Sunny Shelly’s Review: Tasty Mango, by JJ Knight

Title: Tasty Mango
Author: JJ Knight
Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 19, 2021
Ladies, you’ve never had a first date quite like this.
He’s a billionaire.
Desperately handsome
Wildly charismatic.
In fact, a certain article of clothing of mine has gotten quite damp.
It’s not the good kind of damp.
Actually, I’m suddenly very, very wet.
Oh no.
I’ve left out something important.
I’m nine months pregnant.
Don’t ask about the father.
I’d rather forget.
But I’m sitting in the fanciest restaurant you can imagine.
Opposite the man of my dreams.
It’s our first time alone together.
The start of something spectacular.
My water just broke.
Tasty Mango is a standalone romantic comedy about going into labor on a first date with a billionaire, the ensuing hilarity (and pushing) in a very expensive limo, and trying to manage a new relationship with the world’s most eligible bachelor while cleaning spit up out of your hair.
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I’ve always pictured this moment.
Me, in a little black dress.
My hair swept into a perfect chignon.
An exclusive restaurant filled with elegant diners.
China clinks. Crystal glasses gleam on linen tablecloths.
Seated opposite me is the ideal man. Tall, dark, handsome.
Custom suit. Gold cufflinks.
He’s charming and witty.
Wildly successful in business.
And he only has eyes for me.
It could have been the greatest first date of my life.
My belly is too big to let me pull up to the table properly.
The baby is kicking like crazy for me to eat something — NOW.
And a funny trickle of wetness is forming deep in the recesses of my panties.
And not the good kind.
Am I peeing myself?
“Havannah, are you okay?” Donovan McDonald pauses, his water goblet halfway to his lips. He’s a gentleman, so he’s not drinking wine since I can’t.
His eyes are on me, his thick brows knitted in concern. His gaze dips to the table’s edge, where I’m hunched, trying to hide my bump. I’m desperately trying to appear like a normal date from the chest up.
“Perfect!” I say, keeping my voice as chipper as possible. I shift on the chair, making sure my legs are hidden by the tablecloth. I spread my knees in hopes that I can air dry.
Pregnancy is a beast.
But I have a few days to go until I’m due, and I hear first babies are always late. I’ve vowed to be nothing but chic and put together on this date. He’ll see my elegance, my poise —
Uh oh.
Another squirt of wetness slips out.
How can this be? I peed right before I came. I’m not coughing, or laughing too hard, or sneezing.
I push my cloth napkin under the tablecloth and shove it up under my dress. Sorry, fancy restaurant. I’m stealing this. It’s an emergency.
To be honest, if I had known what was about to go down, I would have left right then.
But I didn’t.
And you’re not going to believe what happens next.

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I really enjoyed JJ Knight’s Pickle Family series, so I was excited to start the Tasty spinoff series. The series starter, Tasty Mango, brings together two siblings from other JJ Knight characters: Donovan is the brother of Dell from the Single Dad books, and Havannah is Magnolia’s sister from the last Pickle book, Spicy Pickle.

The fact that Havannah goes into labor on their first date could have been a deal-breaker for this pair but Donovan just keeps coming back for more, totally smitten with this single mom and how she makes this businessman want to ease up on his world traveling and settle down in his life. Donovan is great with baby Rebel, which I adored. He took Havannah in with all of her baggage, even her not wanting to discuss who her child’s father is.

Havannah and Donovan’s romance starts out much like a fairytale, as they travel around France for Max and Camryn’s wedding. (BTW, I loved getting to see Max Pickle’s wedding!) They get to know each other in a bubble, but when reality comes creeping back in, it takes a lot for this single mom/small business owner and a billionaire jet-setting businessman to make things between them work.

What made the difference in this book being a 4-Star versus a 5-Star book for me was the lack of background on Donovan. I have not read the Single Dad books, so I knew zero about Donovan and Dell’s backstory. There are a few mentions in passing about Donovan’s mom and how he only became wealthy because of the inroads his brother made when he joined the business, but I finished Tasty Mango not really knowing anything about Donovan’s childhood or who is was aside from the side of him I got to know as Havannah’s suitor. Knowing more would have filled him out better as a hero for me.

But nonetheless, I adored Havannah and Donovan’s story, and look forward to the rest of the Tasty series! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

JJ Knight is the USA Today and Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy including Single Dad on Top and Big Pickle.

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