A Not So Immaculate Conception by Crystal Estell
Actual Rating: 4.0
*Thank you to the author who provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review!*
Nine weeks ago, Lacey had a dream that she had the best sex ever, with a mystery man. Then she suddenly finds herself pregnant with no idea who the father is—and with the threat of unemployment looming over her because of this, Lacey panics and tells everyone that her coworker, Zak Cooper, is her husband. She needs him to play along just long enough for the private investigator to find out who the real father is. But when real feelings come into the mix, things start to get very complicated…
When they advertised this as a “laugh-out-loud romantic comedy,” they weren’t exaggerating. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so giddy over a book, and there were many scenes where I genuinely had to pause in my reading because I just needed a moment to laugh at how hilarious the situation was. The plot really read like I was watching a romantic comedy movie. There were definitely some instances where I had to suspend disbelief a little bit, but that’s to be expected and the book was so hilarious that I had no problem with it.
Zak was undoubtedly my favorite character; he was honestly the most perfect, kind-hearted, and funny love interest, and there were so many times I wanted to reach out and shake Lacey for not appreciating him. Although the character development for Lacey was definitely there, I felt like for much of the book she was wishy-washy, which was a little frustrating. On the bright side, I liked how Zak balanced her out and always called her out for it.
The writing style was great and it contributed to how hilarious the story was. I really liked how the banter between Lacey and Zak was written as well. The funny dialogue between those two (and the private investigator) made up some of my favorite scenes. At the same time, the author was really good at writing heart-warming scenes, and I loved seeing a more intense, passionate side of the relationship between Zak and Lacey.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book for lovers of contemporary romance or chick-lit! If you’re a fan of rom-com movies with fake relationships like The Proposal, I guarantee you’d enjoy this!