunderstanding which leads to a short break and then all is well again. Good not great quick read.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book
Anonymous 10 months ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't purchase due to the negative review. Glad I didnt listen. Great story & charactors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this because of the preview in her book Fake Wife. Definately one to read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this read 3.5 stars. This was a cute, sexy read with a little emotional edge to it as well. But for me it had some plot holes. Things that were mentioned that were never brought up again. And the cover didn't do the character justice in this book. Not even close to the way Braxton is described in the book. I'm a fan of Stacey Lynn's books. Even though this wasn't a favorite for me I will continue to read he books.
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lenorewastaken 6 months ago
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 3.5 stars — Welp, I went back and read my review for Fake Wife, and I have a feeling that Ms. Lynn may not be quite right for me. Which is a weird thing to say seeing as I’ll likely round this review up to 4 stars…but I just really feel uncomfortable with the level of anger and temper she shows in her heroes. *shrugs* I’ll get to it… So as with the first book in this series, I was drawn in immediately, and totally loving this book. I love a good accidental pregnancy trope, and this one was shaping up to be very satisfying. And I know this is weird, but I do tend to be attracted to heroines with low self-esteem and self-worth. I guess they’re relatable. It’s not that Cara didn’t have inner strength…but I guess that’s what I love. That mix of damage and healing. I was a bit bummed that we didn’t get flashbacks to the actual one night stand, but we can’t have everything. So yeah, I liked Cara. She frustrated me, sure, but that comes with the territory of a damaged heroine. I felt for her with the loss of Jimmy, and her horrible parents. I get that the bad rich parents are cliche, but I just don’t mind. Sometimes I’m in the mood for formula, you know? And I loved the little moments where we’d see her stand up to Braxton. Braxton could have been a hero I truly loved. He had a lot of great qualities, and I loved the way he was so emotionally invested in a child. I also appreciated his own damage from his childhood, and the grief of a lost mentor. I even really appreciated the little story about dyslexia, and the stigma he felt, but how Cara didn’t flinch. Yay diversity! And he could be really sexy, he had a bit of an alpha thing going on, and I enjoyed the way he was protective of Cara and the baby. But here’s the thing. Braxton, as with the hero in the first book, has a TEMPER. And when he gets angry, he can be mean. I get having fights. I get misunderstandings, and the climax could have even happened in the same way, but his venom truly made me uncomfortable. And it wasn’t the first time his anger made me uncomfortable. I’m just not attracted to that, especially since he was never really called out on it. So while throughout MOST OF THE BOOK I really loved them both, and even loved them together (they had great chemistry, I thought their interactions were sweet, swoony, and STEAMY), those few moments kind of ruined it for me. Womp womp. I will say I loved the secondary characters in this one, from Dan and Jenna to Luca to Graham to even the dog Lucy. They all added to the story. As a side note, what’s with the cover model having NO VISIBLE TATTOOS WHATSOEVER?? I mean really, you couldn’t find a couple where the hero is at least partially tatted? Not impressed. And that’s that. Another book that had SO MUCH AWESOME (really reminded me of a good Harlequin), but was tainted by the anger monster. It’s just not for me peeps.
AFOX0 10 months ago
So good...5 stars! Knocked Up is another winner for Stacey Lynn. Cara and Braxton lock eyes at their best friends, Jenna and Dan’s wedding. One night of passion results in a bit of a bump. Well, baby bump and six weeks later Cara confronts Braxton about the unexpected news. Braxton Henley is tattooed, muscled, and handsome who grew up poor. Though he may look dark and menacing, and absolutely delicious, he has a big generous heart. The owner of his own tattoo parlor, MadInk, Braxton knows all too well that women look to him for sexual excitement, and not the real man he is. He thought Cara might be the passionate woman he was looking for on the one night they shared, but a miscommunication separates them. Cara Thompson never expected to see Braxton again. But she does the right thing sharing the news. Now that she’s left her rich, judgemental parents, Cara promised her twin to finally live for herself. I love how Cara and Braxton come together and work through the hurdles. I loved every word which made this story such an enjoyable read. It has a wonderful blend of conflict, great characters, steam, and romance. All in all, Knocked Up is a heartwarming romance with a sigh-worthy ending. I received an advance reader copy from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed this book.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Straight talking, sexy and oh so fun! They might have started out as just a fling, but watching Braxton and Cara tiptoe their way though getting to know each other and deciding if they can make a relationship work is really fun. They're both strong-minded people, but both want that person who will make them their everything. Enjoyed it! Wouldn't you know it! She finally decides to throw caution to the wind and enjoy her first one-night stand after her best friend's wedding ... and she winds up pregnant! Cara Thompson certainly wasn't planning on being a mom at this time in her life. She recently walked away from her parents stringent expectations, dropped out of college and is now pursuing her artistic dreams. She has to admit though, she's excited about this baby. Tattoo shop owner Braxton Henley isn't shy about the fact that he enjoys women. When he sets out to have a wicked night with the gorgeous bridesmaid at his best friend's wedding, he certainly doesn't expect her to show up at his shop a few weeks later to tell him he's going to be a daddy. He can tell that he doesn't fit into her hoity toity world, but he's not going to walk away from the one thing he's always wanted ... a family!
