I absolutely LOVED this story. There is a kind of preface before the dedication where the author explains where she got the story. I had to go back and reread it once I had finished "Unlike Any Other". I think she did a fantastic job meeting her goal.
This is an incredible love story (stories)...a beautiful depth and complexity that you don't run into frequently. I am so pleased to see this is the first book of a planned 5 book series...the only disappointing part is going to be the wait for the next installment.
The story and characters unfold and bloom over the course of the story. I was a bit surprised by the number of significant characters. With many spending some time at center stage, but this is really Gabe's and AJ's story. Planned sequels will highlight the other characters we spent time with.
Many twists and turns in the story...some I saw coming but most were a total surprise. It made for exciting reading and increased my inability to put the book down.
My emotions ran the gamut as I read. I loved and identified with AJ...she was seen as weak by so many until she revealed just how strong she really was. Gabe was so likeable until he wasn't. But I understood why he made the choices he made; though I really wished circumstances were different.
I remember running across this book and thinking the story was going to go one way from the story blurb and went somewhere completely different. It was such a pleasant surprise and now I really feel the need to get all of Ms. Burgoa's books! She is my kind of writer and she is exactly what I aspire to be.