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Peek Inside Unexpectedly His

Marianne McBride just wanted to prove she’s more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. How exactly did she find herself hiding in a cake, waiting to sing “Happy Birthday” to Nick Wright, the sexy and arrogant serial-dater she's been crushing on? Nick falls for no woman, but he needs to find the perfect faux fiancée or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind..

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A match made in Manhattan…

By-the-book Marianne McBride wants to prove she’s more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. But how did she end up hiding in a cake, waiting to sing “Happy Birthday” to Nick Wright, a sexy and arrogant serial-dater? Not exactly part of her plan. Especially when she finds herself kissing the birthday boy, and then running like hell…

Nick falls for no woman. No strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Not even with the sweetly curvaceous bombshell from his birthday. But then he’s hit by a bombshell of his own. He needs to find the perfect faux fiancée, or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind.

Now Nick and Marianne have to pretend they’re in love for six weeks. No dating. No sex.

And definitely no acting on the wickedly-hot chemistry that could ruin everything…


"Lovestruck never disappoints when I need a sexy/fluffy/funny book. If you love the fake dating/engagement trope, this is a book for you. Plus it has some pretty sexy scenes (aka there's roof sex *wink wink*)"--The Book Voyagers

"I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy romance."--Mandy, Goodreads

"UNEXPECTEDLY HIS is sweet, sexy and funny, with great characters and a very enjoyable story and I enjoy Ms. Kelley's writing style."--Catherine, Goodreads

"Maggie Kelley has written extremely likeable characters that allow you to become invested in their story and their journey to a happily ever after. "--Read Your Writes

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754164
Series: Smart Cupid, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 17, 2015
Page Count: 207
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: fake engagement, ugly duckling

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By Mandy August 10, 2015

I really enjoyed this sweet and sexy romance. Nick and Marianne are opposites. Marianne is kind of geeky and shy. Nick is a playboy who doesn't do relationships. When Nick needs a fake fiance for a promotion at work, his sister suggests Marianne. I really liked the chemistry between these two and th ...more

By JadeShea December 03, 2018


Unexpectedly His begins when Marianne McBride wants to shake up her world a little bit. She is tired of being the good girl. So, when her friend and boss asks her to jump out of a cake for her boss's brothers birthday and the man Marianne has been crushing on for a long time she takes this oppor ...more

By Silvana [The Book Voyagers] September 11, 2015

Lovestruck never disappoints when I need a sexy/fluffy/funny book. If you love the fake dating/engagement trope, this is a book for you. Plus it has some pretty sexy scenes (aka there's roof sex *wink wink*)

I really really liked this book. Maggie Kelley enchanted me with the story and the ch ...more

By Catherine (The Sassy Bookster) August 17, 2015

What's a charming, commitment-phobic investment lawyer on the fast track to a partnership to do when his playboy reputation is the only thing standing between him and a coveted promotion? Find himself a fake fiancée! And it helps when his sister is the perfect Cupid with just the perfect woman to fi ...more

By Kim Reads August 28, 2015

Reviewed by Kim

Simply put...I loved Unexpectedly His. Marianne McBride is a nerdy geek girl who is so into numbers, it isn’t even funny. For exactly, five months, fifteen days and six or seven hours she has been crushing on her best friend and boss’ brother, Nick Wright. But Nick is the love them an ...more

By April August 18, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review***

Unexpectedly His starts when Marianne McBride decides she wants to change her world because her life is boring and she wants to change her life. Mari thinks people see her as a good girl and she just wants to be a bit of a bad gir ...more

By Lynn September 12, 2015

First off, I came to the conclusion I was Marianne right out of the gate. I can hardly see anything without my glasses (or contacts) and the interaction with her and Nick in the first scene just made me cringe and sigh at her lack of vision. I had to laugh. I knew this book would be more than just a ...more

By Bette August 04, 2015

Awesome sexy fun read that is a great spin on the fake fiancee trope. I really enjoy this author's writing style. A bit of humor, a bit of angst, and a lot of fun make this one I would definitely recommend.

