Book Review: GOING DOWN ON ONE KNEE by Christina Hovland


Number-crunching Velma Johnson’s perfectly planned life is right on course.

That’s a lie. Sure, she’s got the lucrative job. She’s got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma’s Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully, one who’s hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He’ll be exactly like, well… her sister’s new fiancé.

Badass biker Brek Montgomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek’s sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy.

Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile.

Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister’s wedding. Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn’t even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life—so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan…



GOING DOWN ON ONE KNEE is my first Christina Hovland book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Velma Johnson and Brek Montgomery are such opposites but they click in a manner that provides us readers with a delightful, humorous and heart warming story.

Velma’s ordered life is running off the rails and she’s in no position to turn things around. What she can attempt to control is what happens in the future, so armed with lists and spreadsheets, she decides to tackle to world of dating in an disciplined fashion.

Brek is a great hero. He is kind, supportive, fun. He’s an all round good guy even though it may not look like it on the surface. He loves his family, and his mother Pam provides some great comic relief.

Brek and Velma’s relationship has its ups and downs but it’s not overly angst-ridden. I loved their interactions. There are plenty of sweet and sexy moments in this charming romantic comedy.

I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author.



Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. 

She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.