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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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, Ry
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3 stars!

Alina is having one of those days where everything just keeps going wrong. The only thing she wants to do is going home and forget about it..
Unfortunately, her hellish day hasn't come to an end because she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her roomate and bestfriend, Victoria.

Alina met Ryan when he was dating Victoria, they weren't such friends, but after catching their partners together, they start bonding.

Ryan wants to be there for Alina because right now she really needs a
Fans of friends to lovers stories will love this as much as I did. Not only do we get the story of friends becoming more, we get to see the characters becoming friends in the first place. It made for a fantastic book!

Alina was having an amazingly bad day, and it was only getting worse. After a horrible morning, a case of mistaken identity leads to an awkward encounter with her roommate/best friends ex-boyfriend, Ryan. They both end up in a similar situation and form an unlikely bond because of i
It was good

Alina is havin a rough 24 hours everything is goin wrong from her boyfriend her boyfriend wantin a break 2 a flat tire making her late 4 work an her boss giving her job 2 someone else so she quit her job so she went home 2 chill out then there was a lil incident with her best friends boyfriend but the day just kept getting worst she needed a new place 2 stay an a new job so Ryan was goin 2 help her she needed someone an after the incident in the shower he was more than happy 2 hel
Lilly Avalon
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Hello lovelies!

I'm super excited to share the story of Ryan and Alina with you. It's been quite the long ride to get here, but I'm so pleased with the way the book has turned out.

What can you expect to see?

Well, there's some of this...

And lots and lots and lots of this...

Find out how some of the best things in life are unexpected...

Coming July 21st 2015!

Lilly Avalon
Reanell Tisdale
4 stars!

I finished this book in one sitting. It was the perfect blend of sweet and sexy!

*ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for a honest review*

*Full Review to come*
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

"There's something about sharing a sunset with someone you care about. It's profoundly spiritual, as if it connects you to that person in a way nothing else can. It may have only lasted for a brief moment in the entire span of our lives, but it's something I'll always carry with me no matter what happens tomorrow."

Unexpected was a sweet and enjoyable read. The story starts off with one heck of a bang. Alina is having the worst day of her life. Anything and everything that
Julia Griffis - The Romance Bibliophile
**I received an eARC of "Unexpected" courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review**

"Unexpected" was absolutely amazing and couldn't have been more perfect! This was the first novel that I had read from Lilly Avalon, and it was phenomenal. I loved her writing style, and the storyline and characters she created were extraordinary. Truly. Alina and Ryan were such a genuinely sweet and kind couple, and I couldn't help but fall in love with them. I was definitely rooting for them from the
After the 58% mark... I just skimmed.
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I'm just going to dive right into the review this time. The synopsis is pretty on track, no reason for me to put it into my own words. Plus, I just have too much to say about this one. Too. Much. But before I let loose on all of that, there is one thing that you should know. This book isn't ... bad. I gave it three stars, so there must have been some things that I liked about it, right? Well, there are. Just not enough for this to be one of those "h
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
Ryan is passionate and adorable – and deserves so much better than his girlfriend, Victoria. It’s almost a damn good thing that she’s a conniving bitch. Victoria’s betrayal throws Ryan and Alina together as friends…or something more?

Of course, Alina’s luck isn’t much better – in fact she’s well on her way to having the worst day of her life. Or so she thinks. Her embarrassment in the shower is just the beginning. She then quickly becomes jobless, boyfriendless, bestfriendless and homeless in sho
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, r2r
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review*

I LOVED this book! However, I'm not surprised because I have lived everything Lilly Avalon writes. She has a way of writing characters that you wish you could be or at least be friends with. As for writing the guy? You'll want him as your next book boyfriend!

Ryan and Alina's relationship starts out fairly innocent. Just a friend lending an ear, and support, to another friend. What starts as something sweet tur
Stephanie Smith
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An instant favorite! I fell in love with both of these characters. They felt like my best friends.
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Meh. This was a little less than "just ok" in the rating scale. I really had issues with feeling uninspired by their relationship, or even the characters themselves. I think I was sometimes more entertained by the side characters and family members, but there were so many comments about side characters that were really unnecessary and left me confused at the end thinking "why did the author even put that in?". I'm guess the author was trying to make them more important
Find this and other reviews at Ramblings of a Daydreamer.

If you’ve read any of Lilly Avalon’s short stories, novellas, or novels, you’ll know her as an erotic romance author. But, surprise! She mixed things up a bit with Unexpected, a sweet friends-to-more contemporary New Adult story.

Alina and Ryan find themselves in similar situations. They seem like unlikely allies, but their shared bad experience leads to them becoming friends. I really enjoyed watching Alina and Ryan form a bond. They actua
DJ Sakata
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Favorite Quotes:

“I’ve met my quota of bad things for the day. It’s probably best for me to avoid leaving the house at this point.”

“There is something about sharing a sunset with someone you care about. It’s profoundly spiritual, as if it connects you to that person in a way nothing else can. It may have only lasted a brief moment in the entire span of our lives, but it’s something I’ll always carry with me no matter what happens tomorrow.”

“I want to hold this moment, with her hair braided and he
Jennifer Reed
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.

