Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Review: Unexpected by Dulaney-Glen

Grace is a single mom of a 12 year old boy and owner of a successful record label in Nashville. She is wound a little too tight and according to her best friend Nina she is an "uptight tootie." Ian is young and handsome and just moved to Nashville with his friends: the band members of Queen City. He s drawn to Grace the minute he sees her at the gas station. Who knew the beautiful stranger was also his new boss?

The attraction between Grace and Ian is so strong and they spend weeks just talking and getting to know each other. The more she learns about Ian, the more she falls. And her walls are falling with her. Ian has never felt this way before and is he scared that Grace will break his heart.

Unexpected, starts off with a prologue in the future showing an absolutely shattered Ian. All I was thinking was "what the hell did she do to him?!" As we go back and start at their beginning, we are part of a sweet and special friendship and love. Ian might be six years younger at 22, but he acts much more mature.

Just as their relationship blossoms and Ian even starts bonding with her son, Milo, there is a huge twist that I did not see coming till the last minute. It changes everything and shatters the tentative love they have started. But Grace refuses to give up on them. The only question is, has Ian already let go?

One of the great pluses of this story is the funny supporting characters. Not only do we have outrageous Nina but also the equally outrageous Andrew, Ian's best friend and roommate. Some of the banter between Ian and Andrew was hilarious and I really enjoyed Andrew's quirky personality.

"Why are you pumping random girls' gas?" 
"Why are you not pumping random girls' gas?" 

"It could be payback."
"Payback for what?"
"For when I lied to you the other day about hearing that Tupac was actually alive. That they had seen him in Brooklyn and they had surveillance vidoe to prove it."
I turn back and look at Grace, who's staring at me intently. I whisper into the phone, "Yeah, fuck you for that. That was cruel."
I have a slight obsession with old-school rap.

This was really a great book and a nice Unexpected surprise. It was fun and silly and sweet and sexy and heartbreaking. The only reason why I didn't give it 5/5 stars is because I was disappointed in the ending. I would have liked to have seen a more in-depth epilogue giving us a glimpse into the future of Grace and Ian.

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Unexpected
Author: Dulaney-Glen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/17728607-unexpected
Book Description:
Ian wasn't ready to meet Grace Holtsen. In no way was he prepared for her. But can you ever be ready for fate to step in? Can you ever be ready to meet the one person who will change your entire existence? Ian knew that Grace would change everything he was used to, but something about her made it worth it. For the first time somebody seemed worth the risk. Will Ian jump and let fate wait for him at the bottom? Hoping that it can somehow save him...hoping that Grace can somehow save him.

I don't think Grace is like most girls.
Maybe that's the thing that I can't put my finger on.
Maybe for the first time, I've met a girl that's unlike
anyone that I've ever known.

Grace, a single mother and owner of a Nashville recording company, met Ian Paul, a recent college grad and her new employee. The moment he entered her world, it turned upside down. She knew better than anyone that a relationship with Ian would never work. He was never supposed to fit into her life, and she was never supposed to show up in his. But what happened between them was something more than either of them ever anticipated. Grace was unprepared for how bad it would hurt when they were faced with something far more unexpected.

He stole the rest of my heart tonight. I
know that no matter what happens tomorrow, or days from
now, I’ll never want it back.
I could never give it to someone else.


About the Authors
K. Dulaney & J. Glen, sisters & authors.

K. Dulaney was born, raised, and still resides in the Mountains of North Carolina. She is the proud mother to an amazing little boy, and happily married to her high school sweetheart. Dulaney attended Southern Universities and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Family Studies. Her passion for reading and books began at very early age, and Dulaney dreamed of one day writing stories of her own. Partnering with her sister, J. Glen, they began a journey that has exceeded their expectations and proven that through hard work and determination, that dream can be a reality.

J. Glen is a North Carolina native currently residing in a small mountainous town. She attended an East Coast university and obtained a degree in Communication and Journalism. With an interest in writing at a young age, Glen had one idea of the perfect career and now, along with the help of her sister, she's embarking on a journey to achieve just that.

Website: www.Dulaney-Glen.com
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7032786.Dulaney_Glen
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dulaney.glen.5
Twitter: @Dulaney_Glen

(2) Print copies – US Only
(2) eBook copies gifted from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
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  1. Excited and looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Crystal Guidroz

  2. Thank you for the giveaway, the book looks amazing!


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