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Unlike Any Other

(Unexpected #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  165 reviews

The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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S.M. West

This was such a special read and the best part, I was so not expecting it! It crept up on me: this story, this family, these characters wormed their way into my heart.

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“ is about fighting, accepting and making things work because you want to be with the person who makes you a better version of yourself.”

At first, I wasn't sure this book was for me, the book starts in AJ's (Ainsley Janine) POV and I could feel how numb, how devoid of emotion she was. It bothered me beca
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Claudia Y. Burgoa Fans, Romance
4.5 The Decisions We Make
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Every day we make decisions. We take into account how our actions will impact others... how serious it will be... and then there is another factor which may not even be considered... what will the impact be because of the times we live in.

Most of us go about our lives working and interacting everyday without having to deal with the Media. Oh, we may use Social Media and read it...but does it track your every move...tell where you have eaten or w
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating ~ 5 HUGE STAR!
Character Ratings ~ 5 ENORMOUS STARS!
Heat Level ~ 3 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars But Continuing
Overall Rating ~ 5 Sometimes Life Kicks You In The Ass Stars!

I can hardly believe what I just read. This was an AMAZING read for me, it took me on a journey of epic proportions. It did not pull me in from the very start to tell the truth I was worried that I may not like it. Then WHAM, all of a sudden things started to fall into place and it was not long before I found myself total
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Kitty's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Compelling, heart-wrenching, suspenseful. Just three words that describe Unlike Any Other. What I thought was going to be just a love story, turned into so much more than I expected. I was sucked in right from the beginning and damn near threw my Kindle when it was over. I want more. More of AJ. More of Mason. More of Gabe and Chris. More of MJ and JC. As for Porter – the jury is still out on him. But, I cannot say that I have read a more dee
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Unlike Any Other (Unexpected #1)
Author – Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication Date – March 5, 2015
Genre –Romance
Type – Companion Series
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I have to start off stating that this may be a biased opinion since Claudia is a very close friend and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this baby born and grow. Now, putting all that aside – I can’t even find the w
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I was recommended and received an ARC by my buddy Carol from StarAngel's Reviews in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

Wow. UAO turned out to be so much different from books I normally would have picked out to read. It was one of those plot synopsis' I just did not get what it was about (even after reading fellow readers' reviews), but was nonetheless, fascinated and extremely intrigued by the positive responses being garnered by it.

To me--- Unlike Any Other was unlike any oth
Crina (Reading Addict)
Feb 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I have read 63% of this and I feel like I've read nothing, because anything that I was expecting doesn't exist in this book! Also, I read more than half of the book and if I had to resume it I could do it in one paragraph... because not too much happens. Nothing important. At least from what I got.

And also, can we discuss about the fact that this is put in Romance, New Adult and M/M and none of this are not the center of the story? Especially the M/M relationship. Because what's my problem. I wa
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
** Copy provided by the author for review **
Mar 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring-read
1 star

I'm sorry but that is what this book would ever get from me.

From the very start, I'm already having a hard time understanding the plot of the story because it felt like I was thrown in the middle of all drama without understanding the why, and then a rumor was read in a magazine that made AJ wants to confront her father about it, thus the reunion of the family after being estranged for over three years.

Confrontation that turns into reminiscing of the past. By then I somehow I got the fl
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015-read

I absolutely LOVED this story. There is a kind of preface before the dedication where the author explains where she got the story. I had to go back and reread it once I had finished "Unlike Any Other". I think she did a fantastic job meeting her goal.

This is an incredible love story (stories)...a beautiful depth and complexity that you don't run into frequently. I am so pleased to see this is the first book of a planned 5 book series...the only disappointing part is goin
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
From its title to its final page this books promises to do the unexpected. After a start that's a bit rocky in its choppiness regarding the flow of the story its numerous twists and turns and flashbacks quickly pull you in and lead to a story of putting the past behind you to make a better future. With its dual POV between a father and daughter, readers are taken on a journey full of angst, pain, and misconceptions that while heartbreaking is ultimately uplifting and powerful in its emotional in ...more
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The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage along the way.
I carry a portion of the guilt on my shoulders; the other part I discove
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebie
Half a story 3.5 stars

I went into this one blind. I knew it was a family drama, but it took a while for the story to unravel.... too long. I wanted some romance and there was very little of that. I found it hard to connect to any of the mc’s. The only one I really wanted to know about was Mason, when I get to the end I find out the next book is about him.... I wish I had skipped this one and went straight to him, I am sure he will have no trouble bring the romance to the forefront. This one was
books are love
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
To say i enjoyed this book is a understatement. A sign of a fantastic book: I was maybe a third of the way and I jumped in the car to go to my local bookstore to order a hard copy of this beautifully written wonderful love story. And make no bones about it this is a love story. A perfect wonderful beautiful real love story. The kind we all dream of having. One that lasts through all time. Like the Princess bride love story where Wesley tells Buttercup that death can not stop true love only delay ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I literally fall in love with every single character this author writes about. I've been following Claudia's work since her first novel and have just fallen more in love with each and every book she writes. I can't even describe how much I adore the female protagonist A.J in this novel. She is beyond believable, independent, yet needy at the same time. And Gabe? Well...he is such a great addition to this heart pounding story.

