Review: Going Down on One Knee by Christina Hovland

Posted October 15, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Going Down on One Knee by Christina Hovland
Going Down on One Knee

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Series: Mile High Matched #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 15, 2018
Pages: 235
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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He manages a rock band; she manages investment portfolios.  They don’t match on paper or anywhere else.  But still… inexplicably this pair learn they make a great team through wedding plan fiascos, sharing a condo, bad dates, and discovering love has a sense of humor.  When he tosses out the rule book, this pair gave me some amazing reading magic.


Going Down on One Knee is a humorous, heartwarming, and sexy opposites attract romance.  Velma’s so buttoned up that she has lists for her lists and has a five year plan that doesn’t have room for spontaneous, colorful biker rock band managers who gets an itch from staying in one place or picking up their socks.  Brek’s friend Dean is marrying Velma’s sister and because of his sister’s required bed rest for her pregnancy, he’s taking over her wedding planning accounts.  How tough can it be?  He’s managed a rowdy rock band on tour.  He seems to be the only one to see Velma’s pain over her sister marrying the co-worker she was secretly crushing on or that Velma’s crazy, inflexible, list-making quirks are funny rather than boring.  He gets all heated up over a buttoned up sweater and pearls.  But, his stay is temporary and Velma’s a long haul gal who wants a guy in a suit with a retirement plan and healthy 401K.  Only, Velma’s learning that a guy who looks good on paper doesn’t make her body and heart zing like Brek’s smiles or rides with him on his bike.  Will they figure it out before the wedding bells chime and Brek heads back on tour?

I spotted this one on Melliane’s Between Dreams and Reality blog and the blurb had me eager to give it a try.   I thought these extreme opposites who do the wedding planning together would make for a fun read.  I was right.  Both were engaging people who saw the best in each other when they started working and sharing a condo.  I laughed so many times over his casual habits and her stringent ways that were more amusing than acrimonious.  They both had reasons for not being anyone’s idea of a good bet, but there was sizzling chemistry from the beginning moment right on into the bedroom where a built, tatted Brek got to show that poor woman that she was NOT boring like an old boyfriend said.

The romance is set against a circle of friends for them both, their families, and their jobs.  I loved meeting Brek’s posse who are all a little rough except Dean who’s the first of them getting married.  It was sweet to see the relationship between Velma and her twin sister and their friend.  At first, I thought her sister stole Dean from Velma, but what was there was all in Velma’s head and she never hinted or acted on it so there was no stealing men.  It was fun that Brek’s mom was a professional matchmaker who wasn’t opposed to doing pro bono work for her son’s match and his sister was a wedding planner.

Oh man, this pair had lots of moments- some sweet, some hot, some a hot mess, and some utterly hilarious.  It’s been a while since I picked up a romcom, but I sure did get into this one which was well-developed for plot and characters and just plain sparkled.  I can’t wait for the rest of the series.  Do yourself a solid and get in on it from the start, here, if a romance full of sweet and spice and a lot of fun moments is your thing.

I rec’d this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

Oh yes I also had a nice time with this one!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Good times, right? I’m glad I spotted it on your Stacking the Shelves meme a while back.

3 years ago

I love the sound of this one Sophia. So many that are described as rom-com don’t even make me laugh. This one sounds just the opposite. I also love that because he manages a band he thinks wedding planning will be a breeze. That right there is hilarious!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh man, he got in over his head right away with the wedding invitations having these little ribbons that he couldn’t quite tie and then he picked flag stamps instead of love ones which sent the bride through the roof. I was cackling good over that one. 🙂

3 years ago

This sounds like you had a lot of fun. I love it when books make you laugh.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, that was exactly it. I had a good time with this pair. 🙂

Bookworm Brandee
Bookworm Brandee
3 years ago

Oh my goodness! Thanks for adding another book to my tbr this morning, Sophia. This does sound like a hoot! I love an opposites attract romance and these two seem like they couldn’t be more different. Which makes for sparks and fun. 😉 I also like that family and friends are involved in the story. That just makes for a richer experience, in my opinion. 😀

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Haha! You betcha, Brandee! It wasn’t slapstick funny, but there were times that I got some good chuckles over how they were with each other. And, his friends and hers along with his family were all great. I think you’ll have a good time with it.

3 years ago

I saw this on Between Dreams and Reality too. It just made me laugh – the thought of the badass doing wedding planning. Nice review and so glad you enjoyed it. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

Haha! Yes, that was the part that was a big crack up. The first incident when he’s trying to put these ribbons on the invitations and doesn’t get that he should use Love stamps rather than flags to mail them made me snort and giggle.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love the mix of sweet, hot and hilarious!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yes! This author cooked up a good one. I can’t wait to get the other romances in the series now.

herding cats
3 years ago

That sounds like so much fun. I have such a good time with those opposites. I don’t recall seeing this book or author before. Fun cover to go with the book, too 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

I spotted it in Melliane’s Stacking the Shelves post and it enticed me enough to snag it. Winner! 🙂