Review: Unexpecting by Cynthia St. Aubin


When who’s your daddy is a multiple choice question…

Paranormal Psychologist Matilda Schmidt is one client away from fa-la-la-la-losing it. Holiday cheer is in the air, gun-toting fruitcakes are in her office, and she’s spinning through mood swings fast enough to make her toss her cookies–even without the morning sickness.

When Ol’ Kris Kringle goes AWOL after a nervous breakdown, his disgruntled elf is convinced that only Matilda can get him back on his sleigh in time to keep humans from tearing each other apart quicker than couponeers at a Black Friday sale.
But their efforts hit the skids when the men in Matilda’s life show up and demand to know which of them is responsible for the bun in her oven: the hot hit man who’s likely to stuff her stocking with ammunition, or the delicious demigod who’s made Santa’s naughty list a couple centuries running.


First off, you don’t get a series this perfect very often. I honestly think that St. Aubin could make a toaster’s operation manual entertaining and I fully intend to read anything and everything she writes. I have laughed my way through these books and I am kinda bummed that there aren’t going to be any more adventured from Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Liam Whatshisface, Crixus, and the insane assortment of demented supernatural characters that have taken up residence in my imagination thanks to this series.

Of course this final installment earns a perfect 10 in my book. It is funny and witty, just like all the previous books. Santa is off the reservation, partying it up in Vegas with Crixus and with the help of an elf, who I’m pretty sure has a bizarre form of OCD (it’s the chimney thing), and hitman Liam, Matilda has to try to get things back how they are supposed to be without letting Crixus or Liam know about her condition. Liam knows something is up but he misreads the symptoms- leading to some pretty entertaining dialogue between him and Matilda. There is also abductions and restraints, interruptions by Liam’s crazy family, and some pretty great mishaps (like several feet of snow in Vegas).There is also a hilarious tidbit involving Liam’s attempt to go straight–career-wise.

But there is also a more serious note in the wrap up… like the exploration of the nature of the emotions that has developed between the doctor and the men in her life and the decisions that must be made. There is also an all-encompassing explanation in there that tells you how everything is connected. Everything gets wrapped up nice and neat like- there is no cliffhanger here. Cynthia St. Aubin lets you know where everyone’s hearts and futures lie. If you want to know the answer to the baby daddy question, the fate of Matilda and the others, and the reason everything happened you’ll just have to pick this one up.


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