Starting with the Unexpected (Belen’s Review)

Starting with the UnexpectedTitle: Starting with the Unexpected
Author: Andi Van and Jonathan David (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: February 8th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Zachary Blaise is having a weird week—even by his standards. Though he’s gay, the radio personality has been dumped via text by a girl named Marian—and he’s never even met her. On top of that, he’s developed a massive crush on Marcus, the new waiter at his favorite diner. His best friend thinks the whole thing is hilarious.

Marcus’s week hasn’t been his best either. He’s been betrayed by those closest to him, and although he isn’t the guilty party, Marcus is the one getting harassed.

Impossibly, things are about to get even weirder. Marian has secrets, and those secrets are going to make some serious ripples in Zach’s life. When he discovers that the girl called Marian is actually the man named Marcus, Zach stumbles down a rabbit hole of abusive ex-boyfriends, psychotic relatives, and revelations from his own past. If he can survive the chaos, the journey might prove worth the effort.


Belens Audio Book Review

These are the four things you should know before you begin this story:

  1. It’s wildly entertaining as hell in a soap opera kind of way. Dramatic, suspenseful, funny, with a touch of hurt/comfort.
  2. Zach, Marcus, Jordan, and Zach’s mom are reason enough to listen to this. I loved these characters and the narration brings them to life.

  3. Jonathan David brings all the snark, sarcasm, humor, hurt, comfort, and drama of the story out beautifully. Kudos on the narration!

  4. Whether you read or listen to this be prepared for some drama.

drama

Recommended!

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Starting with the Unexpected provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future