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Going Down on One Knee by Christina Hovland

Updated: May 17, 2020

Blurb: Number-crunching Velma Johnson’s perfectly planned life is right on course.

That’s a lie. Sure, she’s got the lucrative job. She’s got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma’s Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully one who’s hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He’ll be exactly like, well… her sister’s new fiancé.

Badass biker Brek Montomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek’s sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy.

Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile.

Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister’s wedding. Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn’t even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life—so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan…

Review: When I started reading Going Down on One Knee by Christina Hovland I wasn't expecting to laugh as much as I did. It was a truly hilarious story in which both characters make multiple missteps and engage in general tomfoolery (bet you haven't heard that word in a while).

Velma was a type A control-freak/planner who reminded me so much of myself that I started to feel a tad uncomfortable about the whole thing. But, overall, she was exactly the sort of heroine who desperately needed a rowdy, playful hero in her life. I really enjoyed her dating charts and spreadsheets as well as the vigor with which she threw herself into the dating pool. A weaker woman would have given up, but Velma kept trucking right along. Of course, you want to give her a couple love taps for completely ignoring the handsome biker right in front of her, but eh... the book wouldn't be nearly as fun if she gave in too fast.

Can I mention how much I love the name Brek? So weird, but it fit the hero just right. I loved his easy-going attitude and his willingness to help his sister, despite being oh-so-totally wrong for the job. He was constantly pulling Velma out of her shell and opening her up to new experiences (cough cough bedroom stuff). He was also sort of an idiot when it came to Velma, but their idiot-ness balanced out into hilarity. They had an 'opposites attract' vibe going on the entire novel but they were definitely proof that both sides need to make accommodation for the relationship to work.

Anyone looking for a light, funny story will find it here in Christina Hovland's Getting Down on One Knee. There's also some hot sex if that floats your boat. It definitely floated mine. You can purchase the book here.


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