This is the second book of Coleen Kwan that I read, and I enjoyed this one as well! Sweet, touching with only a dash of steam thrown in (which I prefer, rather than too many graphic smexy scenes).
The story evolved around Derek Carmichael and Hannah Willmett set in small town Pine Falls. Derek had had a crush with his best friend’s older sister since teenager. He escaped from their town a day before Hannah’s wedding and made a successful life of himself in LA.
When his granddad broke his leg, Derek came home to take care of him and they saw each other. Hannah, now divorced, couldn’t help the attraction she felt to grown up version of Derek. They’re agreed for a one night stand. After all, Derek never planned to move back permanently. Or was he?
Well, that’s the gist of the it. More or less.
The characters were rather troublesome, yet still likeable. Derek was a troubled young man with less than sterling past. This we soon found on early pages. I thought his relationship with his granddad was frustrating and rocky, though in a way I found the grumpy and hermit Otto to be rather charming. What happened between these two was mainly the inability to show affections toward each other. Theirs, rather than the romance between Derek and Hannah, was what moved me in this book.
As for Hannah, I wanted to symphatise with her but at the same time I found her exasperating. That she addressed Derek kid was not even funny, and the way she handle her crisis (for lack of a better word) was wishy washy! Hannah didn’t represent good female character IMHO.
There were also a couple of questionable issues that faded out, such as Hannah’s superior (it would be interesting to see there’s more behind her disapproval); or Derek’s notorious ex lover and his life and business in LA which seemed to be brushed off so easily.
The ending also a bit rushy, though there’s that aborted bedside proposal scene that became my favorite. The epilogue served to summarise and explain the happy beginning the characters embarked on. Some predictably so and a bit of a cliché. But what the heck, there’s a baby and O’Malley cat; and they made for a lovely picture in my mind! 🙂
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.
Title: Unexpectedly Yours
Author: Coleen Kwan
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Bliss
Expected publishing date: March 14, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.