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Package Deal

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This was a great story with great characters. It flowed nicely without rushing the story. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author! Read it and you won't regret the time spent.
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I got lost with the whole angel bit at the beginning and it put me off reading any further.   

it seemed a bit condescending and there was to much symbology
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This is the second book in the series but the first one I have read and I am looking forward to reading the first book at some point. I enjoyed this one it was a fun read and while Hudson comes across as a jerk you cannot help but liked him, I kinda understood him I mean the attraction between him and Emma was hot but you cannot really blame him for not wanting a woman with a child. She also did not want this relationship, not after the rough time she had with her ex. I enjoyed watching these three become close and become a family just love Emma.
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I loved this book very much. It pulled me right in from the very start. The main characters were wonderful. It brought out all the emotions that make a book so good. From laughter to tears to yelling to more. It will make you happy. It’s a clean read with a wonderful ending.
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I was hoping this book would be a light, fun rom-com, but I found myself just getting frustrated with the characters.  Spring Flowers is a single mother to Emma.  She believes herself to be able to fend for herself, but I found that she was clueless in various situations.  Hudson Sandel is a shallow playboy, but down deep, he is really a nice guy who enjoys children.  

I am not usually put out by bad language, but it felt out of place and didn’t help move the romance or story along. I also found the introduction of Spring and Hudson to god’s will was out of place to the rest of the book (and I ended up skimming that discussion).

It seemed to me that the author was trying to please too many romance tropes in one book (but that is just my humble opinion). 

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this book and I am providing my honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book! Single mom Spring is doing her best to raise her two-year-old daughter alone. She didn't have an easy start. Her ex was an ass and if it were up to him, her little cherub wouldn't even exist. But no matter what mistakes she might have made in life, Spring knows her baby girl is not one of them. Hudson Sandel is a proud bachelor. Standing beside his baby brother on his wedding day is not an easy thing for him, especially since Hudson and the bride cannot stand each other. But as far as weddings go, this one could be worse... as Spring catches Hudson's eye, he sees an angel and actually has fun with her. Finding herself the center of a handsome man's attention does wonders to Spring's confidence until her baby girl finds them and Hudson's face twists in pain. She had no plans to date again, and his reaction to her child just confirmed her conviction that she is better off alone. But fate has other plans and while it keeps throwing these two unlikely partners together, laughs, chemistry and love blossoms in their purest form. A charming tale of love, family, friendship and sexy times.
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2.5...

Hudson and Spring met at a wedding and he was instantly attracted to her. In his eyes she's like an angel that he just couldn't help but want. But the attraction took a step back when he later met her two-year old daughter Emma. He doesn't want a baggage along with the angel. 

I do understand Hudson not wanting the idea of babysitting another man's baby(his words). He's a bachelor and with not-so-good reputation and so his reaction was somehow understandable and acceptable. In fact I wished he was even badder than he was. I wish he really did everything to get away from the mother and daughter but he didn't so the idea of him really not wanting an instant fatherhood was lost. It would've been okay if the scene where he helped Spring with Emma was not in the same day they met. That way, the initial conflict of their romance was established first. Right? It's just hard to believe that a man's principle have changed in just a matter of hours. And all throughout the book, he didn't do anything that shows or support his initial dislike of having Emma in the story, WORSE, he keeps on saying over and over again that NO, he doesn't want a baggage...

Dude, Get over it. You're already caring. You already ignored your rules right from the very first day. Obviously I didn't like Hudson. Sadly I feel the same towards Spring. Spring Flowers? Seriously. i think it was meant to be amusing but it's not. Also why is she so naive? I mean she was already gone through a VERY bad relationship. In reality, a woman who went through THAT, would either be mentally/emotionally damaged OR turn to be stronger than she was before and definitely WISER. I know this is fiction, but still.

The only thing I liked in this book is Emma... She was a life-saver. A redeeming feature of this book. :):)

Though it seemed that I only talked about the characters, I said enough for you to guess the plot and everything else need reviewing. :)
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This s o e of my favourite Kim’s I have read in a while really enjoyed reading it and it left a warm feeling in my heart when I finished will be reading more from this author
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4.5stars
A beautiful love story between a single mom Spring and bachelor Hudson. When they first meet they are sparks flying everywhere but when Hudson finds out that with the sexy Spring comes also a little monster he doesn't want to have anything with her. Faith mix her fingers and they bump into each other constantly and little by little a little monster find a way to Hudson's heart. Both Hudson and Spring are very likable characters strong, well developed and the chemistry between them is burning. But there are insecurities especially on Spring side and she is determined that she doesn't need a man who doesn't love her or her daughter. Hudson changes a lot trough book and in a good positive way. I loved that he fought for both Spring and her daughter until the end. An emotionally, funny and great love story.
I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
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I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Three is not a crowd in this book. When Hudson tries to understand the plight of a single mother of a precocious little girl. Spring and little Emma bring love into Hudson's life and he realizes that he has room in his heart to give more love than he thought. An excellent read.
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This is one great story that I got lost into for a couple of hours and it was such a pleasure to read this book too. The author has done a great job with this book and I really enjoyed this story from the first page till the last page. The storyline is good and the characters are very likeable and the romance between the is just right. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone
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Beautiful love story!! I loved how it gives moms like me a little hope tht love is still out there....spring and Hudson forever beautifully written  love story
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3,5