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in a baby carriage. Just not necessarily in that order. . . . Braxton: I should probably be dead or in jail right now. Instead, thanks to some tough love, I worked my ass off and now I own a string of tattoo parlors throughout the Pacific Northwest. And yet the one thing I’ve always wanted—a family—still seems out of reach. When my best friend gets married, I’m just hoping to blow off some steam with the super-hot maid of honor. But after Cara Thompson tracks me down to tell me she’s pregnant, she’s more surprised than I am when I tell her I’m all in. Cara: For the first time in my life, I’m living for myself—not for my parents and their ridiculous expectations. I gave up on my MBA, dropped out of the Ivy League, and moved to Portland to pursue my dream of becoming an artist. And what’s the first thing I do? Get knocked up. For a tatted-up sex god, Braxton Henley seems way too eager to “be there for me.” Is this guy serious? Maybe. He sure is patient. Because he won’t back down until I admit what I know in my heart: that our one night stand might’ve led me to the one. Review: This is just what I thought I would be getting when I read this story, a well-written and rounded story. I was thoroughly entertained while reading about Cara and Braxton. This is not the first book I have read by this Author and I love her style. I always love a good oops baby story. Though this is a trope that has been done to death, I liked that this one showed that not all pregnancies go swimmingly, some like Cara's are complicated and messy. I loved the progression of Braxton and Cara's relationship, both had their insecurities and how impressions can affect a lot of things. I would highly recommend this story if you are looking to read a good oops baby or just a good plain old romance. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
~4.5 Stars~ Knocked Up is the perfect combination of sexy and sweet. It’s the love story of two people who do everything backwards...baby then dating!!! Cara is the last woman you would expect to have a one-night stand, but she does at her best friend’s wedding with a man who is so completely different from her. She thinks she will never see him again, even though she would LOVE to. However, she gets more than she ever bargained for...a baby on the way! “...life wouldn’t be life if it didn’t throw you a curveball every once in a while.” Life has just thrown both Braxton and Cara a major curveball! I really like both characters. Stacey Lynn did such a great job of making both of them so relatable and loveable. She did that by giving her readers a look into both of their pasts and how that helped make them the people they were in the present. Cara grew up with wealthy parents, but she was always seen as a “distraction and annoyance.” Her parents really were clueless and completely unfeeling. However, she had an amazing relationship with her brother, and that is what helped her step out of living her life for her parents and finally taking a chance to live a life that made her happy. Braxton was a big source of support for her. Braxton grew up very differently than Cara...not a lot of money. However, he had a man in his life who was always there and helped shape him into the great man he is. Braxton really is a great man. Of course, he is gorgeous, but it’s who he is on the inside that drew me to him. Instead of running from his responsibility, he ran towards it. Not only does he want his baby, but he wants Cara too. He is willing to pull out all the stops to get her. There is a bit of misunderstandings and miscommunication between them that cause some angst, but it doesn’t overwhelm the underlying storyline. I so enjoyed watching these virtual strangers get to know each other and learning how to be parents together, all while falling in love with one another!
