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When You Least Expect It

(The Culhanes of Cedar River #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  20 reviews
She was having his baby.

But why wouldn’t she be his wife?

After several failed pregnancies, Tess Fuller’s dreams of motherhood hadn’t worked out—until one memorable night with her ex-husband resulted in pregnancy! Take-charge rancher Mitch Culhane had never stopped loving Tess. Now he has the perfect solution: marriage, take two. But Tess isn’t so sure their love story can
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Published September 1st 2019 by Harlequin Special Edition (first published August 20th 2019)
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It's well written but it wasn't for me. I took to skimming bits, once I established that I disliked the h and there wasn't anything else but them hurting each other to the 'romance' in this book.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the start of a new series and I love a good reunion story and this one had me turning the pages as we get to know rancher Mitch Culhane and his ex-wife Tess Fuller and get the reasons behind their break-up, it is moving and emotional and a fabulous read.

Tess Fuller met and fell in love with Mitch practically at first sight the lived very happily on his ranch in Cedar River, until Tess miscarried several times this put a big wedge between them and a lot of hurt words were said before she
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
When You Least Expect It
Helen Lacey

There is nothing better than a good second chance romance and Helen Lacey’s first in her Culhanes of Cedar River series, When You Least Expect It, is the perfect example. She does a bang up job of exhibiting the shared history, drama, guilt, heartbreak and hearts mending in this steady paced and rock solid plotted tale. Readers will many times want to shake the unforgettable pigheaded pair of Tess and Mitch while they enjoy every step as the relationship that w
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Both characters were too annoying for me to enjoy. Hero especially needed a good kick in the pants and then some! Sorry but I read for enjoyment, not to feel anger & rage. ...more
Char (1RadReader59)
Wow, intense emotional feelings when it came to both these characters. Lived Tess’s life as far as miscarriages but had to wait twenty years until blessed with our full-term pregnancy. (ours she’s now going to be nineteen in December.)

We did not luckily, experience all of Mitch’s wild ride, but could understand it. My hubby is a quiet one so showing emotion was hard. Caused problems during those tough times. But we had parents to guide us through, Mitch didn’t. Knowing how to react is tough. Th
Stormy Feibel
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess and Mitch were the perfect married couple except for one thing. Tess kept miscarrying their babies. It tore them apart and words were said that could not be taken back. One night years later, they ran in to each other. Their passion was ignited and they enjoyed one night together. Surprise! Tess shows up on Mitch's doorstep and she is pregnant with their baby and this time, she is doing good.
This is just a goodhearted romance. It is suitable for young adults as well.
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The Culhanes of Cedar River
Pam Graber
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. After four failed pregnancies, Mitch Culhane said no more. He threatened to permanently remove all hope of another pregnancy, because he couldn't stand to see his wife grieve. Tessa, for her part, saw Mitch's ultimatum as stealing her hope. He saw it as saving her grief. Tess felt so strongly that she walked. Four years later, a chance meeting in a hotel lobby, gives them one night of passion. Six months after that night, Tess returns to the Triple C ranch, to tell Mitch that ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Helen Lacey's books. "When You Least Expect It (The Culhane's of Cedar River #1)" is a new series from Ms. Lacey. This book gives us the insight of the Culhane family. We meet all the siblings and learn that Mitch Culhane stepped up and kept his family together when their father walked out. Tess Fuller and Mitch used to be married. After numerous attempts at having children and only ending up with miscarriage, their marriage fell apart. Tess thought Mitch wanted to control everyth ...more
Nas Dean
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT by author Helen Lacey is a September 2019 release by Harlequin Special Edition series.

When Tess Fuller gets pregnant after one passionate night with her ex-husband, she came back to see him to try to work things out.

And Mitch Culhane hadn’t stopped loving her, so could he have it all once again? He had loved and lost his wife once before but now he was getting a second chance. Dare he open his heart once again?

But what about Tess? Would she settle for the heart-ache once
Lynn Brooks
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT is the first book in the brand new The Culhanes of Cedar River series by Helen Lacey and revolves around a rancher and his teacher ex-wife for a reunion story and a surprise baby all rolled into one!

Mitch is introduced as a solid guy who was left to raise his five younger siblings after his mom died and his dad fell apart years ago. He was quick to wrap himself around this reader's heart, and I steadfastly supported him throughout the book.

Tess was hard to like at first
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Take what seems to be a perfect marriage with a couple so in love. Tess and Mitch are like a romance novel at least to the outside world. Inside there is so much heartache as she keeps having miscarriages and with each one the pain causes them to say things that eventually tear them apart. The only solution is to part. Years later they run into each other Mitch has always and still loves Tess and their passion has truly never died. So what could one night of passion hurt and then move on again.
Becky Tatar
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tess and Mitch Culhane divorced several years ago, after having experience 4 miscarriages. Tess wanted to keep trying, and Mitch refused, and Tess left. Now, she and Mitch hooked up a few months ago, and now she is back at the ranch to let him know she's pregnant again. This pushes all Mitch's buttons, as after his dad left when Mitch was younger, Mitch ended up responsible for his younger siblings, so has issues about control. Tess was so down in her grief, she couldn't see he was hurting also.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
When You Least Expect It by Helen Lacey if the first in a new series. We meet the Culhane family. Mitch Culhane is the backbone of his family and was married to Tess Fuller. They separated after trying for a family for so long with no success. They meet up again after a number of years and this ends in a night of passion but it has one lasting consequence. Tess returns to Mitch’s home town to tell him the news. He instantly thinks the should re-marry but Tess wants nothing to do with it. Once wa ...more
Patty Duplechin
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tess Fuller is pregnant with her ex husband’s child. They had a one night thing at a hotel. She comes back at 6 months pregnant to try to work it out. Mitch Cuhane has never stopped loving Tess. He’s angry and hurt that she walked away from their marriage. She upset because he was going to take away her chance to have a baby, too many miscarriages. . Can they get over the anger, hurt and upset to move on together for their child? Can he have a second chance.? Does she still love him or is it for ...more
Zoe Archer
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this. I fell in love with Mitch straight away. Such a strong lead character and it's very rare in books that the man is so likeable from the get go.At times I wanted to yell at Tess, to let go of the barriers and make it work as you could see they were made for each other. I loved the family dynamic too. Great story, written beautifully.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second chance at love story, and the beginning of a series that might be big and sprawling, given the number of characters introduced! Don't think I've quite got my head around them all, but they sound terrific. And this was a great introduction to the family - although I've already read #3 and #4, so reading them out of order - but it doesn't seem to matter.
Rebecca Stump
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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About Helen
Helen Lacey grew up reading Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables and Little House on The Prairie. These childhood classics inspired her to write her first book when she was seven years old, a story about a girl and her horse. Although, it wasn’t until the age of eleven when she read her first Mills & Boon, that she knew wanted to write romances. Her parents’ love of travel meant she saw m

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