Date published: April 30th, 2015
Publisher: self published
The lies between my parents and I came to light and now I’m working on a new life for myself. Along the way, I have my trusty superhero, Mason, to lean on when I have a hard time standing or when my crazy ex-boyfriend continues to feel he has a claim on me.
Porter has trouble understanding that there hasn’t been an ‘us’ for more than three years plus all the issues he had brought upon himself. My father was right, drugs do kill. My other concern is the growing feelings I am having regarding Mason. There’s something between us I want to explore but I keep getting mixed signals. Here, I thought that after telling my parents about my lies and having their full support, things wouldn’t be as complicated as they are.
My parents divorced before I even made my entrance into this world. My father has been obsessed with that love for years while my mother searches for love in all the wrong places. I don’t want a place to call home or a girl I can claim as mine. Except… Ainsley Janine –better known as ‘Nine’—has some special power that makes me question my preferences. The more I try to stay away from her, the more she pulls me closer.
Exploring the possibilities of having something steady in my life isn’t a problem; it’s the long term that worries me. In addition to that, the scumbag she dated years ago keeps popping up everywhere we go. If I could use my license to kill, maybe I can stop worrying about one thing and concentrate on what to do with the green eyed girl who keeps me awake most nights.
What I Thought:
This second part in the Unexpected Series picks up from where Unlike Any Other left off. Now you're thinking great, I have to read another book before I can read about Mason and AJ. Would I recommend reading Unlike Any Other first, of course, because a lot of information pertinent to AJ and Mason is shared. Having said that, Unsurprisingly Complicated can be read as a standalone if you wish.
I loved seeing AJ and Mason again. This AJ is much different from the one I met before. She's lighter, stronger, happier, and even smarter. Mason is still the stand up guy that he is, but I really got to know him this time and what made him the man he is today. The two of them share an undeniable chemistry. I wasn't surprised it took them so long to move from being platonic friends to becoming romantically involved, because AJ was involved in a long term relationship with someone else. I wasn't surprised to discover Mason supported her fully even then.
It's funny how both their pasts influenced their present so much. AJ is already fragile from her previous relationship and Mason doesn't believe in them. Both of them are weary of getting involved die to the baggage they have, but they also can't ignore what they feel for each other. Due to the relationship between Mason and AJ's siblings and the relationship between Mason's father and AJ's parents, there really is no avoiding of each other, no matter how much they'd wish it. I really wanted them to put their fears behind them and at least try to be with one another. Surprisingly, it was Mason who struggled the most to be with AJ. I would've expected her to be more reticent with her dating history than Mason. There were times when I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him because of how frustrated I got with him.
I liked how the story was split up. It wasn't in a continuous time frame, and Mason and AJ benefited from it. I also liked how involved AJ's family and Mason's was in their relationship. Often times it was too involved, but since they cared for both Mason and AJ, their interference wasn't detrimental to the relationship Mason and AJ were developing. I'm really looking forward to reading about AJ's siblings and of course seeing AJ's parents again, now that they've solved the problems between them. Claudia Burgoa has done a great job at focusing on AJ and Mason while still incorporating all the characters. The story will quickly pull you in and keep your attention through the last page.
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure. She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*