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
After the devastating loss of her brother, Cara decides to start living life and pursuing her dreams. She made a promise to her brother that she'd do all the things they had dreamed of doing, starting with giving up her MBA. Cara's dad always pushed her to be what he wanted her to be--a lawyer. Trying to make her family love her as much as they did her brother, she became the dutiful daughter. After losing her brother, she realized she was never going to make her parents happy. She gave up her trust and moved to Portland to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. She worked in a gallery, but never showed any of her art to the owner. She lived paycheck to paycheck, not in the best part of town. But she was living her dreams. As maid of honor at her best friend's wedding, Cara meets Braxton. He was everything she shouldn't want, but did. After a scorching hot weekend with Braxton, she went on with her life....but now had a nice reminder of her weekend with Braxton. Braxton grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Braxton and his friend were cared for by a man down the street who took them under his wing. He showed them how to work hard, treat people right, and succeed in life. Lord knows he never had a mother to instill those values. Braxton has great success as a tattoo artist. He is so successful, he has a waiting list of people dying to have him work his magic. You know the saying, "Looks can be deceiving". That describes Braxton to a tee. He looks to be a gruff, biker guy, but is really a romantic at heart. When Cara comes to let him know she's pregnant, he claims he's all in. Cara has struggled for so long to be independent and do things on her own, that she doesn't know if she trust Braxton with her heart, much less her baby. I have to say this is one of my favorite Stacey Lynn novels!!! I loved Braxton!!! He is my new book boyfriend. He is attentive, caring, touching, romantic, and unbelievably patient. He not only stepped in to help Cara when she suffered with hyper-emesis, he encouraged her art. He even made an art room for her in his house. I absolutely loved how his rescued dog seemed to love Cara, almost more than Braxton. I enjoyed the time Stacey gave them to really know each other before falling back into bed again. I enjoyed their quirky, supportive friends. I enjoyed the playful banter at the OBGYN appointments too. So funny!!! I highly recommend this novel. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Crazy Love Series and what a great series this it’s shaping up to be. Cara and Braxton met at their best friends wedding in book 1 and what should have been a night of passion with no strings attached turns into so much more when Cara finds herself pregnant after a one night stand and to make matters worse she had sneaked out in the middle of the night without even a goodbye. Braxton is ready to step up and do what is needed but Cara is not so sure so what follows is a lot of old fashioned wooing. Will Cara except her future is with the hot tattooed Braxton....... I really enjoyed this fun flirty quick read, it had just the right amount of passion mixed in with just a tiny amount of angst, if you love a easy to read romance that isn’t too complicated this will be right up your street. Can’t wat for the next instalment in the Crazy Love Series.
Tasha Mahoney More than 1 year ago
I would start by describing this book as a reverse romance. It begins with a one night stand that results in a pregnancy. Cara has never had a one night stand before and panicking, leaves before Braxton wakes up and things get awkward. Things got a whole lot more awkward when she went to his tattoo parlour to tell him she was pregnant and threw up all over his office! What follows is a sweet, sometimes sexy, ultimately funny getting to know you romance between two fabulous characters. Things do not progress smoothly, there are a few gasp moments but ultimately this was a complete pleasure to read. If you are looking for a relatively quick, fun, enjoyable read with it’s share of ups and downs then I think this may be the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this really well written tale. I look forward to reading more work by Stacey Lynn I received an arc copy by Stacey Lynn and Social Butterfly PR in exchange for my honest review
StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. First let me say the cover does not match this book. I don't know any pregnant women that can hop on a man's back for a piggy back ride. LOL But that doesn't mean it's not possible. What's different is the Hero in the story is a tattoo artist and has several on his body but this guy on the cover does not. Don't let it keep you from reading the story though. It's a good one. Knocked up from a one night stand. It happens. Probably more frequently than we would suspect, don't you think? Cara and Braxton get together after their best friends wedding and oops! Though assumptions on both of their parts keep the two of them apart for a bit until Cara has to tell Braxton she's expecting. Y'all know what assuming makes you, right? HA! So these two must get their acts together and in doing so they start to build a relationship. There's a few complications and of course quick judgments. It's not just by these two though, their secondary characters are jerks. Well all but one. Overall this book was quick to read and the romance between Braxton and Cara is sweet. Not sappy but sweet. I enjoyed reading their story. You should add this to your list for sure.
