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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Lacey had a ten-year plan. She was on track, prioritizing work, focusing on blueprints, and most importantly, pushing aside her personal life to ensure she got the contract of a lifetime. All was on track until words from an elderly woman set her on edge. Lacey knew she couldn't be pregnant. She hadn't had sex for eleven months, or so she thought, and yet the tests confirmed it. The doctor advised that, while rare, sex-related amnesia was not unheard of. She remembered flashes of the steamy dream, but the face of her lover evaded her. With nothing else to do, she begins her hunt for the father, drawing Zak, a work friend, closer into her life as her condition threatens to see the contract slip through her fingers. Lacey has a plan for everything, but a baby and love are not in the cards. Can she find the guy who gave her a night of mind-blowing passion, and can she separate the truth between the life she is pretending to have with Zak and the feelings she really harbors?
A Not So Immaculate Conception by Crystal Estell is a brilliant romantic comedy; it had a Bridget Jones's Baby kind of vibe to it, and it would certainly make a movie people would fall over themselves to see. I loved Lacey's character. Her cute, clumsy yet driven, serious, and stubborn personality makes her instantly likable, and the building tension between her and Zak is brilliant. There were moments that sent my stomach aflutter. The complicated relationships, along with the web of secrets and lies add to the tension and humor. Lacey had a plan for everything but her failure to plan sent her world spinning, and yet at every turn sweet Zak is there, waiting, giving her space, or holding her close. The humor in this book left me chuckling, and the romance was so beautifully scripted. There were times you wanted to shake Lacey until she saw everything her own stubbornness was forcing her to miss. Romance, suspense, tension, and humor make this a wonderful and fun read.