Unexpectedly Mine (A Birch Crossing Novel)

Birch Crossing

Book 1
Authenticity Playground, LLC
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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe delivers another winner when small-town matchmakers decide a handsome billionaire is the perfect man for a sassy single mom who is too busy for love. 

★★★★★ "This book grabs you and tugs at your heartstrings from beginning to end." ~Marie B (Amazon Review)

When single-mom Clare Gray delivers her famous cupcakes to the general store on her way to work, she meets a sexy, out-of-town businessman who is in need of lodging...and match-making locals decide her available-for-rent spare room is the perfect solution.  

After becoming a widowed single mom at eighteen, Clare traded her dreams of love to focus on raising her daughter. The last thing she wants is for a man to invade her life, even if he is deliciously tempting and wonderful with her daughter. But when late-night cupcake baking turns intimate, suddenly her heart is at risk once again.

High-powered executive Griffin Friesé is in town on a personal mission, and he has no time for love. But when he moves into Clare's farmhouse, he soon finds that life doesn't always give you want you want…but it might give you exactly what you need. Gradually, Clare's smile, her passion for life, and her small-town loyalty awaken something inside him, something that makes him yearn for a life, a love, and a family he's never had. 

Can a single mom find the love and family she always wanted with a man afraid to open his heart?  

★★★★★ "This is one of my favorite Romance books EVER!" ~Amazon Review

★★★★★ "Heartwarming doesn't even begin to describe this romance! Wow!" ~Vickie R. (Amazon Review) 

★★★★★ "I can't say enough good things about this book. I couldn't stop reading once I started." ~Carla E. (Amazon Review)

★★★★★ "This book wove...deep inside my heart and soul." ~Amazon Review

Trope alert! Contains:

Instant attraction with a slow burn romance.

Single mom.

Match-making small town.

Billionaire business exec.

Lots of feels.


Sigh-worthy romance.

Some steamy moments.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is "contemporary romance at its best" (Bex 'N' Books). She is a 2021 Vivian® Award nominee, and a 2018 winner and five-time nominee of the RITA® award, the highest awards in romance fiction. Stephanie is the author of more than fifty books, including small-town contemporary romance, contemporary western romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.

NOTE: Unexpectedly Mine was originally published under the title No Knight Needed as part of the Ever After series.

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★★★★★ "HBO should be taking a strong look at the series that could bank them $$$$ for years in this story." ~Annettepj (Amazon Review)

★★★★★ "It had so much action and suspense that it kept me on the edge biting my nails. Kudos to the author for such a great imagination!! I love books where I can't predict the ending!!! You have to read this series!!!!"  ~artemis2u (Amazon Review)

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★★★★★ "Just an amazing story…Powerful, sexy, strong and brilliant." KJ (Five-star Amazon Review)


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★★★★★ "Outstanding! This story was taken to a new level of action, adventure and romance. It kept me on the edge of my seat." Five-star Amazon Review

★★★★★ "I read this one TWICE within 3 days. I was so enthralled the first time I had to reread it to pick up all the details." ~Rowan (Five-star Amazon Review)

★★★★★ "Stephanie Rowe is one of the most gifted story-tellers I have ever had the pleasure to read. The Order of the Blade series is captivating and I am so hooked!" ~Five-star Amazon Review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is the author of more than 50 novels. She is a RITA® Award Winner for Best Paranormal Romance, as well as a five-time nominee. She is also a 2021 Vivian® Award nominee. For more information on Stephanie and her books, visit www.stephanierowe.com.

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Authenticity Playground, LLC
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Published on
Nov 20, 2012
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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