A_Hayes More than 1 year ago
Braxton and Cara have a one night stand and Cara turns up pregnant. Surprise! Cara is an artist and rich girl who's parents aren't the nicest people while Braxton is a tattoo shop owner. Cara moves out of her parent's house once they make their position known on her pregnancy. She finally goes to tell Braxton what they have done and he's all in. It's been his lifelong dream to have a family and Ta-Da! Now he gets Cara and a family all rolled into one. This book follows their story and some of the twisty-turny things they have to go through. There isn't very much drama, just enough to keep the story interesting and you get a HEA. This was my first read by this author so I was pleasantly surprised how easy of a read this was. I loved the personalities of all the characters in the story which is unusual for me. Usually, I'm in love with one or two but the supporting characters irritate me, not with this one. I want follow up stories for all of the single characters involved.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Knocked Up is exactly what it sounds like. A fun, flirty romance with an accidental pregnancy gone right! Say that again!?! An accidental pregnancy turned love story. These two couldn't project the image of opposites more than if they were in the dictionary. But we all know appearances can be deceiving. Money doesn't buy happiness. And my personal favorite- men suck! Okay, so it's only said once, but she totally meant it. Get carried away with Braxton and Cara. What's the worst that could happen? An eight pound surprise!?!
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Knocked Up is exactly what it sounds like. A fun, flirty romance with an accidental pregnancy gone right! Say that again!?! An accidental pregnancy turned love story. These two couldn't project the image of opposites more than if they were in the dictionary. But we all know appearances can be deceiving. Money doesn't buy happiness. And my personal favorite- men suck! Okay, so it's only said once, but she totally meant it. Get carried away with Braxton and Cara. What's the worst that could happen? An eight pound surprise!?!
avidezliteraria More than 1 year ago
“I will treasure every single part you give me, Cara, you have my word.” Clichés are part of a good novel, it is undeniable. In some cases it becomes repetitive, monotonous. In others, if well used, it is what moves the plot, which makes the reader identify and sigh. Knocked Up uses the biggest cliché of all: a one night stand between a maid of honor and the best man. And it works brilliantly. The book can be funny and light and will make you embark on the plot, cheering for the couple, pitying in a few hours and above all, believing in the story. The scenario is simple: Cara is the maid of honor at her best friend's wedding. Braxton is the best man. Many drinks later, the two spend the night together. The next morning, the bed only houses one person, since Cara ran away at dawn. A single affair, one night only. But we always carry a little souvenir at the end of weddings, do not we? Cara is a 24-year-old who, from a very early age, faced the harsh truth that her parents do not care about her. Coming from a very wealthy family, order, status, and appearances are essential to them. Being an artist, she knows that her unsupported expectations do not make her happy, and after the death of her twin brother, she decides to throw everything up and take control of her life. Goodbye money and social standing. Welcome to the real world, where every penny counts and the rents are expensive. Braxton had a difficult life. With all the factors pointing to him making bad choices, his chance to improve arises in the form of a gentleman older man, who will treat him as a son and will be responsible for teaching him values, the difference between right and wrong and will shape him in the man he became. Two completely different and unlikely people to have something in common. But the beauty of life lies precisely in that sense: not everything is what it seems. They will find that they are more alike than they realize. Some time after the night spent together, Cara discovers something that will transform her life: this adventure had consequences, she is pregnant. Despite the shock and determined to have the baby, all that remains is to tell the future father the news. And so begins the journey of these two characters in search of the happy ending. Cara and Braxton are good characters. She is a strong woman, who goes in search of her goals, but inside she has a vulnerability, she has a lack of affection. Braxton now has a good financial condition, and is willing to take care of his son and Cara, and is extremely cute and passionate. The two need to find a way to understand each other, to try to make this new relationship work. Some difficult situations are thrown in their way, and it is up to the two to seek strength and comfort in each other. Cara's parents are despicable. Stella was the spoiled girl of the story, which did not provoke me empathy, on the contrary, I did not like her petty interference. Jenna and Dan were good additions, just like Graham. Lucy the dog, was the star of the show. The book was well written, the characters are interesting and engaging, the reading flows naturally and there are bits of comedy and cuteness. Cliches are great storytellers, and here it gives all the necessary spicy to the book.
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
Cara wasn’t expecting an night of fun to turn into an unplanned pregnancy but telling Braxton about it was never in question, his response was certainly unexpected though. Knocked Up is kind of a story of overcoming obstacles and finding yourself along with it being a love story. There are lots of hot and steamy moments but also so many tender moments that will make your heart melt. Loved this story.
