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Peek Inside Her Unexpected Engagement

When Stephanie Fitzpatrick 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 and longtime crush. Miles Masterson is a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. But then one all grown up and sexy as hell friend from the past shows up needing to be rescued. Soon the temptation to change the "temporary" arrangement into something more makes it hard to keep things platonic.

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Sometimes you’ve got to fake it ‘til you make it…

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 rescue. 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, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series order:
Book one: Her Unexpected Detour
Book two: Her Unexpected Engagement


"Once I started this book I couldn't put it down! It is a fantastic read with an incredible storyline that makes you want to keep turning the page to find out the end." - Heather Bloggs
"The Checkerberry Inn is the perfect backdrop for romance; it's like a Hallmark movie with a touch of extra spiciness.Like a cup of warm cider with just a splash of bourbon." - Coffee& Wine Book Blog
"This was a great read about long time friends to lovers. I have always loved Kyra Jacobs writing style and this one was just a lovely as all the others." - Melanie, Goodreads review 

"I absolutely loved this book...You can't help but fall in love with Miles. Great read!" - Liz Sergent, Goodreads review  

"A delightfully sweet,and heartwarming romance." - Urvashi, NetGalley review 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757660
Series: Checkerberry Inn, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 7, 2016
Page Count: 223
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, fake engagement, fake relationship, friends to lovers

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By Pearl June 29, 2017

4 Stars!

I finished this book with a smile on my face.

Her Unexpected Engagement was an enjoyable light-spirited romance read. The kind of book that gives you warm and fuzzy feelings all because of its sweet portrayal of second chance romance. I've never read anything by Kyra Jacobs prior to this boo ...more

By Nicola October 24, 2016

Kyra Jacobs takes us back to Michigan for the second book in her Checkerberry Inn series, bringing readers a romance between a couple who were once best-friends.

"She was exactly the kind of temptation he didn’t need."

Miles and Stephanie have a wonderful chemistry from the moment they're reacqua ...more

By Irene November 07, 2016

4 stars

Her Unexpected Engagement was a beautifully written and heartwarming read.

I really enjoyed Her Unexpected Engagement, the storyline was sweet, entertaining and my interest from start to end.
Miles and Stephanie were likable, relatable characters that I easily connected with. Loved watching th ...more

By H.L. October 21, 2016

Once I started this book I couldn't put it down! It is an fantastic read with an incredible storyline that makes you want to keep turning the page to find out the end. Until this book I have never heard of Kyra Jacobs but after getting invited to NetGalley to read her book in exchange for a honest r ...more

By Erin October 26, 2016

“Her Unexpected Engagement” is the second book in the Checkerberry Inn series by Kyra Jacobs. I read the first one and enjoyed it, so I was more than ready for this book. The Checkerberry Inn is the perfect backdrop for romance; it’s like a Hallmark movie with a touch of extra spiciness. Like a cup ...more

By Rhenna November 13, 2016

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 HE ...more

By Suze December 20, 2016

Stephanie's husband cheated on her and he did it on camera. His pro-golfer image was more important than his wife's career and he cost her everything she had. Stephanie's sister has arranged a job interview for Stephanie, something that definitely lifts her spirits. There's only one catch, Stephanie ...more

By Jennifer November 10, 2016

Stephanie Fitzpatrick's pro-golfer husband betrayed her in the spotlight, and the humiliation was crippling. She wanted nothing more that to stay out of the spotlight, but the media stay camped outside of her door. So basically, she became a hermit, until her sister's made her come home to Michigan ...more

By Brigitte February 07, 2017

This is a novel about best friends and second chances.

Miles runs the family Inn alongside his grandmother and cousin. He feels "stuck" and is having itchy feet and wanderlust! He is all set for a job interview which will give him what he wants if he is offered the job.

Stephanie is disillusioned as ...more

By Jen March 03, 2017

Cute friends to lovers romance! Miles and Stephanie are childhood friends sho drifted apart after she got married. Miles has a reputation for being a playboy, but that's only because he lost his chance with the only woman he ever loved - Stephanie. Now that she's back in town, old feelings resurface ...more

By Pam October 25, 2016

Stephanie & Miles grew up together & didn't acknowledge anything but friendship existed between them. But when did those feelings change? "From the first time you came busting through the hedgerow between our yards, chasing after that silly pink Frisbee of yours."

