Unconditionally by Erin Lyon (Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop for Erin Lyon's Unconditionally! You can follow the tour here
and read my review of the first book in this series here. Continue below to read an
excerpt as well as my review of Unconditionally, and enter the book tour giveaway...

(Contract Killers #2)
by Erin Lyon
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 336 Pages
January 9th 2018 by Forge Books


In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

In this hilarious conclusion to Erin Lyon's I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions, Kate has accepted a job practicing signing law, the one type of law she swore she'd never do - especially since what she thought was her very own happily ever after turned into just another expired contract. But between Kate's embarrassing penchant for running into exes in court, clients determined to use her as their very own therapist, and a couple having a knock-down, drag-out over the custody of the family guinea pig, at least the job's never boring.

But while Kate finally has a handle on her career, her love life is still, well, complicated. The former love of her life, Jonathan, wants her back. Her current main squeeze, Dave, wants to take things to the next level, but she still can't shake her wolf-in-sheep's-clothing vibe about him. And then there's Adam, her mad crush who really wants to be her friend. So, to sum up, one questionable ex, one player with a capital "P," and one guy who's kind of stolen her heart even though she's in the friend zone. This should be a piece of cake.

Unconditionally is both a sweet and sexy romantic comedy and a hilariously relatable look at finding happiness where you least expect it.

Praise for the Book

"A sharp, witty, and fun debut, with both sweet and sexy moments and a heroine I want to have a drink with." ―Kimberly Lang, USA Today bestselling author of Something to Prove

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I was booting up my computer the next morning when Mags sauntered into my office in a yellow fitted dress, wearing pumps with little yellow-and-white daisies on them. Mags’s style was more like guerrilla fashion. I envisioned her closet having each outfit with its own pair of perfect shoes and jewelry hanging next to each ensemble. Take no prisoners. Match or be killed.

She did a hand flourish over her outfit. “Cheery enough?”

“I feel better already. Maybe you should go by the children’s hospital on your lunch hour.”

She smiled at me. “Luann will be here at nine a.m.”

“Perfect. You definitely need to be the one to show her to the conference room, since you are visual Prozac today.”

“You got it, boss.”

I was still grinning as she walked back to her cube. I saw Brad approach her, with an even sappier grin, and, after a quick glance around, plant a quick kiss on her lips. So cute. So simple. Sigh. I want “simple” in my love life.

My cell phone buzzed and I answered it. Without thinking. Until I heard Scarlett’s voice.


“Scarlett. You really need to call the office phone. This is my cell phone.”

“Whatever. This is an emergency. He’s trying to kill me.”

I frowned. “Scarlett, if you’re genuinely afraid, you should be calling the police—not me.”

“I thought I was supposed to call you.”

“If he’s chasing you with a knife? How would calling me help? Whatever. What’s going on?”

“He’s throwing peanuts around his backyard.”

Nope. Not even answering. Too absurd.

“I’m allergic to peanuts!” she said in a shrill voice.

Pause. “Why . . . is he throwing peanuts into his yard?”

“He claims they’re for the squirrels, but I think he’s hoping that the wind will blow some peanut dust over here and kill me!”

I pressed my fingers to my temple.

“I’ll call Doug Simpson.”

“Do it fast.”

I hung up. D---- ---- ----ity ----.

I called Doug.

“Doug Simpson.”

“Doug, it’s Kate.”

“Long time, no talk.”

“Apparently Scarlett is seriously allergic to peanuts.”

“Bummer. Peanut butter is delicious.”

“Yep. And Rhett is feeding peanuts to the squirrels.”

“Well, as long as he isn’t feeding them to Scarlett, aren’t we okay?”

I sighed. “One would think. But she’s super allergic. And he’s throwing them around his yard. And she’s worried about peanut dust. Any chance he could feed them something that won’t kill his neighbor if she accidentally inhales something?”

“I’ll call him.”

“Thanks so much.”

Copyright © 2018 by Erin Lyon

My Review

UNCONDITIONALLY is another crazy, roller-coaster ride of laughs, quirky legal contract cases, best friends, meddling mothers, and some serious romance. For those who were on the edge of their seats at the rather cliff-hanger end of book one, this picks up right where the first book left off, but thankfully ends much more resolved. Romance fans who like their books steamy, sweet, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, this book is for you!

I was so very happy that I read these two books one after the other, because the cliff-hanger at the end of book one... well, it would have bugged me to have waited a year to find out what would happen next. The story continues with all the humor (hilariously brilliant in so many ways!), family and friend dynamics, boy troubles, and sizzling chemistry of the first book. What really wins me over with this series are the characters, the genius humor, the sweetness of much of the romance (Adam all the way!) and the voice of the protagonist. Kate just has this sarcastic, say-it-as-it-is way of looking at her life and those around her. She also has this quiet confidence, especially when she has to wing it or when she's pushed in a corner. She doesn't see herself very clearly sometimes, but she still fights for herself in a way that I couldn't help but admire.

I fell in love with these characters (or hate, with a few) and fell even more for them in this second book. They're all complex and it was interesting seeing how they interacted with each other. I could have gone with Kate losing one of the guys because I knew that she knew it was pointless and he was so controlling. I won't say more as I don't want to spoil anything. There were a few places in this second book that were slower, but it didn't stay that way for long. I especially enjoyed seeing Kate in action as an attorney, including laughing several times at her expense. What are the chances of looking at the opposing party in court and finding you dated him in high school? How awkward would that be, especially in front of the court?And more than once. My husband is an attorney, so that made a lot of the situations even more humorous. Then there's all the issues with what Kate was going to do about her love life. I knew who she would end up with, but getting there was a big tug on my heart. I did think the ending was slightly rushed, but otherwise quite sweet.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This isn't as clean as I prefer my books to be, but I couldn't help but thoroughly enjoy this book. It's a great mix of humor, great characters, interesting plot, and steamy romance with plenty of heart.

Content: Detailed love scenes, making out, innuendo, blunt/crude descriptions, and quite a lot of swearing.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for a promotional tour, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions
(Contract Killers #1)
by Erin Lyon
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 331 Pages
January 10th 2017 by Forge Books


In a world where marriage doesn’t exist―only seven-year contracts―you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy―hot, sweet, and committed.

Enter the contract killer, the man who pursues only signed women. No commitment, no hassle, all the fun. But Kate has enough fun on her plate… until her partner doesn’t re-up their contract.

After an epic but well-deserved meltdown, Kate gets practical. She accepts a job with her uncle’s law firm, practicing signing law―the one type of law she swore she’d never do. And the contract killer? Now that Kate is single, she’s no longer his type, but he still wants to be friends. Yeah, that’ll work. Kate may be heartbroken, but she’s not impervious to this sexy, smart, and complex man. But hey, it looks like he may not be impervious to her either―signed or not.

With biting wit and charm, I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions is hilariously relatable, for the millennial set.

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About the Author

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Erin Lyon graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and then worked in broadcast television at the Sacramento ABC affiliate for 10 years before going to law school. She is now a practicing civil attorney and blames all of the people in her life for not trying to talk her out of the whole “becoming a lawyer” thing. After finishing law school, she completed her first novel and began working on the sequels. Erin lives in Northern California with her husband of nearly 20 years (the Saint), her two daughters (the Girls), her three rescue dogs (the Boys), and three cats, who, let’s be real, belong only to themselves. The Contract Killers is her debut novel.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

2 Winners will receive a Set Copy of the Contract Killers Series (2 Books in Total) I LOVE YOU SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS and UNCONDITIONALLY by Erin Lyon
- Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter | Ends February 2, 2018

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