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Yes! This "Baby Surprise" romance book is a new favorite I have read by Stacey Lynn. I knew Braxton and Cara would be trouble. Cara with her "classy and priviledged" upbringing and Braxton with his bad boy persona and tattoos. You would not think these two would be anything more than a one night stand. But with a "Oops Baby" on the way, Cora is ready to put on the big girl pants and let Braxton know he is going to be a dad. Cora has a rough time from the get go. Braxton feels that Cora used him in the past. The chemistry is over the charts and you will go on a heck of a journey with these two. Their friends, Jenna and Dan, are amazing as always. Braxton's friends are his family and they love fierce. Knocked Baby is a great book written by an amazing author. The new Crazy Love series are seriously addicting!
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Cara meets Braxton at her best friend Jenna's wedding. A few dances and drinks and they end up spending the weekend together. Cara has never had a one night stand. She slips away without saying anything because she's unsure what to say or do. Fast forward 2 months and with the worst case of morning sickness ever and Jenna rubbing her back every single pregnancy test she took was positive. But then she knew that. The morning sickness is overwhelming. She doesn't want to tell Jenna who the father is, but she has to. Jenna's husband Dan and Brax are best friends and she needs to contact him, feeling he's got a right to know she's pregnant. Anything beyond that, Cara isn't sure. All she knows is she's sick day and night. Brax owns a tattoo parlor and she goes to pay a visit. Greeted by a not so friendly Stella, who really doesn't want this girl who looks like she's from the better part of town talking to Brax, seeing Cara isn't leaving, she caves in. Brax comes out and Cara is met with a blank look. Like he doesn't recognize her. "We need to talk." So they head to his office and Cara once again sick and Brax holding the garbage can for her, she tells him the news. Brax's reaction isn't bad, nor is it good. It's neutral, noncommittal and more like a ok maybe. When Cara faints in his office he takes her to the hospital, she's dehydrated, the weight loss and other issues puts her at risk. They give her meds for her nausea and discharge her. Brax takes her home. She lives in a tiny one room studio on the top floor which she has to climb the stairs and a bad neighborhood to boot. The place is such a mess Brax thinks she's been robbed. He's confused. Confused by this little girl who comes from money who's living like this. Who he thinks ran out on him because he wasn't good enough. He takes her home to his penthouse apartment so he can look after her for a couple days, they need to talk about what they're going to do. Cara is so busy running offense that she doesn't really give Brax any wiggle room. When he does get some, she slams things shut. Brax really is a good guy. She wore me out, I can only imagine how Brax felt. Though they go to the Dr together, these two have some major issues to work through, including her parents she hasn't spoken to in months, Stella blowing crap in Brax's head and meanwhile every step forward seemed to push two steps back. Angst... plenty. I like low angst. This one has it in spades. Much different from Stacey's norm. After a major blow out after things have gone along so well, Cara leaves. Brax is left holding his dick. Read the book to find out the details on that little sail along with me.... to the pit of hell. Stella was a Botch. I didn't like her and there's nothing she could do to redeem herself right from the very beginning. We don't see much of Jenna and Dan, but good people. It really pains me to say that while yes I you should read this, it's not her best book and I'm a huge fan of everything she writes. It just fell a little short for me. Sigh. 3.5 stars **arc from NetGalley and Loveswept for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
The accidental pregnancy trope is one of my favorites, so naturally I was drawn to Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn. This is a terrific story, with well-defined characters, plenty of steam, and a fast-paced plot. I could not get enough of this engaging romance. After the wedding of their respective best friends, Cara and Braxton share an incredible night of passion. Six weeks later Cara finds out she is pregnant, and is quite nervous about telling Braxton about it. They are world's a part in upbringing, appearance, and hopes for the future, but their feelings for each other are completely in sync. Braxton is tattoos and a penthouse, while Cara is a recently independent woman trying to make a name for herself in the art world. This pregnancy is only one of the many good things that solidify their love for each other. I truly enjoyed this slightly emotional and entertaining read. To begin with, Ms. Lynn opens the story with a very exciting chapter, which sets the tone to this mostly upbeat romance. Cara and Braxton are really good together, and the way they care about each other really pulled at my heartstrings. Their sexy times were hot, both in and out of the bedroom. The secondary characters, including Braxton's dog, were interesting all on their own, and their personalities complimented the present happenings. Cara's parents are wealthy snobs that bring a whole new meaning to family. This is the second book from the author's Crazy Love series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. However, the first book, Fake Wife, is excellent and I recommend it highly. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.