Suddenly Engaged

Suddenly Engaged

by Julia London


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ISBN-13: 9781477848616
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: A Lake Haven Novel Series , #3
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romance novels. Her historical titles include the popular Desperate Debutantes series, the Secrets of Hadley Green series, and the Cabot Sisters series; her contemporary works include the Lake Haven series, the Pine River series, and the Cedar Springs series. She has won the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and has been a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Suddenly Engaged 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Julia London never fails to please me with her storytelling. The hero and heroine are great, but little Ruby she is a scene stealer. A must read for all..
Cynthia181 9 months ago
Terrific I was this from Goodreads giveaways. I was asked to give a favorable review, all thoughts are my own. This a great story about a single mom raising her daughter the best she can. Her neighbor has been hurt by his ex and now making custom furniture. The have a bad start but then work it out and then her daughter gets sick. Can they find love?
MBurton More than 1 year ago
This might be the grumpiest Hero I have ever read in a story and I liked him. Dax is completely anti-social and borderline rude, not only to adults but to Ruby, our cute little six year old in this story. Instead of him coming off as a jerk, it was more funny to me than anything. Ruby was cute but she was a bit of a brat as well. The way Dax handled her was adorable to read about. Even later in the story when she got him wrapped around his finger, he changed the way he was with her and it just endeared him even more. Kyra was just an ok character for me. I don't really have anything against her, I just felt the book was more about Dax. This had a small town setting but I will admit, some of the side characters where not likeable. Overall, I enjoyed this read and would read more by this author. I found the writing mature and the story kept my attention.
lttlelola More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Took my getting into but i kept at it and really enjoyed it. I didn't much like kyras attitude at first though. Julia never disappoints
lttlelola More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Took my getting into but i kept at it and really enjoyed it. I didn't much like kyras attitude at first though. Julia never disappoints
MarikaTX More than 1 year ago
Okay, I will admit that it’s been awhile since I’ve read a contemporary from Ms. London. I used to devour her earlier stuff and loved them. This book is no different but in it a way it is. Her writing has changed. For the good. Her writing is more emotional and not as much in the cookie cutter variety that every other author seems to be following. Let me explain. Ms. London cares about her characters. She explores them, let’s them talk to her and doesn’t dumb anyone down in their thoughts, actions and dialogue. Her characters come to life on the page and you feel like you are there, in the scene, observing, not just reading about it. Another thing, Ruby is NOT a plot device. She is her own character. I adored her and I loved how she could chip away at Dax’s shell and make him more human. Dax is just, OMG, just wow. I loved him from the very first time I met him. I knew that he had been punched in the gut and his back story is heartbreaking but in the end, it made him who is now and what he will become to Kyra and especially Ruby. Kyra took a little longer for me to warm up to. I didn’t feel sympathy to her at all. Especially in the beginning. For me, she came off more shrewish than anything but I did like how even she was able to knock on Dax’s shell and even let him in. Theirs’s is a slow burn romance but it’s there. I will have to say that about ¾ of the way into the book, I had my doubts about them. I felt like their decisions weren’t talked about it at all, even when Dax proposed to her to help Ruby. In the end, I felt like that should have been more in the front or even half way through the book, that way the conflict in the book didn’t feel as rushed. Overall, I enjoyed Kyra and Dax’s romance. I didn’t read the first two books and don’t worry about it. The other two couples aren’t in this one at all.
jd1273 More than 1 year ago
Kyra was a woman going places until a fling at a destination wedding led to an unplanned pregnancy. Jump ahead 7 years and she is raising her daughter out on Long Island while waiting tables to make ends meet, and taking an online real estate course. Her next door neighbor, Dax, recently went through a messy divorce when his wife left him for his female coworker while they were going through in vitro, but she continued the treatment after the split. Initially Dax is aggravated by Kyra and her taught ear Ruby, or "Coconut", his nickname for her daughter, but they all become close. They become so close that Dax is the first person to notice a possible health issue with Ruby. Will Ruby's illness bring them closer together or tear them apart?
Kyz30 More than 1 year ago
Love love love!!! This story really hit home with me as a single mother to a child about Ruby's age. Dax and Ruby end up having the cutest little relationship even though she might drive him crazy at first with her cute attitude! The way Dax cares for her while figuring out his feelings with her mom is so sweet and tender. I'm a sucker for men who are good with children and Dax giving the nickname Coconuts to Ruby was so sweet! Beautiful story and characters who each were going through real life issues. They were so easy to relate to and I could really understand so many of the same thoughts and feelings that Kyra was having. This was a super easy and fun read! I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the others in the series!! Julia London has always been one of my favorite writers and this book definitely didn't disappoint!
