ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Unexpectedly Yours’ by Coleen Kwan.
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Title: UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS
Author: Coleen Kwan
Publishing date: March 14th, 2016
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)
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He wasn’t what she was expecting…
Derek Carmichael has harbored a secret crush on his best friend’s older sister for years, but she’s always been out of his reach. Now that Hannah is back in their hometown and newly single, suddenly the five-year age gap doesn’t seem so huge. But convincing her to see him as more than just the kid she used to know is another story.
Hannah Willmett can’t believe how grown-up Derek Carmichael has become. The troubled kid from her youth has turned into a sexy, successful TV celebrity, but Hannah’s wary of his player past and the rampant rumors connecting him to beautiful socialites. Still, she can’t help but give in when their attraction reaches a boiling point.
Trying to keep their fling a secret from her overprotective brother is one thing, but when Hannah finds herself unexpectedly expecting, her life is thrown upside down. She and Derek may be becoming parents together, but that’s no basis for a happily-ever-after.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review’ after reading ‘UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS’ by Coleen Kwan:
This is my honest review for Author Coleen Kwan’s next novel titled “Unexpectedly Yours.” This is my first time reviewing this author’s work. The blurb for the story intrigued me and knowing that it was of the Contemporary Romance genre, I was ready to give it a read in exchange for my full review. The story “Unexpectedly Yours” is written the two main character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views), Derek Carmichael and Hannah Willmett.
Derek Carmichael had left behind the small town of Pine Falls and has established a great career as a TV personality, while doing what he enjoys. His handsome looks and celebrity status has kept his dating life busy and full. When he returns to his old hometown of Pine Falls to help his stubborn and moody Grandpa Otto, he never expected to see her there again.
Hannah Willmett had gotten married and moved away to Florida for a few years, that was until her marriage fell apart. She returns to Pine Falls to try and make a fresh new start again as a recently divorced woman who learned a lesson: Be picky. What she didn’t expect was to see her younger brother’s best friend, Derek Carmichael, back in town, too.
When Hannah and Derek run into each other on Derek’s last night in town, they share a drink and a night of fantasies realized. Derek would be leaving in the morning and Hannah wouldn’t have to deal with the repercussions of their one night of passionate connection. Derek loved the night but knew he had obligations to return to. What he didn’t expect was to find out the filming of his show would be delayed for a couple of weeks. Things are spinning unexpectedly… and what will Hannah do when she finds out he’s not leaving immediately after all?
Hannah is torn between wanting to see Derek leave town so she can forget their night together but she also can’t stop thinking about him. How will her brother Caleb take it if it finds out about Derek and his sister hooking-up? Derek can’t help but feel like this is more than just his long-time crush. He feels like the connection he shared with Hannah may be something stronger but will she even give it a chance? Hannah is stuck on making sure to never fall for another man who will hurt her like her ex-husband. Could that be Derek? Does Derek even truly feel anything for her more than lust? When their brief time together brings a surprise their way, how will they handle it? Will it last or is something that will end as soon as Derek returns to his life as a famous builder? This was a sweet story and “very PG-13” as far as the intimate relations go in the story. Even so, it was an enjoyable read! Check it out if this sounds like something right up your alley. 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS’ 3 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS’★★★
Derek’s thoughts: He’d never opened up to anyone about his crush on Hannah. Their lives had diverged, and their visits to Pine Falls had never coincided. Six long and eventful years had passed. Now, he wanted to touch her so badly. Wanted her to see- really see- him for the grown man he’d become.
Amber(Hannah’s friend) and Hannah: “Well, Hannah?” Amber nudged her shoulder. “What do you think? A few hours with him and a girl would forget her own name, never mind her douchy ex-husband.”
Hannah cleared her throat. She couldn’t suppress the truth any longer. “That’s Derek Carmichael,” she said. “My kid brother’s friend.”
Hannah’s thoughts: Sliding his fingers around the curve of her cheeks, he tilted up her face and lowered his lips to hers in a sweet, slow kiss. She sank into his kiss, letting go of her final hesitation. She’d struggled hard to do the right thing, but Derek was too much temptation. Over the past few days she’d stopped viewing him as a teenager and seen the man he had become.
Hannah’s thoughts: She nodded without hesitation, her anguish forgotten. Tonight their passion felt different, suffused with poignancy and tenderness. She needed this escape from life’s harsh reality. Ardent affection softened Derek’s face as he scooped her into his arms and carried her to her bedroom.
Derek’s thoughts: He reached for her hand again, trembling and bursting with the feelings that had to come out. For better or worse. This was it. He’d lay it all on the line for her.
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