by Lauren Blakely
Narrator: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
Length: 6 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.”
This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and wild — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.
I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”
When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. After all, my job is like a coach and my latest assignment for the good of mankind is to create a fail-safe, battle-tested, proven guide of what to do or say to get a woman to fall into your bed — I mean, fall for you. So when Nicole says she’s game to work through my list in a hands-on way, I take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.
There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?
THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, written by Lauren Blakley and narrated by Sebastian York, and Andi Arndt, was the perfect summer romantic comedy. I love “arrangement” tropes, and Blakely delivered. Miscommunication, adorable pets, and two flawed characters had me devouring this in two listens.
Coffee Dates with The Knocked Up Plan
First Date: Blakely introduces us to co-workers Nicole and Ryder. These two enjoy a great friendship and have mutual respect for one another. Both host radio talk shows where listeners dial in to talk about sex, love, and relationships. Nicole and Ryder are both likable characters with funny, confident on-air personalities. However, when it comes to love and committed relationships both have issues. Nicole has made a decision to have a baby on her own. After researching sperm banks, she decides to ask Ryder to donate his sperm. Thus begins their plan to skip the sperm bank and make a baby the old fashion way. The chemistry between them was sizzling, but this is strictly an arrangement with legally binding contracts. Oh yeah, we all know how this is gonna play out! With York and Arndt narrating I am all in.
Second Date: We get to see previous characters from Blakley’s books and friends of the four-legged variety. The middle of the story is all about making the baby, spending time together and it is hot, funny and delicious with lots of swoony moments and sizzling scenes. It is clear the two are attracted to the other, and the chemistry is off the chart. They build a friendship beyond work mates and slowly they form an emotional attachment. I loved them together as Blakely did an excellent job of allowing me to connect. Once the deed is done, the two go back to being friends but both miss the other, and I loved how Blakley created moments and built things up.
Third Date: With the”arrangement” trope nothing goes according to the plan. Now, these two have feelings, and No One is Talking! *pulls out hair* While I never doubted the outcome I was curious to see how Blakely would bring it all about and dang miscommunication aside she nailed it. Forget the outside world I listened until the bitter end in one sitting. I laughed, pulled my hair in frustration and wanted to knock some heads. Thankful Blakley knows just how to get me engaged without overdoing it and soon I was left grinning like a dork.
Narration: York and Arndt are magic together. They both captured the personalities of the hero and heroine while enhancing the story from snark to swoons.
THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, was such a fantastic listen, and I adored the multiple epilogues. If you have never tried Blakely grab this standalone audio, you won’t regret it!
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Lover Of Romance
aww…this story sounds simply fantastic here! I have been wanting to read this author for ages and I am definitely going to go grab this up…because I need this book on my shelves. Great review darling.
Happy reading or listening!
Glad to see this is another winner! I’m really intrigued by premise. And always extra awesome when the narration is good! Looking forward to checking it out! Great review, Kim!
Her book and characters always make me smile
Sharon - Obsession with Books
I have never read a book by this author but this sounds like something that I’d enjoy!
A great review Kimba! Sharon – Obsession with Books
Her books are a lot of fun. With characters, you root for and adorkable moments.
I am on a romance kick lately and I am always on the hunt for new ones to read. Even though it sounds pretty good and you enjoyed it I am not sure simply because of the general idea. I may change my mind when I read it though. I think it shall be worth it to give it a try. Great review as always.
I was nervous about the idea before listening to Kay, but it ended up being wonderful.
This sounds quite good. Thanks for the great review.
It really was Mary 🙂
As you know she’s a fave of mine too Kim. Great review and I love the snippets makes me want to move this up on the list
Enjoy. This was a lot of fun.
I love it when there is more than one narrator! This sounds fantastic. Great review Kim!
Yeah, the dual narration and povs are some of my favorites
Her books have the most hilarious titles and blurbs.
Right. This was a lot of fun Sophia.
Sounds like the plot line of a daytime soap opera. Have a great weekend!
LOL, not really but it was fun.
Megan Riverina Romantics
I love the Blakely/York team but I’ve never heard one of those books with dual narration. Thanks for the review.
Well, you need to remedy that Megan!
Can’t go wrong with Blakely and York. This sounds fun, however, I am never a fan of miscommunication. Glad it worked out.
Megan Riverina Romantics
Yes me either, but Blakley didn’t draw it out too much.
This sounds like such a strange premise to me lol, but it seems like the author did a great job with the relationship and feelings progression between the characters! I’m glad you liked it 🙂
I thought it was progressive. More and more woman are opting to have children on their own. Now, the skipping of the sperm bank deposit was different..but then I know a few gay couples who skipped the invitro for cost reasons and did the deed instead..LOL
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I have listened to books narrated by these two and really liked them. I’m not so sure if this book would work for me, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
I was really nervous going in with trope, but it was done well.
I will have to pick this one up at some point. I like Blakely but the big draw for me is the narrators. I love Sebastian York and Andi Arndt separately but together they are even better. Glad you enjoyed this one!
You are in for a treat Carole!
This sounds super cute, Kimberly! I love that this book sent you on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster with the comedy, hair pulling, and head knocking!
I really like this sounds of this one and it has duel narrators which I like. It helps a lot. Great review. You’ve definitely peaked my interest!
This was a fun one Jenea!
I must confess, never read this author before, but I am hoping to rectify that soon. Great review.
Nice. They are all standalone, although we do see characters from other books make an appearance which is nice.
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Yay, glad that you loved it too. I LOVED it too. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Awesome review, as usual.
YAY! It was such fun.
This sounds utterly wonderful — the author sounds like she’s nailed the characterisation of a familiar trope and made it all the better in this.
She did and I loved their careers.
How fun! I really need to try reading audios with duel narrators. Wonder if that would make me listen to them more.
I recently read a Lauren Blakely books and loved it, add this one to my TBR list, I want to read a few more from her.
Awesome Review, Kim! 🙂
Dual is nice, York is capable of doing both male and female narrations. The right narrator is key.
This sounds interesting Kim, but despite such a great review, I think I’m on the fence with this one. I have to admit that the title definitely grabs your attention. (lol) Hugs…and Happy Friday RO
This is a fun listen Ro. She writes loveable, humorous characters but it can get steamy.
i wonder how many men would have ran screaming when they heard those three words?
Yes, I think it’s called fight or flight. LOL
Ohhh.. This one sounds great! I’ve read other works by Lauren Blakely and truly enjoyed them, so I’ll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kimberly!
Glad to hear you enjoy her books, Fran.
I do have that freebie from amazon, so oooone day
*nods* Happy reading.
Ahhh… Blakely is awesome! I do need to read more of her work. I love the way she makes romance so fun and sexy. Great review Kimberly!
Thanks, Naomi. This was a lot of fun.