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Suddenly Engaged

Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
Series: Lake Haven, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Single mother Kyra Kokinos spends her days waiting tables, her nights working on her real estate license, and every spare moment with her precocious six-year-old daughter, Ruby - especially when Ruby won't stop pestering their grumpy next-door neighbor. At first glance, Dax Bishop seems like the kind of gruff, solitary guy who'd be unlikely to offer a cup of sugar, let alone a marriage proposal. But that's exactly what happens when Ruby needs life-saving surgery.

Dax showed up in East Beach a year ago, fresh from a painful divorce and looking for a place where he could make furniture and avoid people. Suddenly his life is invaded by an inquisitive munchkin in sparkly cowboy boots - and her frazzled, too-tempting mother. So he presents a practical plan: his insurance will help Ruby, and then they can divorce - zero strings attached.

But soon Kyra and Dax find their engagement of convenience is simple in name only. As their attraction deepens, a figure from the past reappears, offering a way out. Can Kyra and Dax let go so easily - or has love become a preexisting condition?

©2017 Dinah Dinwiddie. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • GH
  • 02-08-2017

Sweet, heartfelt romance -- must read

This is a romance tale with an adorable eight year old in the mix. London does a great job creating enough tension yet letting the moments flood the feel-good zone. If you are looking for a nice listen that make you smile, this is the one.

I especially liked the narration which matched the story well. The plot was solid although there were some open minor issues left, but all considered. It is very strong.

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  • Reggie
  • 28-09-2019

Cute story of grumpy guy falling for the single mom

Loved the characters in this story. The title is a but misleading because the ‘sudden engagement’ doesn’t occur until far into the story. Still, it’s a good story with lots of LOL moments, an adorable 6yo and temperamental dog....oh, and great HEA.

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  • anonymous
  • 19-09-2019

Wonderful!

A lovely story of falling in love and overcoming difficulties. Kyra is struggling to make ends meet as a single mom. Dax steps in and steps up to help her with her car, her daughter and ultimately wins her heart. They create a family together and the story ends with a satisfying HEA. I enjoyed the details of his custom furniture making business and imagining all of the beautiful pieces he builds for his wealthy clientele in East Beach. Excellent narration.

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  • Mimi
  • 29-05-2019

What a fun book to keep you entertained!

I really enjoyed this book. The story line was good, keeping me ready for the next chapter. The narrator did an excellent job. I laughed out loud many times! More please!!!

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  • AMY KITTERINGHAM
  • 03-08-2017

So Enjoyable

Such a sweet story. Love the different characters, especially the exuberant daughter. She was delightful!

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  • Invested Reader
  • 05-08-2020

Poor Parenting, Poor Decisions

I was really disappointed with both "parents" in this book. I would have called Child and Youth Services for the poor parenting exhibited in this book. I was also surprised that someone who was a paramedic would repeatedly not say anything to the parent about her child having seizures. Come on, author! We're not that stupid and neither are your characters. This was simply poor writing. There were much more effective ways to tell this story without making the characters stupid. Nothing like watching someone bleed to death and then when they're on the brink of death say, "Oh, did you know you're bleeding to death?" Good lord! This could have been a winner of a book. I also didn't like how dax was a wimp when it came to not using his voice...

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  • Lavern
  • 30-08-2018

Welcome to East Beach!

Dax is a bitter man hiding from the world and making beautiful furniture while he does. Then Kyra Kokinos and her vibrant daughter, Ruby, move in next door and shake up he's world, in a good way! He just doesn't see it that way at first. I'm smitten with little Ruby and her relationship with Dax is just precious! I laughed every time he called her Coconut! I also enjoyed Cristina Panfilio's narration.

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  • Jen
  • 28-08-2018

This one has it all!

Funny, heart wrenching, AMAZING narration by Cristina Panfilio. I wish there were more books like this. Even better on the second re-read (listen).

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  • carrie
  • 06-08-2018

This narrator is amazing, story is a little rough

This story seemed a little tough in some spots. It was hard to hear a woman be so emotionally needy at some points, but thankfully it twists and turns and comes out fantastic. This narrator is amazing. I love that she comes across so realistic. Out of the three Lake Haven books, this one was the hardest for me to get through. If you listen and love the first 2 lake haven stories, don't bother reading the plot of this one, just listen!! I think knowing the plot made me more rushed while listening and therefore frustrated with Kira and her emotional roller coaster.

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  • DAWN ASHBAUGH
  • 31-03-2018

Sudden!y Engaged

I really enjoyed listening to this book and was hooked.I finished it in one day.

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  • Jan
  • 17-07-2018

The best so far

Sob warning: ugly great sobbing do not listen to chapters 24/25/26 ....... I had to stop go do house work ,anything to stop feeling like my heart was being crushed ! Brilliant writing I just wish the orator didn't talk like she had a rod up her back side