Thursday, September 10, 2015

Unsurprisingly Complicated by Claudia Burgoa




     This is book two from Claudia's Unexpected series. If you haven't read book one, Unlike Any Other, then I highly suggest you do that before moving forward with this one. Unsurprisingly Complicated can be read as a stand alone but you will appreciate it a lot more if you read Unlike Any Other first.


     After finishing the first book in this series, I had to dive right into Unsurprisingly Complicated.  This is Mason’s story but AJ is definitely present (no surprise there). While AJ is pulling herself together and learning to cope with her grief and loss to become a very strong and still loving woman, Mason is struggling. We learn more about his issues with commitment. Can he move past them to find his own love unlike any other?

     Even though I understood Mason’s issues, there were times his behavior felt more like unnecessary drama than him trying to move past a trauma. I loved him as a best friend but I didn’t care for him much as a romantic partner. I do think that was the point, though. I can definitely appreciate the fact that he needed to learn to let himself love that way but it was frustrating because he had no problems committing to friendships and his loyalty in that area was always without question. While there times I actually growled, moaned and even cussed at Mason – I don’t hold that against the book. The fact that I felt enough for the characters to get frustrated or angry with them means that the author made me feel and those are the best stories to read. If I can become emotionally connected to the characters and their story, the writer has won me over for life. Even so, this book didn't blow me away the way the first did. Maybe it is just me. Maybe the love story told in Unlike Any Other is just impossible to beat. That said, I did enjoy Unsurprisingly Complicated and I look forward to the next book in this series.
     

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