Stephanie has just been publicly em ...more

By Book Lover October 24, 2016

Stephanie has been hit hard by her husband cheating on her on national television. For the last 5 months, she has hidden in her house to avoid the press. When she does go out, she wears a disguise and often has panic attacks. Her sisters are pushing her to get on with her life and come home. When sh ...more

By Kelly November 07, 2016

I enjoy books where they both liked each other but never acted on it growing up. He didn't think he was good enough for her and that love never lasted. She thought that he didn't have any feelings for him and married someone else just because and that just because turned out to be awful.

When they me ...more

By Liz October 02, 2016

Received this book from NetGalley for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book, having not read this author before I was pleasantly surprised. Stephanie who is trying to get past her cheating pro golfer ex-husband and reconnects with her best friend Miles. You can't help but fall in love with ...more

By Karen December 18, 2016

Another great romance

Loved rooting for Stephanie and Miles. You know they are going to get it together but watching how it comes together is always fun. ...more

By Lucia October 30, 2016

Fake romance mixed with a second chance at romance for these former childhood best friends in a small town

Her Unexpected Engagement takes on the theme of a fake romance mixed with a second chance at romance for these former childhood best friends in a small town. The book is fairly light-hearted wit ...more

By Mommaleena November 07, 2016

Starting Over

Steph comes back home to Michigan to regroup after she found out on national TV that her husband a pro-golfer, had been cheating with someone else’s wife. Her sister found her a perfect job offer. There’s just one MAJOR problem, her soon to be boss thinks she’s not only over her ex hu ...more

By Brittany December 26, 2016

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the second in a series but you really don't have to had read the first book. It was an okay read for me. I just wanted to love the main guy character way more. He was just not my favorite. ...more

By Laura November 07, 2016

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 p ...more

By Books Laid November 07, 2016

I whipped my way through this book and enjoyed every page.
Stephanie and Miles have been friends since they were children but haven’t seen each other for a considerable period of time but now they are back together, time may have passed but the feelings they had are still there and fighting them is v ...more

By Samantha November 09, 2016

*3.5 Stars Rounded Up

For more reviews like this, see my blog: Musings of Madjy

This was a cute story, with some enjoyable characters. Stephanie is a great heroine and I loved her feistiness and humor. She was a fantastic match to Miles, who is a little rough around the edges while he figures out what ...more

By Tracy November 06, 2016

Her Unexpected Engagement is a second chance, friends to lovers story and I loved it!

I haven't read any of Kyra Jacobs' books before this but I'm definitely going to read the first book in the series (Her Unexpected Detour).

Miles and Steph were best friends growing up until things changed at colleg ...more

By Judy November 07, 2016

I love friends to lovers books! This is book 2 in the Checkerberry Inn series and I have not read book 1 and wasn't confused at all!

Stephanie had to watch her husband (a pro golfer) cheating on camera! She's now looking for a new start in life and returns to Michigan for a job interview. Her wonderf ...more

By BookSnuggle November 07, 2016

"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 thing ...more

By Isha November 04, 2016

ARC Review: Her Unexpected Engagement (Checkerberry Inn) by Kyra Jacobs

I love stories that have a small town vibe to them. The sense of family, the beautiful surroundings all appeal to me because I live in more of the big city where things are more fast paced. Kyra Jacobs caught my attention even mo ...more

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Kyra Jacobs

About the author

Kyra Jacobs

Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love, humor and mystery in the Midwest and beyond. Her romance novels range from sweet contemporaries to urban suspense, and paranormal/fantasy to YA. No matter the setting, Kyra employs both humor and chaos to help her characters find inspiration and/or redemption on their way to happily ever after. When the Hoosier native isn’t pounding out scenes for her next book, she's likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves to read, tries to golf, and is an avid college football fan. Be sure to stop by her website to learn more about her novels and for links to connect with her on social media.

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