What I loved most about this book was every single time I thought I kn
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well that was unexpected! I struggled with this book for the first 50% and then the puzzle started to piece together- really enjoyed this once it started to make sense ! Enough of this now - time for book 2
Jul 10, 2018 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie
Freebie at the ' right now: ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Note: This ebook was provided by Rock Star Lit PR via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

AJ Colthurst is one of three children and her upbringing was not a conventional, what with parents who both happen to be celebrities. After too many years of being kept secret, AJ has had enough and, after a heartbreaking confrontation with her parents, she walks out. It takes three years for her to come face to face with her father, Gabe Colt, and it comes on the heels of news of her parents' separa
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
Love chooses you ... there is very little we can do when our hearts take the leap. It does not matter whether it is practical, part of our plans, or even good for us. When we encounter our special someone we just should embrace this gift with open arms.

AJ is thrown for a loop when she reads the headlines picturing her estranged father with a pregnant new love interest according to the paparazzi. The gossip rag was stating her Dad was getting married but what about his existing family? He had nev
Moon Love
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's not often I start a book almost totally lost and end up being blown away by it at the end. It's also not often I forget what a book is about before I start reading it, and I'm so thankful that this is one time it happened. I'm also thankful can read new things and realize I'm okay with it, even though that's not always the case with everyone.

This book was really different for me. Up until about 33% of the book, I wasn't sure what was going on. I had ideas, and hunches, but as it turned out,
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-review
Received from the author for a honest review. This is my second book that I have read from this author and her writing just gets better. Unlike Any Other is a story of AJ and her path back to her family. After 3 years of self-exile from her family, AJ sees something in the tabloids that make her return. Gabe is her father and is willing to tell his story if she tells hers. After a ok start of this book, the story takes off. We go from 2015 to 1987, back and forth until the story unfolds. It has ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This author has spun a story that has an immense complexity to it that is addictively captivating.I look forward to journeying with each & every player in this series especially Porter.He seems to be the darkest of them all.

This book has a mature,mysterious,polished feel about it that is sorely lacking in many series that have plot lines that are entirely sexually driven.The cover does not hurt the eyes either.
Lindsey Armstrong
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book starts out with you thinking way and then completely shocks you. I didn't even see it coming and had no idea. This was such a great story of family, love and loss. I loved this story and can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series. ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shel: The first part of this review isn't going to sound like I liked this book very much so just stick with me, okay? Court: Sticking!

Shel: To be honest, I wasn't very familiar with Claudia Burgoa; I'd seen her novels floating past me on twitter or goodreads and they always looked appealing but I'd get distracted by other things. Then we got an invitation to read the book, and the blurb sounded interesting, and the preliminary reviewers were raving; we had time and a clear schedule, so I signe
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Claudia was kind enough to gift a copy for an honest review. Another fantastic story from this AMAZING author and have never read a book like this.

This story is not like any other when you have an amazing family that have so much love for each other but is torn between lies, publicity stunts, paparazzi and when one of your children is hidden from it all and lossed her parents in the process.

AJ is a daughter of the famous actor Gabe Colt and hasn't spoken to him in three years. AJ is also a trip
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: The Reading Room Blog
4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this story for an honest review for The Reading Room Blog.

Unlike Any Other is unlike any other book I’ve read recently and I was completely taken with the originality of the story. Part romance, part family drama, part tale on the hazards of fame - this story caught me off guard and I loved author Claudia Burgoa for it.

AJ Colthurst was raised by loving parents that did their best to protect she and her siblings from the outside world. The fact that those pa
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
English Review
I didn’t know anything about this book before reading it. I think it was for the best and it helped me appreciate the story! That’s why I will try to say a minimum.
Nobody knows that AJ is Gabe’s daughter because he has always wanted to protect her (and her brothers) from the media. When AJ discovers (on the cover of a magazine) that her father is with a young woman who is pregnant of his baby, she panics. She goes to see him for an explanation. The confrontation between AJ and he
Spunky N Sassy
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, 4-star
SNS Rating: 4.66

~~~~~~~~~~Jess's ★★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

This was an AMAZING read for me, it took me on a journey of epic proportions. This story pulled me in from the very first chapter. I found myself totally engrossed with the characters and the story line. It was like nothing I had ever read before.

This story is about family, love, devotion, secrets, lies & betrayal. There were quite a few bumps in the road that tore my heart out and a few secrets and surprises that knocked me for a loop. This
The BookWhisperer
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow!!! This book was nothing that I had anticipated. Let me first say that M/M books have never been on my radar. It is just not my thing, and I seem to find it a bit uncomfortable at times. Not to over analyze that
statement, but I have no real opinion on the subject one way or another, and to each their own, it has just ever appealed to me in my reading. Unlike Any Other is a very complex story, and it really forced me to explore my own feelings. This was not just a story about two people falli
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Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author.
She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breath away.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and her youngest two children. She has a sweet Bichon, Macey, who thinks she's the ruler of the house. She's only partially right.
When Claudia is not writing, you can find her reading, knitti

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