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The Knocked Up Plan
Prepare to swoon, because Lauren Blakely has delivered another top-notch romance. The Knocked Up Plan is the perfect blend of humor, passion, and love, and you’ll grin from start to finish.
Nicole Powers and Ryder Lockhart are friends, co-workers, and ping-pong partners, and they have an easy-going relationship and playful repartee founded on a genuine fondness for each other. They both have radio shows and regular columns at Hanky Panky Love, a lifestyle media company, where each dish out advance and tips on dating, sex and romance to male and female audiences. Ironically, neither are too keen on marriage or the forever-kind love for themselves. Nicole has never experienced butterflies in her stomach or a weakness in her knees; she’s convinced she’s not capable of falling in love, and she’s perfectly fine with never marrying. Ryder used to believe in fairy tale endings and was even married, but his beliefs were crushed when his wife cheated on him and broke his heart. He has no desire to ever be in love or married again.
While Nicole is fine without a significant other, she has always wanted children, and she’s decided that it is the right time to have a child now that she’s thirty. After researching the sperm donor route, she realizes she wants to know more about the father of her baby than the statistics and bullet points found on a sperm bank’s website – she doesn’t want the father to be anonymous but she also doesn’t want him involved. Ryder immediately comes to mind when she has the idea, and she’s convinced he has the perfect DNA. He’s smart, funny, compassionate, and incredibly handsome, and that’s just a few of his best qualities. Although it’s not easy to ask a man to donate his sperm, Nicole is fearless in her desire to have a child and boldly asks him if he’ll help her out.
It’s understatement to say Ryder is surprised, but he’s not freaked out by the notion. He’s understandably conflicted, but he truly likes and respects Nicole and realizes he has the power to give her something incredibly special that would mean everything to her. He doesn’t want a child right now and assumes he never will; therefore, he is comfortable with the idea of being a donor and not a dad. What he’s not too excited about is in-vitro fertilization’s sterile approach, and he doesn’t see why he and Nicole can’t make this baby the old-fashioned way. They’re friends, but there’s always been a potent attraction between them, and he figures why not make this fun rather than clinical? He presents his idea to Nicole, and she’s on board, although she worries about it causing future complications in their relationship.
Of course, Nicole and Ryder are experts in the game of love, and they confidently agree that their sexual relationship will be solely for the purposes of getting her pregnant and that they’ll return to co-workers and friends afterwards. Each agrees to this crazy plan with the belief that their physical relationship will lead nowhere, and they’ll be able to regulate their feelings, which makes it seem like their hearts will be safe. They think they have it all figured out, but emotions are never predictable or controllable.
Ryder and Nicole are the type of characters that you’d love to be friends with. (Well, I’d like Ryder to be more than a friend.) Nicole is confident, strong, and brave as she lives her life without regret, making the complicated decision to become a single mother. Ryder is irreverent, genuine, and compassionate, and he’s incredibly sexy when he’s vulnerable talking about his ex-wife and former marriage. He’s seriously dreamy. His and Nicole’s relationship is based on a solid foundation when it is jolted alive by amazing sex, and then evolves gradually and tenderly into something more.
The Knocked Up Plan is unadulterated romance with lighthearted moments, a sigh-worthy love story and scorching hot sex. It will leave your heart feeling full and a smile on your face.