I received this book for free from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Unexpected Gift by DL Gallie
Series: The Unexpected Series #1
Published by DL Gallie on November 3, 2019
Cover Design: Dana Leah, Designs by Dana
Genres: Contemporary Romance, novella
Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions
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Could an unexpected gift change your life?
They call me the Grinch, and they’re right; I hate Christmas.
So why am I volunteering to help with the charity toy drive? I’ll tell you why, Marlee ‘Oh so sexy’ Adams
As soon as we crashed into each other, I was done for.
Her ass. Her eyes. Legs that go on and on.
Did I mention her ass?
She’s the erfect present for this Christmas Grinch… I can’t wait to unwrap her.
Little did I know, Marlee was an unexpected gift I didn’t know I needed.
Contemporary Romance, novella
First Person, male-POV
This is book #1 of the Unexpected Series.
Cover: art 4/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 4/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This cover is good, but not great. The guy is hot and I’m easy, so I would probably buy this, but in my opinion, this is too generic and could be the art for several other books. I like the title, the color and font chosen. It really looked perfect for a Christmas book. Maybe I would buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 4/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 3/5, opening 4/5, pace 2.5/5, setting 4/5, subplots 4/5, twists 2/5 Good opening for a cute ending. Well written dialogues, excellent setting and interesting subplots. The conflict was satisfactory, but I missed a couple twists. Good level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 1/5, steam 4/5 The couple had chemistry from the beginning and their attraction to each other made this story believable. The smut was really good with lots of spice and a couple of fanning-yourself-scenes. The pace could have been better, because both of them fell in love too easy.
Writing Style: 3/5 Good plot, believable romance and hot smut. Good writing!!!
Addictiveness: 3/5 This was an ok read for me, but nothing really grabbed me. I guess the pace was a bit off for me. Things happened to fast that it was hard to believe. As addictive as hot dogs!!!
Character: hero 3/5, heroine 3/5, secondary characters 3/5, growth 3/5, real 3/5 I had a hard time connecting with them. They annoyed me a little. They had layers, but something was missing for me.
Gage hated Christmas because he had a bad experience in the past on Christmas season. But the moment he met Marlee at the elevator, he said he would help her with her Christmas toy drive. He felt in lust instantly and in love just a little bit later. I didn’t like him much, he was immature and a not very good at relationships.
Marlee was a bit of mystery for me. Sometimes I liked her, other times I just didn’t understand her actions. She was also a bit immature and her decision of interfering in Gage’s life didn’t feel right for me. She also felt in love too fast and after she started her relationship with Gage she listen to gossip never giving him a chance of explaining himself.
There are not many important secondary characters here, but both girls from Gage office seemed nice Marlee’s parents were also good people.
Villains… antagonist… there wasn’t really a villain, but there was a couple of antagonist. The problem was solved fast.
The characters were easy to understand, but I had a hard time connecting and loving them.
Freshness: 3.5/5 It is hard to make a contemporary romance feels unique. There are too many out there and all tropes have been vastly explored. Here the formula is what we have seen many times before, but the author wrote a good plot, which doesn’t really matter it it doesn’t have the most original concept out there.
This book was a fast read but it lacked more substance. At the end it was all a bit shallow.
The heat was on, the scenes were good and interesting.
I think next book will have different characters, not sure if will be someone we have seen in this book.
24/35 STARS – 3 STARS (between 21 stars and 24 stars)
Addictiveness: 3 Character: 3 Cover: 4 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 4 Writing Style: 3
Action 0/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 2/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? If you like sweet, fast romance!
Would I re-read this book/series? No, but I will continue the series.
Would I read more from the author? I will finish the series.
Gage, are you in love with Marlee?”
Staring at them, my heart begins to race erratically. “I…I…I’m not sure. I know she’s the first person I think of when I wake up. She’s on my mind all day. She’s my last thought before I drift off to sleep. Hell, I even dream about her.”
“Gage, that’s love.” Kasey happily replies, her face lit up with a smile.
“No buts, you are in love with Marlee, and I for one am super happy for you. You deserve this.”
“But, I don’t now how to be in love. I’m not the guy who falls in love. I’m the—”
“Dude,” Kody interrupts me. “There is no rhyme or reason when it comes to love. It happens when you least expect it. It happens with a person that never in your wildest dream you think it would. No one can control love, just go with it. Everyone deserves love, Gage, even a Grinch like you.”
“I’m not a Grinch. I just don’t particularly like the festive season.”
“Grinch,” Kasey coughs, with a grin and laughs. “Gage, that is the definition of a Grinch, but this year there’s a difference, you are a Grinch in love.” she turns to Kody and I see love written all over her face, and I wonder if that’s what I look like.