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“An Unexpected Love Story” by Ellie Hall ~Just Read Tours Book Review

An Unexpected Love Story by Ellie Hall

“An Unexpected Love Story” by Ellie Hall

Book One in the Falling Into Love Series

Review copy from the author as apart of Just Read Tours Program

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Catherine played it safe with book boyfriends—until Kellan, her nemesis, writes himself into her story.

Let’s not talk about how I was let go from my job and had to take a position as coffee-girl at a publicity firm. We definitely won’t discuss their newest client and how he was the former love of my life. However, it’s fair to mention that Kellan Connelly is now my fiercest adversary.

I’ve spent the last decade playing it safe with book boyfriends—avoiding frustratingly attractive and three-dimensional guys like him.

When my roommate finds the Boyfriend Book, a silly relic leftover from my teens, it prompts a dare; go on five dates and pick one to be my Valentine. I can’t say no, especially if it means proving to myself and Kellan that I’ve moved on.

Despite braving the dating jungle, none of the guys comes close to being my one true love. Except Kellan. He’s infuriating, confusing, catnip…and it turns out he has a secret.

With a love letter and a plane ticket in hand, can I leave my baggage behind and decide between love, hate, and the lies I told to protect my fragile heart?

My Thoughts:

The cover is truly adorable. I would definitely reach for it without even reading the back blurb, because it just looks fun.
Of course, I did read the back blurb because that was actually what was presented to me first, and it sounded equally as cute as the cover. ;)
“Catherine played it safe with book boyfriends – until Kellan, her nemesis, writes himself into her story.” Who doesn’t have one or two book crushes?
I enjoyed getting into the story, and wanted to fully relate to Catherine, especially with her being a book lover like myself, but as the story continued, I didn’t exactly ‘click’ with her, unfortunately.
The story had a cute premise, but parts of it felt rushed, and Kellan turned out to be not quite the nemesis as I thought he would be – which wasn’t bad, he was a great character, and I think definitely the one that stood out the most in the story. But from all the build-up, I guess I expected them not to get along for a long time. Catherine battled her fears about him a lot, which felt a bit like yo-yo-ing, but I can still understand that.
I just felt like it was lacking a bit of climax or much depth. But I realize that my mood while I was reading could’ve been a contributing factor, and I’m sure this could be someone else’s favorite book.
It’s light-hearted, and clean, good for when you might need a fluffy romance to brighten your day. :)
I’m glad I got the chance to read it, and it still ranks up there as a favorite cover.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.


I am a peculiar treasure who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

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