What a pleasant surprise this book was. I thought it would be a nice romantic story, a tad predictable but still pleasant. Guy meets girl, they have a few problems but in the end it all works out. Not too much drama and plenty of sweetness. Boy, was I wrong! The twists and turns in this story left me sad, shocked and emotionally spent. I had to remind myself that it was just a book, that the characters were not real. But experiencing the emotional roller coaster that was this story left me drained. By the time I turned the last page (or slide my finger across my Kindle App 🙂 I was happy for the two main characters, but boy was I glad it was over. Unexpected Reality was exactly that, unexpected!
Ridge is a bad boy, he has his mates, his business and his family – what more could a guy want? Companionship? Nah – who needs that?! Feeling a little frisky? That’s what hook-ups are for. He doesn’t want to settle down and makes sure those he spends his time with know it. When he meets Melissa, he thought it would all be a bit of fun. He will treat her well for the night and make sure all her needs are met. A few drinks with his boys, a night of passion, it doesn’t get much better than that.
When Ridge finds out that Melissa left during the night, he wasn’t fussed. They both got what they wanted. Ridge returns home the next day and life goes on. Months later he comes across a car accident on the side of the road. As the young woman is transferred to hospital Ridge decides to tag along. Wanting to do the right thing and make sure she is ok, Ridge stays at the hospital and assists police with their investigation. It is while he is answering local law enforcement enquiries that Ridges world is turned upside down. The woman he helped to rescue is none other than Melissa, and she has been keeping a secret from him.
When Ridge found out he was a daddy, it brought tears to my eyes. I could honestly say that how he reacted was how I would imagine any guy would react. But the drama kept unfolding and when the next dilemma hit, it was a powerful blow. I don’t want to give anything away, but whatever your imagination is coming up with right now – you are wrong! Just when I thought I knew what was happening the story spun in another direction.
Ridge meeting Kendall was inevitable. She was everywhere. The doctor’s office, the cafe, with his sister, she was like a genie popping up all over the place. There friendship was really nice, but I will say this, it moved a little too quickly for me. Author Kaylee Ryan could have spaced their relationship out a lot better. I really don’t see what the rush was about. The middle section of the book did drag on a little but reading about how great a father Ridge was to his son made it worth while.
The big plot twist at the end was another big whammy! In fact it was the biggest shocker of the entire story and one I was not prepared for. I think my neighbours heard my “Oh my god, are you kidding me?!” blasting from my vocals chords! I had to read those few pages twice, it was that much of a shocker! Despite how much I enjoyed reading Unexpected Reality there were a few things I did not like. Funeral? What happened to the funeral?!! It was like a great big section missing from the storyline. And the inheritance, that was only partly addressed. Other than those two issues, it was a great story and one I would highly recommend.
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Amazon Premise –
Expect the unexpected. That’s what they say, but it’s easier said than done. How do you expect a change so huge it rocks you to your core? How do you prepare yourself for an event that will alter your life forever? One breath. One second. One minute. One hour. One day at a time, you learn to live with your unexpected reality.