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I Never Expected You

(I Never #2)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Zachary Jacobs feels as though his life is spiraling out of control as he deals with the aftermath of losing his childhood best friend, Emmett Hanks. When his sister, Danielle, disappears without a trace, he finds comfort in the only person who truly knows what he is going through: Haylee Hanks.

What he least expects is to fall for her. She went from the silly girl next doo
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 330 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Amazon Digital Services (first published December 6th 2019)
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ugly-cry-books
This. Is. Different. You. Are. Different.

Just when you think Stephanie Jenkins isn’t going to put you through the emotional wringer with this book like she did book 1, she strikes again, leaving me staring into space with a lump in my throat trying to sort through my emotions.

Bravo Jenkins, because not only did you wreck my world with I Never Planned on You, you’ve just made me rip the bandaid off of my heart, to relive it all over again through Zach and Haylee.

She's my Haylee. And that’s my m
Becca Steele
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-or-beta
Oh my goodness, I need a minute to recover from the hotness that is Zachary Jacobs.

OK. I'm ready.

Stefanie Jenkins gave me all the feels again with this book. I started off crying, and by the end I had a huge smile on my face. I adored Zach and Haylee, and how they found themselves attracted to one another, and developing a relationship. They both grew and changed so much, and I felt all the emotions with them. I loved how perfectly it tied in with I Never Planned on You, and how we got to see ev
Amanda Carol
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC and I am leaving an honest review*

Well, f*ck me right?

I absolutely LOVED this book. This book follow Zach Jacobs, Danielle’s brother from I Never Planned On You, and her best friend Haylee Hanks. Having to go through that pain with Emmett again was SO WORTH it because I got to watch two people who had already cared about each other, fall in love. We get to see how they fell in love and witness their first kiss and their first date. Plus everything in between!

This book hit me
Alley Ciz
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How the hell Stefanie makes me feel so many emotions in one book I have no idea. Like book 1 there are part that will have you crying ALL the ugly tears, then you’ll laugh then need to sit in your fridge to cool down.

Zach and Haylee are couple goals and holy burnt dinner Batman do I love their story.

Graf your tissues and wine, lots of wine, and 1-click this today
Brenda Hawkins
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zach Jacobs ( fanning myself) Hottie McHotterson
A more apt name could bit be found
I did myself an injustice by taking my sweet time to read this
I had myself turned inside out with Anxiety due to my emotional breakdown and response to I never planned on you.
We start 5 weeks after Emmett’s passing and i for one was relieved. We get straight into the aftermath of dealing with the grieving from Hailee and Zachs POV and both sets of parents.
It was amazing to see the same storyline of Emmett’s passi
Thuy Taylor
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We met Zach and Haylee in book one and get ready, they'll steal your hearts!!!! With everything that happened with Emmett, Haylee's brother and Zach's best friend, they're just living life without him. Taking it hard, and day by day. The grief of a loved one is extremely hard and they learn to navigate life after they leave the world. I knew I had to read book one before I dived into this one and I'm glad I did. It was so worth it and just have tissues nearby. Stef broke me several times but the ...more
Rina's Reads
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A day later and I'm still trying to process.
This book was simply.... stunning.
I loved seeing the developing feelings, the shift in their relationship and the journey they travelled.

Was it easy? No
Was it simple? No
But the best things in life rarely are and I think that's why I just couldn't put it down.

Zach and Hails were beautiful, raw, sexy and sweet. There were so many different emotions running through me I couldn't tell up from down once I was done.

I am so thankful to have found Stefanie's
Victoria Weston
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read book one in the series by this author and she totally blew me away and this book is no different, she will have you hooked right away. This is book two in this series and they are both phenomenal.

Book #1 I Never planned on you.
Book #2 I Never Expected You.

Zach and Haylee have been through alot. We watch there relationship grow between each other and it's so strong and powerful that it has you going through it with them.
They go from strength to strength through love, they go through strug
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing emotional book by Stefanie Jenkins! I loved every second of this book! Zach and Haylee’s story is the same timeline as the first book I Never Planned On You but in Zach and Haylee’s POV. We got to see how their relationship developed and how they built each other up when all they wanted to do was crumble into a black pit of sadness from Emmett dying and Danielle running away. They formed this beautiful unbreakable bond starting as friends supporting each other after such a tragic ...more
Brendon Reed
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All. The. Feels.

