Friday Fiction: Something Unexpected

Something Unexpected - cover
Something Unexpected

At last! A non-virginal librarian! Newly divorced from her rat bastard cheating husband, Rosemary decides to walk on the wild side with a one night stand! Bingo! She is pregnant! Don’t worry though, the baby daddy is ┬ásuper cute Dean Kingsley, the town pharmacist. Trust is our main issue here and Dean also has a few issues with his inheritance. ┬áDon’t worry, I think these crazy kids can work it out!


Something Unexpected - back cover

Book blurb

Pages 12-13


  1. Dean is “… an honorable man…” He is? I don’t consider “honor” having a one-night stand that results in a baby with a complete stranger “honorable.” Or marrying her to save the family business. I am not old fashioned, but this leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Is there ANY mention of safe sex? Did they even try to use a condom?
    This is not a likely title to have in the collection of a youth facility (juvenile hall), but one of the criteria for fiction we face is that any sexual issues MUST include precautions. Or a hard lesson learned.
    I will assume Dean is wearing a wedding band because the illustration on the cover is after he convinces her to marry him? I thought it took him a long time to convince her?
    Who knew librarians were protagonists in so many romance novels? They do seem to stereotype though, they are all women. How about a sexy male librarian? Or a male librarian at all?

  2. Ah, swift and inexorable justice is visited upon the woman who dares to think she has the right to enjoy herself. Business as usual…

  3. ONE thin pink line?

    Does the author, or the characters, actually know how pregnancy tests work? Because one line universally = not pregnant.

    So… nothing to see here, people! According to the book cover, she must have just eaten a really big lunch.

  4. ‘Tween our librarian heroine and her pharmacist lover, someone should have better understood the workings of the birth control.

  5. True the book moves beyond the traditional librarian stereotype. But both the writing and my Y chromosome make me want to puke!

  6. Is he a pharmacist or a forensic behavioral analyst? His friends counsel him not to “do himself in”–or is that “do himself”???

  7. @Lisa – I have yet to see a romance novel involving those types of librarians. But I agree with everything you said. I hate “instance pregancy” stories – in fact, as someone who can’t have kids I’m really starting to hate pregnancy in my romance novels at all.

  8. Okay, I’ll admit that I broke down and read this book. It wasn’t that bad. The birth control issue was brought up, but that still doesn’t let the characters off the hook for not using condoms on their third time in the evening. Bad pharma professional.
    I was glad to see that the bits about the librarian – job, workplace, training – were at least on point. Even to the point where it mentions that she had started a reading to dogs program, and how a mother of a kid that everyone thought was a “slow reader” flagged her down to mention how much her son enjoyed “A Wrinkle in Time” (the implication being that the kid wasn’t so much a bad or slow reader, but rather hadn’t been given materials that interested him).

    All-in-all the profession comes off pretty good in this one.

    However, many of the characters (especially the librarian’s family – mother and sisters) come across as gross stereotypes. But then again, I went into this book not expecting much, and came away with a favorable impression of the story over all.

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