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Unlike Any Other (Unexpected Book 1) by [Burgoa, Claudia]
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Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure. She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

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  • Language: English
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I LOVED this book and I’m chomping at the bit for the next one in the series!

It was a fantastic, heartfelt read. It was carefully crafted, as we peel back layers of the story to find the heart of it.

This story is told from dual POVs of AJ and Gabe.

AJ is one of triplets and they are the offspring of two famous celebrities. When we first meet her, she’s not in a good place emotionally and is estranged from her parents, after a huge bust-up with them a few years earlier.

Gabe is AJ’s father, a famous movie celebrity. When we first meet him, his marriage has broken down and he is living with a woman, supposedly pregnant with his child.

A magazine article about Gabe and the other woman, kick-starts AJ’s connection with her father again, as she fights to fix her parents’ broken marriage. In return, she has to tell her own story – reveal the secrets that she has kept hidden from her parents.

The story moves back and forth between the present and the past, when Gabe was an ambitious young man hungry for success.

I want to keep this review spoiler free, so what I took away from this novel was that it is about finding the love of your life in the most unexpected place, and when you least expect it. It is about true friendship, solid family ties and unconditional support. It’s about doing what you think is right, without really thinking about the knock-on effects it has on your loved ones in the long term. It’s about having the courage to face your fears and confront your demons, so you can start living again, instead of just existing.

A fantastic story with a great cast of characters!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a78596c) out of 5 stars 79 reviews
69 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a62a510) out of 5 stars A TRUE GEM!!! 15 Mar. 2015
By Suzanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was such a special read and the best part, I was so not expecting it! It crept up on me: this story, this family, these characters wormed their way into my heart.
At first, I wasn't sure this book was for me, the book starts in AJ's (Ainsley Janine) POV and I could feel how numb, how devoid of emotion she was. It bothered me because I didn't know if I'd be able to connect to her. But this all changed at about the 7-8% mark when she meets with Gabriel (Gabe), her father, and the story shifts to a dual POV: AJs and Gabe's. Again, this threw me for a loop because how was a daughter/father story going to work? This was supposed to be a romance, right?

Ms. Burgoa does a brilliant job in creating such an original story in bringing it to like in a very unique yet poignant way. This was an emotional read yet so relatable even though the story revolves around a celebrity’s life because it’s about family and the relationships and dynamics which we can all relate to. The plot hangs on the concept of time, that weaves through our lives, our memories, emotions and even the mundane. Yet, it’s not chronological, Ms. Burgoa takes us from past to present and back in a storytelling fashion that’s captivating. Time weaves the threads of these lives and it gets messy but it also makes sense. I ended up loving AJ and fully understanding why she was the way she was and I just adore the entire Colhurst-Decker family. There are such complex, beautiful and flawed characters and even some characters that I have a hard time liking although I feel for them. But all of it was just moving.
I highly recommend this gem! There's love, laughter, loyalty, lies, secrets, friendship, heartbreak, family and also hope. I'm so glad there is more of the Colthurst-Decker clan and I'm so looking forward to Mason's story, Unsurprisingly Complicated. Thank goodness, I don't have to wait too long.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a62a690) out of 5 stars Unlike Any Other is unlike any other book I've read recently! 30 April 2015
By Jen Valencia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Unlike Any Other is the first book in the Unexpected series by Claudia Burgoa and one that I enjoyed quite a great deal. I do wish that I hadn't seen this book categorized as a specific kind of romance on Amazon because then the reveal would have unfolded as a surprising twist rather than as an already known fact. The entire book isn't just about the romance but it is the focal point and one that sets the foundation for everything else that happens to the characters, especially the lead female, Ainsley Janine "AJ" Colthurst.

At its very core, this was a story about a family struggling to regain its roots and its balance, especially after daughter AJ, the only girl among the triplets, makes certain accusations regarding how they were raised toward her parents and then leaves and doesn't return for three years. Her sudden return is brought about by a news item regarding her father and that he is no longer a bachelor and is about to be a father; ironic since he already has three grown children and has been married for quite some time now.

I've always felt that the first book in a series is successful if it does two things: 1. Tells a great story and has memorable characters, and 2. Piques the reader's interest regarding the other characters in order to want to read future installments. Unlike Any Other most certainly did both and now I'm itching to find out what happens to the rest of the characters. This was such an unexpectedly (pun not intended!) addictive read and had I not known the twist going in, I would have given it a perfect five-star rating. It gets 4.5 stars! ♥
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab3b7bc) out of 5 stars #1 Favorite Read of 2015 5 Mar. 2015
By Starange13 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Book – Unlike Any Other (Unexpected #1)
Author – Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication Date – March 5, 2015
Genre –Romance
Type – Companion Series
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I have to start off stating that this may be a biased opinion since Claudia is a very close friend and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this baby born and grow. Now, putting all that aside – I can’t even find the words to express how much this book affected me.

