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Unlikely Allies by C.C. Koen
Publication Date: June 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?

Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?

Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.
Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.
One will break his heart.
The other—heal it.
Will he love or leave them?

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I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchnge for an honest review.

I LOVE THIS STORY!!! From the first page where Rick and Cece met I was immediately drawn in. I love all the feels I felt in the book.  I normally avoid books that make me cry but Unlikely Allies is an exception for me. It wasn't Rick and Maggie's love story that made me love this book so much. It was the bonding between Rick and Maggie's daughter, Cece, that made this book special. Their scenes in the book were just plain sweet and touching.

I loved all the characters in the book because they were so real and relatable, but I especially loved Cece and her aunt, Kat. Cece is so cheeky and adorable that even tough men can't resist her sweet charms. Kat is just plain cool. She's sassy and tough. Her attitude is yang to Maggie's Yin. Just the perfect complement to the heroine's softness.

Romance-wise, the story also featured the love between a man and a child that immediately had a spot in his heart, and a love between a mother and daughter. I love that this book didn't just concentrate on the romance between Rick and Maggie. In fact, the book didn't overly focus on them. The romance didn't have major developments until the second half of the book. This is a far-cry from the recent books I've read with lots of dirty sex in them. 

Story-wise, you'll get lots of feels from this book. Some moments were just so sweet that I cried several times. Some will make you smile because of the light, fun moments between Kat and Cece. I like what the author did in the chapter headings. It was really sweet and it was very relevant to the story.

If you're into light, fun reads (I cried because the story was sweet, not because it was heavy) then this book will definitely appeal to you. This is the first book I've read from the author and I would love to read more of her works. I'm giving Unlikely Allies 4 1/2 fairy wings. I highly recommend this book to readers who want not-so-steamy stories with lots of sweetness in it.


“This place is packed. Why’d you pick it?”

Lodged in her brain for several weeks now, Mr. Stone’s guttural tenor replayed in her daydreams and in her sleep. She inched around performing a mental countdown from ten to zero, which helped cool her off when Cece pushed her buttons, and by some miracle she hoped would work in this instance too.

A steel gray oxford, no tie, and slim-fit pants with the same sheen as his button-down vest produced an unnatural reaction. Her tongue rolled to the roof of her mouth and withheld the groan his arousing professional attire and fresh-air scent planted in her head.

“Uh…” Mr. Stone narrowed his eyes at Matt and clamped a hand on his shoulder. His flushed face resembled the cherry red that often tinted joggers’ cheeks. “Buddy, you didn’t tell me Maggie would be here. Thought you said this was a business lunch.” He waved a folder and tossed it on the table.

Matt’s grin flashed toward her and then to his friend. “You do realize she’s cooking, right?”

Just then Mr. Stone’s gaze drifted across her chest, becoming transfixed for a while on the crisscrossed fork, spoon, and knife emblem at her left breast and then darted up to her face. If possible, his skin reddened even more as he dropped onto the wooden stool, an impact that scraped the chair back a few inches, rocking him into Matt’s shoulder.

“Let’s order. I’m starved.” An elbow shot given to his buddy, Matt knocked Mr. Stone’s bent arm off the edge of the table and pointed to the menu. “Pick something, fast. I need to get to dessert before it’s all gone.”

Using a similar mocking tone like Matt had earlier, Mr. Stone scanned the room while he spoke. “You realize we’re in a restaurant that has loads of food.”

She got a chuckle out of the amusing banter. Normally, she and Kat rubbed each other the wrong way. It was good to see the ribbing happening to someone else for a change.

“No, smart ass. Maggie’s extra special, sweet treat. There’s a limited amount.”

The menu forgotten and dropped onto the table, Mr. Stone set his chin in his hand and repositioned his arm where it had been before Matt knocked it down. In a seductive murmur he asked, “What sinful goodies do you have for me, Maggie?” Extended across the counter, his hand cupped hers from underneath and gripped it like a beggar pleading for anything and everything she could give.


About C.C. Koen

C.C. Koen

C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.


1 comment :

  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing Unlikely Allies. I am so glad you enjoyed the story. :)