Nick is a no commitments kind of guy and perfectly happy, thank you very much. When he's hit w ...more

By Heather July 27, 2015

Nick he likes to make sure that his woman knows that he's a negotiable guy, “well, Marianne, anytime you want to add sex to our six-week agenda, let me know.” Nick will take his woman any way he can get her, “I’ll take you as a present anytime, honey.” He pulled on the fabric and she turned, unwrapp ...more

By Brittany August 05, 2015

I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is a book in what is rapidly becoming one of my all-time favorite genres books dealing with marriages of connivence. Now, this one was about an engagement of connivence but I can deal with it. This was actual ...more

By Amanda August 02, 2015

I found this book to be a fun little read. This was my first book by this author from entangled. I will say, that it's not "off the charts" in the sexy time category but, Nick, he was a good guy. Tried to play it off like he was a player but deep down he wasn't. Not when he meets his cake girl. Char ...more

By Hilda May 05, 2017

I received this book via NetGalley and the publisher as an ARC.

I read this series out of order. I started with book 3 because the blurb caught my eye. When i was finished I knew I wanted to read the others in the series because this was an interesting bunch of characters.

This book is about Marianne ...more

By Betsy :D July 17, 2017

I LOVED Marianne AND Nick!!! I was mad when Marianne left Nick because she thought she would save him like that but I mean he to and he knew what she doing and he had it figured out but she was stubborn but it worked out. As for Marianne Ex- Fiancé, Jason, I wish he got what was coming to him!


By Pottermnm September 19, 2018

Not my kind,I like fresh,romantic and mostly clean stories.New adult tends to be a bit too sexy for my liking, I feel like reading porn.Set aside that, the story was pretty darn sweet.Cliched of course, but sweet. No angst, at all.Just some very steamy scenes, that well...I aint no prude ,but I rath ...more

By Jeri November 20, 2017

So romantically sweet almost like a cake 😘

Sweet, romantic and so very sexy. I loved this book. I ohh and aww all thru it. It was one of those that wrapped itself around your heart. I definitely need to read the others. ...more

By Donna June 28, 2020

Buy the series!

I just want to put that out there! You will not be sorry I'm reading this series backwards and it is just as good this as from the right way! funny, sexy and memorable. ...more

By Sherry June 07, 2017

Eating your cake to

It all started with the cake. Cupid decided to have some fun. And putting Nick and Marianne together was the best plan ever. ...more

By Jenise May 29, 2017

Cute read

I loved this little read. I do recommend.
Quirky girl meets hunky man and they fall deeply in love. The End. ...more

By Cris August 17, 2015

If there's something you should know about me it's that I absolutely adore romances that begin with two people pretending to be in a relationship for one reason or another. I just love watching a romance go from pretend to the real deal. It's up there along with Friends-to-Lovers and Best-Friend's-B ...more

By Bridget November 28, 2015

Unexpectedly His by Maggie Kelley features one of my favorite tropes in romance! Shy girl moons over her best friend’s brother from afar until a crazy situation throws them together and then they fall in love. And of course, in this book, it’s a convienent and necessary fake engagement that throws M ...more

***Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World. :)***

Aside from the great cover, Unexpectedly His was such a great book to read. From the very beginning we meet Marianne McBride, a computer geek who has always been one to follow the rules and do what she is told. Though she is good at what she d ...more

By Sheri August 18, 2015

Actual Rating 3.5 out of 5 Stars!

Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating.

Unexpectedly His
started off in such a fun way and that grin that it gave me s ...more

By Jamie September 07, 2015

Another delightfully fun, sexy novel that made me smile. There really is nothing better than a light-hearted romance to lift your spirits. Unexpectedly His was extremely charming and it shows that true love could be hiding right under your nose.

I loved the dynamic between Nick and Marianne. They wer ...more

By Elaine August 12, 2015

Marianne McBride is a computer geek and nerdy but wants to change from her horned rimmed glasses, cardigan and tweed skirt image to something …. something sexier! Somehow she’s ended up ditching her ‘good’ girl image to jump out of a cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to Nick Wright, the brother of her ...more

By Samanthe August 17, 2015

Unexpectedly His is my second Maggie Kelley novel, so I feel familiar enough to state starting a book by this author is like starting a box of Fran’s salted caramel chocolates. You tell yourself you’re just going to have a little taste. You want to savor the experience, make it last…and then you go ...more

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Maggie Kelley

About the author

Maggie Kelley

After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie, AKA Husband Number 1, and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life's greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.

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