Unexpected -- Jana Richards



Single dad Ben Greyson wants only to retain custody of his two stepdaughters. A dysfunctional childhood has made family the most important thing in his life. When his late wife's parents sue for custody, a desperate Ben is left with two choices – run away with his girls or marry his next-door neighbor.

Jamie Garven wants to be a mother. She's intrigued by her handsome new neighbor and falls in love with his little girls. Then Ben is faced with losing his children, and Jamie agrees to marry him for a chance at motherhood. They're determined to show the world, and the girls' grandparents, two loving parents.
Their marriage of convenience turns into unexpected love. But Ben interprets Jamie's efforts to save their family as betrayal—they could lose everything, including each other.

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Heat Level: Sizzling


Unexpected is a single dad romance I couldn't stop reading. …Unexpected is filled with tender moments, emotional tension, characters you'll want to hug the stuffing out of, and a romance to melt your heart. The plot moves at a great pace. There are some very tense scenes that had me reading late into the night. Fans of heartfelt romance will simply adore Unexpected. Keep tissues handy. I can't recommend this book enough. Highly recommend!
N.N. Light’s Book Heaven

This was a beautiful story…I read this book in one sitting determined to find out how Jamie and Ben could overcome what happened to them and learn to face the future, and I did.
Linda Tonis, Paranormal Romance Guild

Two strangers, bonded by loneliness, find a common ground. And perhaps something more, something…unexpected. Just when things seem to be going well, the past baggage sneaks up on them and threatens everything.
Captivating and well-written.
Kindle Reader

While this is a part of a series, you can read it as a stand-alone. I have not read any of the prior Masonville stories…I adored this story. Two people are affected by their childhood…The author really put some thought provoking comments in here that really made me the reader really understand what these two were going through. They become more than characters.
Angel’s Mommy

What a great book. Most of the time I wanted to smack Ben up along side the head and knock some sense into him. I just wanted to hug Jamie and tell her everything would be OK no matter what happened.

Unexpected, Book 3 in the Masonville Series is the kind of novel every fan of the romance genre hopes to find: relatable, multi-layered characters with strong goals, motivation and conflict and antagonists worth their weight in page-turning gold for creating tension and erecting roadblocks to our two deserving leads… Rarely have we found such an excellent example of good writing, great characters and a longed-for HEA. Well done!

I love the small-town aspect of this story, and enjoyed seeing characters from the previous books. Ben was a bit hard-headed about letting his in-laws see his girls, and he was awfully hard on Jamie when she went behind his back. It was beautiful to see Jamie reconnect with her family, especially her sister. It was a beautiful story to read, even if the road was rocky.

I really liked both Ben and Jamie but sometimes they both frustrated me and did things that I was "no what are you doing!" and I loved that as they are as flawed as real life and you just hope that they can see there way through things as they really are meant to be together. This was a great read and I liked how I didn't have to have read the other books in the series, however it did make me want to read them now!
Fleur W

I've read several books written by Jana Richards; she is becoming one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read more of her books.
Jeanne Richardson

A good story of how you can love children that are not part of your own dna and want to continue raising them

I love the cover and I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters are well-developed from the main characters to the secondary cast…This book is an emotional ride from start to finish. I highly recommend this third book in the Masonville Series, which reads well on its own.
Darlene Fredette

This story is rather interesting with its twists and turns but I don't see that it is not life-like because I am quite sure a lot of families go through these struggles. It is interesting how things are resolved through cooperation and love and taking chances. It is a great book and I look forward to seeing more from the town of Masonville.
D.’s Reviews

The author did a great job capturing the entire story and didn’t rush into anything. The book kept a great pace throughout and did a great job with all the side characters as well. This book was so well written and such a fantastic story.


"Is there anything I can say to make you change your mind?"

"Say you'll marry me."

The words were out of his mouth before he knew he was going to say them. Jamie stared at him, eyes wide.


"Marry me. You're the only woman I'd trust with my girls."

It suddenly made sense. If Jamie married him, he could keep his kids.
She jumped to her feet, waking one of the dogs who'd been sleeping on the couch next to her. "What kind of marriage do you want, Ben? Are you proposing something for show?"

"No! I don't know!" He stood and grasped her arms. "If you're asking me if we'll sleep together as man and wife, I don't know."

Her mouth twisted as if she was holding back tears. "You know I love the girls, but please don't ask me to pretend. The last few months of my marriage, all I did was pretend. I pretended I had a husband who loved me. I swore I'd never do that again."

Ben wanted to take her in his arms and hold her. He hated doing this to her, hated making her relive unhappy memories. He was asking too much of her, and he didn't blame her for saying no.

"Please, forget I said anything."

He'd stick to his original plan. He and the girls would disappear. He'd change their names, go someplace where no one knew them. A life on the run wasn't what he wanted for his children, but he'd do whatever he needed to do to keep them.