Unexpected by Faith Sullivan
New Adult contemporary romance
Paperback/eBook, 169 pages
Published April 2nd 2013
One day forever changes the destiny of college overachiever, Michelle Rhodes.
Shattered, confused and alone, no one understands the trauma consuming her until she meets Connor Donnelly.
A native New Yorker, he believes he can aid in getting her life back on track. But what if he's even more broken inside?
Offering her a chance at a fresh start, Connor convinces Michelle to move in with him. Hiring her to waitress at his bar, their mutual attraction only complicates matters.
As more details surrounding Connor's past emerge, Michelle uncovers the full magnitude of the loss he's trying to hide. Refusing to let her feelings for him hinder his recovery, she makes a decision that winds up hurting them both.
By sacrificing her heart, Michelle thinks she is helping Connor come to terms with his grief. Little does she know, Connor is gambling everything for the sake of having a future with her.
What happens is truly unexpected.
Note from author:
In honor of the 12th anniversary of September 11, I will be donating 50% of the proceeds from UNEXPECTED during the month of September 2013 to the 9/11 memorial fund (https://www.911memorial.org).
About the author:
I really hate talking about myself. My goal is to have the shortest author bio imaginable. I would much rather have a conversation with my readers.
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Unexpected by Faith Sullivan is a fast-paced contemporary New Adult romance which sucked me in and flew by so quickly I couldn't believe the story ended. Michelle is a reserved, shy young girl, an only child, shielded and protected by her country life and loving parents. They want more for her than they had and pay for her expensive shoe box of an apartment so she can attend NYU. Michelle is intelligent, an overachiever, and pretty much alone as her first semester gets underway. Then tragedy strikes. Monumental tragedy our country had never seen before. Michelle lives nearby to the Twin Towers and as she's getting ready for class, she turns on the TV and stares in horror at the unfurling events. For days after, she first locks herself away in her place, then walks the city streets in a daze.
She can't concentrate. She can't handle being in the city. She flees and goes home, failing for the first time in her life. Enter Connor. Strong, rugged, handsome, in your face, a city guy with a big heart. He treats Michelle like a lost cause, understanding her struggle more than she knows. He gets her to return to the city and reclaim her life. And during all of this, feelings for each other surface.
Unexpected seemed to go by in a flash. I didn't mind the shorter length since it was easy to fill in the missing pieces as the story progressed. There were instances of Michelle revealing too much information I would have preferred actually seeing play out. Her relationship with Connor moves quickly and I would have liked a little more background on each character. What the author gave us was a love story told with the frenzied pace of city life. The scene at the support group was deeply moving and exposed Conner's character more. Many people were affected by the events of 9/11, including me, a New Yorker. Michelle's fight to reclaim her life and Conner's need to help her and help himself was conceivable and poignant.
Author Faith Sullivan is an author to watch in the crowded New Adult genre. Unexpected was exactly that, an unexpected treat. Though short, the story packed emotion and a growing love story in what seems like a loving homage to the city which never sleeps.
It's okay as far as NA romance covers go.
I received a promotional copy from the author in return for my honest review during a blog tour.