Sunday, January 25, 2015

Novel Review: Unexpected by Lori Foster

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: 2003
Spoilers?: No.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eli Conners expected hired mercenary Ray Vereker to be a tank of a guy with forty tattoos--not a gorgeous creature with considerable karate skills. While Eli certainly needs Ray's help, he thinks she could use a little of what he's offering...a down-and-dirty, body-scorching passion of the forever kind. Ray's as good as any man when it comes to storming enemy compounds and loading an AK-47, but Eli's strong sensuality and gentle touch leave her shaken and stirred. And really, who could blame a girl for succumbing to mind-blowing temptation in the steamy jungle? But now it's back to business. If only Ray wasn't feeling hot, bothered, dizzy, and just a little bit, well, queasy. The last thing either of these unlikely lovers expects is to be expecting. Suddenly, Ray's precise, no-nonsense mission is veering wildly off course, derailed by raging hormones, out-of-control desire, and a delirious love that is completely unexpected. 

The Cover:

I do not like the cover above. It gives a very cheesy feel to the book, what with the cheesy spy image
of the girl, which is absolutely nothing like the main character. It also spoils the pregnancy, which I don't think it needed to do.
The cover on the side, though, is better. Much more typical adult romance, and still a little cheesy, but better fitting.


This was an enjoyable Foster book, if a little average. I’m not sure why, but it didn’t have quite the spark as some of her other ones.
I liked the characters, Eli and Ray worked well together, and I liked his persistence with her. I enjoyed the other characters, as well; Buddy, and Eli’s brother, and Eli’s grandparents were great. The second half, when Ray was pregnant, was very good.
While I enjoyed most of these things, the spark between Eli and Ray was just not as intense, and the writing just didn’t keep me as glued to the pages, as her books usually do.
So, I liked it, but it was a bit average.

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