Inevitably Yours (Imagine Ink, #4) by Verlene Landon

Love can be unexpected, but sometimes, the fall is inevitable.

Augusta is a carefree soul with the heart of an angel, the face of a pixie, and the body of a…pregnant woman?
When she decided to carry a baby for friends who couldn’t do it themselves, she knew she’d have to give up a lot—coffee, seeing her feet, and possibly even her chance at happiness with the man she adored.

John doesn’t thrive in chaos. Control and routine are more his style. Some might even say he’s anal. This way of life has served him well for decades, but he’s due for a change. That’s easier said than done, though, particularly when your motivation is about to give birth to another man’s child.

When old wounds reopen, sometimes clinging on to tight control is the only way to survive the ride. But when the only way to grasp the future is to reach for it with both hands, you have to let go of something.

Some things in life are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy.

Pet’s $0.02

I need a moment to just stare at this cover…

John and Augusta have been circling each other for a long time and Augusta is pretty much ready to say fuck it and move on… I love how this starts.

I appreciated that Augusta recognized that John may never be able to allow himself to have a relationship with her and that no matter how much she might love him, there comes a time when you just have to say enough is enough. That doesn’t mean she’s pissed off or bitter, she just doesn’t want to put all her effort and time into something that is most likely never going to happen. I love that. It’s a lot harder to give up that hope than I think most realize.

Now John…. That man is holding on to his stubbornness like his life depends on it. There are a lot of reasons that he behaves the way he does, and honestly, they’re valid reasons. But, he has got to see that not every woman is the bitch his ex was. I mean he’s surrounded by kick ass women. The control he values so highly is only going to keep him so warm. I worried that he was going to leave this untenable situation go on too long and he was going to end up missing out on the best thing to ever happen to him.

And the pregnancy… I’ve always wondered how that works. Not pregnancy… the surrogacy. It takes a strong fucking woman to be able to do something like that for someone else. But Landon handles it beautifully and I liked how she kept Augusta involved without making it an angsty mess.

I thought this was a great installment to the series. Now, I’m really hoping we get Jan’s story because if there was ever a woman who needs some intervention, it’s her.