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Love the Coconuts! Kyra and Dax are two people whose lives haven't quite worked out the way they planned. Dax moved to Lake Haven to start over, turning his hobby into his career. All he really wants is to be left alone. Then he gets new neighbors to distract him. Especially the little girl who keeps showing up at his house to play with his dog, despite Dax's grumpy insistence that she stay on her side of the fence. KL Kyra is doing her best to raise Ruby on her own, while trying to find a way to better their future. She finally has a good plan and the move to Lake Haven gives her a good bridge job and a house. Too bad the cute neighbor is so unfriendly. Dax can't resist Ruby, and when Kyra has to fire the babysitter, he offers to fill in. Soon, he can't resist Ruby's mom and the two start to forge a relationship. When Ruby's health becomes a concern, and insurance is an issue, Dax is set to rescue Kyra, again, even if it ends up being temporary. Can they all be happy this way? I really enjoyed this story, Kyra's character shows tremendous growth, especially after she meets Dax. Thanks to Ruby and Kyra barging into his life, Dax is able to come to terms with his past and find a future he can be happy with. The story has good humor, a twist that makes you tear up and hold your breath, and a dose of romance. The characters are fun, and Ruby steals the show. This is part of a series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
SusanGwis More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and little Ruby is just adorable. Dax and Kyra were great as a couple. The storyline was really believable because lets face it the underemployed sometimes don't have enough health care. But that still didn't bog down the story. I love this series of books. Love that Dax decided to call Ruby Coconuts. All in all it was a fantastic story. I wouldn't hesitate to read more in the series. I really enjoy all that Julia London writes.
gypsydi72 More than 1 year ago
The newest installment in the Lake Haven series by Julia London. This series revolves around the residents around East Beach and the lake. When Dax moved to his cabin on Lake Haven he was looking for peace and quiet. Trying to recover from the demise of his marriage and loss of his career, he is content to make furniture and keep company of only his dog Otto. So when he has a single mom and with a curious young girl move in next to him he knows his days of peace and quiet are over. From the slamming door, to the constant follow of questions from the curious 6 year old he is constantly trying to ignore the little girl and her hot mom. Kyra is a single mom. She waits tables during the day and students for her real estate license at night. She wants to build a better life for Ruby and herself. She doesn't have time for her distracting and grumpy neighbor. So why does she finds herself thinking of him at the most inappropriate times. And why can't she keep her daughter on her side of the fence. But when he saves her daughter from a dangerous situation, she finds herself looking to him to help her. As their relationship grows and they become more than neighbors, they each find themselves falling fast. When Ruby ends up sick, Dax immediately steps in and offers help. In order to help Kyra from financial ruin he offers to marry her so Ruby can have the best of care. But when the past comes back to haunt Kyra and Dax they must decide if their fragile love can meet the test. Great book. I loved the relationship bewteen Ruby and Dax. I could also feel the struggles that Kyra seemed to always have to overcome. Definitely recommend.
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
Let me start off and say this is my favorite book in the Lake Haven series! Kyra and Dax just took me through all the emotions. I laughed so hard with Dax and Ruby's interactions, and I cried so much when Ruby got sick and I got over heated when Dax and Kyra finally came together. PS I was a Ruby when I was a kid always finding ways to get out and explorer. I so enjoyed this whole series by Julia London, Lake Haven seems like a place I would love to rent a cabin for the season. :)
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Suddenly Engaged is an emotionally intense story filled with strong and compelling characters. I was amazed by Kyra's strength and courage. She's a single mother who willing sacrificed her dreams to raise her daughter, Ruby. I liked this little girl. She added humor and joy to the story with her innocence. She's adorable. I was touched by her openness. Dax and Otto, his dog, are their next door neighbors. He's bitter about his divorce. He came to East Beach to get away from the pain and gossip after his wife left him. He wants to be left alone, but his neighbor's little girl won't stay away. I smiled as Ruby wormed her way into Dax's heart as did her mother. The chemistry between Kyra and Dax is both romantic and passionate. Seeing them together made me feel good. Dax is such an honorable man. It took me awhile to warm up to him, but he won me over. Julia London wrote a story that Made me cry. Her characters are unforgettable. She mixed humor and passion with intense emotion. It was impossible for me to put down Suddenly Engaged. This story appealed to both my heart and mind. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
I love alpha heroes, but you know what I love just as much? Grumpy, anti-social heroes who just want to be left alone. And that is exactly what I got in this book. Dax once wanted everything. The house, the wife, the children. When things didn’t quite work out for him in that regard, he took off for East Beach where he can be left alone to build his furniture. Kyra’s wild weekend seven years ago resulted in a little bundle of joy that deserves so much more than she can give her. Working as a waitress while trying to get her real estate license, she’s exhausted and just trying to keep Ruby from driving Mr. Grumpy next door crazy. It’s not working. While I really enjoyed the relationship between this couple, I absolutely loved the relationship between Dax and Ruby. Oh my gawd! He is so dry witted with her and she’s totally oblivious to his reprimands. Just as she forces herself into his house and yard, she forces herself into his heart. Just as her mother does. This is such an engaging read and I totally devoured it and resented any time I had to set it aside. I will say that the blurb may be a little misleading in that all the marriage proposal and insurance situation doesn’t arrive until much, much later in the book. So if you’re reading this for a marriage of convenience story, you may be disappointed. If however, you’re reading this for an incredible story of love developing between two people who never thought to find love in the first place, continue on. ARC provided by NetGalley Dual POV Safe No apparent triggers Those who sometimes struggle with how children are portrayed in books: IMO, Ruby is spot on for her age. Voice and language is appropriate as well as all her movements and behavior. I am in love with Ruby!
