Stephanie Fitzpatrick wanted out of the spotlight after her pro-golfer husband was caught on camera cheating. But when she returns to Michigan for a job interview and some much-needed R&R, a fib told by her well-meaning sister has her looking for a temporary fiancé, or she can kiss her new start good-bye. Desperate to hide the truth, she goes to the one man who can help—her former best friend.
Miles Masterson is relieved to see the Checkerberry Inn beginning to thrive once more. Not only does it ease his mind about his grandmother’s financial future, but also about his decision to finally escape town. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing rescued. Now the temptation to change the "temporary" arrangement into something more is making it harder to think about leaving.
Each book in the Checkerberry Inn series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Her Unexpected Detour
Book #2 Her Unexpected Engagement
Book #3 Her Unexpected Hero
I was ready to check into the Inn by the end of this story!!
Stephanie was humiliated when her husband cheated on her on television and went into hiding for a bit. Now ready to move forward, she's headed home to Michigan for a job interview. Little does she know that her younger sister has told her perspective employer that she's completely over her ex's indiscretions and engaged to another man to show how emotionally stable she is. There is only one person who could potentially fill the role and that is her childhood best friend, Miles. Miles is convinced that there is no such thing as happily ever after. He's feeling restless at the inn and waiting to hear about an amazing job offer that could fulfill all of his dreams. He's not expecting to see Stephanie again after distancing himself from her after she got married. He can agree to a brief, fake engagement to help his former best friend get back on her feet without getting caught up, right?
I loved these two together. Their friendship allowed them to call each other out but also led to some miscommunication. This story was light on angst. It's a sweet, hopeful read that kept me smiling. I did not read book one in this series but will definitely be reading it soon!
*This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
A Perfect Weekend Getaway
I don't think I could have picked a more perfect weekend read. After reading the first in the Checkerberry Inn series, I knew I'd snatch up any subsequent books and I wasn't disappointed with that call. This one revolves around the Checkerberry Inn and features Miles--the hunky CFO who nudged the HEA along in book 1--and it was sooo enjoyable to watch him fall.
The heroine, Stephanie, was an equal treat to read. An intelligent and confident woman growing up, she's been brought low by the circumstances of her marriage and has headed to the Checkerberry Inn to lick her wounds. Then, low and behold, she runs into (or maybe I should say he runs into--literally) her high school bestie, Miles.
I love, love, love friends-to-lover stories and this one brought all the goodness of a great trope as well as rich characterization, beautiful surroundings, and outstanding emotion. If you're in need of a getaway with heart, Her Unexpected Engagement is just the ticket.
Friends to Lovers
"Her Unexpected Engagement" by Kyra Jacobs is Stephanie Fitzpatrick and Miles Masterson's story.
Stephanie and Miles were best friends growing up. Once Stephanie got engaged, married, and moved away they lost touch.
Miles stayed in Michigan to help turn around his grandmother's inn. Now, that's things are going great at the inn he is seeking his dream job but he hasn't told his family.
After a public divorce Stephanie is back in Michigan to interview for a job, visit her family, and just get away.
Stephanie and Miles path's cross again. Let's just say it wasn't a warm meeting. When Stephanie finds out that the job she wants they think she is engaged. So, she goes to Miles for help because is the only one she trusts. Will Miles agree to this?
I enjoyed this story. Miles and Stephanie are great for one another. Hopefully, they will get their act together so they can have their happily ever after.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.