I would recommend this book to every reader I know! The first book in the series captured my attention, but this one stole my heart. The attention to detail and crossover memories reminded me how much I loved Book 1 and the twists (and carnivals!) have me looking forward to more! Kudos Stef- you are amazing! —Jennie Reed
I loved catching back up with the Jacobs and Hanks families! In this book, the second in the I Never series, we learn how Haylee and Zach ended up together over the years after Emmett died and Dani left. I loved this book for multiple’s a friends to lovers book, we find out the story from Zach’s and Haylee’s points of view, and we still get Dani and Kyler in this book too! This book was written so well in filling in the missing pieces about Zach and Haylee. With this book and the fi ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for A Book Nerd, A Bookseller, and a Bibliophile

I loved catching back up with the Jacobs and Hanks families! In this book, the second in the I Never series, we learn how Haylee and Zach ended up together over the years after Emmett died and Dani left. I loved this book for multiple’s a friends to lovers book, we find out the story from Zach’s and Haylee’s points of view, and we still get Dani and Kyler in this book too! This book was written so well in filling in the missin
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. Stefanie Jenkins has done it again taking us through this rollercoaster of emotions with I Never Expected You.( I NEVER SERIES BOOK #2) I love how in this book we get to see Hails and Zach's POV regarding Em's passing , all the emotions that they went through and how each of them grow as adults overcoming the tragedy they both experienced. I love that their friendship grows to something more meaningful and that without realizing it , they fall deeply in love with eac ...more
Ashley Estep The Art of Reading
And she does it again! Once again I have been left speechless by Stefanie Jenkins! She came into the author world with an emotional bomb and continued her assault on our emotions with I Never Expected You.

We meet Zack and Haylee in I Never Planned on You, and couldn't really help but love them both. Dani lost her boyfriend, Haylee her brother, and Zack his best friend and sister. The one thing we learn from these books is everyone grieves differently.

Stefanie Jenkins is an emotional terrorist,
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: second-chance, arc
I'm sure that I'm in the minority here, but I Never Expected You just didn't hit the mark for me. It started out with such promise, and I really liked the first half. I liked getting a better understanding of how Haylee and Zach got together. I loved how they found love through tragedy. Unfortunately, a good chunk of this book was repetitive of I Never Planned On You because much of the timelines overlapped. Yes, it was from a different character's POV, but much of the retelling was way too simi ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Stefanie has once again given us a remarkably beautiful story with all the emotions!”

Knowing how I Never Planned On You was written, I couldn’t help but be cautious of my heart! That being said, this puts that story in a totally different perspective that was so needed!

Zachary and Haylee’s friendship that is developing into a relationship was absolutely beautiful to read! And to know how much of a playboy Zach was, you have some seriously laugh out loud moments!

With the laughter comes the tea
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You guys i was actually scared to start this book because book 1 i never planned on you put me through the emotional wringer!! 😩😂
Gahhhh 3 sentences into this book and just seeing the name Emmett has me in tears! I mean I’m not crying you are!

This book is seriously amazing! Love how it’s written bringing things together from the first book and i love how I’m finally getting to see how zach started to fall for hails! Gah some parts though seriously still have me in tears! 😩
Omg it was so funny to
Shirley Cuypers
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-beta, ebooks, 2019
Original review

This book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Stefanie Jenkins and Give Me Books Promotions!

I Never Expected You
is the second book in the I Never series and tells the story of Zach and Haylee. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone.

I Never Expected You was such an amazing book and I didn’t expect anything less from Stefanie Jenkins! Something that I really liked about I N
Lisa Louise
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! I was in emotional bits at the start of this book because it brought back all the emotions from I never planned on you and add Zach and haylee's heartbreak and sadness in their povs =Total mess

This starts with Zach and haylee loosing Emmett, how they manage their grief and how they come to be. Months, years go by with loosing Dani and then when she comes back. So much more happens then and was lovely to see beautiful things happen for all four of them.

