Unexpected by Lilly Avalon
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2015
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Ever had one of those days? Alina Lyons is having one. Everything keeps falling apart and going wrong. Just when she thinks it couldn't get worse, it does.
After a case of mistaken identity and a broken heart, she finds herself questioning the things she thought she knew. She wonders who she can turn to or trust anymore.
An unlikely bond with her former best friend's ex, Ryan Wilcox, sends her life in a new direction. He offers her a place to stay while she gets her life back on track.
His friendship is exactly what she's been missing—what she's been needing. Alina's never felt this alive. As time goes by, the dynamic of their relationship becomes more than either of them expected. A few innocent kisses could lead them in a new direction, but are they prepared for what's on the other side?
Only one way to find out.
Saturday is a short day at work because it starts raining in the afternoon. It throws a damper on the remainder of the work that needs to be done, so the supervisor tells us to head out and we can pick back up next week. It makes me happy because it has been a long week, not just work-wise, but also with everything else happening. I'm grateful for a chance to get caught up on other things.
When I get back to the apartment, Alina is curled up on the couch reading a book again. She's wearing those reading glasses, and looking sexy as f***. She's gorgeous already, but there's something about those glasses that makes her extremely sexy. I haven't quite pinned down what it is yet, but I seriously have to figure it out soon before I go crazy.
She peeks up at me and grins. “You're home early!”
Her enthusiasm is unparalleled and pleases me more than I can admit. “It's raining. It wouldn't be so bad if it was drizzling, but it's actually coming down pretty good.” I sit down on the couch next to her, and reach for her book. “So, what are you reading?”
She pulls the book away before I can grab it. “It's a romance.”
“Ah. What kind of romance?” I reach again and this time get a hold of it. She gasps and tries to get it back, but I stand up and look at it.
“There appears to be a half-naked couple on the cover.”
“Give it back!”
“I want to look at it.” She groans in frustration and presses a hand to her forehead. I continue to look it over. “I think this is more than just a kissing book.”
I hand it back to her and she snatches it from me, tucking it away. “And?” she asks with an eyebrow raised.
“And nothing. I was just curious, that's all.” I tilt my head. “Are you going to keep reading?”
“Not if you're going to hover.”
“Then you'd better take off those glasses.”
She scrunches her nose. “Why?”
I kneel down next to her by the couch. Leaning into her, I say, “Because they are impossibly sexy and I'm half tempted to kiss you if they're still on ten seconds from now.”
Her eyes widen like saucers. “What?”
“I'm serious,” I murmur, inching closer. “I will kiss you in a few seconds if you don't take them off.”
Her mouth parts, but she makes no move to reach for them. I watch as her chest rises and falls, the nervous anticipation building in her. I'm mere inches away, so close to stealing a kiss. Just as I'm about to make good on my promise, she pulls them off swiftly.
I let out a breath, holding back my disappointment. “Well, that was close.”
Lilly Avalon is the author of the RESIST series as well as other erotic romances. She's somewhere in the midst of her twenties and lives mostly in the stories in her head.
When she's not enveloped in the worlds she creates, she's out in the real world making stories happen. That or reading other romances. It's a toss-up.