LindaC1 More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story. I enjoyed every minute of it! Life is messy. This is the tale of two people who are just trying to get through it the best they can and discovering that maybe together they can do it better. Add in a rambunctious 6 year old and a stubborn dog for humor. Great read!
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with Kyra and how she becomes a single parent. I was a little iffy on reading this book after reading how she became pregnant. But I stuck with it and I am so glad I did! Not only did I end up loving Kyra and Dax but I loved Ruby!! Kyra is a struggling single mother who is trying her hardest to make her and her daughter's life better. She doesn't have time for anything but work, her daughter, and studying. Dax is the grumpy man who lives next to the cottage she moves into. He just wants peace and quiet after everything that happened with his divorce (which shocked me how that happened by the way!!). Now enter Ruby, or as he ends up calling her Coconut. Dax has a dog, and Ruby wanders over all the time to play with Otto. And ends up worming her way into his life as well. And then Dax notices something that doesn't seem quite right with Ruby and then things take a turn that almost brings Kyra to her knees. I really enjoyed how this story progressed. The characters had depth and actually grew into people I not only liked, I loved them. Kyra and Dax made me laugh with some of their antics, along with Ruby's antics! And then when things get intense, as a mother it broke my heart. I'm so glad everything turned out right in the end! Beautiful story!
Rita0285 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I wish I could give it 10 stars. The writing and story are great. Even though I felt sad about all the things each one of them went through. I was happy about all the love and hope they found in each other.
bookaholicAD More than 1 year ago
This was my first contemporary romance by Julia London and I have to say that really enjoyed it. The story felt like looking into the lives of and reading the story of your good friends' road to love. I couldn't put the book down! There were a few twist, turns and some "what?! that did not just happen!" moments which really kept me engaged as a reader. I would definitely recommend reading this one, you will not be disappointed.
Grottoes More than 1 year ago
Sweet and complicated story about a single Mom and her damaged but very hot neighbor. I especially enjoyed the interaction between Ruby and Dax. Kyra is trying her best to be a good Mother but its well written how difficult that really is. Hard choices must be made and Kyra does her best but sometimes your best just isn't enough. Dax knows this from his own failed marriage. They are not eager to fall for each other but it happens anyway. Wonderfully written, enjoyed it.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I have to confess that when I started reading the first few pages of the story, I did not care much for Kyra Kokinos and that I almost gave up on the book since the first 20% was slow. But, I also have to confess that I am so very glad I didn’t not give up because I ended up really liking the story. Kyra is a single Mom with a precocious 6 year old named Ruby. She is struggling as a waitress and lives paycheck to paycheck. She moves to East Beach to the cottage next to Dax Bishop. He is a divorced man who left his previous life and is now a furniture craftsman . The story is full of funny moments, like the 1st picnic Dax hosts, and also heartbreaking moments. The relationship between Dax and Kyra ,an unlikely twosome, is complex, and unique. When life throws Kyra a curveball , she is unsure of what to do and ends up hurting people she loves and cares for, but also has to do what’s best for her situation. You will fall in love with Dax and Ruby as well as the dog Otto, while Kyra will grow on you. All in all, a good story reminding us that people who are judgmental can be hurtful, and that even when life is messy, it’s worth living and finding love . I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.