This is beautiful, endearing, sweet
Amy  Crull
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book without reading the blurb first so I blinded by what happened. I will warn you, when you open this book and read the happy moment that happened among friends/lovers remember that throughout the book. This book will destroy your emotions or at least it did mine. I cried so many times including right before I went to bed. I stayed up late reading this, which now due to the crying I kinda regret doing. I loved the story despite the many tears that rolled down my face. I am a sucker ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stefanie Jenkins created a debut that was a heart-breaking masterpiece. Her latest is another tear jerker that will have you wallowing in grief, laughing alongside and swooning with the characters just like in I Never Planned on You. It’s time for Zach and Haylee’s story and OMG! It was everything and more.

I loved seeing more about Zach, Haylee, Dani and Emmett when they were younger, seeing the devastating events from the first book from more perspectives, seeing what happened whilst Dani was g
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I Never Expected You.

I wasn’t sure about this one after reading book one, I Never Planned On You as I thought this read would essentially be the retelling of Dani’s story which it was but it’s from Dani’s brother Zach and her best friend Hayley’s points of view and boy was I pleasantly surprised and glad my assumptions were wrong.

Zach’s funny, gorgeous, sexy and hot but hurting deeply as he’s lost his best friend and his sister. Hayley’s kindness and all things good but also hurting and while sh
Carmen Richter
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And the tears continue.

There were a lot of times when I was reading I Never Planned on You when I wondered how Zach was taking everything. How did he feel about Dani disappearing for years and then just suddenly wanting to come home? How did he feel about how she handled herself when she got back? How did he feel about her reaction to his relationship? And, how in the heck did Zach and Haylee end up together in the first place???

Well, now I don't have to wonder anymore. Because this book tells a
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story for the most part. Haylee & Zach have a sweet (and yet semi-antagonistic) history. They develop more of a friendship after a tragedy touches them both, and that friendship falls into love pretty seamlessly. I love both characters - their banter, their sexy times, their support of one another! Zach is pretty swoony for a reformed manwhore, too. Heh.

A few things kept popping up as annoyances - there are some time skips that gloss over events that could have been used to tight
Tiffany Copple
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars for I never Expected You by Stefanie Jenkins. This is book two in the I Never Series. This is the first book I have read from this author and she now has a fan in me. This book put me into an emotional overload. Zach and Haylee ,I don’t even know where to start with these two and this book. If I say to much it could ruin the experience for you and I do not want to do that. Zach is a hero that will have you swooning and Haylee will grip your heart. While reading this book I felt like I wa ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in this amazing series and is Zach and Haylee’s story. This book starts off when Zach loses his childhood best friend, and with his sister Dani disappearing. Zach and his next-door neighbour Haylee are brought together by their grief at losing Emmett, and how their relationship evolves over time. This author is a genius at bring all the emotions and feels into her stories which lead the reader down the path of an emotional roller coaster which pulls at the heartstring. This ...more
Cheryl Blackburn
Heartbreak and Romance

This is a great story of love and loss, and finding love in unexpected places. I loved seeing Zach and Haylee's POV. Wonderful characters and story. I enjoyed this story very much. From the moment of tragedy, Zack and Haylee have to learn to cope. Finding each other to lean on they find love. I love their chemistry, funny, and sexy. Great HEA.
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Oh, wow! This book hurt so much; I knew from having read book one what I should have expected but I was not prepared for this. Nothing prepared me for the painful, touching story of Zach and Haylee. This author has a way of pulling you into the story to where the grief is so realistic that you feel the loss and you go through the grieving process along with the characters. However, this book was more than just that, there were some lighter, funny and sweet moments, which I appreciated so I could ...more
C. Lymari
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My man (unofficially) Zach story is amazing! Full of fire and swoon. Him and Hails story is emotional, you get to see how they fell in love and its truly beautiful. Miss. Jenkins is a total emotional terrorist but h so worth it.
D.L. Gallie
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Stefanie takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions, this one wasn't as gut wrenching but it still pulled at the heartstrings.
I love Zach and Haylee as individuals but together, I loved them even more.
Stefanie is an amazing author, I can't wait for more from her
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