Unlikely Love by Riann C. Miller
Published by Self-published on September 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When Nikole Castro decided to pursue her dream of escaping the small town she grew up in, a once in a lifetime mystery offer whisked her away to California. Desiring to break free of the bonds of neglect and heartache, she chose to take a chance on the unknown to pursue the life she had always imagined. Her goals were set, her dreams within her grasp, until an unexpected encounter altered her life forever.
Every moment of Adam Lane’s life had been decided for him since the day he was born. Growing up wealthy was a privilege he enjoyed, but it came with a price. His future was mapped out for him: which college he would attend, who he would marry, and the inescapable eventuality of taking control of his father’s company.
When an accidental collision brought Nikole and Adam together, both of their worlds were turned upside down. Their love might be compelling, but neither of them could have imagined the repercussions of their unlikely love.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
It was only half NA, so it wasn’t half bad
I enjoyed Unlikely Love by Riann C Miller. We meet 18 year old Kole (Nikole) and 20 year old Adam. Kole has had a very hard life growing up with a party hard Mum and Step Dad. She spent many years looking after them instead of them looking after her. She doesn’t want to stay and follow in their footsteps, so she works hard at school to get a scholarship to College. When her parents die in a car accident, she accepts a scholarship to a college in LA. Life seems to be finally going right for her and the transition seems easy, maybe too easy. Not one to kick a gift horse in the mouth, she packs her bags and heads off.
Adam is a typical trust fund Daddy’s boy, with money in his pocket and a fancy car to drive around in. Luckily he’s smart and manages to keep Daddy happy by keeping up good grades and following most of his rules. This gives him the freedom to party hard and sleep around. Daddy has plans for Adam’s future, but allows him to sow his wild oats until he finishes College. In the summer holidays he heads home to LA to have a little fun.
Kole gets a job in a coffee shop to help with expenses while at work she gets knocked off her feet by Adam. There is an instant attraction which neither can deny. This is the turning point in both their lives.
There is a lot of angst throughout the story and I mean A LOT. First off there is the young college angst that drives me a little bonkers. Immaturity, recklessness and entitlement were the main problems for this couple. When things finally come to a burning point, it was just a little too convenient (plot wise) that the couple couldn’t/didn’t communicate. They break up with what seems like not much of a fight which leads to a separation of 12 years.
Kole and Adam spend the 12 years apart kind of hating each other, but not being able to move on either. When the opportunity presents itself to clear things up and try to move on together they must work through some difficulties that have arisen in their time apart.
Overall this was a good debut for the author. I enjoyed the story but felt that there wasn’t a lot of maturity gained for either Kole or Adam from the time they are 18 and 20 to 30 and 32. They still seemed to struggle with their same demons and sort most of their problems between the sheets. There were times I was frustrated for the couple, times I cried and times I just wanted things to be easier for them. Unlikely Love sucked me in little by little and had me turning each page hoping that the next one was the one where everything would work out. It all turned out well in the end and the sort of epilogue left a little smile on my face.
Sassy Rates this one 3.5 Stars.
I really enjoyed Reading Unlikely Love. It’s the story about a girl, Kole, with shit luck in parents, and a guy, Adam, who apparently had it all but until the time he crashed into her life, he led an empty life. Coming from completely different worlds, they clash in a whirlwind romance. But when outside forces begin to interfere, how strong will their love and trust for each other have to be? And when the evidence forces them to turn their backs and reject the love of their lives, will they be brave enough to reclaim it?
This story has two parts, the beginning of Kole and Adam’s love story, and then the chance of reuniting after years apart. So in a nutshell this is a second chance romance. While as a rule, I’m not super fond of this, I quite enjoyed this one.
What I will say is while Kole and Adam meet when they’re 18 and 20 year old respectively, they didn’t quite act their age. So, when we then meet them 10 years later, not much has changed personality wise and this gives you the feel that there wasn’t much character development.
I can’t say this is the best book I’ve ever read, but I found it very engaging. I usually love my Hs to be uber-possessive jerks so I had no issues with Adam’s actions, though this could rub some people the wrong way.
I will admit that I still can’t believe the actions of Adam’s father, who will be referred to as Satan’s right hand from now on. I think it was OTT enough to border “no-way-could-someone-in-real-life-be-that-much-of-a-mother-effing-git” and it takes a little of credibility from the story. But hey, who wants to read a three chapter book with no conflict at all?
As I said, I found this a very entertaining read and I will definitely be waiting for more from Ms. Miller.
Sparkles Rating: 4 Stars
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