Review & Giveaway: Everything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan

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Title: Everything Unexpected

Author: Caroline Nolan

Date of Publication: September 20, 2016

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Synopsis

Can a man and woman be JUST friends?

Shane Carlisle and Leah Kessel think so. They’ve been the best of friends for years—and quite content being just that; it’s their friends who don’t believe it. None of them can understand how two gorgeous, non-committed adults have never thought about crossing that line. Until a night of celebration, too much tequila and new found curiosity makes it impossible for Shane and Leah not to think about it. So together, they cross it—promising themselves and each other that nothing will change and that yes, a man and woman can STILL remain just friends.

That is, until everything around them begins to spiral out of control.

Plans they had once formed, vanish. Promises they once made, are broken. And their once easy and effortless friendship turns into…the complete opposite. Coming face to face with the consequences of their actions, Shane and Leah are once again challenged by the same question.

Can a man and woman be just FRIENDS?

Not when everything unexpected is thrown their way.

 

 

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Meagan’s 4.75  Star Review

Caroline Nolan writes the kind of books we don’t necessarily see a lot these days – contemporary romance. There’s no bondage, no step-brothers, no billionaires with a daddy fetish, just fantastic storylines where real people have heart-stopping romance. The kind of books that leave you with a smile on your face and your heart all a flutter. Nolan’s newest novel, Everything Unexpected is the perfect example of how this author excels at contemporary romance.

This time when I kiss her, I use all the pent up attraction I’ve had for her for the last five years. I kiss her for all the years I didn’t. I kiss her so she knows that for the last five years, I’ve yearned for this, even if I didn’t realize it. I kiss her for five years of neglected lust and ignored attraction.

Don’t let the cute cover fool you. Everything Unexpected isn’t just a fluffy friends to lovers story. The book starts unassumingly enough but just when you think you know where the storyline is going Nolan kicks things up a notch. I fell for these characters hard. Shane and Leah were a couple you wanted to root for. It was easy to see they belonged together, they just needed to get over their insecurities long enough to realize it. If they had only communicated their nagging self-doubt to one another they would have found that they both wanted the same thing. But then again, seeing Leah and Shane struggle is what makes the book, and their relationship, feel real.

“Always.”

And I mean it. I will love this girl to the end of my days and beyond then too. It may have taken us six years, but I will spend the rest of my life making sure we stay here. That she understands she is my only one. “You’re my lobster,” I say, smiling.

There’s not a lot I can say without spoiling a large part of the novel. Just know I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. It’s one of my favorite books so far this year. In fact, it’s hard to believe this is only Nolan’s second book. She knows how to pull at your heartstrings to create a spectacular romance that will stay with you long after you’ve put the book down.

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Excerpt

“In the cab, I wondered what color your panties were,” I tell her, looking back up to her face. If my words shocked her, she’s hiding it well. “Are they black to match? White? A color I’d be surprised by?”

With every question, I take a step closer and closer. I’m excited when she doesn’t back away, thrilled when I see a hint of pink blush on her chest and turned on I’ve managed to get that reaction from her again so quickly. “Are you going to show me, Comb?”

It takes everything she has to stay standing the way she is, unyielding. I’m sure of it. Her eyes glare, her posture straightening. She takes one small step before her arms move back behind her back. I hear the sound of a zipper coming down. I exhale, not wanting her to see just how much that little sound affected me. Confidently and without hesitation, her hands move to the waistline of her skirt and she slowly pulls it down, letting it fall around her heeled feet. She stands in front of me now, clad only in that black lace bra and a pair of silk panties.

“Pink,” is all I can think to say.

“Pink,” she repeats.

One foot in front of the other, I come at her, one arm sneaking around her waist, the other to the side of her face. This time when I kiss her, I use all the pent up attraction I’ve had for her for the last five years. I kiss her for all the years I didn’t. I kiss her so she knows that for the last five years, I’ve yearned for this, even if I didn’t realize it. I kiss her for five years of neglected lust and ignored attraction.

 

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About The Author 

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Caroline Nolan writes stories about love and all the beauty and ugliness that comes along with it. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their fur baby. She is currently working on her second novel.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this awesome review! Can’t wait to read it! Loved the first book!! !

  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Looking forward to reading!

  3. Maria Malaveci says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! Sounds like a wonderful read!

  4. This book sounds really good & I’ve never heard of this author before!

  5. Sounds good! Thx!!

  6. jodi marinich says:

    love the cover

  7. Jessie Llewellyn says:

    Enjoyed reading the post for this book! I love discovering authors that are new for me. Adding this to my TBRs.

  8. adding this to my book list…thanks for bring a new author to me

  9. Laura Lovejoy- Brunk says:

    New author for me…sounds great !

  10. Thanks for the chance! Looks like an awesome read!

  11. Jennifer Smith says:

    Thanks for this awesome review! Added to my TBR

  12. Can’t wait to read it. X

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