Author: Faith Sullivan
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: Unexpected touches on a hard time for anyone in the US. It took me by surprise as the memories of that day came back to me. I found myself relating to Michelle in a way, but also not fully comprehending what a person in that position could have truly gone through. I found myself in tears during parts of the book. It is very emotionally touching, not just a romance.
I like Michelle's character. She has so many obstacles to face, and she struggles really bad to overcome them. I like that we get to see what causes her to fall apart, and then get to see her start to build herself back up. With each setback or complication she looks for a way to overcome, thanks in part to Connor persistence, and I think also in part to her own strength.
Connor is an interesting character. He sort of comes out of no where and moves himself into Michelle's life. He has good intentions, if a bit self-serving at times, and he helps her a lot. His hot and cold ways were frustrating but for the most part I respected his reasons. I didn't even start of knowing he was kind of broken, but his healing is pretty amazing to read.
I think Unexpected is a sweet romance that touches on a very sensitive time for people. It gives a really beautiful story of how two people help each other recover from tragedy and find some hope in their future.
In honor of the 12th anniversary of September 11, Faith Sullivan will be donating 50% of the proceeds from Unexpected during the month of September 2013 to the 9/11 memorial fund.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.