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Review: Unexpected by Lilly Avalon

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Ever had one of those days? Alina Lyons is having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. Just when she thinks it couldn’t get worse, it does. After a case of mistaken identity and a broken heart, she finds herself questioning the things she thought she knew. She wonders who she can turn to or trust anymore.

An unlikely bond with her former best friend’s ex, Ryan Wilcox, sends her life in a new direction. He offers her a place to stay while she gets her life back on track. His friendship is exactly what she’s been missing—what she’s been needing. Alina’s never felt this alive. As time goes by, the dynamic of their relationship becomes more than either of them expected. A few innocent kisses could lead them in a new direction, but are they prepared for what’s on the other side?

Only one way to find out.

*Unexpected is a standalone new adult novel*

My Review

“There’s something about sharing a sunset with someone you care about. It’s profoundly spiritual, as if it connects you to that person in a way nothing else can. It may have only lasted for a brief moment in the entire span of our lives, but it’s something I’ll always carry with me no matter what happens tomorrow.”

Unexpected was a sweet and enjoyable read. The story starts off with one heck of a bang. Alina is having the worst day of her life. Anything and everything that can go wrong, has gone wrong for her. It all starts with her boyfriend telling her that he wants to take a break. Then she wakes up to find that she has a flat tire. That flat tire makes her late for work. Being late for work, made her jerk of a boss give her shift to someone else, in turn causing her to quit. If that wasn’t bad enough, all Alina wants to do is go home and wash this awful day away. Lets just say things did not get better when she got home. With all the changes going on in Alina’s life, she’s left wondering who she is and why this is happening to her. If it wasn’t for her now ex-roommates ex-boyfriend, Ryan, Alina would have completely fallen apart. Alina and Ryan form a fast friendship. Ryan is just what Alina needs to help her find her way and get back on her feet. The two of them are attracted to each other, but are determined to keep things in the friend zone. However, the more time the two of them spend together, the more they realize they are destined to be more than friends. Will Alina and Ryan take the leap and see where things will go?

Unexpected is a fast paced, friends to lovers romance. I was already hooked just from reading the synopsis. I couldn’t wait to dive in and read more. I loved the was this story started out. I couldn’t wait to see how things would play out. I really enjoyed the friendship that Alina and Ryan shared. Their relationship had a slow burn to it. I thought they had great push and pull. Ryan was not only a really sweet guy and a great friend, but boy could he make your heart swoon. I just couldn’t wait for Alina and Ryan to give into their feelings and see where things would go.

Some of the issues I had  with this story was that I felt like it was a little too fast paced. I would have liked to slow down some of the moments, really get to know Ryan and Alina better as a couple. It just felt like once they finally took the plunge to see where things go, the story was on fast forward. My other issue was that I would have liked to have seen a little more drama between the ex’s, Drew and Victoria. Drew and Victoria wronged Alina and Ryan so badly. Don’t get me wrong, there was a little drama with them, but I wanted more. I wanted the two of them to get what was coming to them.

Even though I had some issues with the story, I still found it to be an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a fast paced, sweet read that is light on the drama, then look no further. I think this author has a ton of potential and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the author, in exchange for an honest review*

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