UNEXPECTED is a sexy,hot read. I fell in love with the characters of Ryan and Alina, they are good for each other. Alina has just received news from her boyfriend that he wants a break from their relationship. She cannot get a break from the crappy day that she is having, she is late going in for work and ends up losing her job. She goes back to the apartment that she shares with her friend and takes a shower. While she is in the
Boundless Book Reviews
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was awesome. It had me sucked in from the very first page. Alina and Ryan have such great chemistry that I could feel it right on the page. I had my fingers crossed for them the entire book. The love they have for each other was beautiful. Love like that isn't normal and that just made it even more great to read.

I absolutely love Alina. This book made me relate because we all have bad days, but poor Alina had the absolute worst. I swea
Gabriela Scheinberg
This book was completely Unexpected! It was a great read. It reminded me of The Other Side of Someday, which I also adored. I highly recommend this book. Very well written. I just love when the author takes the time for the characters to actually fall in love. Also, I love it when they don't tell, but show what the characters are feeling through their actions... Lovely! Very well done!! ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
'It's been one of those days. You know the kind-the one where you want to rename Murphy's Law after yourself. No matter how hard you try to make it better, it just gets worse.'

This book was pretty short but definitely started off the right way. Poor Alina is having the day from hell and then it just keeps getting worse. She catches her bofriend cheating, quits her job and becomes homeless all the space of 24 hours. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Ryan, her (ex) best friends ex-boyfrie
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first read by Lilly Avalon and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend and read more from this talented author!!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
**2.5 stars -- ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

When starting Unexpected, it read very much like someone telling their friends a story. As I like to live the story when I'm reading, this was a bit of a struggle for me initially. There were also certain things in the story that seemed to be too much of a stretch, and were slightly unbelievable. (For example: One out of three light bulbs burning out would not cause that much darkness)

As the story progressed, however, I
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review...

"Not every story ends the same. Some of them have a twist. Some things in life are unexpected..."

I was pleased to give this one a read when the author asked me to. I found this to be a quick kinda sorta friends to lovers story. I have to add the kinda sorta because while I genuinely appreciated the fact that both Ryan and Alina realized that they should be friends before attempting any relationship, the progression of their friendship
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
I didn't know what to expect when I began this book. As it started I kind of rolled my eyes a bit: girl having a terrible day, then finding out her best friend and boyfriend are having an affair behind her back. But, as the book went on I realized there were so many things I LOVED about it. First, I love that Alina and Ryan became friends first. They supported each other and cared for each other. Even when they both began to admit their feelings, things moved slowly. So often in books now they s ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected is a quick read. It has its steamy moments, so beware. Easily bored? the first 2 chapters will light a fire for sure! The setup was a little quick, but like I said a beach read or a weekend depending on your speed.

Alina was a sweet girl who has had bad luck so I fell for her and I seriously hated the world with her. As for the story, some parts were a bit predictable. I enjoyed the characters. For instance, creating Alina in a way that makes you really feel her pain. When the author a
Amazeballs Book Addicts
I absolutely adored this book!! I am a huge fan of books where the main characters are friends first and then find more. And this book is honestly a breath of fresh air. It wasn't like every other book out there. There were so many sweet moments but then so many hot and sexy moments. I immediately fell in love with Ryan. Alina I totally felt for, I mean really not only is your boyfriend cheating on you, but with your supposed best friend. So needless to say she is having a really crappy day, but ...more
Lisa F
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adults
I bow down to the queen of romance and for giving us the book boyfriends we love and constantly swoon over :)
I love devlin but OMG I think I've fallen more for Ryan.
Ryan is sweet, hot, sexy, romantic and just totally loveable
I really enjoyed this story of two people who come together after finding out their partners have been cheating and find themselves in an unexpected situation falling in love.

another hot romance :)
Cindy Rawlings
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, so thank you for the opportunity!

Alina is an average young woman. Apartment, boyfriend, job, etc. but she suddenly has a streak of bad luck. An almost cheating by accident, boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend/roommate, loses job, and suddenly needs a place to stay. How could things get worse? How about feelings for her now ex-best friend's now ex-boyfriend?

Ryan is just your average handsome hunk who comes into his girlfriend's apa
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: riri
I received an ARC for this book.

As it goes with most of the romantic books for me I had to finish this in one setting and I managed it so I was really happy. The frustration of nothing working out is so real and Alena goes through the extreme of it. But as things can only get better, she manages to get herself back up.

I found some of the scenes to be way to stretched and could not figure out what are they thinking. Both Alena and Ryan know that they find each other attractive and can spend time
Tina Ahmed
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC for my honest Review.

I must say this book is written very nicely. It was a quick read and it didn’t have much back and forth drama. The main characters and their families are very likable and nice. Ryan is the most perfect Gentleman from the very beginning and makes the reader really fall in love with his charm. Alina is a guarded but learns to open her heart after getting it stomped on multiple times. Alina and Ryan have a happy story with the only drama create by their exes.
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Everything that can go wrong went wrong for Alina and if that wasn't enough, she caught her ex in a lie. Now she is out of a job and a home. Ryan thought he had the girl but found out it was all a lie. Now he and Alina are in the same boat when it comes to relationships. When he offers Alina a place to stay, they bond and get closer but is it a rebound or do they have a chance to get that happily ever after? You will be in these two corner for their second chance at love!

I received a free copy o
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Lilly Avalon is the thirty-something author of romance books with sexytimes. She is an avid reader, a self-proclaimed mermaid, and a lover of animals. When she isn't writing, she can often be found smelling candles at the store, crocheting, learning German, and watching old sitcoms.

Lilly currently resides in Ohio with her husband and pet rodents. Lilly Avalon is a pen name.

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