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Unexpected Paperback – July 7, 2015
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About the Author
Lilly Avalon is the author of the RESIST series as well as other romances. She's somewhere in the midst of her twenties and lives mostly in the stories in her head. When she's not enveloped in the worlds she creates, she's out in the real world making stories happen. That or reading other romances. It's a toss-up.
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Storyline: This is Alina and Ryan's story. After a case of mistaken identity, Alina and Ryan find out that their boyfriend and girlfriend both happened to ask for a break the same day. They head over to Alina's boyfriend's house and find her best friend/roommate/Ryan's girlfriend in bed with him. Needing a new place to stay, Alina takes Ryan's offer to sleep at his apartment until she gets back on her feet (she also quit her job). They pair form a fast friendship that eventually changes into romantic feelings and they become a couple. They fall in love and find their HEA.
POV: This was split between Alina and Ryan's POV
Overall Pace of Story: Slow. I found it to be slow at times and that might be because they took so long into their story to make an attempt in changing their relationship from friends to romantic.
H rating: 3 stars. Ryan. A little bit too good to be true. I know I'm kinda messed up, but I don't like it when our heroes are too perfect and do and say all the right things. He also was kinda feminine in his inner dialogue. I don't know any masculine male that would think "I just melted" when a girl says something nice to them, and he claims that exact thing a few different times...?
h rating: 2 stars. Alina. I found her to be immature and uninspiring in general. She seemed kinda lazy in her ambitions and that was off putting. She claimed she "never cried" because she was above letting things bothered her...but she was always crying...?
Angst level: Low. Very little drama except for the first scene.
Heat level: Moderate. Meh...just ok on the sexy times.
Descriptive sex: Yes
Closure: Ok closure. We get some decent commitment for the couple in a short epilogue.
Alina and Ryan find themselves in similar situations. They seem like unlikely allies, but their shared bad experience leads to them becoming friends. I really enjoyed watching Alina and Ryan form a bond. They actually get to know each other and spend time together before developing feelings, which is one of my favourite things to read in books. With so much instalove and insta-relationship stories, I love seeing characters really getting to know each other, learn each other’s quirks and ticks and personalities. They both needed someone to count on, and they became that for each other, which was really beautiful to see. And despite them having reservations about taking their relationship further, the story wasn’t heavy and angst-riddled like many of the other books I’ve read recently. Very refreshing!
I enjoyed getting to see things from both Alina’s and Ryan’s perspective. Avalon did a great job of giving the characters distinct voices and personalities, and there was no overlap of the story, which I appreciated. Getting to see things from both characters’ perspective added extra depth to the story, and really made this couple one to root for.
A perfect blend of sweet and sexy, Unexpected is a must read for fans of contemporary NA.
Well, as the story goes, they end up sleeping together and falling in love.
What happens next is a real test of their love.
I liked this book. It was a slow start but it got going after chapter 3.
I recommend it for anyone tay likes romantic book to read. Very little sex description but flows smoothly. I will read this authors books again.
I was gifted this book for an honest review.
I received a copy of this from the author for an honest review. This book was a pretty quick and easy read.
Alina is having an awful day, her boyfriend dumps her, she quits her job and the list just keeps growing. She feels as if the whole world is against her.
I kind of felt like I had whiplash from Alina, she wanted a relationship with Ryan but kept pulling back. She frustrated me so much.
I really liked Ryan although he was a little bit too soft at times he was so loveable.
There wasn't too much depth to this book but it was an easy read which I enjoyed.
Review by Tabitha
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