Reviewing: More Than We Bargained For by Fiona West

A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and the author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

Content warnings: Cheating, death of an animal, slight financial abuse on part of ex-husband.

My rating: 5 out of 5 books


  • Sawyer Devereaux is a gift to this Earth and we do not deserve him 
  • Pregnant/parent romances aren’t my first choice, so the fact that I greatly enjoyed this one speaks for it’s quality. 
  • So many Star Wars references
  • Sawyer’s disability is a part of his story, but not its central focus. 
  • Just a lovely small-town romance to curl up with.

That smile could charm the pants off a bear. If bears wore pants. She’d been reading a lot of picture books lately; possibly too many, if that was the best analogy she could come up with.

This year has been an emotional shitshow, so when I was offered the opportunity to review this lovely small-town romance I snatched it up! I grew up in a small town, and worked part time as a librarian during my A-Levels, so Starla’s encounters with the library patrons were hilariously familiar to me. I knew a few pages in that this was the perfect book for me to pair with a cup of tea, a blanket and my fluffiest slippers. Especially when Sawyer Devereaux started anonymously donating books to the library to make Starla smile.

Take note folks, that right there is romance. Ask my fiancée, books are my love language. 

Starla has left her husband, it’s over, she’s done with Charlie and his infidelity and…she’s pregnant. In a small town where everyone knows everything and Starla faces the repercussions of taking herself and her children away from a ‘respectable’ home, things are looking bleak. 

Enter Sawyer, the world’s loveliest recluse, who has a heart the size of the American continent and looks at Starla like she hung the moon and stars. Not that she notices. Everyone else does though. It’s lovely. Sawyer needs a ride to and from town for a while after his condition flares up, and has a spare cabin. Starla needs somewhere to live and has a car. It’s the perfect solution to a complex problem. Of course, add in the baby and two idiots in love and you have a very delicate situation. 

There’s an element of right person, wrong time to their romance which is dealt with by both of them in such a realistic and respectful way – far from the constant pressure of ex-husband Charlie on Starla to do certain things and live a certain way, Sawyer steps back and lets Starla make her own decisions and respects them as hers. Honestly he’s too pure, he plays board games and makes tortillas with her kids. 

The moments of small-town/small-mind mentality are challenged in the most badass of ways. Starla stands on a table in church to lay rumours to rest, and Sawyer steps up to give the town a scolding, and it’s delightful. 

Honestly I just loved this book, and it was the perfect balm to a tough week in a tough year, and the ideal review to see it out. Massive thank you to the author, Fiona West, for bringing the series to my attention – I fully intend on reading all of them in my cosiest jumpers to fight the sad days. 

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone, and thank you for bearing with me this year. I love and appreciate every single one of you, and I hope 2021 treats you better than 2020 has. 

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