Never Expected You by Jody Holford
Series: Love Unexpected #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 24, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When Zach Mason, former army sergeant turned veterinarian for war-wounded animals, returns home, the decision to stay is easy. But convincing the only other vet in town to hire him is a good deal harder. It doesn’t help that the beautiful, intelligent, and stubborn Stella Lane is determined to make his life hell.
Stella doesn’t take outside help easily—she’s been let down in the past, most recently by her ex, just as she’d begun to plan their wedding. Trusting Zach with her animals is one thing, but trusting him with more is a hard pass. Too bad the handsome vet is nothing but temptation. And her new roommate...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
When I read the blurb for Never Expected You I was stoked to give this new to me author a try. And although I really loved some things about it, overall it was just an alright read.
Stella is running her late father’s veterinarian clinic on her own. In a small town her dad was loved by all and great with the animals, but he wasn’t the best at finances and administration of the business side of things. She’s struggling to keep afloat and pay the debts, but with just so many hours in a day and people paying her in casseroles, she is drowning.
Zach is back home after over a decade in the military and working in a veterinarian super clinic to save up some money. His plan was becoming partners with Stella’s father, but now he must adapt to the new reality. Only Stella wants no outside help and men, in general, are not on her good side so he’ll have his work cut out for him.
Zach and Stella had an amazing chemistry. Their connection and their shared love for animals was adorable and watching them becoming a couple was cute as hell. Zach was sexy, attentive and once he realized his feelings for Stella, he set on winning her over. He had some issues from his past that he really struggled with and at certain points, it was like he would lose all his confidence in one fell swoop. This was at times confusing, making him seem like a totally different person.
Stella’s last relationship didn’t end on a good note and it left her trust broken. After all she went through, she built up some mighty walls and she didn’t make working through them easy on Zach. While I really liked her, she was so closed off it became a bit hard to really connect with her. When she let herself open up, she was funny, sweet and caring.
While some parts felt a bit overlong or dragging, I enjoyed my time reading Never Expected You. And though I felt the angst at the end was totally unnecessary it was balanced by having some fun characters I wouldn’t mind reading more about, and I liked the overall story.
Rating: 3+ Stars
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