Why?
*There is a hidden gem that I never saw coming – definitely had that OH WOW moment!
*I cried and choked up a few times – it affected me deeply
*I hated characters but then loved them and then hated them again but then ended up changing my mind throughout the book.
*Every emotion was tested in this book
*I wanted more after reading the last sentence
*These main characters (and some secondary ones) were developed perfectly

The above checklist is mainly what I look for in a book when I debate on how to rate the stars.

How to read this book?
*Go into this blind
*Don’t read spoilers (I know you are tempted)
*Don’t share spoilers (Let others enjoy the OH WOW moments)
*Open yourself up to your internal “feels”
*Be patient (the beginning may seem slow and cookie cutter but it develops)

Trust me with the above advice…it will make your reading experience so much more delightful and will leave you with a storyline that you will reminisce about for a long time.

Re-Cap
I can’t say much about the story without giving the important parts away and spoiling this for you – so I’m going to try my best.

This is a story about a father and his daughter who are at odds with each other.

AJ, the daughter, thinks her childhood is the reason why she is so screwed up in the present and even though she loves her parents, she has an underlying disappointment with them. Gabe, her father, believes he did what was best in the past for his children by hiding them from the media.

After being estranged from her parents for a few years, AJ sees a front page article about her dad with a 20 something woman who is pregnant – no less with her father’s baby – she freaks. What happened to the great love between her parents? Why would her father announce this child but never told the public about her and her brothers?

She decides to confront her father, which leads to the two of them sharing the past with each other. We take a journey through the “Great Love Affair” between her parents in the 80’s, and AJ shares with her father her painful past. Through sharing, the two learn that they had made mistakes with each other and their significant others – to feel so much pain opens their hearts to rectify the present.

Along the way we meet the family and friends of these two and also sets the stage for the next book in the series!

This is the story of Gabe’s ultimate love and sets us up for the next book with AJ and her romance!

Reason for Reading – Beta Read/Edited
Story – 5 out of 5 Stars
Steam – 5 out of 5 Stars
Angst – 5 out of 5 Stars
Writing – 5 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 5 out of 5 Stars
Told In – Dual POV
Heroine/Personality – AJ – she can be mean and uncaring but underneath she is just a hurt/naïve girl
Hero/Personality – Gabe – The Don Johnson of the 80’s – pisses me off but end up loving him.
Would Read More from Author? Oh yeah!
Recommend To – EVERYONE
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a61881c) out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Amazed 27 May 2015
By The BookWhisperer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow!!! This book was nothing that I had anticipated. Let me first say that M/M books have never been on my radar. It is just not my thing, and I seem to find it a bit uncomfortable at times. Not to over analyze that statement, but I have no real opinion on the subject one way or another, and to each their own, it has just ever appealed to me in my reading. Unlike Any Other is a very complex story, and it really forced me to explore my own feelings. This was not just a story about two people falling in love, but rather an entire dynamic of a family. The story telling between Ainsley and Gabriel was a very creative way to allow the readers to relive the past. Be sure to devote your whole attention since from the start of the story telling you will proceed to bounce around a bit to get the whole story. Although, told in such a way that you are still in the dark as to the dynamic of the relationship till you the majority of the way through the story. Gabe and Chris's story is very unique and non traditional, but it easy to see how this romance develops and feel the love that they have for their children. Unbeknownst to the children they have a very unusual life, but this was all done in the effort to create a world that would offer them privacy and protection. In order to create such an environment this is a story packed for of secrets and hidden truths. While I understand the beliefs this has created a mountain of issues for children and parents living with the secrets. The ultimate goal of this story is to lay the ground work, and see the start of overcoming the damage that has been done in hidding. Unlike Any Other is powerful and intriguing story that really tested me personally. It was an enjoyable journey outside my normal comfort zone. I look forward to the next story, and look for the story to shift from the group to a more direct focus on the future for Ainsley.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a62eda4) out of 5 stars A very unexpected book. No wonder this is called the unexpected series. 23 Oct. 2015
By Dana Busenbark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ainsley is heading to a house for Thanksgiving Dinner. Who exactly is Ainsley and who is she seeing? Who is this hunk of a coach that she's involved with? Why doesn't he want to invite her to join him for Thanksgiving? What happens when she spies Gabriel on the cover of a tabloid magazine with a woman who is pregnant and claiming to be getting married? What does she do? Who does she call and who meets her at the airport and how did he know to pick her up? Who is Gabriel to her? Who is this mysterious pregnant woman? We get all these answers and more as Ainsley's story unfolds, as she sees her father after a forced lack of talking with the rest of the family except her brothers for the last 10 years of her life. Who is Christian and who is PK? What parts do they have to play in Ainsley's life? We find out more about Ainsley's father, the jobs he's held and who he became and how famous he is. It really is an unexpected revelation to how everything plays out in this book. I look forward to the next one.

RECEIVED THIS BOOK AS A GIFT FOR A FAIR/HONEST REVIEW and REVIEWER FOR Bloggin' With M.Brennan.
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