They meet at a friend's wedding.  She comes with a child that immediately cools his interest.  The child, of course, makes him fall in love with her and the adults relationship commences.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I laughed so hard I cried. Adding a 2 year old n the middle of a blooming romance, genius. This little girl helps warm your heart and makes you giggle. All on top of a couple with more baggage and stone cold hearts. 
This is a must read.
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Good amusing romance but a 3# or 4-… Spring's best friend,, Brandee warns Spring about her new husband's brother.  Hudson, a hard shelled attorney, is believed to be a womanizer and only out for himself.  Hudson falls for an angel, Spring, but wants to steer clear of her since she has a two year old daughter.  Spring had been abused by her ex-husband and is wary of men.  Although she is attracted to Hudson, she quickly realizes that he initially considers Emma as baggage.  Hudson is drawn to the sweetness of Spring and eventually Emma.  When Spring has problems, Hudson quickly rushes into help.  Spring doesn't want a man who blows hot and cold, views her as a damsel needing rescuing, and might be dating a wealthy ex-divorcee.  Hudson is on the fast track and isn't sure that about the pull he feels for his angel.  I liked the three main characters:  Spring, Hudson, and Emma.  I was given a copy of this book from Net Gallery.  This is my honest and voluntarily given review.  Overall, I like the book.  I probably would rate it as a 3+ or a 4-.  I thought that the book could be a little shorter and more enjoyable with tighter editing.
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I was immediately drawn to the characters in this book. I loved that it wasn't quite as predictable as I assumed that it would be and that the storyline took a bit of time to develop.
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I loved this book. I love, love, loved  little  Emma in this story, she’s a sweet taste of the devil child & little princess all rolled into one. Spring & Hudson were great characters, they brought out the best in each other without even trying. I loved how the author transformed Hudson with a sticky kiss from a little princess. The story was just angsty enough to keep you reading to see what would happen to them next & the fact that it wasn’t a truly sexy story gave it just a little more of the awwww......factor. This was my first read by author Charissa Stastny & it won’t be the last. Definitely recommend.
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Beautifully written storyline that hooked me right from the very beginning and the characters were so well developed that I was totally captivated until the very end! This book is a very sweet and clean romance that is well worth the read! This is the first book that I have read from this author and it definitely will not be the last!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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Two and a half stars.

Where to start this review?

Spring Flowers (yep, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit writing that name) and her two year old daughter Emma are attending the wedding of her best friend Brandee to her fiancee Nick. At the wedding Brandee warns Spring away from the best man, Nick's brother as he is a terrible person, a womaniser yadda, yadda.

Hudson Sandel is the aforementioned best man. He is instantly attracted to Spring, who he constantly refers to as an Angel, but is immediately put off when he finds out she has a child. Hudson's internal monologue at the wedding is really odd, he veered between speaking like a teenage boy, an Edwardian gentleman, the American idea of how the British speak, and a sleazeball. With the benefit of having read the entire book I think that Charissa Stastny was trying to portray Hudson as a shallow, workaholic, womaniser, only interested in the shiny outside. The only trouble is, I don't think she really committed to the portrayal as even at the opening wedding Hudson is kind enough to carry Emma around on his shoulders, while she yanks on his ears and calls him horsey, during dinner and the speeches. In my experience, a man who dislikes children would never do that. In fact even men who like children and have children of their own wouldn't do that.

And maybe I've just explained to myself what was wrong with this book. It's full of stock characters and unrealistic behaviour, from the chirpy, opinionated receptionist at Hudson's law firm, his sleazy colleague, his vampish client, Spring herself, Hudson's money-grubbing boss, Hudson's Gram, Spring's ex-husband, the list just goes on and on.

Early on Spring decides that Hudson has a Knight in Shining Armour complex and just has to help those in need, even when he categorically tells her he doesn't she just keeps trotting out the same ridiculous platitude, "Hudson doesn't love me, he has a saviour complex", or words to that effect.

Spring keeps telling Hudson she doesn't need saving, she can stand up for herself and frankly, she's delusional. She can't tell when the office sleazeball starts hitting on her and she does something VERY stupid. (view spoiler)Overall, I thought Spring was one of life's natural victims, she can't tell the good guys from the bad guys, she won't take help and still thinks she doesn't need saving.

This is a clean romance (no warning on the cover) where the first kiss doesn't occur until 71% into my Kindle and veers a little into god bothering towards the end when Spring and Hudson start pontificating about God's will and his love which I could have done without.

Overall, I was hoping for a light, bubbly Lauren Layne-type romance or Sustained by Emma Chase, instead what I got was an unrealistic fantasy with a victim for a heroine and a nice guy pretending to be a shallow womaniser. Disappointing.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Package Deal is a sweet, clean, fun romance story.  This story was so engaging from the beginning to the end, that I read it in one sitting.  The the two main characters had great chemistry.  This story brought a range of emotions from me, I laughed out loud, cried, smiled, yelled, and cheered. I wanted a happy ending and I wasn't disappointed.  This book can be read as a stand alone, however I would suggest reading them in order.  I would recommend this book.
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