ARC Review | Everything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan

ARC Review | Everything Unexpected by Caroline NolanEverything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan
Published by Createspace on September 20th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 350
Format: eARC
Source: via Author
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Can a man and woman be JUST friends?

Shane Carlisle and Leah Kessel think so. They’ve been the best of friends for years—and quite content being just that; it’s their friends who don’t believe it. None of them can understand how two gorgeous, non-committed adults have never thought about crossing that line. Until a night of celebration, too much tequila and new found curiosity makes it impossible for Shane and Leah not to think about it. So together, they cross it—promising themselves and each other that nothing will change and that yes, a man and woman can STILL remain just friends.

That is, until everything around them begins to spiral out of control.

Plans they had once formed, vanish. Promises they once made, are broken. And their once easy and effortless friendship turns into…the complete opposite. Coming face to face with the consequences of their actions, Shane and Leah are once again challenged by the same question.

Can a man and woman be just FRIENDS?

Not when everything unexpected is thrown their way.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


“Falling in love is a great thing, but falling in love with your best friend? That’s everything.”

Six years. Shane Carlisle and Leah Kessel have been the best of friends for the last six years, but one drunken night opened their eyes to everything unexpectedfeelings, fears, desires, surprises.

Told in alternating POVsEverything Unexpected shows us how two people who have basically been in a relationshipsans  the labels and sexfor the last six years find out what it’s like to be more than just best friends. 

I love best friends-to-lovers stories! It was sweet to see how much Shane and Leah knew each other and cared about each other. Obviously, from the very first meeting there’s attraction and the feeling on instant connection, but the grew into so much more.  

I’ve heard a lot about Caroline Nolan’s first novel, This Is Love, but I haven’t read it yet. So, I went into this book without knowing what to expect. 

The possibility of a relationship and something even more special wasn’t an easy journey for the two. They both had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of sacrifices to be made. They both thought they’ve already given up enough, but it took them a while to realize that no, they really haven’t.

It was hard for the both of them to do it career-wise, since they both have their sights set on their goals. Shane chose photography over his father’s marketing firm, and Leah wanted to become a successful lawyer. 

It became a solid four when reformed!Shane happened. I was gushing so much it was embarrassing! What can I say? I’m a sucker for super sweet guys. I feel butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. 

I love how vivid the feelings felt. When they were happy? I laughed with them. Hurt? Pierced straight to the heart. Angry? Give me a throw pillow and I’d give it a few punches. And the sweet moments? I may have looked like an idiot for smiling too much.

I also love the relationship between Shane and his parents, Abel and Charlotte. It reminded me of my relationship with my parents. Like my parents, Shane’s have been together for a really long time but are still so sickeningly (read endearingly) in love with each other. They’re an amazing support pair, not only for Shane, but also for Leah. I loved reading the conversations between father and son and the advices Abel gave Shane. 

“You want to be a man at night, you be a man in the morning.”

Why not 5 stars then? I wanted to see more establishment for the friendship between Shane and Leah. The book started with the first meeting, but then it skips the six years of friendship, giving only a few glimpses of what their friendship looked like. I would have wanted to see more of what it was like before the night that changed everything. 

Everything Unexpected is a sweet best friends-to-lovers story with its fair share of heat and angst. I enjoyed watching them find their way and figure out what is most important to them. I laughed, smiled, teared up a little, and straight out gushed!

Ms. Nolan, you have found a new fan in me. I look forward to reading more of your books. 

“Too much has happened. The biggest being I fell in love with my best friend. There’s no going back after that.”

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